Pop-Up Catechesis: Going to Mass Every Sunday

Pop-Up Catechesis with Joe Paprocki

Why, exactly, do we have an obligation to go to Mass every Sunday? Does the Eucharist “wear off” after a certain number of days? Of course not. At the same time, as human beings, we are in constant need of reinforcement. We go to Mass weekly for the same reason that people seeking recovery from an addiction attend meetings “religiously”: we stand a better chance of recovery if we attend regularly. And, the truth is, each of us is living our entire life in recovery from the power of sin. While Jesus has conquered sin and death, we rely on his grace to share in that victory. Baptism is our entrance into God’s program, and celebrating the Eucharist is one of the ways we “work the program.” In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we explore the need for us to go to Mass each Sunday.

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About Joe Paprocki 2739 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: Going to Mass Every Sunday

  1. Thank you for your unique and helpful Pop-Up catechesis episodes. Even if I am not currently a catechist, in the official sense of the term, I am always learning and witnessing, and find the episodes inspiring and enriching! God bless!

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