Show them Jesus.
CGS (ages 3-6)
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is an incarnational, heart-engaging way of forming children in the Catholic Faith, utilizing the Montessori method of education. Taking the most profound truths of our Liturgy and Scripture, and pairing them with materials that make Catholic truths real and hands-on, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd creates a holy space where the children can learn and grow closer to Jesus and the saints—not through worksheets and books, but truly experiencing God in each prayerful, joyful meeting. The rooms the children learn in are called “atriums” and have hand-made materials. With no busy work, our catechists respect the dignity of the child, honoring their relationship with Christ through prayer, teaching, and imagination. A CGS Level 2 atrium will be offered after school on Thursdays beginning in mid-October for St. Jerome Parish School families!
Mustard Seeds (Grades 1-5)
The goal of our Mustard Seeds program is to provide a firm foundation of faith and love of Jesus Christ and His Church. We use Ignatius Press’ Faith and Life Series and aim to foster conversion of heart and mind through the authentic witness of catechists who have been called by Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother to help parents fulfill their primary role as first educators in the faith of their children (Gravissimum Educationis 9). We acknowledge before God our littleness in this task and ponder with the children, in their littleness, the mystery of the Kingdom of God, a mystery of growth and transformation, a movement from the small to the great. Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to the mustard seed, “It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs…the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches” (Mt. 13:32). We are forming disciples of Christ who will be salt and leaven in the world.
First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion
Our 2nd graders enter their final year of preparation for First Reconciliation (in December) and First Communion (after Easter) by attending weekly Sunday classes, one retreat each semester leading up to each sacrament, along with preparation at home. We begin preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion in our Level 1 atrium, ages 3–6.
Questions? Need more information?
Contact Cathy Marjamaa, Director of Children’s Ministry, firstname.lastname@example.org (414) 380-6798.