Pop-Up Catechesis: How Parents Witness Faith to Their Children

Pop-Up Catechesis with Joe Paprocki

I’ll never forget the image. I was about eight years old, and I got up in what I thought was the middle of the night to go to the bathroom (turns out it was only about 11:30 p.m.), and as I passed my parents’ bedroom, I saw my dad on his knees saying his prayers. I knew he was a man of faith who went to church every Sunday, but I had not witnessed this very personal side of his faith. I guess I was very lucky: some kids catch their parents doing something bad, while I caught my dad in the act of doing something very inspiring. Neither of my parents really sat me down to teach me Catholic doctrine. (I got that from Catholic school.) However, by their witness, I learned what it means to live as a Catholic. In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we explore how parents can witness faith to their children.

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About Joe Paprocki 2746 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: How Parents Witness Faith to Their Children

    • I hear your frustration, Rochelle. We are in extraordinary times! Many parishes are offering Mass with limited capacity so you may want to check around. Likewise, many parishes are streaming their masses so you can always gather as a family to participate in an online Mass.

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