A Festival of Sacraments

I like to think of the 50 days of Easter as a “festival of sacraments.” We are still celebrating the Inititation of the newly baptized from the Easter Vigil. Infant baptisms abound. First Communions are being celebrated everywhere. Spring weddings are taking place. Confirmations are happening. Ordinations are being celebrated. What a wonderful time of the year – of the Church year – the Easter season is, when we encounter the Risen Christ in so many profound ways.

Catechists are involved in a variety of ways with these celebrations, primarily preparing people for the reception of the sacraments. Today, I salute all my fellow catechists who have served with such dedication, helping others to prepare to encounter Jesus in the Sacraments we celebrate this Easter season. What a remarkable privilege to help others recognize how Jesus is inviting them to share in his divine life!

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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 Comment on A Festival of Sacraments

  1. For all those unsung hero’s… Thank You for preparing our wonderful Baptized Children of God
    for the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Know that Jesus say’s THANK YOU, ESPECIALLY AND ALWAYS… KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

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