Sacrament Video Wins Award!

Communicator Award for Loyola Press Eucharist Video

In ministry, as in many walks of life, affirmation does not always come easily. That’s why when it does come along, it is really something to celebrate! With that in mind, I am happy to share some good news with you: a video that I wrote and hosted for the God’s Gift: Eucharist program for Loyola Press recently won an award! The Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts announced that the “Sacrament of the Eucharist” segment of the God’s Gift DVD series has been awarded a 2017 Communicator Award.

You can view a sample of the award-winning segment here. In this segment (DVD 2), I lead viewers through an informative explanation of the Mass, along with what to expect, and I help families walk step-by-step through a deeper understanding of the Sacrament of the Eucharist. I had the joy and privilege of working with three children in this segment, teaching them a deeper understanding of the Eucharist and how to receive Communion with reverence.

The God’s Gift: Eucharist and Reconciliation DVD series is comprised of varied program types:

Dramas—The essence of each sacrament is presented through a heartwarming story of family and friends.

Informational/How-To Videos—I lead viewers through an explanation of the rite, along with what to expect, and help families walk step-by-step through each sacrament.

God’s Gift Chapter-by-Chapter Tracks—Master catechists share key faith concepts through engaging mini lessons that follow the Child’s Book.

Personal Testimonials—Catholics of all ages share real-life stories of the grace they found in celebrating each sacrament.

See samples of all video types here. 

Here’s a description of the award from the AIVA site:

The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications…The Communicator Awards honors work that transcends innovation and craft – work that made a lasting impact, providing an equal chance of winning to all entrants regardless of company or agency size and project budget. If your work moved people, we want to give it a chance to take home a Communicator.

We provide winners and their clients the recognition they deserve, and give communications and creative professionals proof and validation that their work is highly regarded by their peers within the industry. The Award of Excellence, our highest honor, is given to those entrants whose ability to communicate positions them as the best in the field. The Award of Distinction is presented for projects that exceed industry standards in quality and achievement…

The Communicator Awards is sanctioned and judged by the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts, an invitation-only group consisting of top-tier professionals from acclaimed media, communications, advertising, creative and marketing firms. AIVA members include executives from organizations such as Airtype Studio, Big Spaceship, Conde Nast, Coach, Disney, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Estee Lauder,…Wired, and Yahoo!

My heart is filled with gratitude for this wonderful honor!

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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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