Catechists in Action – Katie Elwood Teaches 2nd Graders About Their Parish Community

In this segment of Catechists in Action, 2nd grade catechist Katie Elwood explains to her class what it means to be a member of a parish community. Watch as she…

  • directs the children to fill out a page in their book about where they were baptized.
  • talks about what a parish community is
  • calls the kids back to attention when their attention wavers (she does so firmly but without losing her enthusiastic  and friendly voice)
  • prepares the children to go over to church for a tour led by the pastor
  • reminds the children to be reverent, to bless themselves with holy water (“do not put your whole hand in!”), and to genuflect to the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle.


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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 – Katie Elwood Teaches 2nd Graders About Their Parish Community

  1. Great video of your class!
    I have to laugh, not really, because a lot of children, including my 2nd grade class ( 19 ) , don’t have a clue about where they were baptized or who their God parents are etc… Parent’s obviously do not talk about things like this in their home’s. It’s soo important that we introduce this kind of conversation with our classes. Our 2nd graders both parish and CCD made their First Reconciliation these past 2 weeks. It was about 120 total children !
    God Bless you and your program

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