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Blessing of Our Catechist

On May 16, 2019 the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd family blessed Elise Johns, CGS catechist, who will be moving to Bremerton following her wedding in September. We are grateful for Elise and her 3 years of dedicated service to the atrium children and their families.

Atrium Children Moving on to Youth Group

On May 17th, the Friday Level lll children said a blessing over Olivia J. and Simon N. who, after 9 years of coming to the atrium each week, will be attending Youth Group.

Our Sign is Back

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd sign is back! Or, rather, remade! The first sign was created by Mary Mann. The new sign was also made by Mary Mann and hung by Todd Teich, in time for the annual Rock Garden Blessing and commissioning of new catechists.

Commissioning Ceremony

On June 2, 2019, we celebrated our 14th Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Commissioning Ceremony. Catherine O’Brien was commissioned as a Level I catechist and recognized for her dedication to the work of learning and growing in her understanding of the atrium and service of the child. She will be serving in the atrium soon.

Rock Garden Blessing

Also on June 2nd, the Rock Garden Blessing was held in the atrium garden. The blessing was followed by a potluck and communal art reflection, chaired by Wynter Dait with the help of her mother, Patricia Birdwell. Fr. Ron Knudsen from Holy Cross Catholic Church presided at the event.

From Places Near & Far


  • Rectory Garden stone from when Fr. Seamus Laverty was Pastor. Moving the stone from the Rectory Garden to the atrium garden marks Fr. David Mulholland’s first year as Pastor of  the Tacoma Catholic Parishes of St. Patrick, Holy Cross and St. Rita of Cascia

From the Land of Israel


  • Water from the Land of Israel
  • Water from Jordan River
  • Water from Sea of Galilee


  • Mount of the Beatitudes
  • Church of the Visitation
  • Emmaus
  • Sea of Galilee
  • Nazareth
  • Mt. Tabor
  • Jordan River


  • Church of the Nativity

More Rocks

  • From homestead of her Grandmother’s Family – date 1850s sodhouse- Olivia and Eleanor J.
  • Kawaii, HI- Glenburn, Elster & Elena D.
  • Backyard in Tacoma- Josie K.
  • Home in Tacoma- Luke L.
  • Tacoma- Peter C.
  • Rock from Fircrest Park- Cody C.
  • Home Garden- Corin & Tobit T.
  • Inside the House- Kapha T.
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia – Micah M.
  • Waco, Texas – Ezekiel M.
  • Detroit, Michigan- Noah M.
  • Lake Chelan- the Skillman family
  • Brown’s Point- the Skillman family

Registration Now Open

CGS Registration for 2019-2020 is now open. Learn more and register today!

We are very grateful for our volunteer catechists, for the countless hours of study, service, and love they give to the ministry of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd our the atrium families, for thier support.