Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a hands-on approach to religious education based on the Montessori Method. Recognizing that children have a unique and beautiful relationship with God, the aim of this method is to foster this relationship while helping children to grow in an understanding of Scripture and Liturgy, thus allowing the child to participate more fully in the center of the Church’s life – the Mass.
Elementary Faith Formation is a classroom approach to religious education for the elementary aged child. This is accomplished between the parent/catechist partnership. Parents are the primary educators of their children and are able to nurture the faith in a more intimate way than the catechist. The catechist is able to provide formal instruction in Catholic doctrine. The two educators of the child, working together, raise children who are equipped to actively live their faith. St. Cecilia catechists seek to embody and share the parish mission statement:
FORMED by the Word of God. UNITED by the Holy Eucharist. ENLIVENED by the Holy Spirit.
Middle School Programs
Middle School Small Groups meet at St. Cecilia school on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 8:45 PM and are broken into three parts. The first part focuses on building community and having fun for its own sake, anchoring your child in our Catholic Communities. The second part explores the teaching of the church by discussing select passages from scripture, the catechism and Catholic Social Teaching. Through This we hope to help your child gain a better understanding of how their faith connects to every part of their life: from their identity as God’s beloved child, to the ways we support our community. Finally, the last part dives into offering a practical experience of prayer that youth take an active role in.
EDGE is a large youth ministry gathering similar to your stereotypical youth group. We gather a large group of middle school kids to: Have fun with zany games or equally exciting activities. Pause to listen to a testimony or teaching. Break to chat and build relationships in small groups. Close the night out with a challenge or a prayer. EDGE is focused on helping students encounter God through experiences of community, prayer and the sacraments. EDGE typically meets on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.
High School Programs
Life Teen is from 7-8:30pm on Sunday nights at St. Cecilia during the school year. A Life Night is an evening of socialization, prayer, witness talks and small group discussion open to all high school students. Each Life Night gathers a group of teens as one, proclaims the Gospel, breaks it down for how God is speaking into a teenager's life and sends us out into the world as missionary disciples. Life Nights are fun, active and aimed to form a support group of teens of any age! Teens who love meeting new people and growing in community will love Life Teen. Life Teen or Small Group attendance is required for Confirmation Candidates.
High School Small Group Ministry is for every high school student. Small groups are teens who are the same gender and grade. They start out as strangers and end up friends as they journey through relevant studies of the Catholic faith. Each small group is led by an adult leader with a big heart and open mind. Each small group is like a family; they share their weekly highs, lows, questions and prayer requests. Most small groups stay together year after year, forming an uncommon bond in Christ through their high school graduation. They help each other become the disciple that God is calling them to be. Small Group or Life Teen attendance is required for Confirmation Candidates.