Pop-Up Catechesis: Holy Week

Pop-Up Catechesis with Joe Paprocki

I wonder how many parents have a dandelion, given to them by a child, pressed in a memory book somewhere. A dandelion is a very ordinary thing—a weed, actually. And yet, when a child picks a dandelion to give to Mommy or Daddy to show love, it becomes a precious thing. It is not tossed out, but is set aside, first in a vase with water and then pressed in the pages of a memory book. We often set aside ordinary things that have special meaning for us. In fact, that is the definition of the word holy—something or someone that is set aside or set apart for God’s purposes. Every year, we mark 52 weeks in our calendar. As Catholics, however, we set aside one week during the year to recall that which is most precious to us, the saving acts (suffering, Death, and Resurrection) of Jesus Christ. In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we explore how we set aside the seven days of Holy Week.

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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. Joe I can never get enough of the clever analogies you use to teach our faith. This was a perfect way to express the sacredness of Holy Week, so thank you for providing content that we can use when we are curating playlists of digital learning for our families. Oh and I enjoy the tour of your home that we are getting with these great videos! 🙂

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