Sacraments of Initiation: I Pledge Allegiance…

January 24, 2013 Joe Paprocki 0

I’m on my way to Brooklyn, NY, for a presentation this evening, however, here’s my latest thinking about  teaching the Sacraments of Initiation this Monday and tying it to the Old Testament. I plan to introduce the session by inviting the kids to say the Pledge of Allegiance and to talk about what it means to pledge one’s allegiance to someone or something (loyalty, obedience). I’ll use that as an opportunity to talk about how […]

Looking Ahead: Sacraments of Initiation

January 22, 2013 Joe Paprocki 6

As I look ahead to this coming Monday’s session, I see that I am scheduled to teach about the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. It’s one of those strange situations where I’ve been teaching about the Old Testament and then all of a sudden I’m supposed to teach about the Sacraments of Initiation. Personally, I want to be able to keep a connection with the Old Testament going so I plan on developing […]

Wish I Had This DVD When I Was Teaching Confirmation

January 2, 2013 Joe Paprocki 0

Here’s info about a new Confirmation DVD that I wish I had when I was teaching Confirmation a few years back! The DVD is Called and Confirmed and is part of the revised Confirmed in the Spirit Confirmation program by Loyola Press. The DVD has 3 parts, the 2nd of which I am particularly fond of since I had the privilege of narrating it! Here are some previews: Track 1: Marty’s Call Especially relevant at […]

I’m Just Getting Warmed Up!

December 13, 2012 Joe Paprocki 0

Yesterday, I told you about my new book, Beyond the Catechist’s Toolbox, which you can pre-order (available February, 2013). Well, I’m just gettin’ warmed up!!! I’ve got lots more to tell you about. I’ve been a busy little catechist and writer this year and I’m happy to share with you 2 new resources that I am very proud of and that will help to meet a pressing need in catechesis (catechizing children who are “out […]

Year of Faith Retreat – Week 2, Day 3: “I Just Melted” (The Sacraments of Initiation)

August 8, 2012 Joe Paprocki 13

WEEK TWO: Sacraments (Celebrating the Christian Mystery) DAY 3: “I Just Melted” (The Sacraments of Initiation) I remember asking my Dad before he passed away how it is that he and Mom never fought throughout their nearly 50 years of marriage. He said that, when they were dating, Mom once stood him up because she was unable to get back in time from another outing. He said he was all set to ream her out the […]

Catechists in Action – Chris Brett Tells His Students About His Calling to be a Catechist

April 4, 2012 Joe Paprocki 0

In this segment of Catechists in Action, 8th grade catechist Chris Brett is discussing with his recently confirmed class about how they can use their gifts to serve the community. Watch for the following: one of the students states, “become a catechist” as one way to use your gifts to serve others Chris asks the kids if they know how much money he makes each week serving as a catechist! 🙂 Chris asks the kids […]

Catechists in Action – Chris Brett Discusses the 8th Graders’ Confirmation

March 28, 2012 Joe Paprocki 4

In this segment of Catechists in Action, 8th grade catechist Chris Brett talks to his students about their recent Confirmation. Watch for the following: Chris asks them about Fr. Matt’s visit the previous week Chris asks about their Confirmation: the bishop’s homily, his vestments, whether everyone showed up, etc. Notice how relaxed and free-flowing the conversation is. Occassionally, Chris needs to “shush” them but it is just a gentle reminder to not all talk at […]

Catechists in Action – Meet Chris Brett

March 27, 2012 Joe Paprocki 0

We’re heading into the last quarter of our Catechists in Action series. Today, we meet 8th grade catechist Christ Brett (Most Holy Redeemer Parish, Evergreen Park, IL). I had the pleasure of being on the 8th grade team with Chris for several years and was always inspired by his enthusiasm. In this episode, we meet Chris who is welcoming his 8th graders back for their first session after Confirmation – always a question mark as […]

Catechists in Action – Dan Ward Segment 7

January 27, 2012 Joe Paprocki 0

In this segment of Catechists in Action, 7th grade catechist Dan Ward runs into a bit of a time snag. Because of the Advent prayer service that took place in church, he has no time to complete the activity he had planned which was a Mass flip-book. Watch as Dan… shows samples of Mass flip-books made by previous classes asks and encourages his students to complete the project on their own explains how they can […]

The Catechist as COACH

January 3, 2012 Joe Paprocki 0

  I’m always amazed at how many men I see coaching their kids’ soccer, football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and even lacrosse teams! And yet, so few men feel called to serve as a catechist when, in my mind, it is another form of coaching. Perhaps too many men view being a catechist as a feminine/nurturing role that they are not comfortable with. Fortunately, a growing number of men are discovering how to serve as catechists in […]

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