Catechists in Action – Chris Brett Discusses the 8th Graders’ Confirmation

In this segment of Catechists in Action, 8th grade catechist Chris Brett talks to his students about their recent Confirmation. Watch for the following:

  • Chris asks them about Fr. Matt’s visit the previous week
  • Chris asks about their Confirmation: the bishop’s homily, his vestments, whether everyone showed up, etc.
  • Notice how relaxed and free-flowing the conversation is. Occassionally, Chris needs to “shush” them but it is just a gentle reminder to not all talk at once.
  • Chris asks what their Confirmation ultimately means to them. Notice how the kids are pretty quick to respond.
  • Chris inquires about whether or not the bishop asked them questions and again the kids are quick to share what happened.
  • Chris does a nice job of responding to the kids and reacting to their responses with interest and enthusiasm.
  • Chris wraps up this discussion by emphasizing that they are now “apostles” (probably better to say “disciples” but the point is made!) and one of the kids lets out a good-natured “whoo-hoo!”


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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. Great job Chris !! I really enjoyed watching you engage the kids in reflecting back on thier confirmation and how you connected this to thier more mature roles now to live like the apostles and follow Christ.

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