Adult Faith Formation and the Problem of “Church Groupies”

January 2, 2017 Joe Paprocki 10

When doing faith formation with young people, one of the problems is that no one wants to show that they enjoy being there; that would not be cool. I have found that, when doing faith formation with adults, there are some folks present who are at the opposite extreme. I call them “church groupies.” I’m not talking here of the same loyal folks who faithfully support everything and show up most of the time. I’m […]

Reflecting on the Lenten Scriptures Cycle A Video Options

November 22, 2016 Joe Paprocki 0

For the last two years I’ve offered handouts for Reflecting on the Lenten Scriptures, to be used in parish small faith groups. Year A materials for 2017 are now available. As I did last year, I selected some options for online videos for further reflection on each week’s theme. Always remember to preview videos before showing to your group, to determine appropriateness for your setting and be sure things work as expected. First Sunday of […]

90 Participating in Year of Mercy Small Faith Groups

October 17, 2016 Joe Paprocki 0

Earlier this month, my parish, Christ the King, began hosting six small faith groups with 90 total participants gathering weekly for four weeks to reflect on Scripture passages related to the Year of Mercy. Two of the groups are being led by our Associate Pastor, Fr. Matt Litak, while the other four are being led by parishioners, including me. Two of the groups are meeting in the rectory, three are meeting in homes, and one—my group—is meeting in the […]

Meet the Adult Faith Formation Team

October 10, 2016 Joe Paprocki 0

After laying the groundwork over the past year, we are blessed to have an adult faith formation team in place at my parish, Christ the King in Chicago. Presently, the team consists of eight people (Seven are pictured and one was behind the camera!) including our Associate Pastor, Fr. Matt Litak. At our first meeting, we shared our hopes and dreams for adult faith formation at the parish and began discussing ideas for addressing the […]

Becoming a Portal for Spiritual Enrichment Opportunities

September 19, 2016 Joe Paprocki 0

CatechistsJourney.com ® is a service of Loyola Press, publishers of the Finding God faith formation program. One of the temptations we face when looking to grow our adult faith formation experience in the parish is to try to become all things to all people when we simply do not have the resources—human and financial—to do everything we would like to do. With that in mind, I propose that parishes think of themselves as a “clearinghouse” […]

Themes of Mercy for the Year of Mercy—Free Discussion Materials

September 14, 2016 Joe Paprocki 4

CatechistsJourney.com ® is a service of Loyola Press, publishers of the Confirmed in the Spirit Confirmation preparation series. The Year of Mercy that Pope Francis proclaimed last year concludes this November. Mercy is the most fundamental and defining attribute of God, revealed through God’s actions throughout the Old Testament and most notably, in the person of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. Why not take some time in the next few months to explore themes of […]

Year of Mercy Discussion Group Videos

September 14, 2016 Joe Paprocki 0

CatechistsJourney.com ® is a service of Loyola Press, publishers of the Confirmed in the Spirit Confirmation preparation series. If you plan to use the free discussion materials Reflecting on Themes of Mercy for the Year of Mercy, you might consider using some of the following video options for further reflection on each week’s theme. Always remember to preview videos before showing to your group, to determine appropriateness for your setting and be sure things work as […]

Mercy Passport: Don’t Leave Home Without It!

July 4, 2016 Joe Paprocki 0

As we celebrate Independence Day, I am conscious of the fact that many people are taking advantage of the summer months to get away. And, if your destination includes traveling abroad, you need to have your passport with you. Well, here’s another kind of passport to take with you as you move about this summer: a Mercy Passport! The Archdiocese of Louisville, KY, has created and made available a Mercy Passport to encourage people to become intentionally conscious […]

The 1% Prayer Challenge

June 28, 2016 Special Contributor 1

What would happen if you gave 15 minutes of your day completely to God? That’s what Mike Lorenzo is asking the community at St. John the Evangelist Parish in St. John, Indiana. Mike is the Pastoral Associate for Evangelization at the parish. He works closely with the pastor and his colleagues to instill a desire to be closer to God and strengthen their prayer lives. Over the Lenten and Easter seasons they launched an initiative […]

Adult Faith Formation Does Not Take Off for the Summer

June 20, 2016 Joe Paprocki 0

Summer provides us with the perfect time to forge ahead with plans for more robust adult faith formation in the year ahead. At Christ the King Parish, my home parish, we are taking advantage of the summer to lay the foundations for our best year ever in adult faith formation. Building on the success of our small faith groups during Lent, we are now inviting a number of parishioners to consider/discern serving on an adult […]

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