Stories on the Journey: Not Bad, If I May Say So Myself

stories from the field

We’re spending time this summer sharing stories from our own experiences as catechists.

This week’s topic is, “Not Bad, If I May Say So Myself.” Let’s hear your stories about a time when you felt that a session you led went particularly well. In all humility, sometimes you just gotta give yourself a pat on the back—and a word of thanks to the Holy Spirit!

Share your story here on Catechist’s Journey by typing in the comments section at the end of this post.

  • Keep your story brief; one or two paragraphs is fine.
  • Return each day to read the stories that others are posting.
  • Feel free to comment on one another’s stories.
  • You need not share your full name; first names will do.

I look forward to reading your stories!

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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


  1. I Worked with the same pre-teens for a number of years. As I was prepared my lesson on the conversion of Saul…I continued to pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance on igniting a dynamic class. On the way to the church that night, I threw the lesson plan out the window, not literally! and went in this direction:

    Group gathers welcome and prayer
    Set up: large chalk/white board, a cross/ball, bibles
    Today, let me answer any questions you may have about our faith and of course the New Testament (that is what we were studying) — I handed the cross to one teen to ask their question or say they got it! They all passed accept two girls:
    first girl ate dinner at my house and new what my topic was … she said I want to know more about the conversation of Saul! the last girl said: I want to know more about Jesus’ life.

    So I asked the group, the same group that said they were good no questions. Suddenly raised there hands saying they too now had a question when I asked “Who can answer the question of Saul’s conversation”. All the hands drop accept one!
    She led the class in the lesson of Saul’s conversion. I filled in a little, very little, she knew!
    Now to answer “Jesus’ life”.

    Many had information to throw out … I invited someone to write down what everyone was saying … they had to open our bibles and resources to answer the first discussion His birth! … it was the best class because I stepped back and let the Holy Spirit guide, stepping in to show where they can discover answers to His life.

    They were engaged and challenged each other to share what they knew … it was my favorite class.

    • Way to go, Mary! What a great story and a wonderful experience for you and your young disciples! Thanks for sharing!

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