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Faith Formation for Children


Formation in the faith begins at home in the “Domestic Church.” The parents are the primary educators for their children, especially in the faith. 


"The future of evangelization depends in great part on the Church of the home.  This apostolic mission of the family is rooted in Baptism and receives from the grace of the sacrament of marriage new strength to transmit the faith, to sanctify and transform our present society according to God's plan." - St. John Paul II (Familiaris Consortio)


For registration information, please contact Maria Muscado and Connie Moretti at the Parish Office.

​The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a way of religious formation for children ages 3 to 12.  CGS is based on the Bible and the liturgy of the Catholic Church; it is inspired by the principles of Montessori education.
The atrium is a room prepared for the children.  It is a place of prayer, work, and community.  In the atrium, Jesus is the teacher.  The role of the catechist is to listen to God with the children.  

​During an atrium session, the catechist and the child engage biblical and liturgical presentations.  The child then works with carefully produced materials. This “hands-on” experience invites the child to contemplate and enjoy God's presence, and to respond to his love.

Have you read about CGS in the Northwest Catholic?

Did you hear Fr. Nagel's homily on Faith Formation?

"Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a precious resource for parents. "

- Archbishop J Miller, Vancouver (from the World Meeting of Families, Philadelphia, PA on September 22, 2015)

​"The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd allows God to speak directly to the child." - a parent



Has your child been baptized?  See our Baptism page.  In Levels 2 and 3, children prepare for First Penance and First Eucharist.  With their families, Sacramental Preparation involves meetings, workshops and rehearsals.  First Penance takes place in December and First Eucharist takes place in May for children ages 7 and up.  Baptism – a copy of the certificate should be submitted with the registration form. 

The last day to register is October 21, 2017 to receive First Communion in May 2018.  Questions?  Contact Maria Muscado.

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