"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 2019-2020
- Mondays: 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
- Tuesdays: 10 a.m., 4 p.m., and 6 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 from the St. Anne Leadership page.
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.