Pop-Up Catechesis: A Walk Through the Mass—The Prayer of the Faithful

Pop-Up Catechesis with Joe Paprocki

We continue our Pop-Up Catechesis series, A Walk Through the Mass, as we explore the Prayer of the Faithful.

When my kids were little, one of their favorite movies was Ghostbusters. Of course, the movie spawned a hit song of the same name with the famous line: “Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!” The question implies that there is one and only one answer; of course you’re gonna call the Ghostbusters “if there’s something weird and it don’t look good!” The other implication is that the Ghostbusters will come through for you; they can be counted on. In the Mass, we have a “Who you gonna call?” moment! It’s the Prayer of the Faithful (or the Universal Prayer, sometimes called the General Intercessions)—the moment when we answer that question with our definitive answer: the Lord! Who else?! In these prayers, we approach the Lord with all of our problems, knowing that God is alone the One we seek out to rescue, restore, and reassure us.

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About Joe Paprocki 2744 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.

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