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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.


    • Thanks, Christian…I like the idea of de-mystifying the word “revelation.” It sounds so deeply theological and yet it’s simply what we do when we enter relationships…we reveal ourselves to others.

  1. Oh my heavens – this is perfect. This fall, I will be teaching 5th and 6th graders. we will be doing lectionary based once Advent begins, but I plan to spend the first few weeks (this year) on the Bible. We can’t afford to give each child their own bible so we will have to modify that portion, but this is perfect. THANK YOU!!!!

  2. I am going to try an experiment to explain oral tradition and writing of the Bible. The first 6-7 weeks I am going to end class with a short story (I have chosen one from the 1920’s so they won’t already know it). Their homework on the last week will be to write out the story themselves from memory. when they bring it back, we will discuss.

    • Sounds like a good idea, Maureen…good luck with it. My only concern with an activity like that is that it might demonstrate how much of a story can get lost or distorted when passed along orally until it is written down and it might give the wrong impression that the Bible suffers from a lack of accuracy. Just a thought.

      • I did think of this. However, much of the Bible was passed on orally before being written down. also we continue to have Tradition that is not written down. I will emphasize that the number Jesus fed, the number of lepers cured was not what is important. I believe their own writing will give the “moral” of the story (and there is one in my choice) even if descriptions or amounts are off.

  3. Hi Joe,
    Sorry I am going to miss your presentation on Thursday in New Bedford, but fortunately I downloaded this presentation because I can have Cynthia purchase a copy of your “Bible Blueprint”. I have started doing parent child sessions with 2nd graders and now I’ll have a ready-made session for fifth graders – and early enough that it can be put on “the calendar”. I enjoyed your session last year with Margie and am really disappointed about not getting to hear you again. Thanks, too, for this doing this blog. As a 30-year veteran, I love so many of your ideas!

  4. Thank you!! searching for a Bible presentation service and while this is not exactly what I need, it give me a wonderful start.

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