October 17, 2014


Adults Sharing Faith – Kids Listen In

Last week, we hosted an evening of adult faith formation at St. Cajetan parish that featured 5 adults forming a panel to share their stories of faith connected with the Rosary. While the event was sparsely populated (I’ve yet to solve the mystery of getting parents to attend faith formation while their children are in […]

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October 15, 2014

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The Spiritual Life of Catechists, Part 1: Finding and Sharing Love and Joy

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Editor’s Note: Several of our new Catechist’s Journey contributors will be familiar to those of you who read DRE Connect. Today, we share with you the first article in a series by Joyce Donahue. This post originally appeared on DRE Connect. This is the first article in a series about the spiritual life of catechists, […]

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October 14, 2014


New Contributors to Catechist’s Journey

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Last week I announced that we’d be welcoming some new contributors to Catechist’s Journey. Today I’m happy to share with you who these new voices are and a little bit about each of them. Joyce Donahue, MA, MPS, serves as Catechetical Associate in the Diocese of Joliet Religious Education Office. A former parish DRE and […]

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October 13, 2014


A Week on the East Coast

I enjoyed a wonderful week on the east coast last week, spending Monday and Tuesday in the Diocese of Wilmington, DE, and Wednesday through Friday on the Jersey Shore with the parish catechetical leaders of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia! Thanks to all for a wonderful time and for your great energy, creativity, and dedication to […]

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October 8, 2014


Tell Me What You Think of Catechist’s Journey

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Yesterday we announced some upcoming changes to this blog. As we make those changes and settle into another year of faith formation, now’s your chance to share your feedback and ideas. I want to know how Catechist’s Journey can better serve you. Please take a minute and share your thoughts in this brief but important […]

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October 7, 2014


New Voices Coming to Catechist’s Journey

New Voices Coming to Catechist's Journey

It’s hard to believe that in just a few short months we will be celebrating the eighth anniversary of Catechist’s Journey! Along the way, I’ve written over 1850 posts, most focused on my experiences teaching multiple grade levels at two different parishes. A major goal for me has always been to keep things fresh. This […]

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October 3, 2014


Webinar Reminder

A New Catechesis for the New Evangelization: New Ardor, Methods, and Expression – A Webinar Facilitator: Joe Paprocki, DMin Brought to you by Loyola Press, A Jesuit Ministry Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:00–8:00 p.m. (CT) Click to register! Catechists are at the forefront of the New Evangelization. We are called to “re-propose” the Gospel to […]

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October 2, 2014



Recently, I stopped by a parish to see a staff member. The receptionist greeted me warmly, inquired how she could be of help, contacted the staff member, and then invited me to have a seat until he was available. Then, she did something that I’ve never exprienced in all my years of visiting parish offices […]

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October 1, 2014


A Little Help? Creative Ideas for Parent Reconciliation “Meeting”

I’m looking for some creative ideas for Parent Sacramental Prep “Meetings” for First Reconciliation. My goal is to get away from the all-too-familiar 45-60 minute talk given by the pastor, associate pastor, DRE, or guest speaker, during which the parents sit passively and listen and then are given some logistics about First Reconciliation and sent […]

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September 29, 2014


A Catechist’s Bill of Rights – The Right to Formation and Training

Today we hear a lot about people demanding their rights! Fortunately, we live in a country that guarantees those rights according to the Constitution. If there were a “catechist’s bill of rights,” one of those rights would be training and formation and I wish that more catechists would speak up, demanding this right. I’ll never […]

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