YouTube Videos as Supplemental Resources for Jr Hi and HS Faith Formation

BXP51834sThe General Directory for Catechesis states clearly that NO resource, no matter how well-tested or glitzy, “can dispense with the person of the catechist in every phase of the catechetical process.” (156) Some faith formation programs would have you believe that their resources, whether a textbook or a series of DVDs, will do all the work and that all a catechist needs to do is to facilitate the turning of pages in a book or pressing PLAY and STOP on a DVD player. That’s not how Loyola Press approaches your role as a catechist. Technology is a tool of the catechist but does not replace the catechist! We believe that YOU, the catechists, are indispensible in the faith formation process and everything we do (especially on this blog) is to designed to empower you!

With that in mind, I have another resource for you to supplement your faith formation resources: YouTube videos that correlate with themes from the 4 Pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Creed, Sacraments, Moral Life, and Prayer. These videos are brief and are not meant to replace a quality textbook that has been found in conformity with the Catechism by the U.S. Bishops, nor are they meant to replace you, the catechist. Rather, they are another tool at your fingertips to supplement your existing resources and to tap into the “new media” that our young people are so familiar with. They are engaging, creative, and evangelical in nature and they come from respected Catholic sources such as Busted Halo, Outside Da Box, C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith, Word on Fire, and others.

Here are 4 examples, one for each pillar of the Catechism and here is the PDF with the full correlation I’ve compiled, with 28 videos in all and live links!

YouTube Videos Correlated to Catechetical Themes.

No doubt, as you view these videos, you will see links to other videos on the same topic(s) and your repertoire of available videos will grow. Once again, I just did some leg work for you to get you started but there is NO replacing you as the catechist!

Creed (Jesus)


Sacraments (Confirmation)


Moral Life (Virtues)

Prayer (Gratitude)



About Joe Paprocki 2742 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

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