Sacramental Preparation Newsletter

Parents, thank you for all your work in preparing your child for their first Reconciliation and Eucharist. This gift would not have been possible without your witness of faith throughout their lives, but especially this year. You all rose to the occasion!

Please send an email to your Faith Family Guides and thank them for ministering to your families. This ministry, as well as all catechetical work, could not be possible without them. They always make time to serve in the midst of their own difficulties and busyness as parents.

CGS Update

Moving Forward: A Return to the Atrium

The Faith Family Guide Ministry was created to help families in faith formation of their children in the home when we could not meet in person. The plan for SMP is that we will resume Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, our primary means of faith formation and sacramental preparation in the fall. You may recall that CGS is based upon a Montessori model and centered on the liturgy and the Scriptures. We’ll send you an invitation in July to enroll your children in this ministry for the fall of 2021.

What is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd?

CGS is divided into three levels: Level I (ages 3-5), Level II (ages 6-8), Level III age (9-12).

Children work in a prepared environment called the Atrium, which is a place of prayer and work. The environment is prepared for the child at their specific age level; all of the materials in this room—even the furniture—is at the child’s level. Our plan is to provide simultaneous level I and level II Atrium Sunday through Thursday, either in the mornings or afternoons.  Level III will be added to some of these sessions. If you would like more information, please email Elizabeth Lyons at She’ll be happy to explain this ministry further and give you a tour in June.