Reporting for Duty!

Tonight is our first catechist meeting of the year – an opportunity to “report for duty” and to get the scoop on what this year holds in store for us. Yes, we’ll get our class lists tonight so I can see how many kids I have (our DRE is very good at keeping class size no larger than 15) as well as their family information and special needs, if any. I’ll also find out what room I’m assigned to and who my aid will be. The pastor is usually there to say a few words of inspiration, guidance, and affirmation as well as appreciation. The DRE always puts together a nice prayer service to set the tone and to place our ministry within a context of prayer. I look forward to tonight’s meeting and I’ll post on it tomorrow.

Best wishes to fellow catechists who also have their first catechist meeting this week!

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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

2 Comments on Reporting for Duty!

  1. I have a particular problem in that I have recently taken over a class of 20 children of different ages. Although qualified as a teacher I have have no previous teaching as a catechist.
    I only have half and hour each week to do this. The Children range from K1 (kindergarten) to year 6. Any help would be appreciated – regards ross

  2. Ross, thanks for reaching out. I’m moving your comment to the front burner as my post for today so that we can try to garner as much assistance from folks as possible.

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