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, 2023, 8AM 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.
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
Limited financial assistance is available for applicants from parishes in the Diocese of Sacramento. Financial assistance applications are due March 25, 2022. 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.