Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

We are excited that Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is continuing to grow here at Saint Ambrose! Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based method of sharing the beauty and knowledge of our Catholic faith, in which children encounter the love of the Good Shepherd through presentations on Scripture and liturgy, hands-on learning, and their personal work. This time with the Good Shepherd takes place in the Atrium, a special place of prayer, prepared and set for the children. The Atrium is full of many works including the model altar, where the children hear the names of the holy items used at Mass and observe how to set the altar; the Nativity story, in which the children listen to a Gospel passage of the Lord’s birth and then can work with it themselves; a map of the Land of Israel, the special place God chose for his only Son; and so much more!

“I am the Good Shepherd,
and I know mine
and mine know me.”
John 10:14

Saint Ambrose Level 1 Adult Course

We are hosting a class in 2024 and 2025 for any adults interested in becoming CGS catechists or taking this course for their own spiritual nourishment! We would love for you to join us.

Level I, Part A: July 23-25, 2024 & August 20-22, 2024
Level I, Part B: July 22-24, 2025 & July 29-31, 2025

Level 2 at Saint Ambrose

We are currently determining whether we can grow to add a Level 2 session next year at Saint Ambrose, for 1st – 3rd graders. If this is something your family is interested in, please fill out our survey. From there, we will be able to determine staff and volunteer availability and a session time and date. Thank you!

CGS Employment

We are looking for another staff member to join our team, particularly someone with Level 2 experience. Please learn more and apply today here or reach out to Kathleen Dierberger with any questions.

CGS 2023-2024

We currently offer Level I CGS for children ages 3 – 6. Please reach out to Kathleen Dierberger with any questions or to take a tour of the Atrium.

  • Offered weekly with the Early Childhood Caterpillar, Frog, Cub, Star, and Dolphin rooms
  • Offered 2-3 times a month to our Saint Ambrose Kindergarten classes
  • Sundays from 9:35 am – 10:50 am
  • Mondays from 2:00 pm – 3:25 pm

Help with CGS

  • Become a catechist or sub
  • Create or fix works (can include sewing, painting, woodwork, and claywork)
  • Assist with CGS records

For more information regarding Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, please contact:

Kathleen Dierberger
[email protected]

Baccalaureate Mass for graduating high school seniors: Sunday, June 16th at 1100 Mass.
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