Joe Paprocki, best-selling author of The Catechists 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 Catechists 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 Catechists 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
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.
"This book is short and packed with great ideas. It will encourage DRE and catechists to lead their students closer to Christ through not only informing them but helping them be drawn into an encounter with the living God and long for more."
- William OLeary, Catechesis in the Third Millennium
"Beyond the Catechists Toolbox
is an excellent resource and, at just 90 pages, a great gift for catechists and Catholic school teachers. I heartily recommend its use in parishes and schools as another way of taking catechesis beyond the school model and back to its evangelizing roots."
- Jonathan F. Sullivan, Director of Catechetical Services, Springfield, IL
"I recommend that every catechist read [Beyond the Catechist's Toolbox
] with a prayerful openness and decide which elements he or she can comfortably begin to introduce into their sessions. That could only improve the experience of learning about faith."
- Joyce Donahue, Catechetical Associate, Diocese of Springfield, IL
"All the ideas in Beyond the Catechist's Toolbox are simple, and the instructions are clear. Though this resource is designed for catechists, it has much to offer to parents and Catholic school teachers as well."
- Carol Blank, WritingWorks