Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk

We’re looking ahead to our next Confirmation intensive on January 5, after the Christmas break. The theme of this one is: Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk.

As Confirmed Catholics, our young people will need to be able to talk about their faith. Of course, the Nicene Creed is the “alphabet” – the building blocks – of our language of faith. It is the first place to go to search for words to respond to people who ask us what we believe as Catholics. The first thing we will do for this intensive is “present” the Nicene Creed to our young people and focus on its significance for our faith. Talk the Talk.

The remainder of the evening will have the young people once again rotating between the five 8th grade catechists for mini-sessions that  focus on how, as Confirmed Catholics, our young people will be called to put their faith into action: to walk the walk.

The mini-sessions will focus on the following:

In my upcoming posts, I’ll share how each of those mini-sessions will attempt to address each of these topics. Once again, each of the mini-sessions (learning stations) will include some task that the young people need to perform so that they continue to get the message that they are the ones being asked to acquire new skills and new learnings on their way to becoming fully initiated Catholics. The more that we catechists focus on what OUR STUDENTS WILL DO in each session (rather than on what WE will be doing), the more effective we will be.

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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 Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk

  1. I have, in the past, referred to your blog for ideas for my lessons. However, the last few times I’ve tried to use your ideas from your Confirmation blog, I find that the blog is cut off and does not include the whole entirety of the lesson. Is there a way to get your older blogs in full?

    • Jennifer, sorry for the interruption in service…after we migrated over to the new site for my blog, we seem to have run into some glitches. Let me know specifically what posts do not work properly (by date) and I can repair them.

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