Catechesis of the Good Shepherd


Registration OPEN for 2022-2023 school year!

St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish invites your child(ren), ages 3 to 9, to attend our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) Program which will take place once a week, from September 2022 until May 2023 in our CGS atria located in the Parish Office building. This program is available as support to you, as the first educators of your children, to help your children grow in their relationship with God and in formation in the Roman Catholic faith. A calendar of specific session dates will be provided before the start of the school year.

Last year we offered Level 1 of CGS. This year we are excited to be able to offer Level 2 of CGS to our older children in the program for our parish sessions. Children ages 3 to Kindergarten are invited to participate in our Level 1 CGS Atrium sessions.  Children age 3 who would like to participate in our program must have previous school experience or be enrolled in a preschool, other than St. Ignatius, by the start of our program to participate. Students enrolled in the St. Ignatius preschool or kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year will already be participating in the CGS program during their regular school week. Children ages 1st grade to age 9 are invited to participate in our NEW Level 2 CGS Sessions. Any child 1st grade and up, is encouraged to have had at least one year of experience in the atrium before participating in our Level 2 sessions.

For our Level 1 CGS sessions we will begin the year with one hour long sessions, but will increase that time to one hour 15 minutes and then one and one-half hours as students become acquainted with the atria spaces. Our Level 2 CGS sessions will be one and one-half hours the entire year. Below are available session days throughout the week: 

*The Sunday sessions will be given first priority to students who are enrolled formally in the PSR program and who have older siblings currently attending PSR classes.

More information about CGS can be found at this link: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd or by contacting Madalyn Hardig at or 513-661-6565 x2740.

Registration Fees:
Active parishioner status will be given to those registered parishioners whose participation in the life of the parish can be documented through financial giving and/or volunteerism. Registrations received before June 15, 2022 will receive a discounted rate of Active: $60/child; Non-Active/Non-Parishioner: $70/per child.
Registration Fees Active Parishioner Non-Active Parishioner or Non-Parishioner
Payment before 6/15/22 $60/child $70/child
Payment after 6/15/22 $70/child $80/child

For Active status St Ignatius Parishioners who enroll three or more children, the total fee will not exceed $140.00 if paid before 6/01/22 and $150 if paid after 6/01/22.

If you require financial assistance for your child’s religious education, please contact the Religious Education Office at 661-6565 x 2740.

What is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd?

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a reflective-based program of religious formation that helps a child to further develop his/her relationship with God in a developmentally appropriate way. The program is rooted in Sacred Scripture, the Liturgy and Prayer. Children meet in small groups along with a catechist within a prepared environment known as an atrium. Within the atrium, the 3-6 year olds are filled with wonder and awe as they joyfully encounter the Good Shepherd and discover his unconditional love and care. The atrium provides a space, based upon the educational philosophy of Maria Montessori, for children to pray, work, and contemplate the presence of God in their lives.

Registration for the fall Program will be open until the end of August 2022. We are also looking for volunteers to assist in creating materials for the program. If you would like to find out more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, please visit or contact Madalyn Hardig at or 513-661-6565, ext. 2740.


The following video provides a great short introduction to the CGS program.

Help to create a sacred space for the children of our Parish

Woodworkers and Artists Needed!

St. Ignatius’ Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program is in need of volunteer woodworkers and artists to help build furniture and materials in the atrium which is the prepared environment for the children. 

The atrium is kind of like the “classroom” for this program but it is more of a kind of retreat space for them. The space is designed to promote their spiritual growth and development as well as their religious formation. It is a space that also prepares them for involvement in the larger worship community.

Right now, we are especially in need of woodworker volunteers to help build furniture and materials for the atrium. If you are interested in helping or want to learn more about the program please contact Madalyn Hardig at or 513-661-6565, ext. 2740.

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