Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) embraces Maria Montessori's vision and is a program designed to help children fall in love with the Good Shepherd. Children learn about the Mass, vestments, liturgy, and stories from the Bible.

During the 2019-2020 school year, St. Joseph Community will offer Level I, II, & III. Level I is for children age 3-Kindergarten (PreK-K) and meets on Sunday mornings at 8:15am & 10:15am (the 10:15am time slot is full for 2019-2020) as well as will be offered on Tuesdays at 4:15pm. Level II is for grades 1-3 and meets on Wednesday evenings at 4:15pm & 6pm (children must have Level 1 experience prior to being in Level 2 or special permission in order to enroll). Level III will be offered beginning in the 2019-2020 school year and will be on Tuesday evenings at 6pm.

We are also blessed to be able to offer the CGS program during the school day for our youth enrolled in the Pre-School and Kindergarten classes at St. Joseph School.

For more information about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program offered here at St. Joseph Community, contact us at FaithFormation@StJosephCommunity.org or at 651-423-4402.

To learn more about registration fees and/or to register for the 2019-2020 school year, please click here.


General CGS Information

St. Joseph Community is a part of the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. To learn more about the national CGS program, click here.

Check out this link to hear a story about CGS on Relevant Radio (Station 1330AM).


2019-2020 Schedules

Sunday Schedule (CGS Level 1)

CGS Sunday Schedule 2019-2020 (PDF Download)

2019-2020 Sunday CGS Schedule (8:15a & 10:15a)

September 22
September 29
October 13
October 27
November 3
November 10
November 17
November 24
December 8
December 15
January 5
January 12
January 26
February 2
February 9
February 23
March 1
March 8
March 15
April 5
April 19
April 26
May 3

Sundays we do not meet:

October 6 - Parish Harvest Festival Weekend
October 20 - MEA Break
December 1- Thanksgiving Break
December 22 - Christmas Break
December 29 - New Year's Break
January 19 - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend
February 16 - President's Holiday Weekend
March 22 - District 196 Spring Break
March 29 - District 196 Spring Break
April 12 - Easter

Please join us for additional formative opportunities on Wednesday Evenings starting at 6:30pm:

September 18 - Faith Formation Opening Mass
October 2 - Family Formation Night
November 6 - Family Formation Night
December 4 - Family Formation Night
January 8 - Family Formation Night
February 5 - Family Formation Night
March 4 - Family Formation Night
April 1 - Family Formation Night
May 6 - Faith Formation Closing Mass

Tuesday Schedule (CGS Level 1 & Level 3)

CGS Tuesday Schedule 2019-2020 (PDF Download)

2019-2020 Tuesday CGS Schedule (4:15p & 6:00p)

September 24
October 1
October 8
October 22
October 29
November 5
November 12
November 19
December 3
December 10
December 17
January 7
January 14
January 28
February 4
February 11
February 18
March 3
March 10
March 17
March 31
April 14
April 21
April 28

Tuesdays we do not meet:

October 15 - MEA Break
November 26- Thanksgiving Break
December 24 - Christmas Eve
December 31 - New Year's Eve
January 21 - Volunteer In-Service Week
February 25 - Ash Wednesday Week
March 24 - District 196 Spring Break
April 7 - Holy Week

Please join us for additional formative opportunities on Wednesday Evenings starting at 6:30pm:

September 18 - Faith Formation Opening Mass
October 2 - Family Formation Night
November 6 - Family Formation Night
December 4 - Family Formation Night
January 8 - Family Formation Night
February 5 - Family Formation Night
March 4 - Family Formation Night
April 1 - Family Formation Night
May 6 - Faith Formation Closing Mass

Wednesday Schedule (CGS Level 2)

CGS Wednesday Schedule 2019-2020 (PDF Download)

2019-2020 Wednesday CGS Schedule (4:15p & 6:00p)

September 18 - Opening Mass at 6:30pm
September 25
October 2
October 9
October 23
October 30
November 6
November 13
November 20
December 4
December 11
December 18
January 8
January 15
January 29
February 5
February 12
February 19
March 4
March 11
March 18
April 1
April 15
April 22
April 29
May 6 - Closing Mass at 6:30pm

Wednesdays we do not meet:

October 16 - MEA Break
November 27- Thanksgiving Break
December 25 - Christmas
January 1 - New Year's Day
January 22 - Volunteer In-Service Week
February 26 - Ash Wednesday
March 25 - District 196 Spring Break
April 8 - Holy Week

Please join us for additional formative opportunities on Wednesday Evenings starting at 6:30pm (Guest Speaker in the Church for Parents & Teenagers):

October 2 - Family Formation Night
November 6 - Family Formation Night
December 4 - Family Formation Night
January 8 - Family Formation Night
February 5 - Family Formation Night
March 4 - Family Formation Night
April 1 - Family Formation Night

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