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CGS Catechist Training

Desire to learn more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd? Want to discern your role in this movement at our parishes? Desire to be trained as a CGS Catechist for Level 1 (3-6 year olds)? Want to learn new ways to foster a deeper relationship between God and your child(ren) at home? Want to grow in your faith?

Consider attending the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd training course this coming June 11th-16th, 2018. This is part 1 of a two part course that explores the religious nature, potential, and needs of a child ages 3-6. 

Course Description:

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a Catholic approach to the religious formation of children, 3-12 years of age, based on the conviction that God and the child are in relationship. It was begun by Maria Montessori, who is well-known for her hands-on methodology that carefully meets the developmental, spiritual and academic needs of children. CGS was further developed by Dr. Sofia Cavalletti, a scripture scholar, and Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori educator. A number of Christian denominations have modified the materials and presentations to fit their needs.

Course Objectives:
  • To explore the religious nature and the most vital religious needs of the 3 to 6 year old child.

  • To present the methodology and guiding principles of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Montessori education.

  • To broaden the catechist’s ability to observe and learn from children, to listen with children to scripture, and to deepen the catechist’s enjoyment of God’s presence.

  • To offer guidelines and assistance in preparing the “atrium” environment, making the catechists’ album and designing catechetical materials.

  • To meditate on the scriptural and liturgical themes presented to the 3 to 6 year old child.
Registration:

To register, please visit this online registration form.

Registration Fee:

For Christ King, St. Bernard, and St. Pius X parish members, each part is $90 (not including books). 

For non-parishioners, each part is $250. 

You can either pay online through the online registration form OR you can pay by check. Please make checks out to Christ King Parish (Please add CGS 2018 Training in the memo line). You can send them to Christ King Parish/2604 N. Swan Blvd. Wauwatosa, WI 53226.

Book Bundle: 

We strongly recommend that you pre-order and send in payment for the CGS Level 1 Book Bundle ($50), so we can have it waiting for you at the first training session. This is the best price available for these essential books. If you desire this, please add $50 onto your registration fee payment.

The bundle includes the following titles:

  • The Religious Potential of the Child by Sofia Cavalletti
  • Listening to God with Children by Gianna Gobbi
  • The Good Shepherd & the Child: A Joyful Journey by Sofia Cavalletti et al.
Questions?

For more information on the course, please contact Samantha El-Azem, Tri-Parish Director of Formation for Children at elazems@christkingparish.org.