A Guided Reflection on Praying, Fasting, and Almsgiving

File:Purple.svgTonight, we begin in church with a Lenten prayer service that should be about 30 minutes. With all the coming and going between the church and school buildings, I should have about 35 minutes left with my kids. Since I haven’t been able to do a guided reflection with them for a few weeks, I thought I would go right into that when we get back to the classroom. Here’s the script that I put together for a Guided Reflection on Praying, Fasting, and Almsgiving.

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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.

8 Comments on A Guided Reflection on Praying, Fasting, and Almsgiving

  1. Good Morning Joe,
    I just finished preparing for my class this afternoon. I went
    to your website and saw this wonderful reflectiion! My children love when
    I do these with them. I’m planning on doing this today. Thank you for all
    the wonderful ideas that you share with us. My class will say a prayer for you
    during class.

  2. Yesterday was the Rite of Election for my RCIA candidates and catechumen. They got to meet our Bishop. I love the reflection! I can use it with my students. I love your site. I just found it via Twitter. I’ve been involved with RCIA since my own conversion. I was confirmed in 2004, and began assisting with RCIA in the autumn.

    • Sheila, congratulations on bringing your candidates and catechumens to the Rite of Election…always a wonderful event. Glad you find the reflection helpful…I used it with my 4th graders last night and it went very well. Keep up the great work in RCIA!

  3. Thanks, Joe! This looks great, but I get an error message when opening the file, and the second page is missing. “An error exists on this page. Acrobat may not display this document properly. Please contact the person who created this .pdf document…”

    PS We’re excited to hvae you coming for our regional catechetical conference in Richmond this October.

    • Terry, I’ll send it to you via email and we’ll see if it opens for you as an attachment. I’m likewise looking forward to visiting Virginia this Fall!

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