The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd


Coming to St. Louise de Marillac in the Fall of 2018

“Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’”    -- Luke 18: 15-17

Anyone who has spent time with small children knows that they are naturally curious. They have an innate desire to explore and examine the world around them. They ask many questions, and they love to spend time touching, and interacting with their environment. They also have an innate desire to feel safe and loved.

In the Fall of 2018, St. Louise will begin offering a unique Faith Formation program called The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd that will help satisfy the curiosity and deepen the faith of our youngest parish members. By participating in this program, the children of St. Louise de Marillac parish will have the opportunity to embark on an amazing faith journey, designed just for them – a journey that will ultimately lead them to a deep and lasting relationship with the Good Shepherd himself, Jesus Christ.

What Is CGS?

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a unique approach to Faith Formation, founded in both Sacred Scripture and Liturgy, and rich with the spiritual teachings and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church. The Catechesis proclaims the message of Jesus to children in an age-appropriate, hands-on, and engaging learning environment. The image of the Good Shepherd helps the children understand that our God is a loving and caring God who takes care of His children like a shepherd tends to his sheep.

We Need You!

For CGS to be successful, we need your help and support. Here are some ways that you can help ensure the successful implementation of CGS here at St. Louise de Marillac, and make a difference in the lives our children. Please prayerfully consider what you can do to help. Below are some suggestions. If you are on the fence about lending a hand, just think of the children whose lives will be enriched by your faithfulness and generosity!

• Atria Items. Do you have a talent for woodworking, sewing, and/or making crafts? If so, we would appreciate your assistance making items for the atria. You can make the items on your own, and/ or come to our Parish Craft Day. Look for details about this event in a future issue of the bulletin.

• Monetary Donation. Don’t have time to make items, but you would still like to help? Please consider making a monetary donation to cover expenses.

• Pray, Pray, Pray. Whether or not you are able to make items for the atria or donate money for supplies, there is still another way you can help. Please join us in praying for a successful implementation of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

If you would like to volunteer to make items for the atria, make a monetary donation, or ask a question about CGS, please contact the Faith Formation Office. Look for additional news about this very important parish initiative coming in future editions of our parish bulletin.

“He tends his flock like a shepherd. He gathers the lambs in his arms, and carries them close to his heart.” – Isaiah 40:11