"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)
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.
Meeting Times for 2018-2019
- Mondays: 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
- Tuesdays: 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- Wednesdays: 4 p.m. and 6 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 email@example.com
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 Before Me, Always!” – A “mini” Marriage Retreat
Saturday, August 25th from 9am- 2pm
St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, Chandler
$45 per couple (before 8/15) $55 per couple (starting 8/16)
Make time to refresh, inspire, and rejuvenate,
your marriage relationship!
Retreat includes 4 inspiring talks, individual couple time, continental breakfast, full lunch and the incredibly advantageous booklet,“101 Tips for a Happier Marriage”.
Childcare available. Reservations required. Please contact Davida at 480.899.1900 x130 or DGraham@standrewchandler.com
Marriage Is: Deacon Mark and Barbara Lishko, Coordinator of Marriage Prep, St. Andrew Parish
Whatever was God thinking when he made man and woman and called them to marriage? What is required of us as husband and wife? There is genius in God’s plan for marriage as you will discover.
God Before Us:
Right ordering of our relationship is critical. How important is it to include God in our marriage? What is the ultimate goal in marriage and how doe God help us to get there?
You Before Me: Micheal and Rachel Villanueva – Director of Marriage and Family Life at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish
What does love demand of us in our marriage? What happens when you don’t feel like loving? What is the nature and purpose of the vows in all times?
Behold, Before All Else - Ramsey and Monique Echeveria Co-Coordinator of Marriage Prep, St. Andrew Parish
Delighting in one another. Finding joy in the good work of marriage. Partnership for the whole of life and why.
Questions: Barb Lishko, firstname.lastname@example.org or 480.899.1900 × 142
Greetings, all! Thank you all so much for your participation in our Farewell Party for Fr. David and Fr. Dan! Your love and care for them was so evident in all that you did! So glad that we could send them off to their new callings with such affection and love!
BEST PARISH EVER!!
photo credit: Wanda Guercio Castro
Registration for our summer Vacation Bible School journey to Babylon is open! Join us June 11-15th as we learn about Daniel’s Courage in Captivity! Both morning and afternoon sessions are available.
Register as a participant or a volunteer on the St. Anne Website:
Do you have a free afternoon? We need your help filling the Easter eggs that will be handed out after Easter Masses!
Eggs and supplies will be located in the Parish Office. If you are interested in helping, please contact email@example.com, or message me via the City!
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Our new subscription will start in June, so sign ups will end on March 25th and all payments need to be received by April 8th :) Details are at the sign up page.
If you have any questions please let me know!