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Getting Started as a Catechist Series

Primary Age Children
Intermediate Age Children
Junior High and High School Students

Roman Missal Changes

“Practice Makes Catholic”

Leading Prayer as a Catechist

Preparing for Advent: A Webinar

Making Lent Simple, but Not Easy

Growing as a Catechist

Getting Started as a Catechist Series


As the new school year approaches, catechists are refocusing their attention on how to best engage their students in faith formation. Roughly 150,000 catechists are new to the job each year, and Loyola Press is supporting their training by hosting a Webinar series called “Getting Started as a Catechist.”

In this series, Joe Paprocki, DMin, discusses the basic skills of being a catechist, how to plan effective lessons, ways to lead compelling prayer, tips on how to organize a variety of activities, and how to maintain order and discipline in the learning environment, in addition to other topics.

Primary Age Children
Intermediate Age Children
Junior High and High School Students

Roman Missal Changes Webinar

Beginning with Advent 2011, we will celebrate the Mass following the English translation of the 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal. While the changes for the Mass may be exciting for some people, they may be confusing for others.

Some of the topics covered in this Webinar include:

  • Background on the changes in the Roman Missal
  • Explanations of why the changes are taking place
  • In-depth look at specific texts in the Mass that are changing
  • An opportunity to ask questions and receive ongoing Roman Missal change information

“Practice Makes Catholic” Webinar

15 Ways to Make Your Religion Class More Catholic

Catholicism is a unique way of seeing. As catechists and religion teachers, we impart this way of seeing to others. The Catholic vision is characterized by the following:

  • a sense of sacramentality
  • a commitment to community
  • a respect for the dignity of human life and a commitment to justice
  • a reverence for Tradition
  • a disposition to faith and hope and not despair

Leading Prayer as a Catechist Webinar

This Webinar will provide catechists, both those who are new and those who’d like to refresh their skills, with an introduction to leading prayer to effectively engage young people in faith formation.

Some of the topics covered in this Webinars include:

  • The essence of prayer
  • Leading spontaneous prayer
  • Leading liturgical prayer
  • Leading reflective prayer
  • Helpful prayer resources

Preparing for Advent: A Webinar

Practical Tips and Activities to Help You Share the True Meaning of the Advent Season

This Webinar explores how to create engaging advent-themed faith-formation activities drawn from the Sunday Scripture Readings of Cycle C (the Gospel of Luke). Joe will take us through the readings for this Advent season, explore the theme for each week, and share some unique ways you can develop the theme into activities that inspire children, youth, and adults to enter more deeply into the beauty and holiness of Advent.

Making Lent Simple, but Not Easy

Ideas for Practicing Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving

We sometimes make Lent too complicated when, in reality, it calls us to do only three things: pray, fast, and give alms. Simply put, Lent is a time to renew our baptismal commitment to be a disciple of Jesus. This commitment is nurtured by the practice of these three disciplines. In this Webinar, Joe Paprocki will help catechists revisit the Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving to help them and those they teach to better understand how to approach the Lenten season in a way that will lead to renewal of our baptismal commitment. In a unique and refreshing approach, Joe draws from three well-known Hollywood movies to make his points about prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

Growing as a Catechist

A Self-Evaluation Based on 7 Critical Tools from The Catechist’s Toolbox

At the end of the year is a good time to pause and take stock—to engage in a self-evaluation in order to grow as a catechist. In this Webinar, Joe Paprocki invites catechists to evaluate their efforts this year in light of 7 critical “tools” (skills and qualities) drawn from his book The Catechist’s Toolbox.

This Webinar will assume a very different flavor from the previous ones in that the focus will be on answering 7 poll questions (one for each of the 7 tools), resulting in a highly interactive and fast-paced experience.

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