Children's Catechesis (PK - 6th)

The first catechists in any child’s life are the family members with whom he or she lives. What happens at home – both positive and negative – provides lessons for life. In the family, faith is shared as part of the unfolding of daily life. The home or “domestic church” provides a real place in which a child learns to live his or her faith as well as understand it.

Our goal is to create a program of lifelong faith formation that is centered in and flows out of the events of Church life. It embraces all ages and generations, promotes faith growth at home and promotes participation in parish life.

Special Needs

If your child has special needs that require assistance in the classroom, please contact Laura Nelson at lnelson@sfatx.org for more information.

REGISTRATION FOR CATECHESIS

Registration for 2019-2020 Children’s Catechesis is currently closed. Contact us for more information or questions.

Seeking a Sacrament (First Communion, First Reconciliation, Confirmation)? Find out more at sfatx.org/sacprep-discernment.

For more information on Children’s Catechesis (PK-6) at St. Francis, including enrolling your child or becoming a catechist, please contact:

Children’s Catechesis
Laura Nelson // 817-481-2685 ext. 241 // lnelson@sfatx.org

Hispanic Ministry & Spanish Catechesis
Please contact the parish office.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at St. Francis of Assisi

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a religious education curriculum for ages 3-12 that builds upon a child’s natural sense of wonder and their need to learn through rich sensory experiences in order to help the child fall in love with God. Refined over four decades, CGS catechizes each child individually in a unique and beautiful space called the “atrium.” St. Francis of Assisi currently hosts CGS Level I  (for ages 4-6) and Level 2 (for ages 7-9).

Watch a CGS presentation given at Mass to help explain the program. 

Hear from some of our parents and catechists about CGS here at St. Francis parish.

Listen as our Coordinator of Children’s Catechesis, Laura Nelson, explains Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

Watch this video demonstrating Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and the impact it can have on children and families.

The Content

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is based on two pillars: Scripture and Liturgy. The adult and child immerse themselves in Scripture to ponder who God is, His love for us, His Kingdom, and how we are to live in that Kingdom. By lifting up specific aspects of the Liturgy for the child, the adult helps them to understand the depth of the Mass and to better participate in the life of the Church that Jesus Himself founded.

The Unique Space

In Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, the space in which the children gather plays a pivotal role unlike the traditional classroom environment. While a traditional classroom is merely a place in which a subject is taught, the CGS environment, called an atrium, fully immerses the children into the content through beautiful materials which are designed to engage the child’s senses, minds, and hearts. The atrium is designed to be a place of prayerful contemplation of God and His love for us.

The Unique Method

In Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, the adult doesn’t “teach” the children. Instead, the adult invites the children to hear Scripture and to work with materials to help the child enter into deeper meditation on the truths of God and His unending love for us which is revealed in the Bible.  The adult aids the child in meditation by asking questions designed to encourage deeper reflection.  The child’s time of reflection and meditation continues beyond the initial presentation as they work with the materials. Their work helps them come to a greater understanding of God and their relationship with Him on their own timetable – rather than the adult’s.  In CGS, the catechist is keenly aware that the Holy Spirit is the true teacher and that He is present in the space, the catechist, and the child. The catechist is merely His instrument.

Because this is a program that requires significant training and preparation to implement, spaces are limited. If you’re interested in learning more about this program, contact Laura Nelson at lnelson@sfatx.org or by phone at 817-481-2685 ext 241.

Help us grow CGS at St. Francis!

​As part of Phase 2 of the Our Faith, Our Family, Our Future Capital Campaign, St. Francis of Assisi hopes to fund and build the St. Dominic Savio Formation Center which will house a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium Center, complete with a quiet gathering space, private bathroom, and 6 dedicated atria. If you are interested in more information about the campaign or how you can contribute to help build the formation center so we can expand CGS here at the parish, please visit the link below.

Homeschool Online Catechesis Option

Parents are the primary educators and catechists in the life of their children. Ideally, all catechesis would primarily take place in the home. We are happy to provide resources for parents to guide their children directly in growing and maturing in the faith. For more information about this option, click the button below.