Catechist Formation Training

Cenacle Resources is a nonprofit organization that promotes the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in the Diocese of Sacramento. Some of the formation trainings listed below are offered directly by Cenacle, 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 Cenacle Resources

Level Schedule Location
Level 1 April 2019 - April 2020 Sacramento (Elverta)
Level 2 June 2018 - Aug 2019  Sacramento (Elverta)


"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



Parents, parish staff and others say they didn't understand CGS until they saw it in person. To schedule a visit, click here to contact us.


In April we begin training new CGS catechists. For details, click here.


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