Catechesis of the Good Shepherd


Registration Now OPEN!

St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish invites your child(ren), ages 3 to 6, to enroll in our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) Program which will take place for one hour, once a week, from September 2021 until May 2022. 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.

Children ages 3 to 6 will be taught in our NEW Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) atrium in the Parish Office building. 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 program for the 2021-2022 school year will already be participating in the CGS program during their regular school week.

We will be offering three different sessions which will take place once a week beginning in September 2021 and will end in May 2022. You can pick from one of the following sessions:
Sunday 8:30-9:30am,*( Now Full)
Monday 6:30-7:30pm,
Thursday 4:30-5:30pm.
*The Sunday 8:30-9:30am session 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 May 31, 2021 will receive a discounted rate of Active: $50/child; Non-Active/Non-Parishioner: $60/per child.
Registration Fees Active Parishioner Non-Active Parishioner or Non-Parishioner
Payment before 8/01/21 $60/child $70/child
Payment after 8/01/21 $65/child $75/child

For Active status St Ignatius Parishioners who enroll three or more children, the total fee will not exceed $130.00.

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 begin in May 2021. 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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