In preparation for the parish phase of the National Eucharistic Revival, catechists will be on the front lines in an effort to bring those they serve into a deeper love of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.

To that end, a catechist formation day is planned March 18 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, 61 Georgia Road, Freehold. The event is co-sponsored by the diocesan Department of Catechesis and Loyola Press.

Designed to encourage and equip catechists in becoming more intentional in catechizing about the Eucharist to their learners, the day will include the celebration of Mass, lunch and breakout groups led by parish catechetical leaders, who will provide catechists with practical tips and ideas on how to make the Eucharist come alive in their teaching.

Keynote speaker for this formation day is Joe Paprocki, the National Consultant for Faith Formation for Loyola Press, where he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources, including “Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts.” Paprocki has been in pastoral ministry for more than 40 years, has authored more than 20 books and has presented in approximately 150 dioceses across North America. He writes a blog, “The Catechist’s Journey,” at

Registration is required; cost of $15 per person includes lunch and refreshments. Registration of five or more people is $10 per person. To register, use the QR code in the photo with this article, or contact Michelle Angelo, 609-403-7174, [email protected].