Catholic Faith Formation and Education
   
Pastoral Care


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.

At a Loss for Words (ADULT)
This video provides information on how to help those you care for in a miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn death experience. It teaches spouses, family members, friends, neighbors, and early caregivers - clergy, doctors, nurses, and counselors - how to help and what to say and do.

Pastoral Care: An Overview of Pastoral Care (ADULT)
This is the first of a six-video series to train those who, in the name of Christ and of your community, reach out to the sick. Each video begins with a re-enacted true story of a pastoral care volunteer and a person in need; and is followed by the host, Gaynell Cronin, providing practical advice on what a pastoral care volunteer is called to do. This first program is a general look at what pastoral care is all about. Beginning with the historical connection between care of the sick and religious institutions, it supports the relationship between medical and spiritual healing, and the part pastoral caregivers play in bridging the two.

Pastoral Care: Assessing and Discerning (ADULT)
This is the third of a six-video series to train those who, in the name of Christ and of your community, reach out to the sick. Each video begins with a re-enacted true story of a pastoral care volunteer and a person in need; and is followed by the host, Gaynell Cronin, providing practical advice on what a pastoral care volunteer is called to do. This third program builds on the insights of the second program and gives the pastoral care volunteer the skills to be a compassionate presence for a person in need.

Pastoral Care: Pastoral Care for People with Cancer (ADULT)
This is the fourth of a six-video series to train those who, in the name of Christ and of your community, reach out to the sick. Each video begins with a re-enacted true story of a pastoral care volunteer and a person in need; and is followed by the host, Gaynell Cronin, providing practical advice on what a pastoral care volunteer is called to do. Just the very word "cancer" incites fear. People with cancer have special needs. This fourth program helps the pastoral care provider understand the experience and how to "be there" for someone enduring it.

Pastoral Care: Pastoral Care of the Dying (ADULT)
This is the fifth of a six-video series to train those who, in the name of Christ and of your community, reach out to the sick. Each video begins with a re-enacted true story of a pastoral care volunteer and a person in need; and is followed by the host, Gaynell Cronin, providing practical advice on what a pastoral care volunteer is called to do. There is perhaps no greater challenge to the pastoral care provider than taking part in a person's journey toward death. This fifth video provides practical insight as well as inspiration to encourage the pastoral care provider to stay in the tension of this time with another as a person of faith.

Pastoral Care: Pastoral Care for Those Living with HIV/AIDS (ADULT)
This is the sixth of a six-video series to train those who, in the name of Christ and of your community, reach out to the sick. Each video begins with a re-enacted true story of a pastoral care volunteer and a person in need; and is followed by the host, Gaynell Cronin, providing practical advice on what a pastoral care volunteer is called to do. Here is an overview of the 18-year progression of HIV/AIDS and how its evolution and current drug therapies have changed the focus of pastoral care in North America. This sixth program will help make pastoral caregivers aware of some of the sensitive issues people living with HIV/AIDS face every day, and outline some of the dos and don'ts of providing care to those infected.

At Death's Door (ADULT)
This video is a remarkable guidepost for those facing the terminal illness of a loved one. A useful vehicle for the involved family and the caregiving professionals. The video tells of a young mother who is told her three-year-old daughter has leukemia and of a young husband who receives the shocking news that his 53-year-old father has stomach cancer. Through these experiences and others, this video will help you acknowledge your emotions as you walk through the terminal illness of someone you love, and will guide you in living fully with your loved one through the last months, weeks, or days of your time together.

Beyond Death's Door (ADULT)
This video provides firsthand understanding of the grief journey through interviews with expert grief counselors and personal testimonies by people who have experienced the death of someone close to them. "Beond Death's Door gives us the hope that we can learn to live again after the death of a loved one, and not just survive."

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.

Death and Bereavement (ADULT)
This video explores the concepts of bereavement and draws insight from live interviews with individuals who are dealing with their own grief. She gives clear instruction on how to minister to the bereaved, how to conduct follow-up sessions with the family after the funeral, and how to give referrals for grief counseling. Through role playing and discussion, this training video shows the steps of planning the wake service and funeral liturgy, and also discusses the liturgy in such sensitive situations as suicide and the death of an infant, and when cremation is involved.

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.

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.

Surviving Life Transitions (ADULT)
The "Surviving…" series of eight videos provides a unique approach to emotional self-help. Each program features popular lecturer and author Clayton Barbeau doing what he considers his most rewarding work: individual counseling with you, the viewer, as the one seeking advice and affirmation. In this video, he talks about the many experiences of change that make up daily living. Your ways of thinking, feeling, being are constantly changing; and there are many challenges such as building a new relationship, integrating a new baby into the family, or beginning a new job. Such changes can be very threatening because of fear of the unknown and a kind of "limbo" experience to be lived through as a bridge to the new. Mr. Barbeau guides you through the process of change and offers stories and strategies for healthy personal growth.

Surviving Grief (ADULT)
The "Surviving…" series of eight videos provides a unique approach to emotional self-help. Each program features popular lecturer and author Clayton Barbeau doing what he considers his most rewarding work: individual counseling with you, the viewer, as the one seeking advice and affirmation. In this video, he helps the viewer to understand the grieving process and work toward acceptance of the loss of a loved one. He points out that it is important not to deny one's loss and to give oneself permission to "feel"; be it tears, loneliness, or anger. Above all, he suggests not to prolong and nurture grief, but to take one day at a time and make an effort to begin building a future.

Order of Christian Funerals: A Tradition of Faith (ADULT)
This video is appropriate for Catholics planning the funeral of a loved one, funeral directors, parish staff, and lay ministers serving the bereaved. When faced with the death of a loved one, it is natural to feel overwhelmed and confused. The video is designed to help you and your family make funeral arrangements now or for the future. It will help you understand the role of the Church, its rituals and liturgies, and explore options available within the Catholic burial tradition.

Living With AIDS: An Occasion of Grace (HS, ADULT)
Through several real-life stories, this video demonstrates how individuals can make a difference in healing the physical, emotional, and spiritual scars brought on by the AIDS epidemic.

Pastoral Care: Building Skills for Effective Pastoral Caregiving (ADULT)
This is the second of a six-video series to train those who, in the name of Christ and of your community, reach out to the sick. Each video begins with a re-enacted true story of a pastoral care volunteer and a person in need; and is followed by the host, Gaynell Cronin, providing practical advice on what a pastoral care volunteer is called to do. In this second program, numerous topics are treated such as: listening, uncovering the meta-story, assessing a person's spiritual state, knowing when to make referrals, and the importance of self-care.

Food Pantries (ADULT)
An in-depth look at food pantries in the diocese that help people on fixed incomes, working poor, and people of little means. The need is 12 months a year.

Living with HIV/AIDS (ADULT)
Sister Mary Ann LoGiudice shares her story of Barbara and living with HIV/AIDS, Farano Center, and making memories that focus on the positive aspect of family life.

Sacred Place: Your Catholic Burial Options (ADULT)
This short video will help show families the wide range of options available at Diocesan cemeteries.


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


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