Introduction to CGS (IMTH-780)

This course is available to anyone. It is conducted online through a combination of interactive online video conferenced meetings in the evening, reading assignments, and asynchronous online discussions through the Schoology educational software platform.

It is 2 credits.  It follows the Saint Vincent academic calendar.

Registration deadline: August 15, 2024.

Registration will be limited to 20 students per course.

IMTH780 – Introduction to CGS (Liturgical and Kerygmatic Catechesis for Children)

Taught by Celine Mitchell

Time: 8:00-9:15 p.m. Thursdays

This course provides an overview of a spiritual formation experience for children ages two to twelve years old based on the belief that young children can and do experience God. Revolving around Scripture and Liturgy, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) model is built upon an understanding of the dignity of the child and an evidenced pattern of development. Central to the catechesis is a well-formed adult and a special environment created to nurture the child’s spirituality with beautiful materials that focus the child’s attention on key scripture passages or liturgical moments.

This course highlights how CGS explores the main message of Jesus — The Kingdom God – what is it, how we live in it, how we celebrate it.

Part 1 of the course delves into Parables of the Kingdom of God which give us clues about the characteristics of the Kingdom, examples of how to live in the Kingdom, and our response to the invitation to live in the Kingdom while awaiting the Parousia.

Part 2 explores Sign Language of the Liturgy, lifting up the signs, colors, gestures, prayers and sacramental elements of our liturgy and pondering their meaning while giving a taste of each CGS level.

Course topics include:

  • Exploring the general developmental characteristics and the most vital religious needs of children.
  • Meditating on the Biblical Parables of Jesus through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd method.
  • Exploring the liturgical method of signs as we encounter it in the Holy Mass. Like the parable method found in scripture, the method of signs best conveys a truth that is too great for words.
  • Highlighting methods of scriptural reflection on the Mystery of the Kingdom of God, the Mystery of Jesus and of His relationship with us, as well as our relationship with others.


Notes: All are welcome to take it for credit or to audit. This is NOT a full CGS-USA Formation course.

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This class is cross-listed with IMCA-780 (Introduction to Liturgical & Kerygmatic Catechesis for Adults)