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 formation trainings are offered directly by CGS Greater Sacramento, while others are offered by individual parishes or schools. Each course involves about 100 hours of training, usually spread over about a year, sometimes longer. After the first twelve hours 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). Note that all trainings are contingent upon a sufficient number of enrollees.


 Formation Courses Offered by CGS Greater Sacramento

Level Schedule Location
Level 1 Summer  2023 - Spring 2025 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



If you were enrolled in  the Greater Sacramento Atrium in Elverta in 2022-23, click here to apply for 2023-24. Unfortunately we are no longer accepting applications from new families for 2023-24.


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


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