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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.


  1. Here is another Lenten idea — I did this last year with a group of kindergarteners and also with 1st and 2nd graders and it worked out REALLY well:

    During the first week of lent, take a piece of posterboard and color the bottom brown for dirt/ground. Hand each of the students a little brown “seed” (out of construction paper) and ask them to write their name on it and what they gave up for Lent (or what they are doing extra). Help each child tape or glue their seed into the ground.
    Ask the students what else we need to help seeds grow.
    Add a sun to the poster. This sun represents Jesus who is the Son of God. He brings us into God

  2. I didn’t attend the webinat but wanted to share an idea. This year, we are having families decide what to do for Lent as a family. Then they will decorate paper cups (as flower pots) in a way to remind them. for the closing prayer, we will “bury” the alleluia by giving them seed crosses (which we have started germinating) to bury in their flower pots as we sing an alleluia. As they bury theirs, they will stop singing. Hopefully it will start with many voices and end with just one and eventually none.

    • Maureen, thanks for sharing your idea. Be sure to check out the recording of the webinar that will be available on my blog in just a few days.

  3. Joe, would I be able to get a copy of some of the material from the Webinar from last evening: Making Lent Easy. I had three Catechists with me, and we would like to share your information with our students, especially Jr. High.

    Awesome presentation. We surely would like to view another.

    Peace Barb

    • Hi Barbara, perhaps you’ll be able to arrange a viewing of the recording of the webinar which will be available in just a few days here on my blog.

  4. Great job Joe. Enjoyed the presentation. Always good to see you. One of the challenges of Lent is that we get into ruts doing the same thing over and over. It was good to get some other ideas.


  5. Thanks, Joe, for the Lent webinar. Viewing the presentation helped me to answer my 7th grade students’ questions as we discussed Lent during our RE session last night.

    Here’s a Lenten reflection that our class did last night that I originally found off a link from your blog a few years ago that I have been doing with my students every year since.

    I put some medium sized rocks in a small glass bowl and tell the students that the rocks are the symbols of

    • Thanks, Bernie. I appreciate you sharing your reflection with us…very nicely done and so appropriate for the age group you work with…a good concrete visual image.

  6. Unfortunately I missed the webinar, but I do have several good Lenten ideas that we use with our kids. We have monthly Liturgies and we usually prepare some kind of visual focal point that includes all the kids in our program. This year we are doing a felt board with crosses. At the top of one of the felt boards its says Jesus Remember Me…the second one say Whe You Come Into Your Kingdom… Each of the kids will receive a piece of paper and they will write their Lenten Promise, then the paper will be stapled to the cross, the cross will be place on the felt board and displayed for the congregation during our Lenten Mass.

    Another project that we have done in the past was a cactus with flowers. The kids write their good deeds on the flowers and we then attach the flowers to the cactus to make the desert cactus bloom.

    • Thanks for sharing your ideas Karla! You’ll be able to view a recording of the webinar soon…a link will be posted here on my blog in just a few days.

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