Catechists in Action – Len Astrowski Discusses the Eucharist

In this segment of Catechists in Action, seventh-grade catechist Len Astrowski leads a discussion on the Eucharist. Watch for the following:

  • Len reviews the main points of the chapter on Eucharist with his students, asking them to identify the main points that were covered.
  • Notice how Len gently pushes the student responding to take his answer further.
  • Len talks about the fast-food phenomenon and uses that to contrast with the importance of the Eucharist.
  • Len asks point blank “what is the Eucharist” and gently prods one student to answer but then backs off when it is obvious she is coming up empty.
  • Len focuses on Jesus’ words at the Last Supper—the “institution narrative.”

About Joe Paprocki 2751 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, 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 Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under 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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