Let Your Light Shine…Without Tooting Your Own Horn

This Tuesday evening, my wife and I are scheduled to volunteer at a homeless shelter. I plan to share this with my students, not to boast, but to help them see that service is a way of life for Catholics. They have just been confirmed and were required to complete a certain number of service hours. I want them to see that they weren’t just jumping through a hoop but were engaging in the Catholic lifestyle. My confirmation was over 35 years ago…but the service continues.

What other forms of service might you be involved in (aside from serving as a catechist, of course!)?

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.


  1. My dd (10) asked me to find her a soup kitchen to work in. So at least through Easter we are volunteering 3 hours once a week to serve meals to the needy. Our first time was last week, and she really loved it. I also got praised for setting a good example. Of course I’m proud 😛 , but it’s also a little sad. Stuff like this should be normal and expected.

    We also regulary donate children’s items to a battered women’s shelter, food for our parrish’s food pantry, and our prayers for those less fortunate.

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