Catholic Faith Formation and Education
Sanctity of Life

Family Theater Films: The Choice (HS, ADULT)
This is one of a series of five videos. In five modern dramatic stories, scenes from the biblical narrative are intertwined with the contemporary to create powerful connections with the Gospel. The stories address themes such as AIDS, stealing, abortion, reconciliation, peer pressure, family communications, and more. The scenes are realistic, well-produced and touch on relevant issues which will stimulate discussion and reflection. In this video, a series of vignettes highlighting human choices in difficult contemporary situations reflects the critical choice made by a young Jewish girl, which changed the course of history. Key issues: freedom of choice, drug abuse, abortion, morality, stealing, disabilities, and grace.

Choose Life, Choose Love: Sex And Catholic Youth--Part I (JH, HS, ADULT)
This is the first in a set of two videos. Kieran Sawyer, SSND, knows how to help teens see the big picture of human sexuality and relationships. As a result, teens become more skilled in making decisions and choices that foster positive friendships. This program emphasizes a Catholic perspective on sexuality. This video contains PART I: Inservice for Catechists and Parents, which is divided into two segments: SEGMENT 1: Moral Confusion. How to help teens develop Catholic values about sexuality in a morally confused world; and, SEGMENT 2: It's My Life. How to guide teens toward positive choices that lead to healthy relationships.

Life Before Birth (JH, HS, ADULT)
This beautiful video is a testimony to the miracle of human life as it develops from the moment of conception up to the time of birth. Acknowledging at the very beginning God's plan in the creation of every human person, the program reveals the infinite detail and delicate timing that, incredible as it seems, are "routine" in the gestation of every baby. Throughout the program extraordinary intra-uterine photography presents a scientifically accurate yet wondrously engrossing portrayal of life in the womb. The overall impression left with the viewer is of a powerful yet caring hand behind the creation of every life. This consciousness of the Creator in the fashioning of life sets this program apart from others like it.

Right Choice (JH, HS)
This powerful and moving video is the story of one teen's journey from the despair of the abortion clinic to the hope of new life. While waiting in the clinic to have an abortion, the unexpected voice of the unborn child within the frightened girl begins to speak. He gently guides her to face her fears, to begin to believe that there are other options, and to courageously choose to leave the clinic and preserve the life of the baby. This video was premiered at World Youth Day for Pope John Paul II in Denver, Colorado, on August 12, 1993. It was produced under the sponsorship of the Pro-life Activities Committee of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops through grants from the Knights of Columbus, the Dan Murphy Foundation, and the Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation. It is "..totally winning and totally heartfelt…A must see for every teenager."

Final Blessing (HS, ADULT)
This video examines the spiritual dimensions in the lives of the terminally ill. Rather than turning away from the unavoidable sadness in these stories, viewers will be left inspired, uplifted, and even consoled by the patients' end-of-life discoveries of the potential for peace and healing. It is a program about uncovering a place within the soul to begin to understand suffering on a different level and to look forward to what lies beyond.

Where is God When Life Hurts? (ADULT)
Dr. Kathleen Chesto, noted author and educator, challenges some of the religious theories we have created to justify pain. This is a video for those dealing with suffering and for their caregivers. It is also for priests, ministers, and health professionals who regularly minister to hurting people.

In Word and Deed: Show #003 (HS, ADULT)
This show, which aired on 12/2/01, features the following topics and guests. Cobleskill resident, Jack Daniels, discusses why he became Roman Catholic and how his pacifism leads his life. We meet Imam Quassam Mohammed Yusefee, who serves Schenectady's Afghan-American community. Yusefee gives us a look into the Afghan Islamic Center and talks about his faith. David Kaczynski, Director of New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty, talks about his path in life and his active role with NYADP. Sister Helen Prejean, author of the bestseller "Dead Man Walking", joins us in this segment; and Bishop Howard Hubbard discusses, with host Bob Cudmore, David's role with NYADP.

Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Threat to the Gift of Life (ADULT)
This video presents the issue of physician-assisted suicide, with commentary by Dr. Kathleen M. Foley of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Dr. Edmund Pellegrino, Director of Georgetown University's Center for Clinical Bioethics. Police Officer Steven McDonald and cancer patient Irving Herbert are also featured. The program is intended to raise awareness and stimulate discussion, focusing on several topics: euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and raising individual consciousness.

How Babies Grow (Emementary Grades 3-6, JH)
This video is for small children, any adolescent, or adults who are still children at heart. It is a simple and beautiful telling of how the baby grows inside of the mother. It does not tell them how the baby "gets in" or "gets out"; it just gives scientifically accurate facts of fetal development.

Political Responsibility (ADULT)
The United States bishops' 1995 statement "Political Responsibility: Proclaiming the Gospel of Life, Protecting the Least Among Us, and Pursuing the Common Good" is summarized in video format to provide a concise and compelling version of this important message for use by individuals, parishes and dioceses. The bishops ask us to measure every political agenda and every policy proposal by how it touches human life and how "the least among us" fare.

Almost Home: Living With Suffering & Dying (HS, ADULT)
In this video, Sister Thea Bowman, a nationally known Black Catholic sister, shares her personal experiences of living with the sufferings and uncertainties of a terminal illness. Through Sister Thea's depth of spirituality and her gift of storytelling, you will discover that the sufferings we encounter and the finiteness of our existence pale in the splendor and power of God's gift of life and His eternal promises to us.

First Words (HS, ADULT)
Can our first reaction to an unplanned pregnancy save a child's life? In this video, you will meet four women who handled their unplanned pregnancies very differently because of the reactions they received from their family and friends. You will understand how those first crucial responses from loved ones have the power to influence a life or death decision.

Talking About the Death Penalty (HS, ADULT)
As Catholic Christians, we believe that all human life is sacred. We must respect and uphold the dignity of every human person - every unborn child, every elderly or sick person, and even the worst murderer. This video looks at the death penalty from a Catholic perspective.

Making Sense of Christian Morality: Bioethical Issues (ADULT)
Paulist priest and moral theologian Richard Sparks provides insights into living Christian values. He shows how Christian morality "makes sense" in a time when we all have complex and challenging decisions to make. Here is the best of Christian moral theology expressed in a realistic and pastoral way. Portrayals of contemporary life and enacted scenes make these insights come to life. Bioethical issues explore: core Christian bioethics principles, the sanctity of human life, "to treat" or "not to treat" medical decisions, "ordinary" and "extraordinary" means of treatment, how to write "advance directives" (living wills); and numerous health care issues seen from a Christian perspective.

Sam: Why Am I Different? (Emementary Grades 4-6, JH, HS, ADULT)
Sam has cerebral palsy. He can't do the things other kids can. He can't talk clearly, and his body shakes uncontrollably. But inside, Sam is just like everyone else. He can think and he can work. This touching look into Sam's life is told from Sam's point of view. Viewers see Sam's frustrations, people's kind and cruel responses to him, and the special love he shares with his father. They also witness a dignity and courage that deserves celebration. The film is adapted from the book, Sam and His Cart, by Arthur Honeyman, who was born with cerebral palsy. This is a wonderful film to teach sensitivity to other's feelings, the dignity and potential of every human being, and the unique gifts that each person has to offer. Themes are: tolerance, values, understanding, friendship, hope, dignity, kindness, example, dreams, perceptions, and pro-life.

Lethal Selection: Americans Speak Out On The Death Penalty (HS, ADULT)
This video deals with current popular opinion about the death penalty. Based on live footage from human rights hearings at Philadelphia City Hall in March 1996, it includes testimonies from a death row survivor, a DNA expert attorney, a human rights advocate, a pro-death penalty lawyer, a radio talk show host, and abolitionists. It shows the deep ambivalence people have about executions and it gives both sides of the argument for the viewer.

Disability Ministry: Perspectives On Disability (ADULT)
Mary Jane Owen, presenter, gives an excellent talk with the following outline: I.DESCRIPTION OF DISABILITIES - Why do we live in such fragile containers? II.THE POPULATION CALLED DISABLED - 40 million Americans; 10 million American Catholics; 1 family in 3 have a disabled member. III.MARK 2--THE PARALYTIC HEALED - Who were those people blocking the doorway? IV. THEOLOGY OF DISABILITY- Every rehabilitation is a minor redoing of Christ's Resurrection. We need each other. We need the miracles of happenstance. V. VALUE OF LIFE - Her comments on abortion and euthanasia which she terms "the forces of death"; the utilitarian mindset. VI. TRUE BEAUTY - The story of Blessed Margaret of Costello. The example of the pearl.

God Knew Your Name (HS, ADULT)
This video shows a baby in the womb; stresses the uniqueness of each individual using Scripture Psalm 139 and Isaiah 43 (I have called you by name); and shows scenes of a person's growth (as a child and a teenager, on wedding day, as a young parent, and in elderly years). Using the song, "God Knew Your Name", composed and performed by Jim Likens, it reinforces the value and dignity of life.

Contraception: Why Not? (ADULT)
Contraception is such an accepted fixture in our culture and medical practice that a serious challenge is indeed rare. In this video, Janet Smith encourages her audience to give serious consideration to questions regarding the relationship between contraception, divorce, abortion, poverty, and other social ills. In contrast, she presents compelling evidence that couples who accept children as a gift from God, using natural family planning if needed, tend to be individuals of strong character and have happier marriages with dramatically lower divorce rates than the general population.

Choose Life, Choose Love: Sex and Catholic Youth--Part II (JH, HS, ADULT)
This is the second in a set of two videos. Kieran Sawyer, SSND, knows how to help teens see the big picture of human sexuality and relationships. As a result, teens become more skilled in making decisions and choices that foster positive friendships. This program emphasizes a Catholic perspective on sexuality. This video contains PART II: Six Sessions For Teens. It consists of six segments: SEGMENT 1: L.I.F.E. Choices. Teens explore the differences between Love, Infatuation, Friendship, and Exploitation; SEGMENT 2: Dating Choices. Teens analyze the impact of dating choices; SEGMENT 3: Teens and Contraception. Teens discover the pitfalls of society's "safe sex" message; SEGMENT 4: Abortion: Morality vs. Legality. Teens examine the distinction between moral choices and legal choices; SEGMENT 5: Homosexuality. Teens discuss homosexuality within the framework of Catholic values; and, SEGMENT 6: Choose Love. Teens realize why people who date and engaged couples reserve sexual intercourse for marriage.

Teens and Chastity: Molly Kelly Speaks to Adults (ADULT)
In an inspiring talk about the importance of promoting chastity to today's teens, Molly Kelly encourages adults to join in her mission. Molly shares her experiences as a mother as well as an educator. She also shares her thoughts about the tough issues that confront teens every day, such as teen pregnancy, sexually-transmitted diseases, the threat of AIDS, and the safe-sex myth. Molly's direct presentation will give adults new insights on how to talk to teens about chastity. Molly is a member of the Grant Review Board of the Dept. of Health and Human Services for the promotion of abstinence, and she takes her message to schools, youth rallies, and teen conferences throughout the United States and Canada.

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Audience Codes: PK = Preschool, EL = Elementary, JH = Junior High, HS = HighSchool, Adult

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