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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

COVID-19 CGS Update

Greetings to our St. Patrick community and our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd families. Prior to Spring Break our team was busy growing grass for a meditation on John 12:24. Right now may feel a lot like our "grains of wheat" are just lying on the ground as a single grain, but in time we will sprout, we will regrow our roots and produce much fruit.

I think it is safe to assume that we will not return to “normal” CGS for this year. While there is an outside chance we will reconvene before summer, it will likely be celebrations and thanksgiving and not work time for our children. As families and as individuals we are now called to focus on the Domestic Church. Those beautiful moments within our homes can offer more growth than any weekly Faith Formation class could ever hope to. Below are two resources. The first, a handout on creating a prayer space for your home. The second is a guide for making prayer cards and scripture cards for anyone ages 3 and up. Even as an adult, these handouts may prove to be a blessing within your homes. If you want me to email you these resources, please contact me at [email protected]

May the Good Shepherd continue to provide all that you need in the coming days.
Sarah Burke, CGS Coordinator



Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

CGS is open to preschool and kindergarten students. 

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What is Catechisis of the Good Shepherd all about? Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) provides an environment for our young children to encounter the beauty of God in a learning space prepared just for them. Each session is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and includes hands-on lessons on the Mass, scripture, and sacraments of the Catholic church. Each week, children will be provided with an environment in which to discover God through hands-on work, prayer and song. Each lesson is connected to a specific moment in scripture or Mass and is meant to bring them closer to the Good Shepherd. Check out this blog from St. Patrick Cedar Rapids and video from from St. John the Evangelist Parish in Indiana

When are classes held and how do I sign up? Faith Formation classes are held from September through mid-May.  Students must be 3 years old by September 15 of the fall in order to enroll for the school year. Registration is held each spring. When you log in to Realm to sign up, you will see the available choices for days and times. Read our notes for information on drop off, pick up, and more.

Explore the idea of becoming a catechist or assistant by reading more about the program here

If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions or would like to help please let us know. Thank you for supporting your child by joining our Faith Formation Program. We are here to encourage and guide your child and your family. 

Sarah Burke, CGS Coordinator
[email protected]

Want to do more at home? Consider setting up a prayer table for your child.