Living Stations of the Cross – Scripts

February 12, 2009 Joe Paprocki 9

I’ve put out a request for scripts/outlines for the Living Stations of the Cross for Lent and so far have received 3 samples. Thanks! I’m only passing along 2 of them at the moment, as the third was not really a living stations. Remember, if you have a script or outline for the Living Stations of the Cross, please attach it (as a Word file or PDF) to an email and send it to me […]

Lent FAQ with Joe Paprocki – A Short Video

February 10, 2009 Joe Paprocki 4

With Ash Wedensday being only 2 weeks from tomorrow, I thought that now would be a good time to offer you a brief video titled Lent FAQ with Joe Paprocki – some simple answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the Lenten season. why do we have a season of Lent? why is Lent 40 days? why do we start Lent by wearing ashes? why do we practice prayer, fasting, and giving alms […]

Lent is Just Around the Corner – Living Stations, Anyone?

February 6, 2009 Joe Paprocki 7

Lent is just around the corner (Ash Wednesday is February 25, 2009) and catechists are looking for lenten ideas and activities to mark the season. I have 2 very special plans for this blog: First, I am collecting scripts for the Living Stations of the Cross to make available to you through my blog. Many parishes involve their young people in the Living Stations of the Cross and write their own scripts that they develop […]

OK…One More Post Before Christmas Break!

December 22, 2008 Joe Paprocki 3

I thought I had posted my last post before Christmas break, but I couldn’t resist posting the following, especially for those catechists who will be meeting with their kids between now and the end of the Christmas season. Enjoy! Jesus is Better than Santa Santa lives at the North Pole. JESUS is everywhere. Santa rides in a sleigh JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water. Santa comes but once a year JESUS […]

A Christmas Message

December 19, 2008 Joe Paprocki 2

The following message is from Cláudio Cardinal Hummes, Archbishop Emeritus of São Paulo, and the Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, which oversees the Church’s catechetical efforts. It is a heartfelt Christmas message to all of us catechists. I pass it along to you with wishes for a blessed Christmas and a New Year filled with abundant graces. I’ll “see” you back here on the other side of Christmas/New Years Day! Christmas Message 2008 […]

Advent: Who’s Coming?

December 3, 2008 Joe Paprocki 2

As we began class on Monday, I pointed to the prayer center and asked, “Does anyone notice anything different?” After a short pause, one of the girls pointed to the purple cloth and said, “There’s purple for Advent.” I complimented her on being so observant and then asked, “So, what does the word Advent mean?” No one knew (or at least no one volunteered an answer!). Then, I gave an example. Our aide, Ben, had […]

Advent Hope

December 1, 2008 Joe Paprocki 2

Tonight is an opportunity to spend some time with the young people focusing on the notion of HOPE as we proceed through this first week of Advent. I picked up a few copies of the daily newspapers and will distribute sections to each of the young people, asking them to find a “bad news” story and to tear it out and prepare to describe it to the group. We’ll collect these stories on the table […]

The Liturgical Calendar, the Paschal Mystery, and the Grand Canyon

July 25, 2008 Joe Paprocki 2

If you’ve ever visited the Grand Canyon, you know that its immenseness is overwhelming: 277 river miles long, up to 18 mles wide, and a mile deep! All around the rim of the Canyon are numerous breathtaking look-out points. What do visitors to the Grand Canyon do? They walk along the trails and pause at various look-out points to take in the view from specific vantage points. Along the way, they are looking at the same […]

The Seven Last Words and the Stations of the Cross

March 17, 2008 Joe Paprocki 0

In honor of Holy Week, I offer you these links to prayerful reflections on the Seven Last Words of Christ and the Stations of the Cross: The First Word The Second Word The Third Word The Fourth Word The Fifth Word The Sixth Word The Seventh Word The Stations of the Cross

40 Days, 40 Possibilities

February 7, 2008 Joe Paprocki 2

I just received a handout from a friend, titled “40 Days, 40 Possibilities.” It provides some very practical suggestions for practicing the Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Click here to access it. I hope you find it helpful for yourself as well as for those you teach.

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