1730 W Guadalupe Rd
Mesa, AZ 85202 (Map)
Phone: 480-775-5200
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We, the Catholic Church of St. Timothy, trusting in the Holy Spirit and committed to the New Evangelization, seek to bring all people to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd


St. Timothy Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

1730 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa, AZ 85202 

We are pleased to offer Catechesis of the Good Shepherd to help form your child in our Roman Catholic faith.

Registration for the 2018-2019 catechetical year opens June 1, 2018!



CGS has three levels:
Level 1 is for children 3 yrs. old - Kinder.
Level 2 is for children in 1st - 3rd grades.
Level 3 is for children in 4th & 5th grades.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd seeks to initiate children into the covenant relationship with God, helping them to receive and respond to the loving call of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who calls them by name, has loved them first, and desires a deep relationship with them.
"We love because he first loved us." (1 Jn. 4:19)
The rooms (also known as atriums), the materials, and the catechists provide an environment that meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of child development.
Through the Scriptures and the Liturgy, CGS was developed in Rome by Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi following the Montessori principles of human development and the dignity of each soul. Using Montessori's Spiral Method, the Doctrine of our Church, Sacred Scripture, and the Liturgy, they developed this method by studying the child and seeing what aspects of a given presentation sparked a joyful yet peacefully-satisfied response. It took them over 25 years to develop the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, and we are honored to share its blessings with you and your child!

If you have any questions, please call us at (480) 345-0542.
To find out more about CGS, please visit cgsusa.org for the National Association.

CGS Parent Obligations:
As a parent, your example of continuing your faith formation has a profound effect on your children.
St. Timothy CGS parents (or guardians) are required to complete 5 hours of faith formation throughout the catechetical year (September-May.)
These 5 hours can be done within a few short weeks, or spread throughout these eight months.
When you have completed your 5 hours, please email Grace: GBelle-Oudry@sttimothymesa.org.

Faith Formation opportunities at St. Timothy include:
Parish Missions  
Men’s or Women’s Ministry Events
ACTS Retreat
Alive Retreat
Adult Bible Study 


First Reconciliation Preparation

To prepare for First Confession, children must have completed one year of religious education prior to the year of preparation.

The usual age for this Sacrament is seven years old and at the "age of reason," typically in second grade.
The age of reason is the ability to abstract. Because all children develop at their own unique pace, our catechists will help you and your child to discern their readiness for the Sacrament.

Confirmation and First Eucharist Preparation

Confirmation and First Communion preparation began with Baptism and when you first brought your child to Mass. Their catechetical formation, and the example of your love and reception of the Sacraments has continued to prepare your child for these Sacraments.

One parent, or the child's chosen Confirmation Sponsor, are required to attend the Confirmation and First Eucharist retreat with your child in preparation for these Sacraments.
The retreat, which occurs on a Friday evening and during the day on Saturday, is designed for you and your child to have quality time together and to look deeply at the great gift the child will receive.
We offer two retreat weekends. You will choose your preferred date when you turn in their Sacrament Paperwork. 
CGS Parent Handbook

Sacraments 2018:
First Reconciliation - March 3, 2018,1pm
Confirmation & First Eucharist Mass - May 12, 2018, 2pm


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