Catholic Faith Formation and Education
   
Addictions


Family Theater Films: The Hero (HS, ADULT)
This is one in 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 communication, and more. The scenes are realistic, well-produced and touch on relevant issues which will stimulate discussion and reflection. This video, connected to the sorrowful journey of Jesus with his cross, tells a contemporary tale of a young man's struggle to free himself from alcoholism.

In Word and Deed: Show #005 (HS, ADULT)
This show, which aired on 3/3/02, features the following. Donna DeMaria from the Homeless Action Committee House (HAC) founded a shelter on North Pearl St. in Albany where people with drinking problems find a safe alternative to being on the streets. Viola Bucci, an 81-year-old woman with a wonderful sense of service, runs Helpers Community Service Shop in Gloversville. Love God and love your neighbor is her motto. Mary Louise Hamlin, known as POL (plain old lady), is in service to AIDS patients, their families, senior citizens, and others in need in Rensselaer County. Local celebrity, Eamonn McGirr uses his talents and business for a variety of worthy causes, such as Theology on Tap for Young Adults and the Center for the Disabled.

Blessed Are The Peacemakers (HS, ADULT)
This video presents communities in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Appleton, Wisconsin where individuals are taking action to stop violence in their communities.

Carved From the Heart: A Portrait of Grief, Healing & Community (HS, ADULT)
One man loses his son to a cocaine overdose. Grieving, Stan Marsden, a Tsimshian wood carver decides to create a totem pole and invites the town of Craig, Alaska to help. The project grows; it brings people of diverse ages and backgrounds together, acknowledges common problems of drug abuse and violence and promotes healing within the community. This video generates questions about death and dying, family violence, suicide, substance abuse, parenting, the impact of the Vietnam War on veterans and their families and how a community can support its members.

Glidepath To Recovery (Father Peter Young) (HS, ADULT)
"Rehabilitate: Don't Incarcerate!" is the longtime slogan of Father Peter Young, a Catholic priest who has spent over 35 years working with men and women struggling to stay out of prison and free themselves from addictions. Working out of the Albany, New York area, Father Young has helped thousands of addicted people reclaim their lives and futures by means of his "glidepath" philosophy. His glidepath includes three components: recovery, housing, and jobs. Joined seamlessly together, these offer addicted men and women a fighting chance to become healthy, employed, tax-paying citizens with careers, families, friendships and futures. This dynamic program, full of tears and laughter, introduces audiences to Father Peter and many in his recovery community who share their dramatic, death-to-life stories. They have followed his Glidepath to Recovery and landed safely.

Penance: A Story of Forgiveness (HS, ADULT)
A young man, driving under the influence of alcohol, hits and seriously injures a little girl. The story traces his struggle with his conscience and the peace he feels when the child forgives him.

What I Really Want to Say: Peer Pressure Over-Rated or Reality? (JH, HS)
This is the second in a series of six videos. The teens talk about how the natural desire to fit in and be accepted can lead to peer pressure and things they don't want to do. Drinking, dieting, making fun of other kids, dressing and talking a certain way are some of the things the teens admit to doing to fit in. As the discussion moves toward what to look for in a friend, it becomes clear that we want someone who loves us for ourselves--God. Topics discussed are: friendship, peer pressure, teen drinking, eating disorders, racism, sibling pressure, and promiscuity.

What I Really Want to Say: Am I Ready to Get Real About My Family? (JH, HS)
This is the third in a series of six videos. We all have families, but they're all different. Some are divided by divorce, others by alcohol or abuse. There's always that shiny, happy perfect family on the other, greener side of the fence. But is that real? The kids get real about what is good and what is hard in their families. Topics discussed are: sin, grace, families, influence of siblings, drugs/alcohol, divorce, and abuse.

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.


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


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