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Materials Manuals

What Makes the CGS Materials So Important?

The materials in the atrium are:

“...indications of the hidden reality of God. They are concrete helps to know
the language, times and places of the mystery of God. The child will make
the mystery his own, according to his own nature, his own capacities
and his own personal rhythm of learning.

With due respect for the differences, we can say that the materials do what liturgy does. Our relationship with God is established through sensible objects, respecting a fundamental human exigency.”
Gianna Gobbi  
Torreón Mexico, 1998  

Where Can We Get CGS Materials for our Atrium?

Gianna went on to say:
“It is important that, as much as possible, the catechist makes his or her own catechetical materials.

Making the materials by hand is an essential way of entering more deeply into the theme we will present to the children.  It helps us to slow down and to pace ourselves more to the rhythm of the child, as well as to be more attentive to the Holy Spirit.  Furthermore, material-making is an invaluable opportunity for us as adults to experience the integration of hand, mind and heart.”

I Don't Know How to Make Materials Like This!  What Can I Do?

Out of respect for the dignity of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd materials that have been developed over fifty years of working with the child, the National Association recognizes the importance of providing catechists with excellent, up-to-date directions as they prepare their hearts and the atrium environment for the child.

CGSUSA now offers qualifying members access to the online Level I and Level II
Materials Manuals as a benefit of Individual Membership!

The Level III Materials Manual is available on a newly revised (2015) Flashdrive through the CGSUSA Publications Catalog.


The online Materials Manuals for Level I and Level II offer:
  • Color photos
  • Directions, with downloadable PDFs for making dioramas, card materials, two-dimensional flat figures, prayer cards and much, much more.
  • ‘How-to’ help links - such as, using tools, making sculpey figurines, packet making
  • Episcopal Adaptations  
  • Directions for liturgical changes from the Roman Missal, Third Edition implementation  
  • FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), such as, ‘Flame or dove?’ or ‘Do parable figures have faces?’
Level I and Level II Materials Manuals are now being offered in the For Our Members section of to qualifying members who:
  • embrace the importance of preparing the materials as much as possible themselves and in keeping with the Characteristics of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd developed by Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi and the International Council (Consiglio)
  • are in the process of Formation or have completed their Formation at the particular Level they are requesting, and
  • hold Individual Membership in the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (see Become a Member)