Equipping Catechists with AV Equipment on a Low Budget

September 5, 2014 Joe Paprocki 7

For some time, I have struggled with the reality that many catechists do not have access to AV equipment to show videos or PowerPoint presentations in their classes. Often, the RE program does not have equipment of its own and is not welcome to use the school’s AV equipment. While I show videos and PPT presentations all the time, the fact is, I purchased my own LCD projector some years ago because of the volume […]

Forming a “Sheen Squad” for I.T. Assistance in RE Programs

August 19, 2014 Joe Paprocki 2

The New Evangelization calls for presenting the Gospel with a new “ardor, methods, and expression.” I propose a new “expression” that would meet a pressing need in our faith formation programs: the “SHEEN SQUAD” to assist catechists with I.T. needs. It would be composed of teens/young adults who volunteer as aides for religious education programs to help catechists integrate technology into their sessions. The name, of course, mimicks the well-known “Geek Squad” which offers computer-related services […]

Finding God Video Project for 9th and 10th Graders

July 22, 2014 Joe Paprocki 0

I recently discovered that a DRE in Leominster, MA, has created a project for her 9th and 10th graders now that they have completed grades 1-8 of using the Finding God program. She wanted to continue to the theme of “Finding God in all things” so she has decided to have her 9th and 10th graders work on a video project throughout the year. Their goal will be to interview members of the community on […]

YouTube Videos as Supplemental Resources for Jr Hi and HS Faith Formation

June 11, 2014 Joe Paprocki 0

The General Directory for Catechesis states clearly that NO resource, no matter how well-tested or glitzy, “can dispense with the person of the catechist in every phase of the catechetical process.” (156) Some faith formation programs would have you believe that their resources, whether a textbook or a series of DVDs, will do all the work and that all a catechist needs to do is to facilitate the turning of pages in a book or […]

Using YouTube Videos to Lead Song

June 3, 2014 Joe Paprocki 1

One of the techniques that I’ve used with young people to lead them in song, either in a catechetical setting or at a liturgy, is to project a YouTube video with the music and lyrics provided. This works especially well because young people are very visual and are more comfortable with this than with a hymnal or song sheet. Likewise, it is very effective when you don’t have a music minister present to lead song […]

Great New Liturgy Apps!

March 7, 2014 Joe Paprocki 3

Here’s some information about some great new Apps on the Liturgy! The first is the My Picture Missal App from Loyola Press. This App, available in the iTunes store at this link: My Picture Missal App, was developed for children with special needs and  for young children. The intent of this interactive app is to help children learn, understand, and fully experience the Mass. Children with special needs have spiritual lives and, with communication assistance, can […]

Your Next FREE PowerPoint: All Saints and All Souls Day! (Also Available in Spanish)

October 11, 2013 Joe Paprocki 18

Continuing my monthly giveaway of free PowerPoint presentations, I am happy to offer you a presentation for All Saints and All Souls Day! As with the previous PowerPoint on the Month of the Holy Rosary, this presentation includes a script (in Note Pages view) to assist you in effectively leading your students to a deeper understanding of these feasts. To download the All Saints and All Souls PowerPoint from authorSTREAM, click on the link above or […]

Digital Resources for Hispanic Catholics – Discípulos en la Edad Digital

March 7, 2013 Joe Paprocki 2

Recently, my very talented friend Adrián Alberto Herrerra, Associate Director for Spanish Language Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, did a presentation in Spanish for the Archdiocese of Hartford, CT, on Discipleship and Digital Media (Discípulos en la Edad Digital). In his presentation, Adrián offered a substantial list of links to Online resources for Hispanic Catholics. He was very generous to share those with me and, with his blessing, I am sharing them with you. ¡Gracias, Adrián! […]

Using the Jesus of Nazareth Film to Prepare for Holy Week

March 5, 2013 Joe Paprocki 8

The current TV mini-series The Bible is drawing large audiences and mixed reviews from critics. I haven’t watched it yet but plan to tune in especially for the New Testament segments. As always, watch with a critical eye and take note of discrepancies with Scripture (Hollywood likes to embellish!) to point out to those you teach. In the meantime, a film that has withstood the test of time is Franco Zeffirelli’s Jesus of Nazareth. An […]

Turning Heads…Literally – Use of Video at Reconciliation Prayer Service

February 26, 2013 Joe Paprocki 13

Things turned out very nicely with the use of video at our Lenten Reconciliation Prayer Service last evening. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post (Tonight, I’m the Tech Guy!), I coordinated the use of video for 5 different moments of our Lenten Reconciliation Prayer Service last evening, including images of “Stories of Hope” from Operation Rice Bowl, opening and closing songs, a video examination of conscience and a Powerpoint reflection of images of Jesus while children […]

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