Touched by the Sacred – Let’s Hear Your Story

Beautiful story from Karen:

I teach RCIA for kids (2nd – 6th grades). During Lent, right before they will be baptized, we do the Stations of the Cross. We have some posters that I put up around the room and down the hallway. At the last minute, I decided to add a candle for each one since they had really enjoyed lighting the one we used for our opening prayer each week.

We went through the Stations and that all went really well, the kids participating nicely and everything. Afterwards, we still had some class time left and they really wanted to see what it was like if I turned out all the lights and just had the candles going, so we did that for a bit. I then ended up just giving them some free time. I made the hall a quiet place and allowed a bit of whispering in the room, but encouraged them to just spend some time thinking and praying. After a few minutes of fidgeting from the younger ones, all of them ended up just being totally silent and praying and thinking.

It was one of those moments where I totally knew it was God working. I hadn’t planned on the whole ending part at all and it just “happened.” Looking back, I can really see the Holy Spirit making it all happen and working in all, both the kids and mine, of our lives.

What’s your story? Take a moment to describe a time when you really and truly felt the presence of God (the power of the Holy Spirit) in your work as a catechist. Share a brief story with us (click here) – just one or two paragraphs – that describes a moment when you felt the Holy Spirit actively at work in you and in those you teach.

Week Three: Touching the Sacred

Don’t miss the great stories from weeks one and two!

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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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