“The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an amazing approach to a contemplative catechesis for children, as developed through the work of Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi. “CGS” is more than a catechesis for children. I believe that it is one of the new renewal movements for the Church, given to us by theLord… allowing us a new way to receive and experience the gifts of the Lord through a contemplative listening of the Word and an active participation in the Sacraments of His Presence. I was introduced to this work while pastor at Saint John Neumann and it has affected my own spirituality in a powerful way. Please allow me this personal request… to come and see how the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd may be a blessing in the lives of your people… the children and the teens and the adults of your parish community.”
Bishop Talley completed CGS training Levels I and II
The Most Reverend David P. Talley, M.S.W., J.C.D.
Bishop of Alexandria, LA
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
For children ages 3 to kindergarten, this program is a hands-on approach to faith formation where the catechist is a co listener to the word with the child. The child makes their own choice as to the presentations they receive discovering their faith at their pace. They are guided in this process by an adult or teen catechist.
What is the curriculum?
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd employs the Montessori Method to present Scripture and the Sacraments to children. The program is grounded in a scriptural and liturgical study using tangible, self-teaching materials. The catechesis is based on the principle that the child desires to draw near to God. The relationship is assisted by the Catechist but is directed by the Spirit of God within the child. Themes are offered in such a way as to develop the religious potential present in every child: “the capacity to love and be loved.”
Registration for 2019-2020
Registration will begin in April 2019 and be managed through our website once open.
Tuition: $100.00 per student/$250.00 for families of 3 or more
Schedule for 2018 – 2019 School year:
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Faith Formation Groups will be held on Sunday morning from 9:30 to 11:00 am and on Monday afternoon from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Groups will meet from September 9, 2018 to May 5, 2019. Please check the online calendar for updates.
First Penance and First Eucharist
For: Baptized children in 1st and 2nd grade
Children preparing to receive the sacraments of First Penance and First Eucharist should be in the 2nd grade and have at least one prior year of faith formation per archdiocesan guidelines. Children should also be registered in faith formation for the current year, and parents must indicate upon registration their desire for sacramental preparation. We will be using Catechesis of the Good Shepherd to prepare children to receive their First Holy Communion.
Interested in learning more about the sacramental preparation program? Check out the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd tab.
Child and parent(s) must attend both the First Eucharist and First Penance retreat, as well as submit a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate before the reception of the sacraments. Dates for the retreats will be sent out with the faith formation calendar but may be subject to change. If your child does not meet archdiocesan guidelines, but you would like to discuss sacramental formation options, please contact the youth faith formation coordinator.
For: Children in 3rd-5th grade
Pflaum Gospel Weeklies is a lectionary-based program flowing from the words of Jesus Christ in the Sunday Gospels. Children learn their faith through the seasons of the Liturgical year, and they are encouraged to participate in the life of the parish through the Gospel. The program also incorporates teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in a format suitable for each age group. Children are able to discover the message of God through hands-on activities, group prayer, and more!
Age Groupings and Gospel Weeklies Program:
3rd Grade: Good News
4th and 5th Grade: Venture
Registration is on a first-come, first served bases and begins in April 2019. Please go to maryourqueen.com to register your child for this program.
Tuition: $100.00 per student/$250.00 for families of 3 or more.
To make a tuition payment, click here.
Please contact us with any questions about our children’s programs:
More Resources for Parents
Hi Parents! If you’re looking for more free resources for you and your family, check out the Grow Blog from the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies program! Contained within are countless videos, saint stories, and reflections on the Liturgical seasons!
Catholic Vacation Bible School
You are officially invited to spend a royal week with the King and Queen of Heaven and earth!
Enter through the gates of the kingdom and learn all about Mary, and how she leads us closer to her Son, the King of Kings.
VBS: June 24th-28th from 9am-12pm.
Cost: $40.00/child (Family discounts possible for families of 3 or more. Call for details)
Registration opens Sunday, March 17th
To Pay Online, Go Here
Enter Amount beside Vacation Bible School
–Registration: $40.00 per child, please enter the correct dollar amount based on the number of children you are registering. Thank you!
Adult and Teen Faith Formation Volunteers
Mary Our Queen faith formation programs would not be able to function without the continued support of our parents and parishioners. As part of a growing community, we need all the help and support we can obtain! You will be given all the tools you need to be a wonderful asset to the classroom. Please consider volunteering your time and talents to one or more of these positions:
Catechist: Leads formation class with given teaching guidelines, maintains classroom management, and creates a welcoming environment for children to explore their faith.
Assistant Catechist: Supports catechist with child faith formation, helps maintain classroom management, and adds a valuable example of living the Catholic faith.
Attendance Keeper: Helps parents sign-in their children
Materials Assistant: Aids the youth faith formation coordinator in preparing materials for catechists
Vacation Bible School: Helps with one or more of the many tasks needed to run a successful VBS.
If you wish to volunteer with the children, the Archdiocese of Atlanta does require all volunteers (18yrs and older) to receive VIRTUS training and undergo a background screening before they can assist.
PLEASE SIGN UP FOR OUR NEXT VIRTUS training at Mary Our Queen on May 11th, 2019 from 1pm-4pm below:
Adults will need to complete the paperwork with the Archdiocese of Atlanta located here.
If you are a minor (13-17yrs) and you wish to volunteer, you must complete a Minor Volunteer Application and have a School Reference Form completed.
Or Contact Hazel Rose Ceci at 770-674-6217