Understanding Church Tradition—Free Catechist Meeting Resource Packet

Understanding Church Tradition: Catechist Meeting Resource Packet

When journalists report, listeners or readers want to know the source of the information and whether or not those sources are reliable. When it comes to religion, it helps to know the source of the information we are being asked to embrace as the truth. For Catholics, we identify our source as Scripture and Tradition—not two sources, but one single source that comes to us in two ways. Scripture, of course, is the written Word of God’s self-revelation. Tradition refers to the Church’s efforts over the course of 2000+ years to interpret and apply the Word of God to the experience of each generation. The result is a rich heritage of teaching, grounded in Scripture, that comes to us through the lives and writings of the saints and the teachings of the Church as handed down through Church documents and writings.

Lead your catechists to better understand Church Tradition with the help of our new free resource packet, Understanding Church Tradition. Perfect for use in leading a catechist meeting, the materials address some key things to consider when embracing the catechist’s vocation. The packet includes an introduction to studying Church documents, two sets of discussion questions, and prayer cards for the meeting’s opening and closing prayers.

Catechetical leaders, you might also choose to send this material home with your catechists to reflect prayerfully at their own pace.

Foster and encourage further education and deeper reflection in your parish with these handouts as your discussion materials for catechist enrichment. There is more material than one gathering can address, so choose what works best for you and the group you are leading.

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 www.catechistsjourney.com.


  1. Thank YOU, for this wonderful site! As a DRE I am always looking for new resources, materials and websites for my Catechists! I really do greatly appreciate ALL you have to offer.

  2. I enjoy your material very much. It is such good help guiding my catechists.May God continue blessing your work.

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