10 Things Catechists Can Be Thankful For

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With Thanksgiving upon us, I thought it would be a good time for us catechists to pause and give thanks for so many blessings that we have. Here are 10 things that I think catechists can be thankful for, and I invite you to add to the list.

  1. For those we are privileged to teach.
  2. For our fellow catechists and catechetical leaders.
  3. For quality print and online resources from our Catholic publishers.
  4. For the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our planning and preparation.
  5. For those moments when we can tell that a lightbulb has gone on.
  6. For those ideas we tried that failed and taught us a valuable lesson.
  7. For pastors and bishops who support us in our efforts to collaborate with them.
  8. For those who mentored us into this ministry.
  9. For those who called us into this ministry.
  10. For the vocation of being a catechist and serving Jesus Christ.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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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. For the times a student comes back after moving to another grade to tell us something he/she remembered from our class.

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