Catechists in Action – Len Astrowski Shares His Planning Techniques

In this segment of Catechists in Action, 7th grade catechist Len Astrowski shares some details about how he prepares for his lessons. Watch for the following:

  • Len explains that he has all of his lessons on computer and makes adjustments each year as needed
  • Len shows the outline that he develops for class each week and emphasizes that it is not “cast in stone.”
  • Len shows how he follows the 4 steps of the catechetical process (engage, explore, reflect, respond) as outlined in the Finding God program that is used at the parish
  • Len shows how he arranged his catechist manual into separate units for greater ease and organization.


Thanks, Len, for sharing with us and for allowing us to be guests in your classroom! Keep up the great work!

About Joe Paprocki 2742 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

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.