Teaching the Stations of the Cross

March 3, 2015 Lisa Jones 3

Children typically really enjoy Lent. It is a season of the Church when they can set practical goals to give up, give away, and pray more. But sometimes we forget to teach our kids the “why” of Lent. What is it that we are trying to achieve with our Lenten observations? What is the goal of Lent? When I explain Lent to children, I always explain that we are preparing our hearts to meet the […]

Ash Wednesday and Lent: Holiness is a Habit

March 4, 2014 Joe Paprocki 0

Welcome to Lent…a time to rid ourselves of habits that are doing little good or even causing harm to ourselves and others and to replace them with habits that are life-giving. Unfortunately, old habits die hard. And contrary to the popular notion that habits can be changed in twenty-one days, experts tell us that it can take up to a year to change old habits and develop new ones. Lent is 40 days for a reason: holiness is […]

Jury Duty Today – Living Stations Tonight

March 25, 2013 Joe Paprocki 0

So here I am doing my civic duty as a standby juror at the Bridgeview Courthouse! So far, I’ve had lots of time to get some writing done as I sit here waiting. We’ll see how long that lasts! Tonight, I’ll be taking my 6th graders to the Living Stations of the Cross being performed by our 8th graders. It is a good Holy Week experience for them and is done very prayerfully. Here is […]

Living Stations

April 6, 2011 Joe Paprocki 4

This past Monday, the 4th graders put on the Living Stations of the Cross and they did a wonderful job. I was very impressed with how prayerful and mature they were…the whole experience was done with great reverence.  Here’s a pic and then an invitation from a catechist named Ron to view their Living Stations in a picture gallery, station-by-station. Thanks Ron! All, Click the link below, if you’d like to see Station-by-Station scenes of […]

Another Living Stations Script

March 28, 2011 Joe Paprocki 4

Here’s another Living Stations script…this one from Sr. Marie who read my post about Living Stations scripts just after she got home from coordinating the Living Stations at her parish! Trooper that she is, she immediately sent this script along. Thanks Sr. Marie! Living Stations Script – Sr Marie

It’t Time for the Living Stations Again!

March 25, 2011 Joe Paprocki 0

Each year, during Lent, the parish school of religion puts on 2 Living Stations of the Cross – one by the 4th graders and one by the 8th graders. Since I’m teaching 4th grade this year, it once again means that many of my students will be involved (in fact, my aide’s son will play the role of Jesus!). Our DRE, Arlene, handles all of the preparations and rehearsals and the rehearsals begin this Monday. What […]

Success with Learning Stations (Sacraments of Initiation)

December 7, 2010 Joe Paprocki 16

Last evening’s session featuring Learning Stations on the Sacraments of Initiation was a great success! The kids were highly engaged in an activity that invited them to explore the rich symbols of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. I have a complete summary with more pictures coming up below but I might add here that the only real drawback I experienced was a lack of time (is that any surprise for a catechist?) to […]

Learning Stations Tonight – Gettin’ There Early!

December 6, 2010 Joe Paprocki 14

I’m excited about tonight’s class…doing Sacraments of Initiation LEARNING STATIONS as I mentioned last week. I did my shopping over the weekend to get the supplies I needed and have them neatly packed into one bag. I called my DRE, Arlene, to ask about getting into the building a little earlier than usual…I think I’ll need about 45 minutes to get everything organized. I look forward to giving you a full and detailed report tomorrow […]

Stations of the Cross Resources

February 23, 2010 Joe Paprocki 3

I spent some time looking up some good resources on the Stations of the Cross – some are online resources, some are downloadable, some are especially for children, others are for general audiences. I hope these are helpful as you plan on praying the Stations of the Cross with your group during Lent. The Stations of the Cross with Mary – Then and Now (Creighton University) – four-page handout The Stations of the Cross (Creighton University) […]

Another Living Stations of the Cross Script

February 13, 2009 Joe Paprocki 2

I have another Living Stations of the Cross script to share with you. This one is from the parish where I serve as a catechist – Most Holy Redeemer, Evergreen Park, IL. The script comes to us from the DRE, Arlene, who does a wonderful job of pulling this together every Lent. living-stations-arlene-a Have a great weekend!

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