Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Faith Formation (CGS)
What is CGS? A Montessori-based, religious faith formation developed by Sofia Cavalletti and her friend, Gianna Gobbi. In its simplest terms, CGS is “listening to God with children.” The place where children and adults gather to listen to God together is called an Atrium: a place to listen, work and pray.
Why CGS? CGS focusses on fostering the relationship between God and the child and forming the child in the image of Christ. This loving relationship is introduced to the child through the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd who knows and loves us and calls each of us by name. EHA’s mission to form Christ centered leaders is carried out in the atrium where through the Holy Spirit, the catechist presents works to the child to enhance the child’s relationship with Jesus, the Good Shepherd. The atrium enhances the child’s understanding of the Mass to help the child participate more fully in the Mass at any age.
How is EHA offering CGS? EHA is blessed to offer a Level 1 Atrium for all full-time students in Kindergarten – 1st grade and a Level 2 Atrium for all full-time students in 2nd – 4th grade. We also offer a Level 1 Sibling Session for siblings (age 3-6) of current EHA students.
Erica Genzale is our lead catechist for the Level 1 Atrium at EHA. Mrs. Genzale has been a CGS catechist for 4 years and completed her Level 2 training in the summer of 2019. Her dream for CGS has always been to bring it to a school. She has been a parishioner at Holy Family Parish in Kirkland all her life and all four of her children attend EHA. Mrs. Genzale enjoys watching the Holy Spirit work through the children.
Carrie Poole is our lead catechist for the Level 2 Atrium at EHA. Mrs. Poole is a trained catechist in all 3 levels and has been a CGS catechist for 8 years. Mrs. Poole is actively involved at Holy Family Parish in Kirkland where she and her family have attended for more than 20 years. Through the materials offered in the CGS program, Mrs. Poole finds great joy as the Holy Spirit leads each child to the Good Shepherd.
For more info about CGS please visit the national website: www.cgsusa.org