Catholic Faith Formation and Education

Because We Are Disciples (JH, HS, ADULT)
This program celebrates the United States Catholic Church as a people of word, worship, service, and community. It encourages all Catholics to rejoice in the Church and to utilize their own unique abilities and experiences in the ministry of evangelization. The video focuses on the sacraments and how the community within the Church grows through their celebration. It shows how all Catholics, either individually or on the parish level, may invite and welcome all to the Body of Christ through evangelization. This video may be used with GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES: A NATIONAL PLAN AND STRATEGY FOR CATHOLIC EVANGELIZATION IN THE UNITED STATES, the United States Bishops' pastoral letter available in both English and Spanish, the pastoral presents a vision of evangelization, with goals and strategies for proclaiming the story of salvation.

Church And Ministry--Part 1 (HS, ADULT)
This is the first in a series of six videos. This program, created by the Georgetown University Theological Studies Program, presents a clear explanation of models of the Church and an examination of which ones best support each person's call to ministry. To help viewers fulfill Jesus' command "Go and proclaim the Good News to all creation," instructor Greer Gordon examines the Church's mission and how that is carried out in ministry. (Ms. Gordon is Asst. Dir. for Adult Rel. Ed. and Formation for the Archdiocese of Washington, DC.) This program can be used by individuals or with groups. The Leader's Guide suggests that the program may be divided into six 3-hour sessions or twelve 1 1/2 hour sessions. Two supplementary books are recommended for use with this program: Models of the Church by Avery Dulles, S.J., and Ministry by Rev. Edward Schillebeeckx. SESSION 1: The Church: An Image of Herself (Definition of the Church; The Church as the People of God; The Church as the Body of Christ; The Church as a Royal Priesthood.)

Evangelization (3rd Millennium Vatican II Series) (ADULT)
This video opens with an introduction to Vatican Council II's Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. It explains the relationship of Church and culture and between local parish and world-wide Church. It explores evangelization as liberation and the "promotion of justice as a constitutive element of preaching the Gospel." It examines the variety of expressions of spirituality within our Church and asks what spiritual needs may not be met by present approaches of parish/church. It points to the restoration of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults as the official process of the Church for adult converts. In conclusion, the program talks about the "sin of the world"; i.e., structural or systemic evil, as opposed to individual sin and what can be done to change this evil. This video seeks to broaden viewers' understanding of Catholic evangelization and to stimulate fuller, more concrete participation in the evangelization efforts of the Church.

My Soul Proclaims: Voices Of Catholic Women (HS, ADULT)
One works with teenagers to develop their leadership skills. Another brings the Word of God to the hearts of Christians. Still another eases the pain and anxiety of post-abortion syndrome. These are different women with different gifts, but the same faith. It is a moving presentation that captures the historical and contemporary contributions of Catholic women in the Church and in society. In their stirring examples of vibrant faith, you'll see how they are touching thousands of lives through their leadership, teaching, writing, and tireless work in parishes and in the community. Originally aired on NBC-TV, this video is a project of the Catholic Communication Campaign, United States Catholic Conference.

DeSales: Our Catholic Creed--Video 1 (ADULT)
This is the first in a series of four videos. It is a response to the request of many Catholic adults for a course in the basics of the Faith. This innovative series presents today's major faith issues and concerns in the light of Vatican II. This video consists of Session 1. Many Creeds…One Credo (A look at the development of Christian belief) and Session 2. The Divine Personality (A Judeo-Christian understanding of God).

Rome In The Footsteps Of Peter And Paul (Emementary Grades 6, JH, HS, ADULT)
Tour Rome from the first century AD to the present…all within an hour! Viewers will capture the spirit of Peter and Paul, see how early Christian martyrs witnessed to their faith; meet Constantine, the first Roman Christian Emperor; visit the Middle Ages; witness the Papacy's move to France and back to Rome; glimpse Christian Rome during the Renaissance and Baroque Periods; witness the discovery of the catacombs; and wander through St. Peter's Basilica of today. Long-cherished shrines and landmarks such as the Roman Coliseum, The Church of Quo Vadis, Mamertine Prison, the Catacombs, and St. Peter's Basilica are shown. This video consists of three 18-minute segments.

Running Good Meetings (ADULT)
If you are sick and tired of late, long, boring, frustrating and unproductive meetings, this is the resource that you have been looking for! This short video teaches the basic elements of running good meetings, including preplanning, starting and ending on time, developing and sticking to agendas, and dealing with naysayers. It features clips from the Marx Brothers' movie DUCK SOUP interspersed with scenes from a typical church or community organization board meeting. Each point is demonstrated and emphasized on the screen, using both positive and negative examples. Viewers are taught how to use a simplified version of parliamentary procedure (dubbed "Bob's Rules of Order") to keep a meeting on track and moving. This video will be useful for parish councils, committees, PTAs and community organizations.

Small Christian Communities, A Vision Of Hope (ADULT)
This video will assist parishes in becoming familiar with and implementing the pastoral direction of Small Christian Communities (SCCs). It presents the vision of SCCs and their value for parish life. It outlines three types of SCC: seasonal, ministerial, and "ideal". It reviews the development, purpose and responsibilities of a core community as well as the role of the leadership. It discusses how SCCs impact evangelization, RCIA, and family life, and offers practical suggestions for implementation. The objectives of this video are to share the vision of small Christian communities and to provide all that is necessary for their formation. It was prepared specifically for use with the books: Small Christian Communities and Resources for Small Christian Communities. Presenters include: Father Thomas A. Kleissler, Margo LeBert, and Mary McGuinness.

Vatican II 3rd Millenium Series - Laity (ADULT)
This VATICAN II series explains the change in outlook that the Council fostered in the Church and explores how the documents of Vatican II continue to renew the Church today. It is excellent for adult education, RCIA, small groups, catechist training, returning Catholics and post-RENEW groups. This video, LAITY, helps the excitement and vision of the Council come to life and clarifies the understanding of the Church today and its future directions. The Pre-Vatican II Church in America went from the era of the immigrants, whose active participation in the Church took the form of contributions toward building needed churches, schools, and hospitals, to a time when the laity were largely on the periphery of Church activities. Vatican II restored the rightful place of the lay person in the life of the Church: "These faithful are by baptism made one body with Christ and are established among the People of God. They are in their own way sharers in the priestly, prophetic, and kingly functions of Christ. They carry out their own part in the mission of the whole Christian people with respect to the Church and the world." This video shows how after Vatican II, the United States has seen an explosion of lay involvement in Church ministry.

Vatican II: Vision 2000 (ADULT)
This six-part series reviews the Vatican II documents and examines what the Church teaches and how it should move into the future in the spirit of Vatican II. Moderated by Dr. Angela Ann Zukowski,MHSH, it consists of conversations with American Catholic Church leaders and academics. The six videos are: 1) A Common Search For God: Dialogue Among the Churches; 2) A Century of Catholic Social Teaching; 3) Spiritual Life in a Consumer Culture; 4) Authority and American Catholicism; 5) Mary: Model of Contemporary Discipleship; and 6) American Catholic Morality in a Pluralistic Society. The series is excellent for religious educators, RCIA, clergy, laity, and religious.

We Are All The Body Of Christ: Organizing A Lay Ministry Program (ADULT)
This video is about how one parish, St. Mary's Church, Crescent, NY, conceived, developed and organized a lay ministry program. Several important topics include: what is a lay ministry program; the reason for a ministry program; the relationships among the pastor and parish council; a step-by-step approach to establishing a lay ministry program in your parish; why a single year's commitment is so important; how to keep the momentum going year after year; how to deal with success; the significant relationship between a lay ministry program and the weekly collection; and many more. This video is helpful to parishes hoping to get more parishioners involved in serving their parish and their parish community. Presenters are Rev. John Fitzpatrick, Pastor of St. Mary's; Harold Hatfield, former parish council president at St. Mary's; and James E. O'Brien, a parishioner at St. Mary's. The video was filmed at Sacred Heart School in Troy, NY. There is a presentation followed by a 10-minute question/answer session.

Open Wide The Doors To Christ: A Personal Reflection On Jubilee Year 2000 (HS, ADULT)
This video, designed as a tool for parish and personal reflection, presents one way of preparing for the new millenium--by reaching out in our community to those who are poor and homeless and need our assistance. It is in reaching out to others that we build a community of Christ and live the Gospel message.

One Bread, One Body: Parish Program For Special Ministers Of The Eucharist (ADULT)
This video explores the practicalities and possibilities for Ministers of the Eucharist in the local parish community. It can be used for initial training for new ministers or as further training for experienced ministers. It is based on the experience of Naas Parish in County Kildare, Ireland. There are five units: 1. One of Ourselves examines the experience of the Eucharistic Minister; 2. In Memory of Me reviews the development of the present rite of the Mass and its associated ministries (Passover story, Last Supper, Eucharist in the early Christian communities); 3. Places and Vessels explains the sacred vessels used for communion; 4. Bread Broken and Shared examines the liturgy of the Eucharist; and, 5. In the Name of the Community teaches about bringing communion to the sick. A companion booklet covers the celebration of the Eucharist and the Special Minister of the Eucharist, questions that Special Ministers often ask, suggestions on the use of the video, the Rite for the Commissioning of a Special Minister of the Eucharist, the Rite for sending Ministers of the Sick from the Sunday Parish Mass, and additional resource material.

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.

In Word and Deed: Show #001 (HS, ADULT)
This show, which aired on 10/7/01, is about people of all faiths who make the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany a better place. It features: Fr. Peter Young's recovery program; John Perrella's mission to Africa; Diana Conroy and Fred Boehrer's Emmaus House and the Catholic Worker movement; Sr. Frances Eustace, CSJ, who worked with Dorothy Day for one year; and Kim and Reggie Harris, who use music to build bridges among people in the community.

Catholic Update Video: Sealed With God's Spirit: Spirit Alive In Community (HS, ADULT)
This is one of four videos in the "Sealed With God's Spirit" series. It looks at the ways the Holy Spirit is visibly active in the lives of Christians when they celebrate, worship, learn, and serve together as members of the Body of Christ. The story segment profiles the Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier, a parish whose members, goals, and structures offer the spirit of Jesus a place to work. (12 min.) In the witness segment, Catholics testify as to how they have experienced the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in their lives. (5 min.) In the teaching segment, Fr. Greg Friedman, OFM, shares Jesus' scriptural invitation to "come and see" how the Spirit empowers us in community. (8 min.) It ends with a music video reflection. (5 min.)

Catholic Update Video: Sealed With God's Spirit: A Child's View of Community (Emementary Grades 1-4, ADULT)
This is one of four videos in the "Sealed With God's Spirit" series. It describes how a child can see the spirit of Jesus Christ at work in the life of the Church. This program is presented as a child's religion class report on Church. A young person's crayon drawings "come alive" in video images depicting what it means to "be Church". Diverse cultures are represented to help children see that "my Church" is broader than "my parish".

Seeds of Promise, Seeds of Faith (ADULT)
The General Directory for Catechesis places the whole catechetical enterprise within the context of an evangelization that calls people of all ages to a deeper appreciation and understanding of the richness of our Catholic faith. The Directory uses the parable of the sower and the seed to remind us that it is ultimately the work of the Holy Spirit that produces the rich harvest. Also in SPANISH. CLOSED CAPTIONED.

John Paul II: The Millennial Pope (HS, ADULT)
This film is a journey through the twentieth century to the sources of Pope John Paul II's character and his beliefs, and a journey into our passionate reaction to him. This PBS video aired on 9/28/99.

Come On In! A Church Tour for Children - Parts 1 & 2 (Emementary Grades 1-6)
This two-part video series for elementary graders helps children feel right at home in church. Viewers learn about: the Baptismal font and the meaning of Baptism; the lectern/lectionary and the importance of God's Word; the altar and why it's essential to the Eucharist; the chalice and paten and other liturgical vessels; the significance of candles which represent the presence of Christ; the Reconciliation room and the Sacrament of Reconciliation; the crucifix and the Stations of the Cross; and the statues and value of praying to Mary and the saints.

Comunidad (ADULT)
This video is in Spanish with English subtitles. In response to the growing number of small church communities in many Hispanic and non-Hispanic communities, the U.S. Bishops offer this video to help answer the question, "What makes a community viable and Catholic?" Communidad shares the experience of one small church community in Pasadena, Texas. By following this group through prayer, study, discussion, parish activities, outreach, and evangelization, the viewer comes to understand the unique contributions such groups can make to the Church. The video is useful for existing small church communities and parish groups interested in forming such a community, as well as pastors and pastoral leaders. It includes reflections from Archbishop Patrick Flores.

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

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