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National Gathering Registration

CGSAC (virtual*) National Gathering

October 24, 2020

(all times are in Pacific Daylight Time)

8:45 AM:

9:00 AM:

11:00 AM:

11:30 AM:

12:30 PM:

12:45 PM:

1:30 PM:

Welcome, Introductions, Opening Prayer

Keynote Speaker: Ann Garrido


Breakout Sessions

Gathering Conclusion and Transition to AGM

AGM (Free! All members encouraged to attend)

Silent Auction Winners and Closing

*There is a limited amount of space to attend this gathering in person in Vancouver, BC. For details, please contact Murita Chua at

Registration for the Gathering includes Keynote Address and small group discussion led by Ann Garrido,

as well as your choice of one of three breakout sessions.


Ann Garrido has been a catechist of the Good Shepherd since 1995. She is a formation leader at all three levels and serves on the U.S. association's formation committee. She is the founder of the Masters of Pastoral Studies in CGS at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO and is the author of several books, including A Year with Sofia Cavalletti (Ave Maria Press, 2017).

Description of Ann's Talk

Many of us find CGS formation courses to be life changing experiences. We hear the voice of the Good Shepherd call our name and we want to follow! Moving from formation to practice in an atrium, however, can be a difficult transition. How do we manage the many challenges--both external and internal--that keep us from actually living atrium life with children? How do we move from the initial invitation to "follow" Christ toward the atrium to "dwelling" with Christ in the atrium?

Breakout Sessions


Redeeming Conflict

As we strive for communion in our diversity it is inevitable that disagreements and conflicts will arise. One of the greatest hindrances to our witness as Christians is the way we treat one another when we disagree.  This session will be an overview of Ann Garrido’s book “Redeeming Conflict” and will highlight some of the key habits that help us to handle conflict in a way that is redemptive and not destructive. There will be opportunity for some personal reflection as part of the session.

Dorothy Burns currently serves as chair for the CGSAC Board. She began her journey with CGSAC at a Level 1 course in Calgary, AB in 2013. By the end of 2018 she had also completed Levels 2 and 3. She found what she learned through CGS invaluable in her work as Director of Religious Education for Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools and as a volunteer in her parish for sacramental preparation and RCIA. Upon retirement in June 2017, with three other Level 1 catechists, she started a Level 1 atrium in her home parish of St. James. She has found the insights of the book “Redeeming Conflict” equally inspiring for her work and personal life, and wants to share that message with others.


The Work of Our Hands: Material Making with Polymer Clay

Many items in the atrium can be made using polymer clay, commonly referred to by the brand name, “Sculpey”. In this workshop, we will create a Mary figure suitable for the Infancy Narratives. I will share tips & techniques for using polymer clay in your atrium.

Required Supplies & Equipment 

· 4 – 6* oz polymer clay available in 2oz

   bricks & 1oz multipacks at craft stores

  (*suggested colours: white, blue, beige.        Minimum 4oz required per figure)

· Oven

· Silicone mat or plastic placemat

· Aluminum foil

· Metal paper clips

· Tooth pick or wooden skewer

· Wooden dowel or rolling pin

Regina Ramos-Urbano has been involved with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for 18 years, since her eldest child was 4 years old. Starting as a parent volunteer she is now a Level 1, 2, and 3 catechist at Holy Cross Atrium in Winnipeg and an Entry Level 1 Formation Facilitator. She is very experienced in material making for all thee levels and her materials are used in various atriums in Manitoba, including a traveling set for the Sagkeeng First Nation.

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Singing for

the Terrified - Reprise!

At the Gathering last year, many of us delighted in Mariann Dunsmore’s ideas about singing with children. This year, we will see how to gain access to the songbook and videos she has given us, introduce some additional songs, and discuss tips for singing with children via Zoom. No vocal expertise required to attend--Paula certainly has none!*



*Paula’s words and not the official opinion of CGSAC 😊

Paula Rush went uncertainly to catechesis training in 2006 only to fall in love during the first presentation. Now she is a certified level 1-3 catechist and an Entry Level 1 Formation Facilitator. She helped establish and serves at the atrium at St. Francis of Assisi parish in Kitchener, ON. Paula writes a weekly blog for level 1, level 2, and level 3
children, reflecting on the Sunday Gospel readings. She and her husband, Jim, have five children and live in Waterloo, ON.


All members are encouraged to attend. If you cannot join the National Gathering, you are encouraged to register separately for the AGM. There is no charge.

Please supply the following information:


CGSAC will not distribute participant contact information to any private organizations or use for commercial marketing.


Registration: $20 for CGSAC members and $25 for non-members.