Catechists In Action #3 – Dan Talks About Advent/Christmas Preparations and the Sacrament of Reconciliation

In this segment of Catechists in Action, we watch as 7th grade catechist Dan Ward talks with his students about preparing for Christmas and the coming of Christ and about preparing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation the following week. Watch for the following as Dan:

  • multi-tasks: teaching while also distributing materials
  • pauses and shushes students when they get innattentive
  • gives the students a writing activity to do but creates a sense of urgency by giving them only 3 minutes
  • continues the sense of urgency by counting down the time
  • talks with great enthusiasm in his voice and walks around constantly as he teaches, keeping a sense of energy throughout
  • engages the students in conversation about preparations for Christmas
  • shifts to talk about preparing for the coming of Jesus
  • makes constant eye contact with his students
  • introduces the “super-awesome opportunity” to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation next week to prepare for the coming of Christ


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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 Comment on Catechists In Action #3 – Dan Talks About Advent/Christmas Preparations and the Sacrament of Reconciliation

  1. Excellent introduction to the spiritual preparation for Christmas. The instructor did not waste time. Kept the lesson moving.

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