Lenten Odds N Ends

I hope your Lent is off to a good start. Remember, Lent is not easy but it’s not a downer. Why else would the Sacramentary refer to Lent as “this joyful season?” (First Preface for Lent) Renewal is good…but it takes hard work.

As we move forward into Lent, I want to remind you that I am willing to be your Lenten partner (I offered this on my webinar). In other words, you are welcome to send an email to me once a week telling me about your progress (or lack thereof) practicing the Lenten disciplines. Sharing with another person is a powerful way of keeping your focus (it’s the same wisdom that leads people in Twelve Step programs to have a sponsor with whom they regularlykeep in touch…and let’s face, it: sin is an addiction). Your email will be confidential (in other words, don’t worry, it won’t end up here on my blog!!!) and I will respond with general words of encouragement. You can email me at paprocki@loyolapress.com.

On another note, my 40 Ideas for 40 Days is getting lots of attention! The good folks over at Catechist Magazine are linking to my 40 Ideas on their Facebook page. Check it out.

Don’t forget that I write a monthly feature for Catechist Magazine called What’s Your Catholic IQ? The folks there have begun a monthly “What’s Your Catholic IQ Contest” that you may want to look into.

Finally, on a totally unrelated note, today is my Dad’s birthday. Dad would have been 89 today. We all miss him but continue to be blessed by the love that he shared with us and continues to share with us through the Communion of Saints. Na Zdrowie, Dad!


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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 www.catechistsjourney.com.

2 Comments on Lenten Odds N Ends

  1. Thanks Joe for your wonderful blog! I have shared your Lent ideas with our Catechists. Keep up the great work you do!
    Lillian Cruces
    St. Mary of the Assumption Church
    Whittier, CA

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