Pop-Up Catechesis: Doing a First Reconciliation Retreat at Home

Pop-Up Catechesis with Joe Paprocki

With vaccinations arriving, we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel as far as the pandemic goes. In the meantime, however, many of our in-person activities are still being limited. For many children, a First Reconciliation retreat is part of their preparation at the parish. Since the present crisis precludes such gatherings in many parishes, I offer some suggestions for doing a First Reconciliation retreat at home, in today’s episode of Pop-Up Catechesis.

Here are some resources to help you with your at-home First Reconciliation retreat. The key is not to make it too formal or rigid as far as structure; just make it a day focused on a handful of activities you select to create anticipation for and understanding of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

About Joe Paprocki 2515 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.

2 Comments on Pop-Up Catechesis: Doing a First Reconciliation Retreat at Home

  1. Joe this made my day! You look like a real-life plumber! Thank you for such excellent content that we can share with the families we serve (and in my case, the leaders I serve) And I love the analogy of how much God loves to fix things…especially our relationship with God! Keep these videos coming!

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