40 Ideas for 40 Days – Lenten Activities: A Lenten Chain

February 24, 2009 Joe Paprocki 6

Catechists of all age groups are always looking for creative Lenten activities. With that in mind, I’m pleased to offer another of FORTY lenten activities (in forty days) that I hope will be of use to you. Be sure to check back here each day during Lent to find another Lenten activity that you can adapt for your own setting. And, if you have a Lenten activity of your own that you would like to share, send it […]

Leading Guided Reflections (Meditations)

February 16, 2009 Joe Paprocki 0

Catechists often ask me where they can get their hands on guided reflections (meditations) for children, especially after I have introduced them to one of the guided reflections included in the Finding God program that we use at the parish where I’m a catechist. If they are not using the Finding God program, they are wondering where they can get some guided reflections. Good news!  Loyola Press has now made a number of guided reflections […]

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 […]

Catechists and the Bible – A Saturday Morning in the Joliet Diocese

February 9, 2009 Joe Paprocki 4

I spent this past Saturday morning with about 100 catechists in the Diocese of Joliet (south and west of the Archdiocese of Chicago) focusing on the topic of catechists and the Bible. I was honored to “share the bill” with Bishop Peter Sartain and to meet and speak with so many catechists from so many parishes. After a beautiful morning prayer, I was introduced and spoke about 5 ways to “dramatically increase your students’ Bible […]

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 […]

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 […]

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