Beyond the Catechist's Toolbox: Catechesis That Not Only Informs, but Transforms

Beyond the Catechist's Toolbox: Catechesis That Not Only Informs, but Transforms

by Joe Paprocki


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Joe Paprocki, best-selling author of The Catechist’s Toolbox, has written the first step-by-step book that demonstrates how you can teach a 75-minute catechetical session with practical techniques that expand upon the textbook to create a more prayerful and experiential climate in the classroom.
While textbooks are an essential tool for catechists to present the teachings of the Catholic Church in a clear and accurate manner, Beyond the Catechist’s Toolbox gives you the framework to guide your students toward personal transformation. By using Catholic rituals, prayers, and the Liturgy of the Word, Paprocki provides suggestions on how to get catechesis to resemble Mass more than class.
Reading a textbook can help children know about God, and Beyond the Catechist’s Toolbox helps them know God personally as they prayerfully become lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ.

Also available in Spanish! Más allá de la caja de herramientas del catequista

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780829438291
Publisher: Loyola Press
Publication date: 02/01/2013
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

 Joe Paprocki is national consultant for faith formation at Loyola Press. He has 30 years of experience teaching at many different levels and continues to serve as a catechist. Paprocki is a popular speaker and the author of many books, including Living the Mass and A Well-Built Faith


 Chicago, Illinois

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CarolBlank More than 1 year ago
Creative catechesis Any director of religious education or catechist who picks up this book already has the spirit Paprocki encourages: “to engage those you teach and help them encounter God’s presence in their lives.” The general how-to takes the form of a 75-minute session to be integrated with texts used in individual parishes. Each religious education class is presented in four main steps: engage (10 minutes), explore (25 minutes), reflect (10 minutes), and respond (10 minutes). The explore step focuses on what Paprocki calls “the big idea,” which has been introduced in the engage step. Prayer, silence, and reading from scripture are the preliminaries. The meat of the lesson is examined by reading from the textbook, an exercise students often find boring. Paprocki starts with a “ball toss” game that takes the anxiety out of reading aloud. For those in fourth grade and above, large amounts of text can be handled through paired interviews, graphic organizers, and clue cards. The author closes his explanation of the explore step with lists of reinforcement activities for primary, intermediate, and junior and senior high school levels. All the ideas in Beyond the Catechist’s Toolbox are simple, and instructions are clear. Though this resource is designed for catechists, it has much to offer to parents and Catholic school teachers as well.