40 Ideas for 40 Days – Lenten Activities: What Lenten Hymns Teach

March 18, 2009 Joe Paprocki 6

Today’s Lenten activity  is an opportunity for catechists to reach those young people who are more musically inclined. You may recall that a little while back, I suggested an activity for those more artistically inclined and made mention of multiple intelligences, one of which is “music smart.” Today’s activity can tap into the musical/rhythmic intelligence of some of your students. What Lenten Hymns Teach Ask the young people to identify some of their favorite songs […]

Music Speaks to Confirmation Kids

January 13, 2009 Joe Paprocki 2

Last evening was our Confirmation intensive during which we presented the Seven Deadly Sins, the Seven Virtues, and the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit using contemporary pop music (see my post from January 8 that provides a complete chart of songs used). It went very well and was a lot of fun! Here’s the scoop: Each catechist had a CD player and a CD with the appropriate songs for their session. I covered the […]

Name That Song (aka Name That Sin/Virtue/Gift)

January 8, 2009 Joe Paprocki 28

OK, here’s the scoop for this coming Monday’s Confirmation intensive. Now, before I share this, I want to make a disclaimer that I may have made before but bears repeating. The activity I’m about to describe to you took many hours – several days, actually – to plan. I want to make it clear that the average catechist is NOT expected to spend this much time planning sessions. Please remember that, for all intents and purposes, […]

Now Thank We All Our God!

November 26, 2008 Joe Paprocki 0

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for allowing me to walk the catechist’s journey with you! I hope you have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving! My prayer takes the form of one of the most cherished Christian hymns, Now Thank We All Our God! Now thank we all our God, With heart, and hands and voices, Who wondrous things has done, In whom his world rejoices. Who from our mother’s […]

John Mayer and Saint Paul

November 13, 2008 Joe Paprocki 0

As many of you know, I like to use a contemporary song (my “song of the week”) to snare the kids’ attention and introduce the theme of a particular class. This coming Monday, I’m going to focus on the role that Saint Paul played in changing the face of the Church and the world by proclaiming the Gospel to the Gentiles. For my song of the week, I’ve chosen John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World […]

Jesus: Wanna Get to Know You

October 27, 2008 Joe Paprocki 0

This week’s “song of the week” for my 8th graders is a song from Shania Twain titled, Wanna Get to Know You. As we focus tonight on getting to know Jesus: his world, his words, his miracles, his people, and his death and resurrection, I thought this song would be appropriate. Here’s a sampling of some of the lyrics: I don’t wanna hurry I wanna take a lifetime to memorize your face Wanna know you […]

Song of the Week

September 25, 2008 Joe Paprocki 4

I’ve begun a new feature this year to try to engage the young people through the medium of music. Each week, I bring in a contemporary song to play that is related to the theme of what I am teaching. In some cases, I choose a song that articulates the problem that the Gospel lesson is addressing. For example, for the class that I taught on “Trusting in God’s Goodness,” I played a song by […]

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