September 16, 2014

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Free Webinar! A New Catechesis for the New Evangelization

A New Catechesis for the New Evangelization: New Ardor, Methods, and Expression – A Webinar Facilitator: Joe Paprocki, DMin Brought to you by Loyola Press, A Jesuit Ministry Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:00–8:00 p.m. (CT) Click to register! Catechists are at the forefront of the New Evangelization. We are called to “re-propose” the Gospel to […]

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September 15, 2014

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On the Road Again

With catechetical programs revving up all over the country, it’s my busy traveling time once again! This past weekend, I had the pleasure of spending Saturday with about 200 catechists in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, NM, and Sunday with about 200 catechists in the Diocese of Gary, IN. At both locations, we explored what […]

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September 15, 2014

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One Book, One Parish: Perfect for Adult Faith Formation

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Here’s an idea for your parish Adult Faith Formation program: it’s called One Book, One Parish (affectionately referred to as OBOP here at Loyola Press). One Book, One Parish provides spiritual works that explain our Catholic culture and history; books that illuminate, inspire, provoke, and entertain; books that have a unique perspective and compelling authority.  […]

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September 12, 2014

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What Can the Saints Teach Us about the New Evangelization?

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Let’s identify some saints that we can look to as models for the New Evangelization. I’d like to be able to take credit for this notion of saints serving as evangelization models, however, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI beat me to it when he canonized seven new saints in 2012: Jacques Berthieu, Pedro Calungsod, Giovanni Battista […]

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September 12, 2014

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An Oldie But Goodie: Resources to Make Your Religion Class More Catholic

Practice Makes Catholic

A catechist recently asked me for a resource that I had forgotten about! A few years back, I offered a Webinar based on my book Practice Makes Catholic and I offered a PDF with links to a number of resources that can make your religion class “more Catholic.” In looking it up, I realized that […]

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September 10, 2014

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Dry Run for REP Kick Off Nite

Last evening, I got together with Deb, the DRE at St. Cajetan, to do a “dry run” in preparation for next Tuesday’s Kick-Off for the Religious Education program. We had many logistics to go over such as the sound system, the lighting, the video, the music and so on. In particular, I realized that I […]

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September 9, 2014

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Discussion Questions for Under the Influence of Jesus!

Under the Influence of Jesus

I am very excited to share this news with you: discussion questions for my book, Under the Influence of Jesus: The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ, ARE NOW AVAILABLE! Thanks to my good friend and co-worker, Carrie Freyer, and to the Marketing Department at Loyola Press for designing this resource and making it available for […]

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September 8, 2014

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Stumbling Into Catechesis

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Here is a wonderful article by Jeffrey Essmann that appeared in America Magazine recently about how Jeffrey “stumbled” into the role of catechist. “Stumbling Onward” by Jeffrey Essmann Stumbling Onward I have come to trust my stumbles. Philosophically, I believe stumbling to be the natural human gait and that humanity’s steady march of progress has, […]

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September 5, 2014

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Helping Catechists Show Videos in Class

In my last post, I addressed the issue of providing catechists with access to AV equipment on a low budget. Now, I’d like to offer a few thoughts about showing videos in the RE setting. I recently made available a number of YouTube videos that are appropriate for faith formation (YouTube Videos Correlated to Catechetical […]

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September 5, 2014

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Equipping Catechists with AV Equipment on a Low Budget

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 […]

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