Catechists in Action – RCIA Participant Shares Moving Insight

In this segment of Catechists in Action, Marge Garbacz prepares to move on to the next segment of the RCIA discussion on Human Dignity but pauses to invite a participant to share a thought. Watch for the following:

  • Marge notices that one of the participants looks like he wanted to say something so she interrupts herself and invites him to do so.
  • Mauricio, one of the RCIA candidates, shares his thoughts on the idea of people being “invisible” to others
  • He shares a beautiful insight about how, although we are called to notice others and not let them become invisible, we are personally called to be humble to the point of making ourselves “cellophane.”
  • the group erupts into spontaneous applause in response to Mauricio’s sharing and Marge affirms him
  • one participant blurts out “I feel so dumb now!”
  • Marge expands on Mauricio’s thoughts and calls them an excellent definition for sainthood and shares a thought from Mother Teresa
  • Marge admits that, following Mauricio’s thoughts, she has little else to say! So she invites the group to enjoy their break and get refreshments before resuming.
  • Marge provides a hint of what they will talk about after break, referring to it as one of the best kept secrets of the Catholic Church (i.e. Catholic Social Teaching).


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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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