About Joe Paprocki 2173 Articles
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 www.catechistsjourney.com.

11 Comments on Recruiting Catechists

  1. Joe…this was great…provided a deep chuckle to this ol’ DRE! love that AD…are we able to “lift and borrow” this for our bulletin? Thanks…and congrats to “Barb” for creativity!!!

    • Shirley before you do so, look into copyright info…not sure if using the Beatles’ image without permission is allowed.

      • thank Joe…that’s why I didn’t want to just use it!….so, we’ll try to find something on our own…but, what a great idea!!

  2. This is great. Would you allow me to flatter you by using your same idea.
    I just loved this. It reaches out to several age groups. Everyone loves the Beatles.

    • Jodie, you’re free to copy this however I don’t know what kind of copyright issues you might face with regards to publishing in your church bulletin.

  3. Joe this past Sunday I did a “personal invitation” to nvite people to be a catechist in all the masses in my church. By the comments of the parishioner I think it whent very well. Seeing me and hearing the message in person gave good results. Maybe Brbar will consider.

    • Alicia, congrats on being brave enough to do the personal invitation! I’m glad it was well received. It not only hopefully will result in a few new catechists, but it goes a long way toward building a positive image for your program.

  4. Suggest that instead of using the Beatle’s photo, why not use St. Peter and St. Paul or even your own parish’s people i.e. pastor, children, etc. I think there’s plenty room for creativity and imagination that will “attract” others.

    • Great idea! I can see images of the four evangelists with superimposed guitars and drum set. This would convey the same hip approach but shouldn’t break any copyright laws. ( To be authentic, maybe superimpose lire and flute!!)

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