Formation for Children

CGS Good Shepherd
A drawing, by one of our students, of the Good Shepherd protecting His sheep from a wolf.

“Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray.  The disciples rebuked the people; but Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:13-14)

Children aren’t just the future of our Church.  They are an essential part of the Body of Christ right now!

We are excited to offer children’s faith formation classes during the months of the school year for children from pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade and beyond!


Here is the latest information about sacramental retreats & celebrations during the Easter 2020 season. If you have any other questions, please call Marisol Aguirre (se habla Español) or Derek Rotty at the parish office.

  • First Holy Communion Family Retreat with First Reconciliation
    Saturday, April 18; 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • Rehearsal for Confirmation Mass
    Monday, April 27 @ 6:00pm
  • Rehearsal for First Holy Communion Mass in Spanish
    Wednesday, April 29 @ 5:00pm
  • Rehearsal for First Holy Communion Mass in English
    Thursday, April 30 @ 6:30pm
  • Confirmation Mass with Bishop David Talley
    Friday, May 1 @ 7:00pm
  • First Holy Communion Mass in Spanish
    Saturday, May 2 @ 11:00am
  • First Holy Communion Mass in English
    Saturday, May 2 @ 5:30pm

Our Vision & Methods
We begin with pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, & Year 1 of First Holy Communion Prep engaging in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, which is a Montessori-based style of catechesis.  It is a fantastic method to foster the spiritual growth of children!  We are working to be able to provide CGS in the older grade levels in years to come.

Beginning in Year 2 of First Holy Communion Prep, students return to a more traditional classroom setting, although we make every effort for our catechesis to be different from their usual school day.  Students are placed in age- and developmental-appropriate sections until they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, which is typically in the 8th grade.  (NOTE: we do have a significant number of high school students who come to us to receive Confirmation, and we can accommodate their needs.)

Information about Sacramental Preparation (Holy Eucharist & Confirmation)
Check out our First Holy Communion preparation page.  It has all the necessary information for families of children in Year 1 or Year 2 of First Holy Communion preparation.

Check out our Confirmation Preparation page.  It has all the necessary information for families whose teens are in Year 1 or Year 2 of Confirmation preparation.

Vacation Bible School
Each year during June, we also host a great Vacation Bible School experience for children ages 3 through 5th grade (rising 6th grade).

For more information about any of our children’s ministry opportunities, please contact Derek Rotty, Director of Evangelization & Discipleship: 731.668.2596 or