3-Minute Retreat for Catechists
3-Minute Retreat for Catechists

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Joe Paprocki, D.Min. shares his reflection on this retreat:

“Stand firm and hold fast.”

As a catechist, you will need these five words, so lock them away somewhere for safe-keeping. While serving as a catechist brings with it many joys, there will also be times when you will feel like you are battling strong headwinds, trying to maintain your ground. It is then that you will need to stand firm. While serving as a catechist is very fulfilling, there will also be times when you will feel like you are losing your grip. It is then that you will need to hold fast. St. Paul was well aware of the challenges that the catechists of his era faced when he wrote his Second Letter to the Thessalonians and urged them to “stand firm and hold fast.” Today’s challenges are no less daunting, and these words of St. Paul are needed as much now as they were two thousand years ago.

The best thing about standing firm and holding fast is knowing that our God stands firm. Plant your feet firmly upon the Lord’s and you will be held in place. Our God holds fast so that even when we lose our grip, we are kept in the Lord’s grasp. In other words, we don’t rely on our own power to stand firm and to hold fast. We just need to remain in God, knowing that in him, we will withstand the challenges of our ministry and possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever!


Joe Paprocki, D.Min.

Joe Paprocki, D.Min.

Joe Paprocki, D.Min., has been a catechetical leader and religious educator in the Chicago area for more than thirty years.

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Books by Joe Paprocki, D.Min.

Living the Sacraments

Finding God at the Intersection of Heaven and Earth

Free Discussion Guide Available for Download. Joe Paprocki demystifies the Catholic sacraments and presents them as a way of life to be experienced each day, rather than as standalone events.

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The RCIA Kit

Prepare your candidates and equip sponsors and catechists for the journey toward Christian initiation. Kit includes: Living the Sacraments, Practice Makes Catholic, and A Well-Built Faith by Joe Paprocki.

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The RCIA Family Kit

Prepare your candidates and their families as you equip sponsors and catechists for the journey toward Christian initiation. Kit includes: Loyola Kids Book of Catholic Signs & Symbols by Amy Welborn, as well as Living the Sacraments, Practice Makes Catholic, and A Well-Built Faith by Joe Paprocki.

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