Catholic Faith Formation and Education
Children's Stories

Advent with Saint Nicholas: Customs from Around the World (Emementary Grades 2-6)
Ten-year-old Holly arrives home from religion class eager to enter a contest about the meaning of Advent. While she tries to tell her family about it, they are too caught up to listen. Later that day, Holly sits at the computer, feeling discouraged. Suddenly, St. Nicholas appears. With the Saint's help, Holly learns more about the meaning and customs her family and other families practice during Advent--such as the Advent calendar, the Advent wreath, the Christmas tree, Las Pasodas, and more.

In God's Name (PK, Emementary Grades K-2)
Each person, young and old, had a special name, but no one knew the name of God. So all the people of the world set out to find God's name. Each is sure that he or she alone has found the right name, the only name for God. Finally, they come together and at last learn what God's name really is. This is a computer-animated video version of the best-selling children's book by award-winning author Sandy Eisenberg Sasso.

Veggie Tales: Where's God When I'm S-scared? (Emementary Grades K-4)
This video contains two hilarious fully computer-animated stories that teach kids a Biblical perspective on handling everyday fears. Tales from the Crisper, and Daniel and the Lions Den teach that God is bigger than anything and that even in the lions den you are in God's hand. CLOSED CAPTIONED.

Children's Heroes Of The Bible: The Story Of Esther (Emementary Grades 3-6)
Using animation, this children's story tells the tale from the Hebrew Scriptures of how the Jewish slave girl Esther becomes queen in Persia and saves her people from destruction at the hands of the evil Haman. Esther, of the house of Israel, is chosen to be the Queen of Persia. Prime Minister Haman secretly plots the death of Persian Jews. His evil plot is discovered by Esther and she decides to go to the King with the story, even though by doing so her own life may be at stake. Haman builds a gallows for Esther's relative, a Persian Jew. But after Esther pleads for the lives of her people, Haman himself is sentenced to the gallows.

Children's Parables Series: Destructive David (PK, Emementary Grades K-3)
David doesn't care about the beautiful things God created. He finds God's creation boring. He sees no good in birds, or spiders, or frogs in a pond; and after a while, animals hide when they see him coming. Bored by God's creation, David visits an art exhibit at the park and meets Lorenzo, the Very Curious Peacock, who tells him, "You're looking only with your eyes!" Lorenzo shows David how to look at God's creation with new eyes and really see the beauty of God's creatures. Rejoicing in the knowledge that he too is a new creation through God's gifts of salvation and forgiveness, David is now able to look at the world through God's eyes.

Children's Parables Series: Jimmy and the White Lie (PK, Emementary Grades 1-3)
Nine-year-old Jimmy loves to play baseball. He accidentally sends a rocket-like pitch through Mr. Crankshaw's window. When Jimmy's mom asks if he's been playing baseball, he says "no" and the white lie inside of him pops out and takes on a real physical presence. Though Jimmy tries to stuff the lie in the bathroom and hide it in his bedroom, it grows and grows until it oozes out of the house, and Jimmy feels about as low as a squished worm. When Jimmy asks his mom for help, she explains that only one person can take away the awful feeling we get after telling a lie. When Jimmy tells God he's sorry about the lie and talks with his parents and Mr. Crankshaw, the monstrous white lie disappears for good.

Children's Video Bible: The First Christmas (Emementary Grades 1-6)
Each story is based upon a book from The Lion Story Bible and lasts approximately five minutes. Simply told and richly illustrated with the original text and drawings, it makes ideal viewing for young children. Stories presented are: 1. A baby called John; 2. The first Christmas; 3. When Jesus was young; 4. Jesus' special friends; 5. Jesus the teacher; 6. Jesus gives the people food; 7. Secrets Jesus told; 8. Story of the Good Samaritan; 9. Story of the sower; 10. Story of the two brothers (Prodigal Son); and, 11. Story of the great feast.

Children's Video Bible: Jesus And His Kingdom (Emementary Grades 1-6)
The Oxford Vision Children's Video Bible brings alive favorite bible stories in a refreshing and absorbing way. Each story is based upon a book from The Lion Story Bible and lasts approximately five minutes. Simply told and richly illustrated with the original text and drawings, it makes ideal viewing for young children. Stories presented are: 1. Story of the lost sheep; 2. Come down, Zacchaeus!; 3. Mary, Martha and Lazarus; 4. People Jesus met; 5. Jesus the King; 6. Jesus on trial; 7. The first Easter; 8. Good news for everyone; 9. Paul at Damascus; 10. Paul and friends; and, 11. Paul the prisoner.

Greatest Adventure Stories From The Bible: Joseph And His Brothers (EL, JH)
"Joseph And His Brothers" is one in a series of Bible epsodes seen through the eyes of three young visitors from the 20th Century. In full-color animation and with a cast of celebrity voices, this timeless story is for viewers of all ages. Young Joseph's brothers sell him into slavery in Egypt. Even in bondage, Joseph prospers. He finds himself holding the lives of his brothers - and all of Canaan - in his hands.

Greatest Tales From Old Testament - 3 Great Leaders (Series 3) (Emementary Grades 3-6, JH, HS, ADULT)
This video presents three stories which share the common theme of religious and military turning points in Israel's turbulent history. In each case, God is seen as acting within history on behalf of His people. 1. MOSES - Pharaoh refuses to set the Israelites free even after God sends many plagues and afflictions. Finally, Pharaoh tells Moses to take the people and go, but changes his mind and sends his Egyptian army in pursuit. The Israelites safely cross the Red Sea, but Pharaoh's army is drowned as the waters close in on them. 2. DAVID & GOLIATH - Young David goes to fight with the Philistine giant Goliath and kills him with a stone from his slingshot. The people make David their hero. Saul becomes jealous and pursues David to kill him. One day David finds Saul asleep outside his cave and does not kill him. Saul awakens and is shamed by David's righteous behavior and repents. 3. ISAIAH - This story presents a poetic rendering of Isaiah's messianic prophecies including the following themes: trust in God rather than in human strength; salvation of God's people through birth of a new king; the Prince of Peace; a future of justice and peace under the rules of God beyond history as we know it today.

It Must Hurt A Lot: A Child's Story About Death (PK, Emementary Grades K-1)
From the Heart to Heart Series, this video is a story about death and learning and growing. Joshua returns home from a day at school to discover that his pet, Muffin, has been hit by a car and has died. Stunned by the news, Joshua is hurt and angry. This video explores all the honest emotions Joshua feels as he tries to deal with this terrible loss. Joshua learns some valuable secrets for coping as he grows through his loss. Taken from the book by the same name, the story by Doris Sanford with pictures by Graci Evans is told by a young child to speak to the hearts of other young children.

Animated Stories from the New Testament: The King Is Born (EL, JH)
This is a video classic on the birth of Jesus based on the Bible. Young and old alike love this scripturally accurate story that is brought to life by the miracle of feature quality animation.

Proud Tree (Emementary Grades 1-4)
Based on the book by Luane Roche, this inspiring video tells children the story of the Crucifixion from the viewpoint of Rex, the tree that became the cross Jesus carried to Calvary. Rex, proud and ungrateful, learns a lesson from the humble, gentle Jesus. Sadness and sympathy for the suffering Jesus mingle with the joy and exultation of the Resurrection as an old familiar story is told in a new and memorable way.

Unforgettable Pen Pal: A Story About Prejudice & Discrimination (Emementary Grades 2-5)
This animated video will help kids learn the negative effects of prejudice and the importance of forming their opinions about others intelligently.

Celebrating The Church Year For Children - Lent (Emementary Grades 3-6)
This video attempts to convey the power and beauty of Church seasons and events. It moves from a story or "experience" in the life of a child which children can identify with to "liturgy" as the liturgical and devotional practices of the Lenten season are illustrated and explained. Putting ashes on our head, fasting, praying the Stations of the Cross are examples of practices discussed. Gaynell Cronin and Rev. Jack Rathschmidt OFM, acclaimed religious educators, also offer original prayer services for use at home and at Church.

Works Of Mercy (Emementary Grades 4-6, JH)
In this video, Father Jack Rathschmidt, OFM Cap., and Gaynell Cronin explore the meaning of the Works of Mercy for children. It is filled with powerful visual imagery by which children will come to know what it means to reach out to others with the compassion of Christ.

Advent: Celebrating the Season (Grades 3-8)
The season of Advent begins a new Church year. During the preparation time of Advent, we are invited to change and grow more like Jesus. During these four weeks, we prepare for Jesus' coming in our daily lives as we wait together for the fullness of light to come into our world at Christmas. The custom of the Advent wreath is the focus of this video. In the light of the Advent wreath we remember, live, and hope for the one who has already come. We warm our hearts to live justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with God. The simple Advent wreath tells the story of a people yesterday and today who yearn for light in their life. This video also includes other Advent activities and traditions such as the Jesse Tree, an Advent Friend, Straw for a Crib, and an Advent House to help young people appreciate the spiritual dimension of the Advent and Christmas seasons.

Breaking Open the Word Creatively! ...with Elementary Children (ADULT)
This video shows how creative use of the arts - especially music, drama, and storytelling - can break open the Word for young children. This video and guide illustrate various ways to imaginatively involve young children in biblical story presentations so that they not only learn the story, but also engage in the reality of the experience. Fourteen stories are presented from New Testament and Hebrew Scriptures, including: The Emmaus Song, The Parable of the Talents, The Parable of the Two Sons, Matthew 5, The Prodigal Son, Isaiah 43, and Nathan's Story. Monica Brown is a popular composer, artist, and retreat leader who works extensively in religious education, liturgy, and youth ministry.

Greatest Stories Ever Told: The Creation (EL, JH)
Amy Grant recounts the wondrous story of how God created the universe in seven days and gave life to Adam and Eve. Using an innovative animation technique and a diverse roster of actors, musicians, and illustrators, the classic Biblical story of Creation comes to life. The score performed by Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, a banjo-led jazz trio, captures the simple poetry of this timeless narrative. The value of all human life and the love of God comes through loud and clear in this excellent, educational, entertaining video.

Kevin's Temptation (Emementary Grades 2-6)
In this drama with live actors, young Kevin is coaxed by one of his friends to do some things that are wrong. He is tempted three times while visiting a toy store to give in to temptation and peer pressure. The video helps young people realize that though everyone is occasionally tempted, we are given the strength and help from God to resist. This story of temptation, power, and perseverance may be compared to Jesus' temptations in the desert. It is excellent for use with themes of Commandments, Reconciliation, moral values, and peer pressure.

Francesco's Friendly World: The Last Stone (PK, Emementary Grades K-3)
Welcome to Francesco's friendly world. Through Francesco and his friends, you will learn all about God's love, the joys of giving, and how prayers are often answered in wonderous ways. When a storm damages the animals' homes and San Damiano Church, Francesco and his animal friends work together to repair the church before the townspeople arrive at sunrise on Easter morning. It comes down to the last minute and the last stone! CLOSED CAPTIONED.

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

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