Young preschool child with hands-on Montessori Catechesis of the Good Shepherd materials

"The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

meets or exceeds the catechetical requirements

for children to first receive the Sacraments

of Reconciliation and Holy Communion . . ."

Bishop Jaime Soto, November 2, 2011


A solid intellectual understanding of the Faith enables the mature Christian to resist the assault of false philosophies, and to enlighten others' minds to the Truth. However, a deep, loving relationship with God best ensures that the young Christian will ever grow into that mature Christian.


While beginning to educate children's minds in the Faith, at least as importantly The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd helps them cultivate that loving relationship with God in their most formative years. To learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, click on "The Approach." To read testimonials from parents, click on "Testimonials." To view a short video, click here.


Contact us to learn how the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd can help your children, your parish and you grow in His Love.



Click here to apply for 2020-21 catechesis at the Greater Sacramento Atrium in Elverta. Families not enrolled in 2019-20 click here to RSVP for a pre-enrollment meeting.


We begin training new CGS catechists each spring. For details, click here.


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