What is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd?

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an interactive form of catechesis where children explore with hands-on materials to understand the Bible and the Mass. This religious experience fosters the growth of the relationship between God and the child in a place specially prepared for the religious life of children called the Atrium.

Feel free to click here to view an introduction video for a better understanding of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

Registration Opens May 1. There is limited space, and spaces fill quickly. A registration link for all Faith Formation Options will be on the main Children’s Faith Formation page starting May 1. Parental Assistance is required a minimum of 4 times per year.

More Information
  • Classes are held on Sundays 9:45am–11:15am or Tuesdays 4:30pm–6:00pm.

  • Parental assistance is required a minimum of 4 classes a year.

  • 2nd grade students will automatically be registered for First Reconciliation classes.

  • 3rd grade students will automatically be registered for Restored Order classes.

Do you feel called to help Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) come to Saint Thomas More? In this particular method of catechesis, parishioners lovingly make the materials with which the children will work. If you have any special skills and talents and would like to participate in almsgiving of time and talent, then please prayerfully consider helping with CGS!

Different ways to help include:

  • High school youth earning volunteer hours
  • Hand-writing scripture books and prayer cards
  • Coloring posters and instructional aids
  • Cutting out instructional aids and laminated items
  • Basic sewing of prayer table and model altar cloths
  • Painting wooden dioramas, peg dolls, and ceramic figures
  • Wood working to make dioramas
  • Becoming a trained catechist

The Top 5 Reasons to become a trained catechist are:

  1. To build social relationships with like-minded people.
  2. Catechist Formation is a retreat in which you will come to know more about, understand, and love our Catholic faith.
  3. To help Saint Thomas More be able to provide CGS to our children.
  4. To directly help grow the Kingdom of God through evangelization.
  5. So your own children or grandchildren can learn about their faith and the Bible through CGS!

“That is the most beautiful homily I have ever witnessed.”
–Saint John Paul II, while visiting a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium

To register, please contact Donna Engel at

For program information, please contact Yvette Ramos at or 303.221.9176.