Catechist Formation - Level 1 (ages 3-6)



This training is contingent upon contagion protocol developments 

in Sacramento County and the Diocese of Sacramento.



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, April 23, 2022, 8AM to 5PM

Sun, April 24, 2022, 10AM to 5PM

Sat, May 21, 2022, 8AM to 5PM (Revised date)

Sun, May 22, 2022, 10AM to 5PM (Revised date)

Sat, June 25, 2022, 8AM to 5PM

Sun, June 26, 2022, 10AM to 5PM

Sat, July 23, 2022, 8AM to 5PM

Sun, July 24, 2022, 10AM to 5PM

Sat, September 3, 2022, 8AM to Noon

Sat, October 1, 2022, 8AM to Noon

Sat, November 5, 2022, 8AM to Noon

Sat, December 3, 2022, 8AM to Noon

Sat, January 7, 20238AM to Noon

Sat, February 4, 2023, 8AM to Noon

Sat, March 4, 2023, 8AM to Noon

Sat, April 1, 2023, 8AM to Noon



Janette Vincent, Head Catechist for the Greater Sacramento Atrium, 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. Through the years she has mentored nearly a hundred lead catechists and assistant catechists, serving children from dozens of parishes around the diocese. Janette is married with three children. 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.

  • Payment 1: $200 if received in full by April 1, 2022 at 4:00PM; $300 if received by April 19, 2022 at 4:00PM. (Applications received after this time will be returned.)
  • Payment 2: $200 if received in full by July 15, 2022 at 4:00PM; $300 if received by July 21, 2022 at 4:00 PM (Participants making their second payment after this date are welcome to resume their training after we receive their second payment.)

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. If civil and/or diocesan contagion policies require us to postpone 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 about $60-$70 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


Financial Assistance

Limited financial assistance is available for applicants from parishes in the Diocese of Sacramento. Financial assistance applications were due March 25, 2022. In fairness to all, please do not request special individual exceptions to this firm deadline.


Apply for the Training

By credit/debit cardClick here 

By checkClick here

Training space is limited. We will promptly return/refund payments to applicants who we cannot enroll. 


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.


On January 28 we will host an introductory workshop for prospective catechists and others who want to learn more about CGS. For details click here.


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