An Introduction to Lent

February 24, 2014 Joe Paprocki 1

Tomorrow’s lesson is going to be an overview of the upcoming season of Lent which is just over a week away (Ash Wednesday is March 5)! For this lesson, I will be using my FREE Lent PowerPoint. As with the previous PowerPoints I’ve made available, this presentation includes a script (in Note Pages view) to assist you in effectively leading your students to a deeper understanding of this season. To download the Lent PowerPoint from authorSTREAM, […]

Tonight’s Session: 3 R’s – Recognizing, Respecting, and Revealing God’s Presence

February 18, 2014 Joe Paprocki 0

My lesson for this evening picks up where we left off last week as we learned about God’s presence in Solomon’s Temple, in the Eucharist, and in ourselves. Tonight, we focus on how we recognize God’s presence in the Sacraments, respect God’s presence in others (this is part of our safe environment program) and reveal God’s presence to others through works of mercy. Session 21: The 3 R’s Big Idea: We are called to Recognize, […]

God’s Presence – Solomon’s Temple and the Temple of the Holy Spirit

February 11, 2014 Joe Paprocki 0

Here is my lesson plan for this evening! Session 19 God’s Presence – Solomon’s Temple and the Temple of the Holy Spirit Big Idea: God is present to us at all times and especially in the Eucharist Preliminaries (10 mins) Collect Psalms from last week and read them anonymously as part of opening prayer. Opening procession and prayer ritual Engage (15 mins) Show clip of Mr. Magoo Christmas Carol “Alone in the World” (2:44), in […]

The Psalms – We Can Talk to God Under ANY Circumstances!

February 4, 2014 Joe Paprocki 0

Tonight’s session will focus on the Psalms and how they represent prayers for every occasion and emotion. I enjoy this session because it gives me the opportunity to incorporate contemporary music into the session. This year, for the first time, I am also having the young people bring in songs that they have selected (although with last week’s snow day, I wonder how many will remember!). Anyway, here’s the plan: Session 18 – The Psalms […]

A Lo-Tech Session; High on Props – David: Shepherd and King

January 22, 2014 Joe Paprocki 0

Last evening was thoroughly enjoyable and, for the most part, very effective, as we focused on David as shepherd and king who points the way to the Good Shepherd/Christ the King. I decided to give the technology a rest since I’ve been using PowerPoints and videos a lot in recent sessions. Instead, I went all out on props which the kids loved. 6th graders are very much into this kind of theatrics! Here is one […]

David: Shepherd and King—Session 16

January 21, 2014 Joe Paprocki 2

Tonight we will be focusing our attention on David: shepherd and king who points the way to Jesus, the Good Shepherd and Christ the King. Here’s the plan. David: Shepherd and King BIG IDEA David: shepherd and king, points the way to Jesus: the Good Shepherd and Christ the King PRELIMINARIES (15 mins) Return corrected Ten Commandments quizzes. Opening procession to set up prayer table Opening prayer ritual ENGAGE (20 mins) Invite volunteer to come […]

It Was the Quietest of Times, It Was the Noisiest of Times!

January 16, 2014 Joe Paprocki 2

Our session this past Tuesday (Jan. 14, 2014) was very enjoyable and was a study in contrasts. I actually began the session (after preliminary chit-chat and our opening prayer ritual) with a guided reflection in which I invited the young people to talk with Jesus about what they have learned in the first half of the year. The kids were amazingly quiet! It was a very prayerful experience and, in all, lasted about 15 minutes. You […]

Remember!

January 14, 2014 Joe Paprocki 0

Here is my lesson plan for this evening! Tuesday, January 14, 2014 BIG IDEA: “Remember all my commands!” Scripture: Numbers 15:37-41 Learning Outcome: As a result of this session, students will be able to recall and articulate the major concepts covered in the first half of the year, especially the Ten Commandments Preliminaries/Engage (20 mins) As they enter, have the young people write down one thing they remember learning during the first half of the […]

If I Were King or Queen for a Day

January 8, 2014 Joe Paprocki 0

As it turns out, our session was canceled last evening due to the extreme conditions here in Chicago. Thankfully, temps are on the way back up to more normal frigid Chicago standards! In the meantime, I took the opportunity to look ahead and rearrange the schedule a bit and I see that after we review next week, we’ll be ready to begin exploring the establishment of the Kingdom of Israel, beginning with a couple of […]

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