Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

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Overview of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) 

  • Children 3-12 years of age are placed in three atria by age and spiritual development
  • CGS Sessions are held weekly, at Prince of Peace Parish, in our Education Wing
  • Catechetical materials intentionally mirror the liturgical seasons of the church 
  • All materials comply with the Catechesis of the Catholic Church
  • All materials are inspired by Montessori principles and follow a three-year cycle
  • The atrium is a prayerful space where children encounter Jesus through Scripture, liturgy (Mass), sacraments, and contemplative prayer
  • Catechists are certified by the National Association of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

CGS Sessions for 2020-2021 


4:30-6:00 pm        Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3


4:30-6:00 pm        Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3


6:00-7:30 pm         Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3

CGS Atria Levels and Size-Limits

Level One (3-6 years old) / 10 children per session

Level Two (6-9 years old) / 15 children per session

Level Three (9 years – 5th grade) / 15 children per session

All CGS sessions will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please note, CGS volunteers will receive preferential placement of their own children. Once a session is full, children will be placed on a waiting list. 

Covid-19 DOGR Guidelines 

The Diocese of Grand Rapids mandates Covid-19 guidelines to protect the health of our parish community. These guidelines are subject to change. 

  • Families need to complete a Covid-19 screening at home before attending a CGS Atria session.  Family Covid-19 Home Screening
  • Children must wear facemasks in all common areas such as the narthex, hallways, and using the restrooms.  Children, 3 -12 years of age, should wear a mask at all times. 
  • Children must use hand sanitizer before entering the atrium and before using any materials
  • Adult Volunteers must complete a Covid-19 self-assessment form before each session.  Volunteer Covid-19 Self Assessment Form

Parent REMIND Notifications

You need to set up a REMIND account for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  After you create an account type #81010 and message @cgspop.

CGS Remind App Instructions

Registration Information and Documents

The Faith Formation registration fee is $25.00 per student or $75.00 per family. Please make your check payable to Prince of Peace Parish. Parents must complete three forms: registration, media release, and medical treatment release. Return all three forms, along with payment, to the parish office. This will help to secure the placement of your child(ren). Tuition scholarships are available.

CGS Registration Form 2021-2022

Children Ministries Medical Release Form

Media-Promotions Release Form

CGS Calendar of Events 

CGS Calendar 2021-2022 will be available in August

Program & Event Cancellations

Winter weather conditions can create hazardous road travel. The cancellation of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd or any special Children’s Faith Formation events is based on AccuWeather reports and Reeth-Puffer school cancellations. 

The safety of your family is important! Please check our local TV stations and/or your cell phone for a REMIND text whenever inclement weather occurs. 


Contact Information


Donna Phillips
Children’s Faith Formation Coordinator

(231) 744-3321 ext. 128


Becky Ostoin
Children’s Faith Formation Assistant