At Christ the Redeemer, children are participating members of the Body of Christ. Children are capable of having a genuine relationship with God. In fact, Jesus teaches that in order to relate to God well, adults must become like children. Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Luke 18:16).
While the home ought to be the primary place for the formation of a child, we offer opportunities for growth that are appropriate to children’s specific physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (3 – 12 years old)
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a children’s ministry program that invites children to encounter God. It’s an approach to Christian Formation in which children and adults listen to God together and experience God’s gift of love through multi-sensory Scripture presentations, contemplative work, and times of prayer. CGS is rooted in the Bible and the Liturgy of the Church. Children gather in a room specially prepared for them called an “atrium,” which contains hands-on materials that the children work with, like a model altar or a diorama of Jesus’ life. They also gather around a prayer table each week to listen and talk to God. To learn more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, you might start here!
Junior and Senior High youth also participate an annual weekend retreat, and Christ the Redeemer has supported two short term mission trips for Senior High youth in recent years and will continue to have these opportunities in the future.
Senior high parishioners gather weekly on Sunday evenings in a home settings. Their time begins with games followed by Bible study, discussion and fellowship.