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.

St. Joseph Community offers Level I, II, & III. Level I is for children age 3-Kindergarten (PreK-K); Level II is for grades 1-3 (children must have Level 1 experience prior to being in Level 2 or special permission in order to enroll); Level III is for grades 4-6 (similar to Level II, youth must have prior level I and II experience to enroll in level III).

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.

Register for 2020-2021 Faith Formation by clicking here!

2020-2021 Schedule for CGS:
Level I: Saturday during 5pm Mass; Sundays during 8:30am & 10:30am Mass
Level II: Wednesdays 4:15pm-5:45pm OR 6:00pm-7:30pm
Level III: Wednesdays from 6:00pm-7:30pm


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).


2020-2021 Schedules

Sunday Schedule (CGS Level 1)

CGS Sunday Calendar for 2020-2021 (PDF Download)

2020-2021 Sunday CGS Schedule (8:15a & 10:15a)

September 20
September 27
October 11
October 25
November 1
November 8
November 15
November 22
December 6
December 13
December 20
January 10
January 17
January 24
January 31
February 7
February 21
February 28
March 7
March 14
March 28
April 11
April 18
April 25

Sundays we do not meet:

October 4 - Parish Harvest Festival Weekend
October 18 - MEA Break
November 29 - Thanksgiving Break
December 27 - Christmas Break
January 3 - New Year's Break
February 14 - President's Holiday Weekend
March 21 - District 196 Spring Break
April 4 - Easter Sunday
May 2 - First Communion Weekend

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

September 16 - Faith Formation Opening Mass
October 7 - Family Formation Night
November 4 - Family Formation Night
December 2 - Family Formation Night
January 13 - Family Formation Night
February 3 - Family Formation Night
March 3 - Family Formation Night
April 7 - Family Formation Night
May 5 - Faith Formation Closing Mass

Saturday Schedule (CGS Level)

CGS Saturday Calendar for 2020-2021 (PDF Download)

2020-2021 Saturday CGS Schedule (4:45pm)

September 19
September 26
October 10
October 24
October 31
November 7
November 14
November 21
December 5
December 12
December 19
January 9
January 16
January 23
January 30
February 6
February 20
February 27
March 6
March 13
March 27
April 10
April 17
April 24

Saturdays we do not meet:

October 3 - Parish Harvest Festival Weekend
October 17 - MEA Break
November 28 - Thanksgiving Break
December 26 - Christmas Break
January 2 - New Year's Break
February 13 - President's Holiday Weekend
March 20 - District 196 Spring Break
April 3 - Easter Sunday
May 1 - First Communion Weekend

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

September 16 - Faith Formation Opening Mass
October 7 - Family Formation Night
November 4 - Family Formation Night
December 2 - Family Formation Night
January 13 - Family Formation Night
February 3 - Family Formation Night
March 3 - Family Formation Night
April 7 - Family Formation Night
May 5 - Faith Formation Closing Mass

Wednesday Schedule (CGS Level 2 & 3)

CGS Wednesday Calendar for 2020-2021 (PDF Download)

2020-2021 Wednesday CGS Schedule
Level 2 at 4:15pm & 6:00pm
Level 3 at 6:00pm

September 16 - Opening Mass at 6:30pm
September 23
September 30
October 7 **
October 21
October 28
November 4 **
November 11
November 18
December 2 **
December 9
December 16
January 13 **
January 20
January 27
February 3 **
February 10
February 24
March 3 **
March 10
March 17
April 7 **
April 14
April 21
April 28
May 5 - Closing Mass at 6:30pm

Wednesdays we do not meet:

October 14 - MEA Break
November 25- Thanksgiving Break
December 23 - Christmas
December 30 - New Year's Day
January 6 - Volunteer In-Service Week
February 17 - Ash Wednesday
March 24 - District 196 Spring Break
March 31 - Holy Week (A Family Adoration Program will be offered. Stay tuned for more details.)

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

October 7 - Family Formation Night
November 4 - Family Formation Night
December 2 - Family Formation Night
January 13 - Family Formation Night
February 3 - Family Formation Night
March 3 - Family Formation Night
April 7 - Family Formation Night

Summer Office Hours are Monday - Thursday 8am-4:30pm & Friday 8:00am-12:00pm.Click here for more information on Public Masses.
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