The Children’s School of Religion (K-8) meets on Wednesday evenings, 6:30-7:45, September through April. The following are weeks with no class: Nov 22, Dec 20 and 27,March 27 as well as April 3. Classes end with a family picnic on May 1.
Snow or bad weather cancellation policy: Call Church Office for update as needed (410) 642-6534. When schools are closed due to inclement weather, there will be NO CCD.
We use a program entitled. "Pflaum Gospel Weeklies" for grades K to eight.
Attendance at the Wednesday night program is very important: please come as often as possible! Parents can help keep their child up to date after absences by asking the catechist for the missed assignments. We offer kindergarten class as an option, but please don’t miss out on grades 1-8. Family attendance at Mass will help your child integrate the concepts covered on Wednesday nights.
Our CCD program exists through the partnership of parents and parishioners in the work of faith formation. The more you give in this partnership, the greater your own spiritual formation and growth and the greater the example for your own children. Good Shepherd has a terrific volunteer rate, which we appreciate very much. If you haven’t found YOUR way to be involved, please call the parish office
Catechists Training and Screening:
Our Catechists and assistants participate in the Diocesan Catechist Certfication Program which involves completion of 36 hours of training for basic certification and 120 hours of training for advanced certification. Additionally, we participate in the Diocesan “For the Sake of God’s Children” safe environment program. Volunteers and employees are screened for criminal background and sign a volunteer covenant that defines appropriate boundaries and respectful behavior. You can find more information on this program at the Diocese website (www.cdow.org)
Each classroom has a lead catechist and an assistant to help guide your child through our curriculum. It helps tremendously if you introduce yourself to these teachers, let them know when your child will be absent, and follow-up after an absence.
This year our catechist team includes:
Kindergarten: Joanna Clark (Catechist) and John Colgan and Mary Helen DeAngelis(Assistants)
First Grade: Michelle Egan(Catechist) and Sally Wray(Assistant)
Second Grade: Erin Glynn(Catechist) and Jen Pfeiffer(Assistant)
Third Grade: Deana Mitchell(Catechist) and Cindy Kelly(Assistant)
Fourth Grade: Anna Malone (Catechist) and Megan Malone (Assistant)
Fifth Grade: Jolene Collins (Catechist) and Arin Barnett (Assistant)
Sixth Grade: Tom Guns (Catechist)
Seventh Grade: Bill Pare (Catechist)
Eighth Grade: Chris Hoppel (Catechist) and Susan Andrews (Assistant)
High School: Jennifer Merkel (Catechist) and Paula Hoppel and Patrick Richardson (Assistants)
Coordinator of Religious Education:Terri Yackley is a long-time member and leader at Good Shepherd Parish. She manages registrations, attendance, supplies, substitutes and special events. To reach Terri, please call the parish office.