You are your child’s first teacher in the Catholic faith! Praying with your children, taking them to Mass and the Sacraments regularly, and being a good example to them are the most important ways to set them on the path to Meet, Know, Love and Serve Christ. At St. Charles Parish we hope to assist you in that vital role by praying with your children and teaching, discussing and reinforcing the traditions and teachings of the Catholic Church with them during our Child Formation Sessions.
For Preschool and Kindergarten (Ages 3-5), we are offering the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS), which is a Montessori-based religious education program. In CGS, children meet in a specially designed classroom (called an atrium) filled with miniature materials relating to the Mass, the Sacraments, and the Bible, that they enjoy working through at their own pace. The catechists leading each session have received extensive training to guide your child through this beautiful program where they not only are educated about the facts of their faith, but learn to love God and enjoy His presence and His gifts. In order to keep class sizes small (no more than ten children), we will be offering six different sessions each week:
• CGS I-A – Sunday Morning 8:30 am – 10:00 am
• CGS I-B – Sunday Morning 10:30 am – noon
• CGS I-C – Wednesday Afternoon 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
• CGS I-D – Wednesday Evening 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
• CGS I-E – Thursday Afternoon 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
• CGS I-F – Thursday Evening 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
All of our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd sessions run for 1.5 hours, meet approximately 3 times each month and finish up before Easter. Our sessions start in October and are preceded by a parent orientation and two weeks of small group orientation sessions (each child will come for one half of one class during those two weeks).
To Register for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at St. Charles, please fill out our online form HERE (one per child) AND return the Emergency Medical and Payment forms (one of each per family) along with your payment to the Child Formation Office by August 1, 2018.
Early sign-up is recommended since popular time slots (especially Sunday morning and Wednesday evening) are filling up quickly.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns or if you’d like to learn more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Please find a detailed calendar here or stop by the office to pick up a print copy.
Classes begin in September or October and meet approximately three times a month for an hour and a half. All classes except Grade 2 are done before Easter.
K3-K5 meets Sunday mornings, Wednesdays or Thursdays (six sessions each week)
Grade 1 meets Sunday Mornings
Grade 2 meets Wednesday Evenings
Grades 3-5 meet Sunday Mornings or Wednesday Evenings
(See Calendar above for more details)
We recommend that they begin Child Formation at age 3 in our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program because at this age they are particularly open to God’s love, which is the best foundation for a life-long faith journey. Grade 1 Child Formation is required before beginning the Grade 2 year of preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
We work with your child to accomplish this through individual or small group preparation according to their needs, using materials appropriate to their age and grade level. Please contact us for more information.
We work very closely with you to help your child prepare for and celebrate the sacraments according to their capabilities and in a manner suited to their needs - generally with small group or individual preparation. Please contact us for more information.