40 Ideas for 40 Days – Lenten Activities: Resurrection Eggs

April 2, 2009 Joe Paprocki 3

Today’s Lenten activity comes from an 8th grade catechist in Ohio who just loves her kids and wanted to share something she does with them during Holy Week. She calls them “Resurrection Eggs” but they could easily be referred to as “Holy Week Eggs” or “Passion Eggs” since they help children to recognize various elements of the Passion reading. Resurrection Eggs I found some “Resurrection Eggs”.  They are plastic eggs that have a symbol of the […]

40/40 – Lenten Activities: Unjust Punishment

March 25, 2009 Joe Paprocki 0

This Lenten activity is most appropriate for Holy Week and comes from the grade 5 Finding God catechist guide. Unjust Punishment During the Triduum, we recall that Jesus was falsely arrested, accused, and unjustly convicted and executed. Today there are people in various parts of the world who suffer similar injustice. An organization called Amnesty International (AI) works to promote internationally recognized human rights. AI also regularly produces case studies that have been specifically designed for young […]

40/40 – Lenten Activities: A Change-of-Heart Tree

March 10, 2009 Joe Paprocki 0

On to our next Lenten activity which comes to us from the Christ Our Life program, grade 8 Catechist’s Guide. A Change-of-Heart Tree Have the young people make a Change-of-Heart Tree to show their progress in keeping their Lenten resolutions. Assign a group of young people to design the trunk and bare branches of a tree out of brown paper or felt. Have them glue it to a piece of white fabric or paper (about 3-foot […]

Serving as a Catechist – "One of the Most Rewarding Things I Will Ever Do"

February 21, 2009 Joe Paprocki 2

Here’s a wonderful e-mail from a 7th grade catechist who offers some very inspiring words about his vocation. Hello Joe, I stumbled across your website about a month ago when I was really searching for some inspiration for my next class. I am in my first year serving as a catechist for 7th graders. I’ve started out the way so many catechists probably do, teaching their own kids. My son is in 7th grade, thus, […]

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!

The Rite of Confirmation – The General Intercessions

February 3, 2009 Joe Paprocki 0

For our final Confirmation Intensive last evening, we focused on the Rite of Confirmation which includes the following: the Presentation of the Candidates the Bishop’s Homily the Renewal of Baptismal Promises the Laying on of Hands and the Anointing with Chrism the General Intercessions I’m currently sharing with you what I developed for each of these 5 elements of the Rite (the young people experienced five, 15-minute mini-sessions, one on each of the 5 elements). We conclude […]

My (Our) Struggles – Not to Be Confused with Mein Kampf

December 10, 2008 Joe Paprocki 2

What a shame that an idiot like Hitler ruined such a good phrase: “my struggle” (of course you know that is the translation of Mein Kampf, his notorious autobiography/statement of his twisted ideology). I bring this up because I am always amazed and also amused (and of course, touched) at the fact that I get more feedback on my blog posts in which I share my struggles or moments of weakness as a catechist than […]

Delightful Banter

December 2, 2008 Joe Paprocki 0

I have to admit that for me, making “small talk” does not always come easy. When it comes to interacting socially with students, I’m not necessarily the “warm and fuzzy” type, at least not right off the bat. I’m professionally pleasant and cordial but it takes me a while to let my guard down and just be myself. Last night, I was pleasantly “disarmed” by one of the young people who asked at the outset, […]

Now Thank We All Our God!

November 26, 2008 Joe Paprocki 0

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for allowing me to walk the catechist’s journey with you! I hope you have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving! My prayer takes the form of one of the most cherished Christian hymns, Now Thank We All Our God! Now thank we all our God, With heart, and hands and voices, Who wondrous things has done, In whom his world rejoices. Who from our mother’s […]

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