Pizza Party

With the end of the program year coming up soon, Patti and I are thinking of planning a pizza party for our class following our last session. We’ve received the DRE’s blessing as long as we have permission slips, etc. (the pizza place is right across the street from the church!) Several catechists have commented on this blog that they have done similar things to bring closure to their time together. The program has a Mass to bring closure to the year on a more substantive level!

Anyway, I’m wondering what other folks do at the end of the program year to wish their students well and to bring closure.

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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


  1. Don’t underestimate the power of Team Building in your class. We have a Pizza Party twice a year with only my class. We attend Saturday Mass (Pizza later)and let the Father know we are in attendace for two reasons; recognition during the Homily of our commitment and to set the table that we are to be under our best behavior during Mass.
    The kid’s love it and honestly so do I. My DRE is behind this effort, it just makes so much sense!
    We are currently working on a Summer Softball game to keep engaged with each other. In closure, don’t consider that a Team Building effort must happen at the end of your relationship, do it while engaged with the stidents. I only get to keep the memories of those who I develop with a lifelong memory of giving of themselves to others.

  2. Our 7th graders are beginning their Confirmation prep by putting on a pancake breakfast as a class service project the last week of class. Then they will do their own service projects over the summer. It is a nice way for the RE community to end the year and for the 7th graders to transition into Confirmation prep.

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