Catechists in Action – Dan Ward Segment 5: Dan Teaches Reconciliation

In this segment of Catechists in Action, seventh-grade catechist Dan Ward teaches the young people about the Sacrament of Reconciliation in preparation for celebrating the sacrament the following week. Watch as Dan:

  • deals with the reality that few of his students go to Reconciliation outside of R.E. class.
  • talks about how important it is to “bring our sins to the table.”
  • explains the nature of sin and personal responsibility.
  • introduces an examination of conscience and talks about his own experience.
  • reads through the examination aloud with help from volunteers.

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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

5 Comments on Catechists in Action – Dan Ward Segment 5: Dan Teaches Reconciliation

  1. Like Mary, I was wondering if you also have a suggested Examination of conscience. I teach 7th grade kids also who are in their First Year Confirmation preparation and this would be a helpful tool for these kids.

    Thanks so much

    • Eleanor, I’m not sure what Dan used for his examination of conscience, but here are some links to some good ones (not sure the links are active…you might have to copy and paste into your browser):

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