Catechists in Action – Katie Elwood Takes Her Class to Church for a Tour

In these segments of Catechists in Action, we watch as 2nd grade catechist Katie Elwood takes her children (along with the other 2nd grade classes) to the church for a tour led by the pastor, Fr. Hyland. In the first segment…

  • Katie leads her 2nd graders into the church and has them bless themselves with holy water
  • Fr. Hyland welcomes the children into the sanctuary
  • Fr. Hyland explains the baptismal font to the children


In the 2nd segment, Fr. Hyland tells the children about…

  • the Paschal (Easter) candle
  • Holy Saturday and the Easter vigil
  • the symbol of light as dispelling the darkness of sin
  • baptism as the way we come into the light of Christ’s life and victory


I think the pastor does a nice job of talking to the children in a way they can understand without treating them like babies and he holds their attention well with his voice and enthusiasm…not easy to do with a bunch of 7 year-olds! Meanwhile, Katie and the other catechists (off-camera) are doing a nice job of keeping those 7 year-olds in order.

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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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