Advent Webinar is Days Away!

November 12, 2009 Joe Paprocki 0

My free Advent Webinar is just days away (Nov. 18)! Be sure to register soon! Facilitator: Joe Paprocki, DMin Brought to you by Loyola Press, A Jesuit Ministry Wednesday, November 18, 2009 7:15 – 8:15 pm (CST) Advent begins on Sunday, November 29, 2009— are you ready? Joe Paprocki, National Consultant for Faith Formation for Loyola Press and veteran catechist, invites catechists, religion teachers, and RCIA leaders to join him in this Webinar that explores […]

And a Child Shall Lead Them…

November 4, 2009 Joe Paprocki 9

This phrase, of course, is from Isaiah 11:6, and is used from time to time in catechesis with regards to children taking leadership roles. I experimented with this concept on Monday evening by having one of my students lead the guided reflection! This was a big risk for me and I have to admit that I have a very hard time of letting go of things like this because I know how it should be […]

On Second Thought…

October 20, 2009 Joe Paprocki 11

Last evening’s session went OK, however, as I look back over my attempt to walk the young people through the Bible in preparation for the unit on Jesus, I’m having second thoughts about my approach. Frankly, I think it was a bit beyond them to explore so many Scripture passages (as outlined in my handout)  in one swoop. As brief as most of those passages are and as easy as I thought it would be […]

Be An Evangelizing Catechist

September 8, 2009 Joe Paprocki 8

As many of us are beginning our catechetical year, I thought it would be helpful to share some inspiration sent to me by my friend and colleague, Tom Quinlan, the Director of the Religious Education Office of the Joliet Diocese. Tom has written the following piece titled “Be An Evangelizing Catechist!” Thanks, Tom! Pray for your children, your families … and for yourself!  Pray privately and within the liturgical/sacramental life of your parish community. Provide a […]

Week 3 Continues AND a Little Something About The Prince of Egypt

June 25, 2009 Joe Paprocki 7

Comments for Week 3 of our online retreat for catechists are less numerous but no less profound than previous weeks. Thanks and keep them coming. Don’t forget that folks are taking vacation time so we can expect “voices” to come and go over the course of this online retreat. Also, some topics are easier to write about than others. You’re welcome at any time to share your thoughts, ask questions of me or of one […]

40 Ideas for 40 Days – Lenten Activities: Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary Scripture Search

March 13, 2009 Joe Paprocki 2

We turn to the Rosary for our next Lenten activity and explore the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary Scripture Search During the season of Lent, we reflect on the suffering and death of Jesus. This is a good time to introduce/review the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary – “scenes” that help us to meditate (reflect) on the Passion of Jesus. For directions on how to pray the Rosary, visit Describe the […]

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 […]

So He Threw a Shoe…So What?

December 15, 2008 Joe Paprocki 0

By now I’m sure you know that, while in Iraq, over the weekend, President Bush was the target of an Iraqi reporter who threw his shoe at him. As is my custom on this blog, I’ll avoid political comments but draw an interesting catechetical lesson from the event. At first glance, throwing his shoes may seem like a rather silly and feeble gesture, like a woman hitting someone with her purse. Howver, a little knowledge of […]

Lent: So What’s Up with the Number 40?

February 20, 2007 Joe Paprocki 0

“These forty days of Lent, O Lord, to you we fast and pray…”  We all know that Lent has 40 days but it may cause us to wonder about the significance of the number 40. Did you know that the number 40 appears in the Bible nearly 200 times?!!! What’s up with that? In the Bible, the number 40 is symbolic and represents a significant period of time during which an individual’s faith is tested. So, what […]

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