Registration for 2017-2018

Registration for parish families will be accepted on or after August 9.

Registration for non-parishioners will be accepted on or after August 16.

  • Classes will begin after Labor Day.
  • Families will be contacted by their child/children’s catechist with specific starting dates and details once class lists are finalized.
  • The registration fee is $45 for the first child and $10 for each additional child.
  • Registrations will be confirmed on or before August 31.

The fee can be paid by cash or check (made out to St. Matthew Cathedral) and can be delivered to the parish office or given to your child’s catechist.

Please note:  It is important that catechists are free to be attentive to the children at the beginning of class.  If you wish to bring your payment to class, please wait until after class has been dismissed.  Thank you.

Class Schedule for 2017-18 will be posted as soon as the schedule is finalized.


Level 1 for children ages 3-6 years old.

Level 2 for children ages 6-9 years old.

Level 3 for children ages 9-12 years old.

Register online here!

For further information contact

About the Program

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (COGS) is an approach to the religious formation of children 3 – 6 years old (Level I), 6 – 9 years old (Level II) and 9 – 12 years old (Level III).  The program offers children a hands-on approach to learning more about their faith and inviting them into deeper relationship with God.  Gathering in an “atrium”, a room specially prepared for them, the children receive presentations rooted in the Bible and the Liturgy on a variety of topics such as liturgical colors, the parables, biblical geography, articles of the altar, prayers and gestures of the Mass, and much more. Each presentation includes simple yet beautiful materials the child is invited to work with during the extended work time that is available to them during each class.

You may be wondering how these materials help the religious life of children? If an adult hears a beautiful passage from the Bible, the adult might take a Bible, find the passage, and read it slowly again and again. He or she may think deeply about the words and perhaps speak to God in a thankful or hopeful prayer. But a little child, too young to read, needs another way.

In an atrium the child can ponder a biblical passage or a prayer from the liturgy by taking the material for that text and working with it – placing wood figures of sheep in a sheepfold of the Good Shepherd, setting sculpted apostles around a Last Supper table, or preparing a small altar with the furnishings used for the Eucharist. Older children who do read often copy parables from the Bible, lay in order written prayers from the rite of baptism, or label a long time line showing the history of the kingdom of God.

If you would like your child(ren) to experience their faith through this hands-on approach, please contact us.

Visit the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for additional information about the program.