Pop-Up Catechesis: All Souls and Overcoming the Fear of Death

Pop-Up Catechesis with Joe Paprocki

In the Chicago area, where I live, there is a great deal of ethnic diversity. One of the most prominent ethnic groups in Chicago is the Mexican-Americans. I’ve always enjoyed experiencing and observing the many traditions of the Mexican-American community. One tradition that I have observed on numerous occasions is the family picnicking at the grave of a deceased loved one. I’m not just talking about visiting the grave; I’m talking about a full picnic at the cemetery with the whole family, including little children. The message of such celebrations is loud and clear: death is not something for us to be afraid of! Catholics observe the month of November as the Month of All Souls, a time for us to remember and honor those who have gone before us and a time to remember that they live on in the communion of saints. We are only separated by a thin veil. For that reason, death is not something to be feared. In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we explore the Month of All Souls and the Catholic attitude toward death.

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About Joe Paprocki 2581 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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