Catechists in Action – Marge Leads Opening Prayer

In this segment of Catechists in Action, Marge Garbacz welcomes her RCIA participants and invites them to prayer. Watch for the following:

  • Marge greets the participants with great enthusiasm, letting them know how welcome they are and how enthusiastic she is to be spending time with them
  • Marge gives instructions for the prayer and invites the group to pray a prayer written for the parish RCIA process and used over many years at the parish.
  • notice the prayer table behind Marge…a simple purple cloth for Lent, a crucifix, a Bible, and a candle
  • Marge invites the participants to take lead parts in the litany of thanksgiving
  • the prayer is simple, reverent, thoughtful, and brief, setting the tone for the sacred work about to be undertaken.


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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. Joe-am trying to hook up again with the sites or links that you mentioned regarding the role of public relations and marketing in the church.
    Accidentally deleted the article and cannot get back into them. Really need them ASAP….
    THanks again for all you do-have all your books and use them-a lot!

  2. I’m wondering, Joe, if the setting for this Rite of Christian Initiation sharing is Lent, why is “Allelula” part of the prayer? It’s a bit confusing to me, and I’m wondering if it wouldn’t be confusing to those participating, also.

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