Mass, Parent Meeting, and All Saints/All Souls

Last night was a busy night for us in religious education since it was our monthly mass (the last Tuesday of each month) as well as the evening that I invited parents to attend so that I could meet them and spend some time with them.

I really like the idea of the kids going to Mass once per month…they are learning more about the Mass and developing more familiarity with our liturgical life. The mass is scheduled to go from 6:15 to 6:45 but last night it went pretty long and we did not get back to our class until almost 7:10. That left barely enough time for Joanne to go over the All Saints/All Souls PowerPoint with the kids while I took the parents next door for a short meet and greet.

Parents of 5 of the 9 children came last night and joined us for Mass and then met with me for about 20 minutes. It was a wonderful time to introduce myself and to get to know them, to affirm them, encourage them, and offer a few thoughts that might help to empower them as well. I would have liked to have had more time with them but it was nice to make the connection with them and it was a joy to tell them how wonderful their kids are and what a privilege it is to teach them! The parents were very gracious.

The kids are off next week so my wife and I will get a much-appreciated breather!

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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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