Tonight, we enter into the post-confirmation era which begins with the big question: will they be back?

Last year, all of the confirmandi returned for religious education classes after the sacrament was celebrated. Our DRE does a good job of communicating to parents that confirmation is NOT the end of the the religious education program. Let’s hope the message got through again this year.

Even so, tonight’s class will be somewhat smaller than usual because a number of 8th graders are participating in the Living Stations of the Cross which takes place next week and tonight is their rehearsal.

Because of the small number of students I’ll have tonight, I’ve decided to show a segment of Zeffirelli’s Jesus of Nazareth that depicts the way of the cross, Jesus’ death, and the Resurrection (about 45 minutes). This version is powerful but not as graphic as Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ which I feel is unsuitable for some young people.

While viewing the video, I will be calling the students one at a time to meet with me in the hallway just outside the door to show them their confirmation assessment and to point out to them what they need to get a better grasp of (in most cases, it is the Ten Commandments and the Seven Sacraments).

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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

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