7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness: Where Is Your Dream Vacation Spot?

Editor’s note: This post is one in a series inspired by Joe Paprocki’s book 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness. In the book, Joe introduces each key with a fun or thought-provoking question. Each Friday we’ll share an excerpt from 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness that poses a question, followed by a response by a catechist or catechetical leader. Where is your dream vacation spot? Is it the stunning alpine valleys of New Zealand? The natural beauty and ancient history […]

Celebrating Catechetical Sunday

The theme for this year’s Catechetical Sunday is essential to our ministry as catechists: Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person. As catechists, we are charged with this task in different ways. First, we are charged with safeguarding the dignity of those in our classes. We do this by treating each child with loving respect and by ensuring that each child has an opportunity to share his or her unique gifts and perspectives. In this […]

Revisiting the Notion of Brokenness and Adult Faith Formation

It would seem that I touched a nerve (in a good way) when I suggested recently that our adult faith formation efforts need to focus on brokenness. This idea really seems to resonate with people, based on the volume of comments and the number of people who shared the post on social networks. Thanks for making this such a robust conversation. I thought it might be helpful to revisit it and delve a little deeper. […]

Year of Faith Retreat – Week 3, Day 1: Before They Were Famous (Human Dignity, Sin, and Mercy)

WEEK THREE: The Moral Life (Life in Christ) DAY 1: Before They Were Famous  (Human Dignity, Sin, and Mercy) httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWmZ98dOEEA Every so often, on the Internet, you come across these fun features that show pictures of celebrities when they were young – before they were famous – and ask you to guess their identity. Try your hand at some of these. Recognizing someone’s true identity can be challenging. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells a parable […]

Catechists in Action – Marge Concludes RCIA Session with Prayer

In this final segment of Catechists in Action, Marge Garbacz leads her RCIA group in a concluding prayer and musical meditation. Watch for the following: Marge introduces the concluding prayer and connects it with the theme of human dignity. Marge  directs the participants to their parts in the prayer and goes over the flow of the prayer so that everyone knows what is happening, how, and when. Marge introduces the musical meditation, Love Never Fails […]

Catechists in Action – RCIA Participant Shares Moving Insight

In this segment of Catechists in Action, Marge Garbacz prepares to move on to the next segment of the RCIA discussion on Human Dignity but pauses to invite a participant to share a thought. Watch for the following: Marge notices that one of the participants looks like he wanted to say something so she interrupts herself and invites him to do so. Mauricio, one of the RCIA candidates, shares his thoughts on the idea of […]

Catechists in Action – Marge Continues RCIA Discussion on Human Dignity

In this segment of Catechists in Action, we see Marge Garbacz continue to lead discussion with her RCIA group on the topic of Human Dignity. Watch for the following: Marge asks who some of the people are in our lives who tend to be “invisible” participants offer various examples of people who are too often ignored and forgotten by society examples include quieter people, children, the elderly, the disabled Marge offers affirmation and feedback on […]

Catechists in Action – Marge Leads Discussion

In this segment of Catechists in Action, Marge Garbacz leads her RCIA group in discussion about the Catholic approach to human dignity. Watch for the following: Marge offers comments on the “Mr. Cellophane” song that the group just viewed. The group offers their reactions and experiences of feeling “invisible” or treating others as though they were invisible. Notice how Marge pulls back and allows discussion to flow and how she asks if anyone else has […]