2023-2024 Parent Workshops

Parents/guardians of children enrolled in sacrament preparation (First Holy Communion and/or Confirmation) are required to complete a total of 3 Parent Workshops during the 2023-2024 catechetical year. 

  • Sign-in or have the Parent Tracking Sheet signed or stamped by a staff member to document your completion of in-person Parent Workshops throughout the year. 
  • The Parent Workshop requirement for 2023-2024 needs to be satisfied and documentation submitted to the Office of Religious Education by April 30, 2023.

Printable (CFF) Parent Tracking Sheet

Printable (SEAS) Parent Tracking Sheet

This year we are offering a selection of ONLINE and IN-PERSON Parent Workshops for you to choose from. 

  • Only 1 Online Parent Workshop may be used towards the completion of this requirement. 
  • The other 2 Parent Workshops need to be completed from the In-Person options. 
  • Please read & follow the directions carefully in order to receive credit for completion of the Parent Workshops. 
  • Throughout the year, if they become available through the parish or diocese, we may add additional Parent Workshop opportunities to the list.  Please feel free to check back periodically.  


To receive credit for an Online Parent Workshop, you must complete this Google Form after watching the video.


Only 1 Online Parent Workshop may be used towards satisfying the Parent Workshop requirement for 2023-2024

The Online Parent Workshops are pulled from FORMED.org. 

The workshop links below will direct you to the FORMED signup/signin page.  

  • If you have already set up an account through FORMED.org, you will just need to sign in
  • If you are NEW to FORMED.org, you will need to set up an account through GSCC's subscription before you can view the video.  You are NOT signing up for a Free Trial and no credit card/information should be entered - you are creating an account under the subscription already purchased by Good Shepherd Parish.  If you get the request to start a Free Trial, start over at www.formed.org and follow the steps below.

Steps to set up a NEW (FREE) FORMED account:

  • Click the "Signup" button
  • Select "Sign up as a parishioner"
  • Under Find your Parish or Organization, type in "Good Shepherd 9539 Racquet Ct Elk Grove" and click the Next Button then follow the remaining prompts for your name & email, etc.  

Once you are signed in to FORMED, click the link provided below or do a search for the Workshop option you have chosen.  


Option #1:  Marriage: God's Design for Life and Love

From the dawn of human history, mankind has understood the value of a lifelong, faithful, procreative union of one man and one woman in marriage. This natural bond, which was raised to a Sacrament by Our Lord Jesus Christ, has been the foundation of Christian civilization for over two thousand years.  This powerful film presents the enduring Catholic vision and understanding of marriage and the natural law, including the beauty and meaning of human sexuality, family, and the gift of children. This film also addresses the challenges in marriage and family life that we face in our world today.


Option #2:  Footprints: The Path of Your Life 

Eleven young men from the United States walk 1,000 kilometers on their Way of St. James pilgrimage. They are looking for answers, not beautiful scenery: How do you deal with pain and suffering? Do the weak quit or do they find meaning on the Camino? How much baggage is enough or too much?


Option #3:  Dysconnected: The Real Story Behind the Transgender Explosion 

DISCLAIMER: This documentary contains graphic content that might not be suitable for some audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.
Over the past few years, a transgender tsunami has swept the nation, completely overtaking the medical, educational, and counseling industries, and forever altering hundreds of thousands of young girls’ lives. What is going on? How did it come to this? And who is behind it? Filmmaker and father Don Johnson traveled the country to find out.


Option #4:  God's Doorkeeper: St. Andre of Montreal 

On January 6, 1937, the death of a humble doorkeeper for a boys' college drew over a million people to Montreal for his funeral. For forty years, Brother André Bessette of the Congregation of Holy Cross welcomed people at the door and became known as a miraculous healer. God's Doorkeeper looks at the heart and legacy of Brother André–as a man of prayer, of hospitality, and of compassion, a man who draws people in to experience a God who is love. Brother André also had a tremendous devotion to St. Joseph that he shared with all who came in contact with him. On October 17, 2010, Brother André became the first Canadian-born male saint and the first saint for the Congregation of Holy Cross. He is living proof that "it is with the smallest brushes that the divine artist paints the most beautiful pictures."

The film features interviews from Montreal, Rome, and the United States—with people who knew him and others who continue Brother André's work today. It also includes footage of the beatification and canonization ceremonies in Rome and the celebrations in Canada, with footage of the unforgettable events of Brother André's road to sainthood.

Option #5:  The Heart of Camden: The Story of Father Michael Doyle

Get a glimpse into the inspiring story of Fr. Michael J. Doyle and see some incredible moments about a man who made it his lifelong purpose to inspire and help a city and the people within it in this documentary.  As a young priest, Fr. Michael J. Doyle came to the U.S. from rural Ireland in 1959, bringing with him a joyful disposition, a fervent Catholic faith, and an unwavering determination to help his congregation and community.  These traits were put to the test in Camden, where he found himself confronted with urban decay and despair.  Industries were closing and people were leaving.  Crime, drug use, the breakdown of families, the proliferation of hopelessness - this was Camden's reality. 



Please refer to the instructions in each In-Person Parent Workshop below to see HOW you receive Credit for Attendance.

Upcoming In-Person Parent Workshop Opportunities:

OPTION #1:  August 3, 2023 @ 6:00 PM (COMPLETED)  Passing on the Faith with Bob McCarty (Good Shepherd Church) 
Credit for Attendance:  A pre-signed Parent Tracking Sheet was handed out to families at the conclusion of this workshop.


OPTION #2:  September 9, 2023 @ 6:30 - 9:30 PM (COMPLETED)  The Letter (Video Presentation & Discussion) hosted by the GSCC Stewardship Ministry 
Description:  Join us as we respond to this call to action to care for our common home and community.  This workshop will consist of a video presentation, followed by group discussions. 
Attendance at this event will qualify as TWO In-Person Parent Workshops.
This workshop has limited seating and DOES require a RSVP Signup:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050944A4A82DA6F58-theletter#/
Credit for Attendance: You MUST take a Parent Tracking Sheet with you to this event and have it signed by clergy or a Ministry Lead at the END of the night.

OPTION #3:  October 4, 2023 @ 5:45 - 8:00 PM (COMPLETED) The Real Presence with Fr. Octavio Ventura, LC (Good Shepherd Church)
Description: Father Octavio visits us from his ministry in Mexico City!  On this evening, he rekindles his long-time friendship with our community and shares his gifts of teaching, stirring hearts on the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist AND Jesus' presence in the Liturgy of the Word.  Begin your evening as Fr. Octavio and brother priests process for the sacred exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.  During this time, worship and adore our Lord, and if you feel a desire, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available.  Upon the Benediction blessing of the congregants, Fr. Octavio will offer his spiritual talk and catechesis enlivening our faith, hope, and love in Jesus' most holy sacrament of charity! 
Attendance at this event will qualify as TWO In-Person Parent Workshops.
Credit for Attendance:  Attendance at both Adoration and the spiritual talk is required for credit.  A pre-signed Parent Tracking Sheet will be handed out to sacrament preparation families at the conclusion of this event.

OPTION #4:  January 29, 2024 @ 6:00 PM (COMPLETED) Hope Within You Parish Retreat (Fr. Phillip Wells Parish Hall)
Description: Join us for a parish retreat and be inspired! Let the Holy Spirit work in you and fill you with hope. This Monday parish retreat from 6:00 - 8:30 PM will include a video, table discussions, and a light dinner. 
Attendance at this parish retreat will qualify as TWO In-Person Parent Workshops.
This parish retreat DOES require an RSVP in order to attend:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050944A4A82DA6F58-47166737-parish#/
Credit for Attendance:  Bring your Parent Tracking Sheet with you to be signed by Clergy, Parish Staff, or the Pastoral Council Members at the conclusion of the retreat. 

OPTION #5:  February 1, 2024 @ 6:00 PM (COMPLETED) Body of Christ, Not Your Average Bread! with Fr. Brian Atienza (Good Shepherd Church)
Description:  Spend an hour with Fr. Brian Atienza and understand how the actual body and blood Christ is not "symbolic", but rather a true gift of love and charity where Jesus Christ our Lord is PRESENT under the species (or appearance) of bread and wine.
Credit for Attendance:  A pre-signed Parent Tracking Sheet will be handed out to sacrament preparation families at the conclusion of this event.

OPTION #6:  March 3 and/or 4, 2024 @ 6:30 PM Made for Mission: Transforming our Parish Culture with Tim Glemkowski (Good Shepherd Church) 
Description:  Join us for this parish-wide Lenten mission with Tim Glemkowski, Chief Executive Officer of the National Eucharistic Revival, and be inspired. Understand and cast the vision of discipleship! An international speaker, author and co-founder of Revive Parishes (an online formation platform), Tim walks with us during this season of Lent, reflecting on the mission to which Christ calls each of us the Body of Christ. This Mission is a spiritual mission, a practical mission and a radical mission that beckons our hearts in a way the world cannot. It is a mission that makes bold sense in reviving our parish culture and the larger Catholic culture, inviting, evangelizing and helping others to find their faithful course in Christ. A master of theology and philosopy with degrees from Franciscan University at Steubenville and Augustine Institute, Tim brings us a transformational Lenten parish mission. 
*** Monday night's talk is a continuation of Sunday night's presentation. This Lenten Parish Mission is designed to be a 2-part series, however, parents may attend one or both presentations as each night counts as an individual parent workshop credit.
Credit for Attendance: A pre-signed Parent Tracking Sheet will be handed out to sacrament preparation families at the conclusion of each night. Each night counts as 1 workshop credit. 

OPTION #7: (Release Date of March 8) CABRINI movie in theaters.  Official Trailer Link
Description:  From Alejandro Monteverde, award-winning director of 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘍𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘰𝘮, comes the powerful epic of Francesca Cabrini, an Italian immigrant who arrives in New York City in 1889 and is greeted by disease, crime, and impoverished children. Cabrini sets off on a daring mission to convince the hostile mayor to secure housing and healthcare for society's most vulnerable. With broken English and poor health, Cabrini builds an empire of hope unlike anything the world had ever seen.
Viewing this movie qualifies as TWO In-Person Parent Workshops. 
Credit for Attendance:  You must attach your movie ticket stub or receipt showing the date and title of the movie to your Parent Tracking Sheet.

OPTIONS #8 - 13: Friday nights during Lent (February 16, 23 & March 1, 8, 15, 22) @ 6:00 PM Soup for the Soul and Stations of the Cross with Clergy & Evangelization Outreach Ministry (EOM) (Fr. Phillip Wells Parish Hall)
Description: Families are encouraged to join us on Fridays during Lent for prayer, catechesis, and to break bread together.  Doors to the Hall will open at 5:45 PM with prayer at 6:00 PM followed by a light dinner of soup & bread while watching a video then afterward, everyone will transition to the Sanctuary for Stations of the Cross led by Clergy. This year's video series for Soup for the Soul is TBD. Soup for the Soul and Stations of the Cross are open to the entire family.  
Credit for Attendance: Bring your Parent Tracking Sheet with you to be signed by EOM Leads or Clergy at the conclusion of Stations of the Cross.  There are 6 opportunities to attend Soup for the Soul and Stations of the Cross - February 16, 23 and March 1, 8, 15, 22. 

NO Additional In-Person Parent Workshops will be added
for 2023-2024.