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CGS | Level 1 – Catechesis of the Good Shepherd 2012 - 2013

Level 1: Foundations Course: Children Ages Birth - 6

This two-part introductory course will explore the foundations of an approach to the religious education / formation of children in the Toronto Archdiocese.

It will present the orientation to the key issues fundamental to this ministry with children in early childhood.  It will also introduce the foundational Biblical and Liturgical themes which we present to children along with some hands-on experience with selected catechetical materials hand made to nurture children's prayer.  This 90 hour course held over two years is specifically designed for those who are interested or already involved in caring for the spiritual lives of children; in the home, parish and school setting.  It is also a prerequisite for further adult formation courses in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Certificate Program, Levels 11 and 111).


Saturdays, 9:00am - 1:00pm

Part 1: November 2012 - March 2013

Nov. 3, 10, 17, Dec. 1, 8 Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2, 16, 23, March 2, April 6

Part 2: September - December 2013

Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec. 7

Location: St. Mary's Parish, 66A Main Street South, Brampton L6W 2C6

Fee: $250.00

If you would like to register for the upcoming course or would like more information regarding the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and/or the Certificate Program please contact Kathleen Ennis, 416 934-3400 ext. 511 or email

To Register:

Register directly with the Archdiocese of Toronto

Contact: Kathleen Ennis, Coordinator, Archdiocese of Toronto 
Email: gscatechesi s
/arch_offices/ catechesis_

Tel: (416) 961-6136

CCYMS | Canadian Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies

The Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies is an education program for those in ministry with youth in both parish and school settings. It equips leaders with the knowledge, skills, practical tools and techniques needed for creative and comprehensive ministry with youth. This program is designed for persons involved professionally or as volunteers with younger (10-14) or older (14-19) adolescents in a parish or school setting. The primary aim of the program is to promote personal, spiritual, and ministerial growth.

Please note that you are able to begin the program at any stage

NEW Summer Residential Seminar to be hosted by the Office of Catholic Youth, Archdiocese of Toronto: August 13-19, 2012

Course Description and Requirements

The Canadian Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies is designed for coordinators of youth ministry, volunteer youth ministers, pastors, pastoral workers, high school chaplains and teachers, guidance counselors, campus ministers and parents. It provides an introductory understanding of core areas of Catholic beliefs as well as Scripture, Christology, Ecclesiology, Christian Ministry, Sacraments, Morality and Social Justice. Participants will develop techniques for a creative and comprehensive youth ministry in any setting whether it is in a church, a school, with families or in the community.

To obtain a certificate a student must

  • Participate in all 8 courses.
  • Complete the learning journal questions. 
  • Complete the assignments and required reading for each course. 
  • Submit all journals and assignments by required deadline. 
  • Attend small group learning team meetings.
  • Demonstrate a basic level of theological competence.

Required Courses

  • Principles of Youth Ministry
  • Practices of Youth Ministry 
  • Foundations for Ministry Leadership 
  • Skills for Christian Leadership 
  • Fostering the Faith Growth of Youth through Evangelization and Catechesis 
  • Fostering the Faith Growth of Youth through Prayer and Worship 
  • Fostering the Faith Growth of Youth through Justice and Service 
  • Fostering the Faith Growth of Youth through Pastoral Care