Catechesis of the
We are pleased to share with you our Atriums in the city and area:
We are associated with the
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Association of Canada
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What We Do
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is grounded in the belief that the child already has a relationship with God before s/he arrives in the atrium, but desires to understand more fully the nature of that relationship and to celebrate it. The Catechesis seeks to help the child’s relationship with God flourish by introducing and pondering with the child core mysteries of the faith in a way that is respectful of both the child at this phase of her/his development and the rich scriptural & liturgical heritage of our sacramental tradition. The adult plays a unique role in the Catechesis – as both the preparer & facilitator of the atrium space and a co-listener with the child before God.
Linda Funk started St. Vincent's Atrium in 2010. She has worked hard to extend the program from Level I all the way through to Level III. She is currently in training to be a CGS Trainer in Canada and is also on the CGS committee for Orthodox adaptations in North America. Her children are grown and she enjoys spending time with them and her grandchildren.
Jane Korvemaker started the St. Patrick's CGS in 2016. She has her Bachelor's in Theology from Newman Theological College and has worked in churches for years (volunteer and paid!). She has three young children, two of which are in her Atrium.
Cynthia Foster also started St. Francis' Atirum in 2016. She is a teacher and has experience in Montessori teaching through her own practicum in a Montessori school. She has her own two children aiding in her Atrium.
Lisette Fontaine began using CGS in Sacramental Preparation in 2015 and established the bilingual (French and English) Trinity Atrium in 2016. Three of her five children are in or have been in the Atrium. The oldest has had a taste of CGS in Sacramental Preparation, and the youngest is awaiting her time in the atrium patiently.
Déneige Courchene is a catechist in the Trinity Atrium. Having dreamed for years of the perfect blend of her faith and early childhood education, CGS proved to be it! She feels blessed and nourished herself right along with the children. Fortunately, her eldest son turned 3 just before the Atrium opened in 2016 and will be able to take full advantage of the program, as will his two younger brothers.
If you are interested in your child being a part of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, please contact the church of your denomination near you!
St. Vincent of Lerins, Orthodox
Email Rachel: firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Patrick Parish, RC
Email Jane: email@example.com
St. Francis Xavier Parish, RC
Email Cynthia: firstname.lastname@example.org
Trinity Parishes (rural), RC
Email Lisette: email@example.com
821 Ave E N, Saskatoon, SK
St Vincent's started a Level 1 atrium in 2010. As catechists joined the team, we were able to open a Level 2 class in 2013. Currently there are 5 catechists teaching two Level 1 classes and one Level 2 class. Alternating years we also run a separate 5 week confession preparation course for the 7-9 year olds. Our parish has been richly blessed by this method of teaching and we are grateful to have this for our children, as well as for the catechists.
3339 Centennial Dr, Saskatoon, SK
St. Patrick parish is a diverse community with thriving programs for young children. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program was added parish programs in 2016.
Our parish welcomes parishioners from other churches into our program but be sure to sign up early! This program is in popular demand!
You can download the registration form here.
Spaces currently available:
(Updated Oct 30)
Mondays @9:30am: session full
Wednesdays @5:15pm: 2 opening
Saturdays @9:30am: 4 openings
222 Willow St, Saskatoon, SK
St. Francis Xavier Parish is a small community with a big heart. Our atrium is a beautiful prayer space for children. It has grown out of the generous support of the St. Francis parishioners. Children from other parishes have found a unique faith community here during atrium time. For more information please contact the parish office or Cynthia Foster.
Saint Donatien & Rogatien (Bilingual) in Prud'homme
Saint Denis (Francophone) in Saint Denis
Saint Philippe-de-Néri (Bilingual)
Buffer Ave & 2nd St, Vonda , SK
Our three parishes, although distinct, have worked together for many years. All catechetical programs are run jointly between the three parishes and collaboration on missions and various events happens all the time. It is only natural to work together to build an Atrium and run our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. Our Level 1 Atrium is located in Vonda, and our Sacramental Preparation program uses many CGS materials and presentations.