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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is Saint Cecilia’s Montessori-based Faith Formation program for preschool children and kindergartners. It is offered to children who are 3, 4, or 5 years by October 1st. Children and catechists meet 3-4 times per month during the 10:00am Mass. Classes begin in September and end on Pentecost Sunday. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program operates on a belief that the very young child has been in a relationship with God since birth. Therefore, the work of the catechist is to simply support that relationship as it grows.
We follow a Whole Community Worship (WCW) model, which offers inter-generational and small group formation activities for every member of our parish. We gather three Wednesday evenings each month from October to May. We begin the session with a potluck meal and share in prayer and fellowship. During two of these sessions, we break into small groups for faith formation classes. Once a month we gather to take part in a large group activity where families stay together. This may include a prayer experience, a service project, or a community building activity.