Catechist's Toolbox series Practice Makes Catholic Moving from a Learned Faith to a Lived Faith

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Moving from a Learned Faith to a Lived Faith
Catechist's Toolbox series
Practice Makes Catholic

Third Place, Resources for Ministry category
ACP Excellence in Publishing Awards, 2012

Third Place, Popular Presentation of the Catholic Faith category
Catholic Press Association book awards, 2012
“Paprocki’s book is…rich with information, wit, and wisdom and short on preachiness.”

It is said that practice makes perfect, but what else does practice make? If you ask Joe Paprocki, he’ll say that practice makes Catholic—that is, there are certain distinct practices that make us essentially Catholic. The problem is that many Catholics don’t understand—or at least misunderstand—why we engage in the many practices we do.

In Practice Makes Catholic, Paprocki addresses the all-important “why” of many Catholic practices by articulating five key characteristics that form our Catholic identity: a sense of sacramentality, a commitment to community, a respect for the dignity of human life and commitment to justice, a reverence for Tradition, and a disposition to faith and hope rather than despair. Under each of these categories, he explores and explains multiple Catholic practices, then describes how following each one can make a profound difference in our faith and in our lives.

Informative and inviting, Practice Makes Catholic is the perfect resource for RCIA candidates and their sponsors, for Catholics returning to the faith, and for all Catholics who want to get to the heart of what their faith is really about.

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Practice Makes Catholic Online Leader’s Guide [PDF]
This Leader’s Guide will provide everything you need to implement a spiritual mentoring program using the book Practice Makes Catholic: Moving from a Learned Faith to a Lived Faith (Joe Paprocki, DMin, Loyola Press). The Leader’s Guide provides resources to help you: identify and invite potential mentoring participants, conduct an orientation meeting of mentors and apprentices, and equip participants with all they need to begin participating in mentoring sessions using Practice Makes Catholic.
Practice Makes Catholic Online Mentoring Workbook [PDF]
This workbook is designed to guide you in a spiritual mentoring relationship, using the book Practice Makes Catholic: Moving from a Learned Faith to a Lived Faith (Joe Paprocki, DMin, Loyola Press). Whether you are taking the role of a spiritual mentor or the one being mentored, this workbook will assist you in working together to gain a deeper understanding of 21 unique Catholic practices that shape and express our faith so that you can integrate them into your daily living.

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Format: Paperback book
Product code: IC433227
Dimensions: 7" x 9"
Length: 208 pages
Loyola Press
ISBN: 978-0-8294-3322-7
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Written by Joe Paprocki, D.Min.


Joe 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 ToolboxA Church on the MoveUnder 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

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