Last Night's Class, Tonight's Webinar

Last evening, my students took their Confirmation exam. I haven’t had a chance to correct them yet, however, I can tell from a quick glance that there are no disasters awaiting me. In previous years, I had one or two kids who left full pages blank. Not this time.

Na_Zdrowie[1]Before the exam, I gave them time to study and to quiz one another. I then told them that the Catholic faith was like a family heirloom, being passed from one generation to another and that this exam was a way of determining how ready they are to embrace that heirloom. I showed them an old Prescription bottle that goes way back to my grandfather’s days (that’s my dad filling his first prescription with that bottle back in the day). I explained that this bottle was handed down to me when I was old enough to care for it properly. I told them that if they do not pass the exam, it simply means that we need to do more work with them to help them embrace the faith that we are passing on to them.

I’ll let you know how the test scores turn out.

In the meantime, tonight is my Lenten Webinar! I hope to “see” you there!

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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 Last Night's Class, Tonight's Webinar

  1. Wow, i just love that idea of the prescription bottle and heirloom, i am going to copy cat! I teach First Year First Communion and my group has 14 students ranging from ages 9-14, w/only 3 boys, the rest girls. Just wanted to say Thank the Holy Spirit for putting you in my path and for blessing you in yours!

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