Catechist Formation Training

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Greater Sacramento is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes CGS in the Diocese of Sacramento. Some of the formation trainings listed below are offered directly by CGS Greater Sacramento, while others are offered by individual parishes or schools. Each course involves at least 100 hours of training, usually spread over about a year. After the first six days of training, catechists have enough formation to begin working with children in an Atrium. Catechists must be certified in Level 1 (catechesis for 3-6 year olds) before training in Level 2 (6-9 year olds). Click a link below for details on a particular training. Note that all trainings are contingent upon a sufficient number of enrollees.


 Formation Courses Offered by CGS Greater Sacramento

Level Schedule Location
Level 1 Spring 2020 - Spring 2021 Sacramento (Elverta)

Formation Courses Offered by Other Parishes / Schools / Organizations

Level Schedule Location
Level 1 June 2019 - July 2020 St Isidore, Yuba City
Level 1 June 2019 - July 2020 (SPANISH)  St Mary, Vacaville


"In catechesis . . . it is Christ alone Who teaches.

Anyone else teaches to the extent that he is Christ's spokesman."

Catechism of the Catholic Church # 427



In compliance with diocesan Covid policy, the Greater Sacramento Atrium in Elverta will not be enrolling children for fall 2020. Click here if you would like to be notified when we resume accepting applications.


We begin training new CGS catechists in the spring. For details, click here.


Participants in the Greater Sacramento Atrium can click here for documents.