It's WEBINAR Week!!!

km2_02I’m so excited about our FREE CATECHIST TRAINING WEBINARS that kick-off this week! Registration for the August 19 (Getting Started as a Catechist: Part One) and August 26 sessions (Part Two) is closed. There’s still time to register for the August 20 (Part One) and August 27 (Part Two) sessions. To register for these, click here.

Just a reminder, these sessions will be recorded and made available for viewing after the live presentations. Stay tuned for information about the link to access the recording.

In the midst of all this excitement, I can’t lose sight of the fact that my first catechist meeting is just 2 weeks away and my first class night is only 4 weeks away!

What about you? When does your catechetical year “rev up” (if it hasn’t already)?

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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

17 Comments on It's WEBINAR Week!!!

  1. Thanks so much for the reminder Joe……I had written 7:15 on my calendar for this Wednesday and next Wednesday and I was racking my brain to think what that was for when I read your post reminding us! Looking forward to it.

    Please pray for me this weekend as my DRE has taken me up on my offer and asked me to speak this weekend at some Masses regarding my experience as a new catechist. Obviously we are trying to recruit more catechists to our vocation. I am comfortable with what I will say (I feel like my story is an easy one to tell) but I ask for your prayers that I will inspire others to answer the call to this great vocation.

    We seem to be on the same schedule as you at our parish with our first catechist meeting in 2 weeks and my first class in about 5 weeks (teaching 8th grade this year instead of 7th). Thanks as always for your support.

    • Greg, how awesome that you will be speaking about the vocation of the catechist at all of the Masses this weekend. You will do a superb job telling your story which you have shared here with us. I have no doubt that your missionary zeal and authenticity (remember those?) will shine through! By all means, please let us know how things turn out! You’re in our prayers!

      • Joe.

        I haven’t had a chance to let you know that the webinar was awesome. As someone that has been on a ton of webinars in my secular-world job (which I’m slowly considering part of my faith-world….but that’s another story), it was fantastic to be involved with a webinar in the “true” world of our faith. How uplifting! Thanks for continuing to bring us into the techno. age! Looking forward to this Wednesday!.

  2. Here in Sterling CO, at St Anthony’s, we have our Teacher’s Meeting Sept 16, with classes beginning Sept 23. My third year of preparing “my” 2nd graders for 1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion.

  3. Joe, the webinar was AWESOME! I had technical difficulties and had no audio on the computer, don’t know why, I had what was needed according to set up. However my wonderful 17 year old son set me up on the lap top. I missed the first 20 minutes of Audio. I am very excited that you say it will be made available. I would love to have this to show catechists! God’s blessings on your work!

    • Barb, thank goodness for 17 year old sons! I’m glad you were able to participate. I’ll be posting soon about how to access the recording.

  4. Joe the Webinar was great. We gathered with a group of us from the parish and it was really fun to listen and to also be refreshed with all the activities that I do engage my students in. I never realized that this is my 33 year as a catechist. I’m excited again. Thanks for bringing up all the little reminders and also the the vocation of a catechist is a calling from the Holy Spirit. I am so grateful that I have the gift. Blessings on everyone as we start the year together.

    • Julie, thanks for the great feedback. It was a wonderful experience and I look forward to part 2!

      33 years as a catechist…and still excited! Wow! God bless ya!

  5. Joe, I wasn’t able to make the Webinar last evening. I will be using office computer and the 8:15 EST was pretty late. So I’m counting on on listening to the recordings. Do you think the recordings could be ready by Sept. 9? That’s my first meeting with catechists. Thanks, Joe! Sr. Pat

  6. I enjoyed how professional and relaxed the training was last night. It was wonderful to have you model for us how to conduct our meetings. Thanks for some great insight. Suzanne

  7. Hi Joe, I truly enjoyed the webinar last week. I need help because I had a bit of problem yesterday morning at church. I was sitting outside before and after all the masses signing up the kids for RE. My very young God Daughter (age 6) was “helping” me but also really testing me. She was going on and on about she didn’t want to come to Mass and that Mass was boring. It has been on mind ever since and thought that next week during Childrens Liturgy of the Word, I could address that. I want to ask these little ones Why do we come to church? Why do we come to Mass? Any one have any suggestions or easy answers to these questions? Liz

  8. Because we love Jesus so much! We come to know that our family is so big, not only our relatives, but we have a great big family called the Church, too. When we are together we have a meal that can’t be found anywhere else, and God has provided it. Jesus is present in a way that he isn’t anywhere else. Jesus gives us all of himself in bread and wine that we can see, hold, touch, and have become part of us.

  9. I received an email invitation to the webinar happening in August entitled Free Catechist Training but when I tried to register, I got a recording of the August 09 webinar. Are the sessions full already? If not, I would like to participate in both part 1 & 2 of the webinar sessions. I have participated this year in these sessions and found them very helpful. Thank you. Pat

    • Pat, my recent post about my upcoming webinar originally had “related posts” attached to it and that linked people to last year’s webinar information. We’ve removed that link now. We’ll have the registration info for the August 19 webinar posted very soon. Stay tuned. sorry for the confusion.

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