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). All youth enrolled in the CGS program are also enrolled in our Family Formation program. (Wednesday Night CGS classes do not meet on weeks when Family Formation sessions are taking place.)

2023-2024 Sessions for CGS Levels 1-3:
Level I: Sundays 8:15am-9:45am & 10:15am-11:45am
Level I: Fridays 8:30am-10:00am
Level II: Wednesdays 4:15pm-5:45pm & 6:00pm-7:30pm
Level III: Wednesdays 6:00pm-7:30pm

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

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

2023-2024 CGS Schedules - COMING SOON!

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).

Child with Special Needs?

Do you have a child with special needs looking to be in the CGS program, but you're unsure if it is the best fit? Please connect with us to discuss options. Every person is unique and we want to work with you and your family to determine the best way for them to grow in faith. Contact or 651-313-8464 to begin the discussion.

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