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Our mission is to support catechists, parents, and others in the Church and beyond as they grow in their understanding of the religious potential of children. With this in mind, we offer these newsletters developed by CGS catechists to serve you and your child:

Orientation to the Atrium

First Moments

Pentecost

The San Damiano Cross

The Mystery of the Kingdom of God

The Liturgical Calendar

The Consecration of the Chrism and the Elementary Child

The Our Father

The Pillars of Bible and Liturgy – Methodist

Grace and Courtesy

The Holy Spirit and the Elementary Child

Baptism and the Elementary Child

Sacramental Preparation

The Moral Life and the Elementary Child

Incarnation and the Elementary Child

The Prayer Table and Practical Life

Practical Life and the Elementary Child

The Mass and the Elementary Child

All About the Atrium – The Great Light

All About the Atrium – Be Not Afraid

All About the Atrium – The Holy Family

All About the Atrium – Observation as a Tool for Parenting

All About the Atrium – “Help me do it by myself!”

All About the Atrium – The Last Supper

All About the Atrium – Advent

It’s a CGS Summer – Practical Life

It’s a CGS Summer – The Fourth Sunday of Easter – Good Shepherd Sunday

Risen Life of Jesus

The True Vine

Incarnation and Synthesis

The History of the Kingdom of God

Order and the Prepared Environment

The Mystery of Life and Death

The Pillars of Bible and Liturgy – Catholic

The Prophets and the Elementary Child

The Materials

The Gift of Baptism

The City of Jerusalem

The Paschal Mystery and the Elementary Child

The Mustard Seed

Geography and the Elementary Child

The Young Child At Home: Room by Room

Prayer and Ritual and Home

The Eucharist and the Elementary Child

All About the Atrium – Biblical Geography

All About the Atrium – The White Garment

All About the Atrium – Art and the Child

All About the Atrium – The Messianic Prophecies

All About the Atrium – Baptism

All About the Atrium – The Parables

All About the Atrium – Celebrating the Liturgical Seasons at Home

It’s a CGS Summer – The Precious Pearl

The Religious World of Young Children

Nazareth and Bethlehem

Mary Had A Baby

Lent with Young Child

Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh

The Prophecy of the Names of the Messiah

The Tabernacle

The Holy Bible At Home

The Maxims

The Pillars of Bible and Liturgy – Episcopal

The History of the Kingdom of God: Three Moments and the Blank Page

Pentecost Celebration for the Family

He is Risen!

The Cenacle

The Good Shepherd

The Bible and the Elementary Child

The Comet Star

Holy Habits and Blessings

Prayer and the Liturgical Year

All About the Atrium – Ordinary Time

All About the Atrium – Infant-Toddler Catechesis

All About the Atrium – The City of Jerusalem

All About the Atrium – Purple is for Preparation

All About the Atrium – Who is the Child?

All About the Atrium – The Gestures of the Mass

All About the Atrium – Christmas

All About the Atrium – What is the Atrium?

It’s a CGS Summer – Pentecost

Words of Thanksgiving from the Holy Bible

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Welcome to CGSUSA

We believe God and the child have a unique relationship with one another. Children need their own place to foster the growth of that relationship. The growth of this relationship is assisted by the adult, but is directed by the Spirit of God within the child.

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What is the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd? The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd was born from the joy of the children’s encounter with God. It has been observed that children of the same developmental stage, even those from widely varying cultural backgrounds, respond to elements of the Christian message in the same way.

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In Catechesis of the Good Shepherd adults are given the opportunity to embrace a method of catechesis (or religious education) that will deepen one’s relationship with God. Catechist formation in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is both instructive as well as experiential. It captivates both the head as well as the heart.

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We read in the Gospel of Mark that Jesus sent his disciples out in pairs, two by two; the journey was not meant to be a solitary one. It is essential for us as catechists to support one another as we prepare materials, work in the atrium, and observe the child. We come together in unity, as members of CGSUSA, to share the joy of this work.

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Through their joy, their wonder and awe, their capacity for love and prayer, and their radical simplicity, children offer us adults a glimpse of what it means to fall in love with God. This has been the work of CGSUSA for over 30 years: to advocate for the child’s joy.

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