Here’s a great story from Tim:

During Lent this past year I planned a guided meditation for my seventh and eighth graders. I was really impressed with the responses I got back from the students, as I only received one negative response! Unfortunately the meditation did not last as long as I would have wanted it to. Thankfully, my DRE had our Living Stations props nearby – so we each took turns carrying the cross through the church hall. Still with time remaining, we had the children seated in church. Big mistake! Despite the fact there were two catechists present – it was more like herding cattle for the final 20 minutes of class as the students did not treat church the way it was intended!

Learned two lessons that will help me in the future….plan longer lessons, its better to run out of time than to have too much time left over – and it gave me the opportunity to build a lesson plan for proper church behavior – outside of the Mass!

What’s your story? Our topic for Week Four is “Oopsies! I Goofed!” Share a brief story (click here) – just one or two paragraphs – describing a time when your lesson plan didn’t quite work out as you planned and what you learned from the experience.  Then, return each day this week to read others’ stories and to comment on them if you wish. You can also go back and comment on stories from previous weeks. I look forward to hearing from you!

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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

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