Suggestions on HOW to organize a Catechetical Contest on Bible, Sacraments, Eucharist, Mass . . .
Besides being a fun and easy activity to organize (with ready prepared Answers and Scoring),
this Eucharist Contest is a great way to learn more about Eucharist and Catholic Mass, and to live up to
our baptismal commitments.
1) Categories of Question-Answer:
There are four categories of question-answer, with allotted points of the value of 5, or 10, or 15, or 20
(that is, from easy to difficult questions).
2) How to compete:
To have a really interactive event and reach out to a great number of parishioners, all contestants can take part
individually or form teams (of 2 to 6; and perhaps, named after different Saints or Bible characters . . . ) and
compete against each other in 4 successive rounds of questions (of value of 5, or 10, or 15, or 20 points).
a) Points are awarded for correct answers. To facilitate the job of examiner board, each answer is given on ready
prepared scoring paper, with different values of points attributed to its different well-answered parts.
Examiners check the answers and keep scores. (See Samples of Scoring Papers)
b) Teams or individual contestants are allowed to choose 2 or 3 (or more) questions of successive categories
(of 5, 10, 15, or 20 points). The team, or the individual, that gets the most points wins the prize. Are also
awarded smaller prizes to console and encourage the present or future contestants. For each question,
a certain amount of minutes is allowed, during which individuals prepare the answer, and teams can talk
and strategize among themselves before answering.
4) MC or Quizmaster (energetic and knowledgeable in Catholic doctrine) will be responsible
4a- for reading the question on a paper or on a big screen (with the help of another operator);
4b- for making sure that the contest rules are followed;
4c- and for helping all the audience deepen their catechetical knowledge
4c1. by explaining why and how the given answer is correct or incorrect,
4c2. and by suggesting ways to apply the learned truth to the Christian life.
NB: This third part (4c: of helping the audience) is the most important because the catechetical
contest aims to bring fun, interest, and knowledge, not only to the contestants, but also (and mainly)
to all the audience.
This feature distinguishes a catechetical contest from other TV contests: not only fun, points, and prizes
for the contestants, but also and mainly for the spiritual benefits of the audience!
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