Catechists in Action – Mary Plys Leads the Children to the Chapel

In this segment of Catechists in Action, Children’s Liturgy of the Word catechist Mary Plys (St. Julie Billiart, Tinley Park, IL) leads the children to the chapel. Watch for the following:

  • Mary is part of the opening procession and then is seated in a location convenient for being called forward with the children.
  • The priest calls the children and their catechist forward after the Opening Prayer (The Collect) and sends them forth to hear God’s Word.
  • The congregation sings “Go forth now and listen to God’s Word, hold it close to your heart, and follow the Lord” (by David Haas) as the children go forth prayerfully to the chapel. (The camera pans away from the children as they process in order to protect their privacy)
  • Mary arranges the children on one side of the chapel so they are all together and not spread out, welcomes them, puts them at ease, and prepares to begin.


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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

7 Comments on Catechists in Action – Mary Plys Leads the Children to the Chapel

  1. Thanks, Joe, for continuing this series that provides insight to the many catechetical roles within our church including CLOW. I especially enjoyed this segment as it gave me a glimpse of Fr. Mike Wheaton, the associate who was transferred from my parish over to St. Julie Billiart about a year and a half ago.

    I am grateful for all of the knowledge and insight I have gained from reading your blog over the past five years. Wishing you many Thanksgiving blessings,

  2. Hmm, says the video was removed by the user. I did see the last segment and was concerned about one thing. Mary said they skip the second reading. In the Children’s Lectinary, either the first or second reading are often left out as they are deemed too difficult for children (which is allowed, just not leaving out he Gospel!). So it seems to me that if we are following the children’s lectionary, we won’t be skipping anything that is there. Did I misunderstand her?

    • Hi Suzanne…I had to repair the video, try again. Mary is explaining that one of first 2 readings of the Mass is skipped, followed by the Gospel.

    • I wouldn’t be surprised if they left out the Epistle: St. Paul is frequently aiming way over kids’ heads, unlike the OT readings and Gospels, which tend to be narratives.

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