Catechists as Proclaimers of a Promise Kept: Merry Christmas!

Mary and Shepherd holding baby Jesus - spread from "The Shepherd's Story" from Loyola Press

Hope is built on promises, and Christian hope does not disappoint. Why? Because our hope is based on a promise kept. The birth of Jesus is the fulfillment of a promise that God made to his people long ago, to send a Savior through whom God would always be present. On Christmas, we celebrate a promise kept!

As catechists, we are proclaimers of a promise kept. We are proclaimers of hope! Those we teach are in need of knowing that God is with them and with us. As catechists, we proclaim Emmanuel—God with us—and we facilitate encounters with our Emmanuel, Jesus Christ.

As we celebrate this Christmas, please know how grateful I am for all that you do throughout the year to be proclaimers of a promise kept. From all of us here at Catechist’s Journey, may your Christmas be filled with abundant graces and abundant hope so that you may continue to proclaim a promise kept!

I invite you to enjoy “The Shepherd’s Story Song,” a beautiful story of promise and hope, as a way of celebrating God’s promise and the hope we find in Jesus Christ. Have a blessed and merry Christmas!

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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