We see children as participating members of the body of Christ, people who are just as able (if not more so) to relate to God as any adult; in fact, we can only know God rightly by becoming like a child. While the home is usually the primary place of formation for a child, as a parish we seek to offer children special opportunities of growth and formation that are appropriate to their specific physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is an approach to Christian Formation in which children and their teachers listen to God together and experience God’s gift of love through multi-sensory Scripture presentations, contemplative work, and times of prayer. CGS is rooted in the Bible and the Liturgy of the Church.
Children gather in a room specially prepared for them called an “atrium,” which contains hands-on materials that the children can work with and use, such as a model altar and dioramas of Jesus’ life. They also gather around a prayer table each week to listen and talk to God.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is offered to children ages 3-12 during the 9:00 and 11:00 AM services, and the 10:00 AM Children’s Formation Hour:
- 9:00 AM — During the sermon, children of all ages are invited to gather in the Baptistery for a time of prayer, scripture, and song.
- 10:00 AM — Children’s Formation Hour: Children ages 3-5 and 9-12 meet in the Sheepfold, our temporary classroom trailer. Children ages 6-8 meet on the Parish Hall stage.
- 11:00 AM — At the singing of the Gloria, children depart for Catechesis in procession, following the Cross. Children ages 3-5 go left to the Sheepfold; children ages 6+ go right to the Parish Hall. They return during the Offertory for Holy Communion.
For more information on Children's Ministries at Christ the Redeemer, please contact Fr. Brian Barry, Director of Youth and Children's Ministries, (email).