Sustaining CGS in a Parish Setting

And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit.

It came up and grew and yielded thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.

“Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.”

Mark 4:3-8



Resources from the Summer Catechist Study Day


An ongoing deepening for the Catechist of the Good Shepherd, this summer’s study will focus on sustaining the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in a parish or school setting.

Sustaining CGS in a Parish Setting Booklet

This booklet offered for our members, is a PRINT and ASSEMBLE version. You will need to print the pages, stack them accordingly, fold the paper in half and afix with a staple them in the middle of the fold. Note: Print the first page ALONE, print the remaining pages back to back.

Case Study and Discussion Questions

A sample case study

Sustaining CGS in the Parish – Sample 2022

Some points to consider as you begin the process.

Writing a Sustainability Plan for CGS – Sample 2022

As you meet with your fellow catechists, parish staff, board, and pastor to discuss CGS, what are the questions you may want to consider writing a Sustainability Plan? Where do we start?

Resources mentioned during the Study Day:

Redeeming Conflict: 12 Habits for Christian Leaders by Ann Garrido



Il Signore ha messe un seme.
Words and music by Claudio Chieffo May 1964
(A beloved song of Gianna’s)

Il Signore ha messo un seme nella terra del mio giardino,
il Signore ha messo un seme nel profondo del mio.
Mattinothe lo appena me ne sono accorto sono
sceso dal mio balcone volevo guardarci dentro e volevo vedere il seme.
Ma il Signore ha messo il seme nella terra del mio giardino,
il Signore ha messo il seme all’inizio del mio cammino.
Io vorrei che fiorisse il seme, io vorrei che nascesse il fiore,
ma il tempo del germoglio lo conosce il mio Signore.
Il Signore ha messo un seme nella terra del mio giardino,

il Signore ha messo un seme nel profondo del mio mattinothe


The Lord has planted a seed in the soil of my garden.
The Lord has planted a seed in the depths of my morning.
As soon as I got up, I went down from my balcony.
I wanted to look inside; I wanted to look at the seed.
But the Lord has planted a seed in the soil of my garden.
The Lord has planted a seed at the beginning of my pathway.
I want the seed to blossom; I want a flower to be born,
But the time of its germination, only the Lord knows.

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