NORTH BATTLEFORD — Two sessions were held to support and inform catechists in the Prince Albert Diocese Oct. 2 - 3. The first was on the recently implemented catechetics program, Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts. The second session focused on The Bible Blueprint, a book on understanding the Bible.
Speaker Joe Paprocki, DMin, is a national consultant for faith formation for Loyola Press in Chicago. With over 25 years of experience in pastoral ministry, he is also author of numerous books and serves as an eighth-grade catechist.
While the first session was intended for catechists who are currently using the Finding God program, Paprocki expanded his presentation to be of interest to all present. The program itself is based on Ignatian spirituality and prayer. The programs use activities to lead families to Scripture, tradition, prayer and sound doctrine.
Paprocki led the participants through the format of the program, which included the importance of a prayerful setting and how to hold the interest of students.
He emphasized the importance of meeting each group of students where they are at and the importance of leading them through their life experiences to enable them to discover where God is present in their lives.
“You may enter through their door, but you need to have them exit through your door.”
The second session was a study on the Bible using his book, The Bible Blueprint, which strives to make understanding the Bible easy and fun for everyone. It uses cartoons, quizzes and sidebars to supplement the easy-to-read format. Paprocki spoke about the reluctance of Catholics to become familiar with the Bible. His presentation focused on learning to be comfortable with “God’s library.”
“It’s pretty hard to build a house if you don’t know how to read a blueprint. In the same way, it’s difficult to develop faith if you don’t know how or are reluctant to even open the Bible.”
Paprocki used the blueprint metaphor to guide participants into becoming familiar with the order of the books of the Bible.
Each participant received a copy of his book to assist in studying and enjoying the Bible.