What’s Inside My Catechist’s Bag

I teach in a classroom that is in a school that closed a few years ago. While this means I can leave some things at the school, the room is still shared space among two sessions of religious education and a few other groups that use the building during the week. I also like to have my textbook, worksheets, and other learning materials with me when I plan sessions, so aside from the prayer table […]

Starting the Catechetical Year

In the next few weeks, many of us will be starting the new catechetical year. Before walking into the classroom to meet your group, find advice and inspiration with some of our favorite starting-the-year posts. Getting Started as a Catechist Webinars Our blog host Joe Paprocki helps new catechists get acclimated to the ministry in a series of recorded webinars. Select the group you’re working with for age-level specific advice. Five Tips for Working with […]

Pray, Plan, and Prepare

Here I go again! I’m starting my twelfth year of teaching third grade. Each year produces new challenges, joys, and adventures with my students. Even though I approach the new year knowing that my class will be different from previous ones, I always prepare in the same way. I always begin by praying for my new class. Over the summer I make rosaries out of twine for my new students. I learned how to make […]

Catechists In Action – Nick Prepares for His Lesson

Welcome to the first segment of Catechist’s in Action as we watch 5th grade catechist Nick Yonto prepare for and teach his lesson. In this segment, watch for the following things: Nick arrives 30 minutes before his class begins. Like most catechists, he has had a very busy day, working his full time job, commuting over an hour to get home, grabbing a quick bite to eat before flying out the door to get to […]

Thank You for Participating in the Getting Started Webinar!

A great big THANK YOU to all those who participated in this evening’s Getting Started as a Catechist Webinar for catechists of adults! That completes our cycle of 4 Getting Started Webinars! Within a week or so, the recording of this webinar will be available on the “Webinars” tab at the top of my home page. Already available there are the recordings for the 3 previous Webinars: Primary Age Children Intermediate Age Children Junior High […]

Last but Not Least: Webinar for Catechists of Adults

I hope you join me for the final installment of my Getting Started as a Catechist Webinar series as I host a Webinar for catechists of adults on Tuesday, September 6, 2011, at 7:00 PM (CDT). To register, click here. For your convenience, here is a note-taking sheet for this Webinar.

Recording Now Available for Getting Started – Catechists of Intermediate Age Children

You can now access the recording of the Getting Started as a Catechist Webinar for Catechists of Intermediate Age Children which took place on Wednesday, August 24, 2011. The recording of the Webinar for Catechists of Primary Age children is also available. Click the following: Getting Started as a Catechist – Primary Age Children Getting Started as a Catechist – Intermediate Age Children A recording of the Webinar for catechists of Junior High and High […]

Thanks for Participating in the Getting Started Webinar!

A great big THANK YOU to all the folks who participated in tonight’s Webinar, Getting Started as a Catechist – Junior High and High School Youth!!! As always, it was wonderful to be able to spend time with you looking more closely at how we can grow in our effectiveness as catechists. Good luck to all you junior high and high school catechists! Next up is my Webinar for catechists of adults on Tuesday, September […]

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