Catechist Formation - Level 1 (ages 3-6)
Due to current health risks, as well as diocesan and public health mandates,
this training has been postponed to spring 2021.
A new schedule will be posted as soon as it is finalized.
This 96-hour course provides the training required to achieve certification by the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for catechesis of 3-6 year-olds. After the first 48 hours (6 days) of the course through June, participants will have enough training to begin working with children in their first year of catechesis.
Sat, May 16, 2020, 8AM to 5PM
Sun, May 17, 2020, 10AM to 5PM
Sat, June 6, 2020, 8AM to 5PM (Revised date)
Sun, June 7, 2020, 10AM to 5PM (Revised date)
Sat, June 20, 2020, 8AM to 5PM
Sun, June 21, 2020, 10AM to 5PM
Sat, August 1, 2020, 8AM to 5PM
Sun, August 2, 2020, 10AM to 5PM
Sat, September 5, 2020, 8AM to Noon
Sat, October 3, 2020, 8AM to Noon
Sat, November 7, 2020, 8AM to Noon
Sat, December 5, 2020, 8AM to Noon
Sat, January 2, 2021, 8AM to Noon
Sat, February 6, 2021, 8AM to Noon
Sat, March 6, 2021, 8AM to Noon
Sat, April 3, 2021, 8AM to Noon
Janette Vincent, Head Catechist for the Greater Sacramento Atrium, guides a team of seven lead catechists and ten assistant catechists, serving children from almost 30 different parishes. She is certified by the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, and has led over 3,000 hours of catechesis with 3-12 year olds since 2004. Janette is married with two homeschooled children and one daughter in college. She is a board certified family physician, and continues to practice medicine part-time.
The training will take place at the Greater Sacramento Atrium in Elverta, located just north of Natomas, near Sacramento International Airport. Address, map and directions will be provided to enrollees.
The following tuition amounts are for catechists from parishes within the Diocese of Sacramento. Applicants who are not from parishes in the Diocese of Sacramento, please contact us for tuition amounts.
Simple lunches are included during all-day sessions. Because CGS Greater Sacramento is a 501(c)(3) exempt nonprofit organization, your tuition may be tax deductible. Refunds are not available after the early discount deadlines. Until the Shelter in Place Mandate is lifted and we are able to set a final schedule for the training, we will offer refunds to any applicants who wish to withdraw.
In addition to the tuition costs, we recommend that trainees expect to pay a total of up to about $50 for books. Click here for the titles. These are available new from the National Association for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, or used through other online sellers. Trainees can either:
1) purchase the books themselves to begin reading before the training begins, or
2) wait to participate in a group order after the training begins, in order to save on shipping costs and possibly share copies with other trainees
Limited financial assistance is available for applicants from parishes in the Diocese of Sacramento. Financial assistance applications are due April 17, 2020. In fairness to all, please do not request special individual exceptions to this firm deadline. To apply for financial assistance, click here.
Apply for the Training
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Training space is limited. We will promptly return/refund payments to applicants who we cannot enroll.