"At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, 'Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?' He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me." (Mt 18:1-5)
Online registration for 2017-2018 CGS is ready. The link for steps 2-4 of registration is located in the CGS Parents group on The City in a post near the top of the group page.
What is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)?
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is an approach to the religious formation of children 3-12 years of age. The catechesis is based on the conviction that God and the child are already in relationship. The atrium is the environment where adults help a child to live fully the encounter with God, and where formation takes place. It's one of the elements that help the relationship between God and the child to flourish, making the atrium a place of preparation for involvement in the larger worshiping community.
- Tuesdays: 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
- Wednesdays: 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
- Sundays: 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The children attend one 90-minute session a week. The last ten to fifteen minutes of a session are spent in prayer. From time to time the children may desire to remain longer in prayer.
Plan your visit
We're happy to have you observe this sacred space, prepared for the child's work to become prayer, any time you'd like. In fact we encourage it! To preserve the natural rhythm of the atrium we ask that you review a copy of the guidelines for observing from the CGS Office. Please let your child's catechist know when you'd like to come for a visit so a place can be prepared for you.
The CGS Office is located in the Parish Office. Please see the Contact Us page for office hours. Doris is the CGS office assistant. The office staff can answer any general questions. If you have issues or concerns of a personal or spiritual nature please contact the CGS coordinator at (480) 507-4451.
Sacramental Policies (for baptized children)
- Reconciliation - Children in second grade who are currently enrolled in the atrium may prepare, in their regular atrium session, for this sacrament.
- Communion and Confirmation - Children in third or fourth grade who have completed one year of catechesis (during which they prepared for reconciliation) and who are currently enrolled in the atrium may prepare in their regular atrium session for these sacraments. Children will be confirmed and receive first holy Communion at the same sacred liturgy
For more information on diocesan policies visit the Diocese of Phoenix website.
If you have questions about payment or payment plans, please contact Doris at firstname.lastname@example.org
Non-Catholic baptized persons looking to learn more about the Catholic faith please visit our
RCIA page to see how you can become a member of the universal Church.
Activities, Events, News, and Information
You’re Invited to an All Saints’ Day Party! Dress your kids as their favorite saints! There will be games, food, prayer, and fellowship. Saturday, October 28th, 9-11:30am at John Allen Park.
Sign up to bring a saintly snack to share:
Did you enjoy the previous Dynamic Catholic events? Never been to one? Here’s your chance to dive deeper into becoming the best version yourself!
FIND YOUR GREATNESS with Dr. Allen Hunt
St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish
January 20, 2018 – 9am-1:30pm
Tickets available online at dynamic catholic.com
Don’t wait to buy tickets— only 1000 available and sure to sell out!
St. Anne parish will once again be submitting a group order for MagnifiKids! Sunday reading guides. We receive a group rate and it is MUCH cheaper than an individual rate ($35/year) and even cheaper the more we order :) The orders are all shipped to one location each month and then you can pick them up in the church office.
If you would like more info about MagnifiKids, you can check out their website at http://us.magnificat.net/home/magnifikid
Price for each annual subscription:
5-9 copies: $23
10-24 copies: $19
25-49 copies: $16
50+ copies: $14
SIGNUPS ARE NOW CLOSED!
Our new subscription will start in June, so sign ups will end on March 31st. Once we know how many subscriptions we are ordering I will contact you with the final pricing and all payments will need to be received by April 11th :) More details are at the sign up page.
If you have any questions please let me know!
p.s. Just for reference…last year we ordered 75 copies and had the lowest price possible!
p.p.s. Please feel free to email this information to others who might be interested. Or to add another family to your order if it works better that way :)
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Marriage and Family Life Ministry invites all parents to attend the Oikos Parenting Series on Aug 27 and Oct 1.
The Parenting Series will feature the method Fred Jones developed which has helped many parents and educators in building a solid foundation in the lives of their children and students.
The series will cover the following:
- Calm is Strength, Upset is Weakness
- The Body Language of Meaning Business
- Backtalk and Consistency
- Rules and Consequences
- Teaching your child to do it right
- Building Motivation
- Teaching Right from Wrong
- Building Relationships
- Avoiding the Punishment Trap
- Avoiding the Nagging Trap
- Avoiding Defensiveness
Dates: Saturday, August 27 3-5pm
Saturday, October 1 9am-12:30pm
Location: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Tempe, AZ Classroom 8B
For more information contact Sabina Capello Lee at
Have you registered for VBS yet? Early registration fees end on May 7th, so register now to take advantage of the early bird discount! Space is filling fast for both participants and volunteers— come join the fun!
MORNING (8:30AM-11:30AM) and AFTERNOON (12:30PM-3:30PM) SESSIONS AVAILABLE!
Join Joseph as he swats away scorpions in a dark prison cell…stroll through the golden splendor of Pharaoh’s palace… experience exotic sights and smells in an Egyptian bazaar…be carried away by music wafting through the desert air. What a week of faith, friendship and fun!