The “Crafty” Catechist

Crafting FaithWe have had many discussions here about the balance between reading from a textbook and working off-the-page/beyond the text. One of the most time-honored ways of working off-the-page in religious education is by doing craft activities. I am of the firm belief that no one is ever too old to do a craft!

Here’s an example from one of my favorite books, Crafting Faith: 101 Crafts to Help Kids Grow in Their Faith.

It’s called “Let Your Light Shine Paper Candles.”

What I like about the crafts in this book is that they are simple, come with easy to follow directions, and are accompanied by a “faith connection” so that you can concretely relate the craft activity to an aspect of our faith so that it’s not just a “cute” activity.

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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


  1. was wondering the best way you have found to lead simple meditation. I have done one that I memorized from rcia when I was a sponsor and the kids love the meditative experience – I just need ideas or resources. Thanks!

    • Sharon, take a look at my categories on the right hand side of my blog home page and scroll down until you find Prayer/Guided Reflections. There, you’ll find some info on leading simple meditations. Let me know if you need more help.

  2. I love crafts too! Especially when it helps to reinforce the lesson. However my kids are high school (9th grade and up) and I have to be careful not to have anything too juvenile! Do you have any resources for crafts/activities for older kids? Keep in mind I DO still use some of the ones aimed at younger kids!

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