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Welcome to the Atrium at Christ the King Catholic Parish in Ann Arbor, Michigan!


The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a religious education program for children ages 3-6 (level I), 6-9 (level II), and 9-12 (level III). It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the Church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. At Christ the King we are blessed to have level I and level II, and III Atria.

Covid 19 changes

  You will no doubt notice that we have far fewer sessions offered. Just like you, our catechists are parents with widely differing comfort levels regarding in-person classes. Some of our catechists have made the difficult decision to take the year off of teaching.  

Here are the precautions we are taking to promote a safe year in the atria:

*Children will be gathered at the front of the parish center by a catechist to allow parents to remain outside of the building.

*Catechists and any adult helpers will wear masks at all times. Children will be required to wear masks in the hallways but not in the classroom.

*A grace and courtesy lesson will be added on handwashing or use of hand sanitizer (provided) before choosing a material to work with. High touch surfaces will be sanitized with an alcohol-based spray as needed and after each class.

*Bathroom use is encouraged before arrival, but during class it will be one at a time to maintain physical distance.

*Classroom capacity will be limited to 10-15 students, and physical distance will be promoted by leaving the student's nametag at their workspace so that they have one workplace for the whole session. Individual art supplies will be provided, and at prayer/presentation time, seating will be 6 feet apart.

*We are intentionally only offering sessions at times when the parish center is not hosting other classes so that there will not be a high density of people present. 

*We are not having on-site childcare for catechists or room-aids this year.

*Whenever possible, windows and doors will be open for good ventilation.

*Families and catechists will screen for symptoms prior to class. No temperature checks.

*If a child appears sick during class, a catechist will wait with them outside of class for their parent to pick them up.

*We will alter our schedule to take two weeks off before Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter to allow families to "quarantine" or increase their social distancing prior to seeing extended family at the holidays.

*Fees are reduced to a non-refundable $25 ($15 for vounteers) at registration, and another $25 in January, so that refunds will not be necessary should Michigan return to phase three. There will not be an online option if in-person classes are canceled, but catechists will email monthly scripture meditations and at-home resources.

*Should in-person classes be halted, children using CGS for sacramental prep will join the remote option offered by CTK, and will be offered (up to 5) zoom meetings to cover the CGS first communion scripture meditations.


For the academic year 2020-21, Christ the King has the following CGS session times available:


 Level I    

  Level II  

    Level III


Sacramental Preparation*

















4:00-5:30 pm

4:00-5:30 pm




9:30-11:30 am

9:30-11:30 am






 Sacramental Prep Saturdays 9:30-11:30 am

10/17/20, 11/7/20, 1/16/21, 2/20/21, 3/20/21 in Room 2.

* to use this pathway to prepare your child for first Penance and Eucharist at CTK, your child must attend CGS level II for 1st and 2nd grade, plus enroll in and attend these Saturday prep sessions.




Registration for the 2020-21 academic year will open August 26th. For this year, due to Covid-19 capacity restrictions, we will only serve Christ the King parishioners.

To register for a session, you must first become a member. It is free and easy to do so. Click on "Join" at the upper rightmost corner of the screen to request membership. The membership request involves answering a few questions that will set up a profile for your family and create a username and password. This ensures that class rosters are not available to the public. Not to worry, the profiles of your children are not public either, and you can even customize privacy settings for our (private) member directory.

Once your membership is approved you may log in, and registration is as simple as clicking on a particular session time, checking the box next to your child's name, and finally clicking the 'REGISTER' button.

Double check by clicking on either your 'Registration Summary' or the 'View Class Roster' for the class, and if all looks well, then you are officially signed up for the class. 


The catechists you see at our Atria are all volunteers who have received 90 hours of training per level, and have committed themselves to prayerfully prepare and present to your children the specialized CGS materials, and then step back and let the Lord work in their hearts! Training is available to become a catechist! Please talk to your catechist and/or contact Emily Allis alliseast@comcast.net