Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Registration
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a Montessori-based Orthodox religious education program. Each of our “teachers” (called catechists) has completed 90+ hours of formal training to become certified in a Level 1 classroom (called atrium). Level 1 CGS is now in its seventh year at the Basilica and is offered to children ages 3 to 6 years old. CGS is part of the Church School Ministry and follows the Church School calendar. The atrium consists of practical life works, the Altar, Liturgical items, geography of Palestine, Infancy Narratives, Biblical parables, The Good Shepherd works, The Paschal Mystery, Baptism, Eucharist, and the feasts, fasts, and celebrations of the church. Our material and style of learning is hands-on and through the nature of the work, fosters meditation and prayer and a better understanding of the Divine Liturgy. Please contact us at email@example.com if you would like more information.
Registration for children ages 3-6 is now open for the 2020-21 school year. Children must be 3 years old by September 1, 2020 and toilet trained. Classes will be held on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30am. Please note that space is extremely limited. In order to offer this program to more of our parish’s children, we need your help! Consider training to become a catechist and join our team. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The registration fee is $30 per child. Checks may be made to “St. Mary’s Orthodox Church” with “CGS” in the memo.
*Please note that due to COVID-19, the exact start and end dates for the school year will be determined at a later date.*
If your child is enrolled in school at the Basilica of St. Mary Montessori Academy (BOSMMA), they will already receive CGS as part of their weekly curriculum. This Sunday morning class is reserved for children who are not enrolled in BOSMMA. Thank you for understanding.