Catechist Formation Training

Due to civil and diocesan contagion prevention policies, the schedules for resuming 2020 trainings and beginning future trainings continue to be uncertain. Click CONTACT above if you would like to be notified when our next training is scheduled.


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 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). Note that all trainings are contingent upon a sufficient number of enrollees.



"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



Catechesis at the Greater Sacramento Atrium in Elverta in fall 2021 can resume when permitted by diocesan Covid policy. Click here if you would like to be notified when we resume accepting applications.


Subject to diocesan Covid policy, we normally begin training new CGS catechists in the spring. For details, click here.


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