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 April 2019 - April 2020 Sacramento (Elverta)
Level 1 April 2020 - April 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
Level 1 July 2019 - August 2020 Antioch (CA) Atrium


"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.