Catechists in Action #4 – Dan Ward Explains Roman Missal Changes

In this segment of Catechists in Action, we see 7th grade catechist Dan Ward talking to his class about Advent and the introduction of the Roman Missal changes. Watch for the following as Dan…

  • directs the young people to open their text books and look at the liturgical calendar
  • talks about Advent as the beginning of the Church’s new year
  • asks the young people about their experience of the changes in the Mass
  • invites a young man to talk about how the experience was “weird” and thanks the student for being so honest
  • talks about “flubbing” the response “and with your spirit” at the Gospel
  • explains that the changes are universal for english-speaking countries
  • emphasizes how “neat” it was to pay closer attention to the prayers
  • encourages the young people to go to Mass during Advent


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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

2 Comments on Catechists in Action #4 – Dan Ward Explains Roman Missal Changes

  1. That was terrific. Lots of questions keep the kids engaged; adjusts to kid-sourced shift in topic without losing the thread; puts out enough energy, but not so much as to dampen the kids. Lets them have plenty of chances to talk within the confines of the subject matter. Uses the book as an aide, not a crutch. Exercises benevolent control without being a martinet.

    Very well done.

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