Catechists for Parish Organizations

July 29, 2014 Joe Paprocki 0

The post I put up the other day about designating catechists for Men’s and Women’s clubs in parishes struck a positive chord with lots of people. In particular, a comment posted by Maureen summed up precisely what I was aiming at when she said that the idea: …also speaks to one of the foundational principles of the USCCB pastoral plan for Adult Faith Formation, “Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us”: parish life itself is the […]

How About Catechists for Parish Women’s and Men’s Clubs?

July 25, 2014 Joe Paprocki 4

Too often, we Catholics approach adult catechesis with the notion of beginning a program that we hope to get folks to attend, when in fact, many people are already attending parish functions but not necessarily receiving faith formation as a part of the experience. One such example are Women’s and Men’s Clubs (Mother’s and Father’s Clubs, Holy Name Society, etc.) These are groups that gather numerous parishioners on a regular basis for a wide variety […]

Putting Parents First When You Kick-off the Catechetical Year

July 23, 2014 Joe Paprocki 0

I mentioned in a recent post how I am working with the DRE of a parish to combat the “drop-off” mentality that many parents have when it comes to their child’s faith formation. Here are some ideas for resources from Loyola Press that can help you to put parents first when it is time to kick-off the new catechetical year. Resources (either free or low cost – under $10) to give Parents: Forty Ways to Foster […]

Combatting the “Drop-Off” Mentality

July 22, 2014 Joe Paprocki 6

This afternoon, I met with Deb Breakey, the DRE of St. Cajetan Parish in Chicago, to brainstorm a new way to kick off the catechetical year this Fall designed to combat the “drop-off” mentality that so many parents have when it comes to their children’s faith formation. We are working on designing an experience on the first night of religious education that, in essence, will be an intergenerational event. Parents will be asked to gather with […]

“Meet the Staff” Day at St. Barnabas!

July 22, 2014 Joe Paprocki 0

Today I had the pleasure of meeting with the staff at St. Barnabas Parish in Chicago where I will be assisting in adult faith formation! They were very warm and welcoming and we enjoyed spending about an hour together during which time I introduced myself to them and articulated my goals for working with them on adult catechesis and reporting on my blog. We then engaged in some give and take as they asked some […]

Time to Get Serious…About Adult Faith Formation!

July 21, 2014 Joe Paprocki 2

I hope you enjoyed my “summer chuckles” while I was on vacation! Fr. Jim Martin, SJ, reminds us that “our relationship with God — like any relationship — can use some humor from time to time.” Now that I’m back, it’s time to get serious about my focus for the upcoming year: adult faith formation! As I mentioned in a previous post, this year, instead of teaching a grade of elementary age religious education, I […]

Iced Coffee Catechesis – A Well-Built Faith

July 1, 2014 Joe Paprocki 0

I’ve already mentioned to you the Lawn Chair Catechism being hosted by CatholicMom.com which is using my book,  A Well-Built Faith: A Catholic’s Guide to Knowing and Sharing What We Believe, this summer. Now, I find word that a parish in Andover, MA, is also using AWBF for what they call “Iced Coffee Catechesis!” Here’s their blurb: Iced Coffee Catechesis Pope Francis reminds us that joy is ours in Christ – a joy ever new – […]

Last but Not Least…Advice for Catechists of Adults

August 19, 2011 Joe Paprocki 9

Adult Catechesis is last on my list of webinars but certainly not least! In fact, the General Directory for Catechesis reminds us that Adult Catechesis is the primary form of catechesis!With that in mind, what advice would you offer to someone who is going to be a catechist of adults (e.g. RCIA, Bible study, adult faith sharing, Adult Confirmation prep, etc)? In particular, how is teaching adults different from teaching children? What learning needs to […]

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