Pop-Up Catechesis: A Walk Through the Mass—Presentation of the Gifts and Preparation of the Altar

Pop-Up Catechesis with Joe Paprocki

It is customary and considered polite, when asked to come to someone’s home for dinner, to ask, “What can I bring?” Even if our host tells us we don’t have to bring anything, we still usually bring a bottle of wine, a cheese tray, a dessert, flowers, or some other small token of our appreciation for the other person’s generosity. We do this as a way of showing our investment in the occasion. It’s a way of saying that we’re “all in.” It is a way of saying that we are giving our very selves to this encounter and that we seek to deepen the relationship that this meal celebrates and symbolizes. When we celebrate the Mass, we need to ask ourselves, “What can I bring?” The gifts of bread and wine that are brought forward to the altar are symbolic of all that we bring and offer, namely, our very selves. In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we explore the Presentation of the Gifts and Preparation of the Altar.

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About Joe Paprocki 2558 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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