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 2021-2022 

Contact Holly Champoux 231-744-3321 x128 or email


10:00-11:30 am     Level I  

4:30-6:00 pm        Level 1, Level 2


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

CGS Atria Levels and Size-Limits

Level One (3-6 years old) / 8 children per session

Level Two (6-9 years old) / 10 children per session

Level Three (9 years – 5th grade) / 10 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. 

  • Children must use hand sanitizer before entering the atrium and before using any materials
  • Masks are strongly encouraged, not mandatory at this time.

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 

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Calendar 2021 2022


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. Sign up for Remind text alerts or text the message @cgs-pop to the number 81010.


Contact Information

Holly Champoux
Children’s Faith Formation Coordinator

(231) 744-3321 ext. 128