Three Lessons for Catechists from St. Nicholas

December 1, 2016 Darcy Osby 0

On December 6, we celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas. On the night of December 5, children leave their shoes by the door, finding them filled with treats when they wake up the next morning. Catechists too can find “treats” from the life of St. Nicholas to help them in their ministry. Here are three lessons we can learn from the life of this fourth-century saint. 1. Be a gift-giver. St. Nicholas is best known […]

Making Advent a More Holy Season

December 7, 2015 Joe Paprocki 2

I just came across these two videos that provide enrichment for the Advent season. The first video is via Catholic News Service and features youth minister Emily “Em” Anderson (St. James Catholic Church, Falls Church, VA) providing some insights into how to make Advent a more holy season. I especially like her suggestion of praying the Liturgy of the Hours during Advent. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDfix2aokos The second is Bishop Barron’s reflection on Advent as preparation for a […]

Recommended Reading

December 20, 2013 Joe Paprocki 4

As I was cleaning off my desk in preparation for the holidays, I came across an issue of Catechetical Leader Magazine that I had saved because it contained one of the best articles I’ve read all year. It’s by Matt Halbach, director of the St. Joseph Educational Center in Des Moines, Iowa, and it’s titled New Pope, New Evangelization, New Return to Old (but Good) Ideas.” Matt makes an excellent point that, while the New Evangelization needs a […]

Session Ten (11/26/13) – Getting Ready for Advent

November 27, 2013 Joe Paprocki 2

Last evening was our scheduled monthly Mass in church which was moved from 6:15 to 6:45 PM to give us one solid block of teaching before Mass (6:00 – 6:40) rather than a brief one before Mass (6:00 – 6:10) and another short segment after Mass (7:10 – 7:30). This worked out very well because Mass still went about an hour but didn’t take away from class time! I don’t think parents minded that the […]

It’s Not Too Early to Be Thinking Advent!

November 17, 2013 Joe Paprocki 0

Believe it or not, Advent is only a few weeks away! The first Sunday of Advent is December 1. With that in mind, here is a link to a bevvy of great Advent resources from Loyola Press! Likewise, here is a PDF of even more resources for Advent from Loyola Press!  Advent Resources – Loyola Press

Free Advent PowerPoint!

November 12, 2013 Joe Paprocki 3

Continuing my monthly giveaway of free PowerPoint presentations, I am happy to offer you a presentation for Advent! As with the previous PowerPoints, this presentation includes a script (in Note Pages view) to assist you in effectively leading your students to a deeper understanding of this season. To download the Advent PowerPoint from authorSTREAM, click on the link above or the image to the left. I look forward to your feedback! When you download it […]

Praying and Talking About Newtown, CT

December 18, 2012 Joe Paprocki 4

Last evening was my first opportunity to be with my 6th graders in the wake of the tragic massacre in Newtown, CT. I came prepared to spend some quality time touching on the subject with them and praying about it. Here is what happened: As I was setting up for class, one young lady arrived early as usual to help me distribute materials. She said, without provocation, “Well, I’m very upset.” I asked her about […]

Advent Reconciliation

December 11, 2012 Joe Paprocki 0

Last evening, I took my 6th graders to church for an Advent Reconciliation service which turned out nicely. Here are some observations: Our DRE, Arlene, has been out tending to her husband who has had some serious health issues (but appears to be on the mend, thank you, Jesus) so we gathered in church with a bit of uncertainty as to how to proceed. Quite understandable, given the circumstances, and quite manageable. The kids’ biggest […]

A Very Prayerful Monday

December 6, 2012 Joe Paprocki 0

This past Monday turned out to be a very prayerful evening and a good way to begin Advent with my 6th graders! We met in church for the Advent Prayer Service which I put together a couple of years ago. I love when the bell ringers (hand chimes) call the assembly to order by slowing walking down the aisle and sounding their chimes. It really creates a sense of reverence and all the kids quieted down beautifully. […]

Tonight’s Session – Advent Prayer Service

December 3, 2012 Joe Paprocki 2

This evening’s session will be an Advent Prayer Service in the Church and my guess is that by the time all is said and done, it’ll be at least 45 minutes before we get back to the class room. This, of course, does not leave me with too much time, so instead of trying to cram in a lesson on the Old Testament, I plan to spend the remainder of time focusing on Advent. I […]

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