This 2021 photo shows Msgr. Dennis Apoldite, episcopal vicar of Mercer County and pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Trenton, administering the Sacrament of Confirmation to a candidate  in St. Dominic Parish, Brick. The diocesan Department of Catechesis is planning to host a Nov. 5 workshop for catechists on the importance of proper Confirmation preparation. Photo from St. Dominic Parish Facebook page
This 2021 photo shows Msgr. Dennis Apoldite, episcopal vicar of Mercer County and pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Trenton, administering the Sacrament of Confirmation to a candidate in St. Dominic Parish, Brick. The diocesan Department of Catechesis is planning to host a Nov. 5 workshop for catechists on the importance of proper Confirmation preparation. Photo from St. Dominic Parish Facebook page
Emphasizing the importance for adequate preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, the diocesan Department of Catechesis is sponsoring an all-day workshop Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine, 61 Georgia Road, Freehold. Keynote speaker Colin Maciver will offer practical tips for catechists to engage, motivate and inspire learner about the Sacrament..

“Catechist formation is a priority of the Diocese, and catechists are engaging the youth and passing on the message of the Gospel,” asserted Denise Contino, director of the Department of Catechesis. “Confirmation preparation is an opportunity to engage the candidates and help them see that reception of the Sacrament is a beginning and not a ‘graduation.’ Working with the Department of Youth and Young Adults, this workshop will be one of many opportunities to provide training to the catechists who accompany our adolescent learners.”

Maciver, author of “The Catechist’s Field Guide to Confirmation,” is a teacher of theology at St. Scholastica Academy in Covington, La. The married father of two also juggles work as a youth minister, musician and author and content provider for Ascension Press. He will take catechists on a quest to achieving the highest goal of Confirmation preparation: to prepare candidates for an encounter with Jesus.

Registration for the workshop is $15, which includes refreshments, lunch and a copy of Maciver’s book. Five or more catechists from the same program may register for $10 each. To register, or for further information, visit dioceseoftrenton.org/crash-course-in-confirmation-for-catechists, or contact Michelle Angelo at 609-403-7174 or via email at mangelo@dioceseoftrenton.org.