History of CGS

National Association of CGS

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Faith Formation for Children

The Faith Formation Programs for children at St. John Neumann Parish are designed to nurture an
ever-growing, life-long relationship with God.

The programs are designed for children in grades pre-K through high school. They feature innovative, age-appropriate faith learning and life application. Content is based on Scripture, Liturgy,
the Sacraments and Sacred Tradition.

At the heart of the programs is the liturgy.  Our programs stress that formation is a life-long process and that catechesis is the responsibility of the whole faith community. The whole community (parents and family, priests, and catechists) is called to pass on the faith through faith sharing with the children and witness of daily life,
as well as to participate, as fully as possible, in the Sunday liturgy

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to faith formation of children ages 3 to 12.  It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori, Dr. Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi.


“If we want to help the child
draw nearer to God,
we should
with patience and courage
seek to go always closer
to the vital nucleus of things.

This requires study and prayer.
The children will be our teachers
if we know how to observe them.”
Sofia Cavalletti


Level I
(Ages 3+ to Kindergarten)
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Level III (Grades 4-6)

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation restores our covenant relationship with God that is broken or harmed by sin. Reconciliation frees us of the obstacles that sin creates so we may again celebrate the loving relationship God offers us.
First Reconciliation is celebrated during Lent of the second year of First Eucharist preparation.

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The Sacrament of Eucharist

The Sacrament of Eucharist helps sustain our relationship with God. Now we are in Christ as Christ is in us.
First Eucharist is celebrated during the Easter Season of the second year of preparation followed by several weeks of reflecting on and understanding more about the Sacrament during their regularly scheduled classes.

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Children's Catechumenate-Christian Initiation for Children who have reached Catechetical Age (7 years or older)

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