Pop-Up Catechesis: Putting On Christ This Christmas

Pop-Up Catechesis with Joe Paprocki

We often lament the fact that stores begin putting up Christmas decorations around the time of Halloween! Oddly enough, I find a link between Halloween and Christmas. On Halloween, children put on costumes and proceed to act like the characters they are portraying. My granddaughter, Livvy, two years of age, wore a kitty-cat costume and crawled about meowing and purring for a week. Well, on Christmas, we celebrate the person whose “costume” we have donned in Baptism: Jesus Christ. Christmas is a perfect time for us to reflect on how we are supposed to act when we put on Christ, which is what we promised to do at Baptism. In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we explore what it means to put on the mind of Christ.

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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. I absolutely loved this one Joe! That was such a great analogy to compare the costumes of Halloween with the “costume” of putting on Christ. Well done…and those were great Spock impersonations, too! Thanks for kicking my Monday off and providing such relatable and usable content for us to share with the families we serve.

    • My pleasure, Kelly! I’m glad you found this to be helpful and relatable. Me and Spock go back a LONG way! I watched the original Star Trek series when it aired in the mid-60s and was enamored with the Vulcan first officer! 😉

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