October 29 Session Summary – Part IV: Rosary

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Here’s the final installment of a summary of this past Monday’s session on Abraham and God’s plan for salvation.

  • After completing the Bible activity on Abraham, we still had time to pray a decade of the Rosary in order to mark October as the Month of the Holy Rosary and most of the kids had brought one in as requested…I had extras for the few that didn’t. We dedicated our prayer to the people in the path of the storm on the east coast and I explained to them how we pray a Rosary as we began together. I taught them how, in a group, a leader prays the first part of the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be, and then they pray the second part together. We did this and prayerfully completed a decade just as time expired.
  • They left, as usual, blessing themselves with holy water on their way out. I was exhausted from fielding, responding to, and deflecting so many questions in such a short amount of time! But it’s all good!
  • BTW, I was surprised during the session when we heard sirens from fire engines in the area and the girl sitting next to me silently made the Sign of the Cross while I was talking after which about a half-dozen other kids followed. No one said anything or brought attention to it, and I just kept on going, but I thought it was nice that someone along the way had taught them that practice and they weren’t shy about practicing it in front of their peers.
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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 www.catechistsjourney.com.

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