3-Minute Retreat for Catechists

A Reflection by Joe Paprocki, D Min

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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

Joseph Paprocki, D.Min., 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 catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com.

Joe Paprocki, D.Min., es el Consultor Nacional para la Formación de la Fe en la empresa Loyola Press. Además de sus responsabilidades de viajar y dar talleres, trabaja en el equipo de desarrollo para los recursos curriculares de formación de la fe incluyendo Encontrando a Dios: Nuestra respuesta a los dones de Dios y Don de Dios: Reconciliación y Eucaristía. Joe tiene más de 35 años de experiencia en ministerio y ha ofrecido talleres y presentaciones en más de 100 diócesis en Norte América. Joe es presentador frecuente en varias conferencias nacionales incluyendo el Congreso de Educación Religiosa de Los Ángeles, el Congreso del Atlántico Medio, y la Conferencia Nacional para el Liderazgo Catequético. Es autor de numerosos libros, incluyendo el libro de superventas La caja de herramientas del catequista, La experiencia transformadora de encontrarse con Cristo, y Llamados a ser católicos—un programa complementario, bilingüe, y fundacional que ayuda a los jóvenes a conocer su fe y desarrollar su relación con Dios. Joe escribe acerca de sus experiencias en la formación de fe en su blog catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com.

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