Next Session: The Holy Spirit

My next session with my 8th graders will focus on the Holy Spirit as our guide. It’s almost impossible to speak of the Holy Spirit without using metaphors. In our Tradition, we have many powerful metaphors that help us to know the Spirit: water, oil, fire, wind, a dove, and so on. Most importantly, however, I want to be sure that the young people come away from the session knowing that the Holy Spirit is a person…someone they can have a relationship with. I’ll be pondering over the next couple days, the ways that I will best be able to lead them to this knowledge.

If you have any great Holy Spirit ideas for junior high kids, I’d love to hear from you!

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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. In confirmation last year one of my sophomores said that the trinity is like an oreo with the Holy Spirit as the creme filling joining the Father and Son. That was the highlight of our year when one of your kids actually came up with an analogy. Before that moment we couldn’t get the kids to talk. After that we didn’t hear much from them again. But who would have ever thought relating the trinity to an oreo.

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