Catechists in Action – Len Astrowski Teaches About the Sacraments of Initiation

In this segment of Catechists in Action, 7th grade catechist Len Astrowski discusses the Sacraments of Initiation with his class. Watch for the following:

  • Len asks if anyone can recall the 3 Sacraments of Initiation
  • a student responds correctly
  • Len joyfully and enthusiastically affirms her correct answer!!!
  • Len reviews other important points from the chapter, explains them in his own words, and asks students to explain their understanding. This is a good example of informal assessment: Len is assessing in general whether or not his students understand and can explain what they have learned.
  • Len gives his students something to think about with relation to the Eucharist: one thing they will do during the week to share Christ’s presence with others.
  • Len speaks from the heart about how we can do this.


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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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