Letting the Holy Spirit Lead When Your Lesson Falls Flat

November 23, 2016 Special Contributor 0

We’ve all been there. You’ve planned the perfect lesson for the children or adults in your session. You’ve spent the week memorizing the material and making notes. You did the extra research to come with some great information not found in your regular curriculum. You’ve even prepared handouts or activities or songs. But once you got in the classroom, the lesson plan didn’t work at all. The group didn’t understand the material; your activities were […]

Pentecost Fire Drill

May 12, 2015 Denise Gorss 0

In one of my first years teaching, I was introducing the story of Pentecost to my group of fourth graders. The book had an illustration of the Feast of Pentecost, with the disciples gathered in a room, tongues of fire over each of their heads. They were facing an open door with looks of shock on their faces. One of the fourth graders asked if this was a picture of the first recorded fire drill. […]

Pentecost: A Renewable Source of Abundance

June 7, 2014 Joe Paprocki 0

Imagine how you would feel if someone stepped into your life, paid off all of your debts, and set up a line of credit for you to draw from for the rest of your life! I know one thing…I’d like this person’s business card! This scenario may sound far-fetched, but in essence, this is what God has done for us, and this is what we celebrate on Pentecost. God not only relieved us of our […]

Preparing for Pentecost

May 16, 2014 Joe Paprocki 0

Pentecost Sunday is less than a month away! As we look forward to this wonderful feast, I thought I would share with you an excerpt from my book, Under the Influence of Jesus: The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ, that explores what happened on that first Christian Pentecost! As recorded in Acts of the Apostles, chapter 2, the apostles proclaimed the Gospel for the first time on that day. When all was said and done, […]

Bishop David O’Connell’s 5 “i’s” For Effective Catechesis

April 10, 2014 Joe Paprocki 0

I mentioned that when I was in the Diocese of Trenton, NJ, last week, I was inspired by Bishop David O’Connell’s homily in which he outlined, among other things, what he considers to be 5 essential elements for effective catechesis and effective catechists. Here are his 5 “i’s” –   Identity: get in touch with the Lord Jesus Christ through his Word, through prayer, through meditation, through the sacraments especially Penance and the Eucharist, through […]

THANK YOU! – Under the Influence Webinar

February 14, 2014 Joe Paprocki 0

A great big THANK YOU for all those who participated in last evening’s very successful Webinar on my new book, Under the Influence of Jesus: The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ! Congratulations to our trivia contest winner, Betty Kuvinka! She was selected at random from a pool of participants who answered the following question correctly: On Pentecost, what time of day did Peter say it was when he denied that the Apostles had been drinking? […]

Under the Influence of Jesus – My New Book is Now Available!

January 3, 2014 Joe Paprocki 3

Yesterday was my first day back at work after the Christmas break and it turns out that Santa was still in the giving mood! I was surprised to receive a copy of my new book, Under the Influence of Jesus: The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ. I believe this book will be a wonderful tool for the New Evangelization! In it, I capture the essence of what happens to a person when he or she […]

My New Book Is Available for Pre-Order!

December 29, 2013 Joe Paprocki 0

During the holidays, we enjoy family, good friends, good food, and yes, a few good drinks! Responsibly enjoying a drink or two loosens up our inhibitions. Isn’t it interesting, then, to note that the very first impression that non-Christians had of Christians was NOT that they were sourpusses or judgmental curmudgeons but that they were drunk (Acts 2:13)? I doubt that the crowds saw the Apostles fumbling, slurring words, acting obnoxiously, moving haltingly, staring with […]

Grandparents and the Benignity of God

June 10, 2013 Joe Paprocki 6

Last week, I spent a few days in New Jersey with about 65 catechetical leaders, reflecting on the 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness. Among the many wonderful people I was privileged to spend time with was Ron Pihokker, the Director of the Catechetical Office of the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ. In particular, I was struck by how excited Ron is about the prospect of becoming a grandfather in August! He is SO looking forward to […]

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