Catholic Faith Formation and Education

Child's First Communion (Emementary Grades 2-4)
This video will give students a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Eucharistic celebration. Father Joe Kempf talks one-on-one with Adam, a young first communicant who is confused about what it means for Jesus to be "the Bread of Life." Their discussion, filled with simple analogies, explanations, and a visual portrayal of Jesus' presence in Adam's imagination, responds to the many questions young Catholics ask as they prepare for First Communion. An excellent catalyst for class discussion.

Grandma's Bread (Emementary Grades 2-6, ADULT)
Grandma's faith pervades all facets of her life, as her grandson Robbie experiences it. They bake old country bread together. She becomes sick and dies, and the family is called together to find the recipe for the bread she had promised to make for Robbie's First Communion. This makes the celebration complete.

Mass For Children: A Middle-Grader's Guide… (Emementary Grades 4-6, JH)
This upbeat video centers around a group of children who are unruly and uninvolved during a Mass celebrated by Fr. Maurice Nutt. When Fr. Nutt asks why they refused to participate, he discovers that they don't really understand the Mass at all. Fr. Nutt's explanation of the Mass and answers to the students' questions are illustrated by scenes of a mass celebrated by Bishop Paul Zipfel. This DVD's uniqueness lies in its use of strong images of Jesus and focus on real-life situations. Short vignettes show that we can bring problems with family and friends to the Mass and experience reconciliation in the Eucharist. The Mass for Children is engaging and informative as it sends a direct message to children: the celebration of the Eucharist is a life-giving and joyous experience that can become a central part of their lives.

Training The Eucharistic Minister (ADULT)
This clear, concise video for training Eucharistic ministers explains the responsibilities of the Eucharistic minister when ministering within the assembly, or to the sick and confined, and when leading communion services. Correct as well as incorrect methods of distributing the bread and wine are enacted. The theology of this Ministry of Communion is presented simply and understandably. The program also provides answers to such questions as: what do I do if I drop the host or spill the wine; how do I minister to a handicapped person; how do I administer the Eucharist when no priest is available; how will I know whether to place the host in a person's hand or on the tongue; how should I minister the Eucharist to the sick and confined. Both new and veteran Eucharistic ministers will benefit from this instructional program.

What Catholics Believe About The Eucharist (HS, ADULT)
Host Father Michael Tueth, S.J., takes viewers on a fast-paced introduction into the beliefs of the Catholic Church, using basic introductory questions to actively involve and inform the viewers.

Celebrating Our Faith: Eucharist - Children (Emementary Grades 1-4, ADULT)
With Fr. Joe Kempf, this video helps children prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Eucharist. The video consists of eight brief sections: Belonging, Invited to the Table, Gathering to Celebrate, Feasting on God's Word, Offering Our Gifts, Remembering and Giving Thanks, Sharing the Bread of Life, and Going Forth to Love and Serve.

Celebrating Our Faith: Eucharist - Families (ADULT)
With Fr. Joe Kempf, this video is for those helping prepare the children for the Sacrament of Eucharist, that the children may more deeply appreciate and understand the great gift of Eucharist and the difference it makes in our lives.

Babette's Feast (HS, ADULT)
This feature length film is about a superb French chef who creates the greatest meal ever and how simple villagers respond. As housekeeper and cook to two elderly, religious women, Babette is never called upon to prepare anything more exciting than the traditional boiled codfish and ale-bread soup. Until one day she wins 10,000 francs and decides to spend it all by creating the most memorable, mouth-watering, magnificient meal ever consumed--even though her guests, the simple villagers, will have no idea what they're eating. This story gives new insights into the meaning of the Eucharist and about generosity, human failing, and conversion. Based on a short story by Isak Dinesen, this film is a feast--visually and spiritually.

Catholic Update Video: First Communion: Taking A Place at the Table (ADULT)
This video offers parents a basic foundation as they help their children approach the eucharistic table for the first time. The Story Segment tells the story of a young First Communicant. Kimberly is preparing to receive her First Communion. She's excited about her new dress, her party, and inviting friends. But she also learns that receiving the Eucharist means taking on more of a "grown-up" responsibility--to care for others as Jesus did. In the Witness Segment, three real-life couples reflect on how they prepared for their children's First Communion and how they as parents felt about that special moment. In the Teaching Segment, Father Tom Richstatter explains how the Eucharist calls us to live our lives as a sign that we will "do in memory" what Jesus did for us, and how this responsibility applies to those approaching the Eucharist for the first time. The program concludes with a Music Video Reflection that captures the warmth, joy, and sense of family with which the Hispanic community celebrates the Eucharist--in the song, "Pan de Vida," the Bread of Life.

Sacraments: God's Amazing Grace (JH, HS)
This three-video set looks at the sacraments of Initiation, Healing, and Service. Bishop Paul Zipfel works with a group of teens and invites them to see that the sacraments are not really "magic moments", but openings into the reality of God's presence with us in our everyday lives. The teens participate in symbolic activities that help them to see the deeper meaning in the sacraments.

Sacraments: Celebrations of God's Life (HS, ADULT)
This video presents the seven rites of the Catholic Sacraments. It is expecially helpful for those who have not had the experience of the sacramental celebrations.

Mystery Of Faith: An Introduction To Catholicism - Eucharist (ADULT)
This is part of the ten-video series which introduces viewers to the "depth dimension" of many of the key Catholic insights. Eucharist tells us who we are and where we are going. In this video, Father Michael Himes shows why Eucharist expresses God's commitment to us in love. He reviews the concept of "covenant" and examines the 3 great covenants of Israel with God (Noah, Abraham, and Moses) which lead up to the promised Messiah, Jesus, who would establish a New Covenant rooted in the Old Covenant. This video also explores the Real Presence, the self gift of Jesus Christ, covenantal meals, and the change from living according to the Law to living with love as the basis and motive. The Eucharist expresses God's commitment to us in love and tells us what our destiny is. Eucharist truly makes us into a people, joins us to God and to one another.

Echoes of Faith: Liturgia Y Sacramentos (ADULT)
This is a Spanish language video which explores the meaning of liturgy and sacrament, and gains insight into why the sacramental life of the faith community is so central to our Catholic identity. Some core understandings addressed are: the meaning of ritual, the nature of liturgy, symbolic actions and the saving action we celebrate, and the seven sacraments and the experiences of life.

Why We Go To Mass (HS, ADULT)
In three 30-minute segments, Rev. J-Glenn Murray, S.J., energetically addresses such issues as table fellowship and ritual. He then walks viewers through the order of the Mass, explaining how each part calls for our "full, conscious, active participation" in God's work here on earth.

Sacramentos en General (ADULT)
This is the first in a series of eight videos in Spanish which explain the meaning of "sacrament" and the special graces of the seven sacraments. Each program features real-life situations in documentary style and gives personal witness of Hispanics who tell how the sacraments affect their daily life. The videos are inspiring, challenging, and present thought-provoking questions that lead to group discussion. This first video gives a general presention of the meaning of "sacrament".

Sunday Mass Video Series - Lift Up Your Hearts (ADULT)
Visit St. Peter's in Cleveland where "full, active and conscious participation" is evident in song, movement, gesture and simplicity. The video was filmed at Sunday Mass in October 1993. You will find yourself drawn into the prayer and community.

Sunday Mass Video Series - Say Amen to What You Are (ADULT)
At St. Henry Parish in Cleveland, people come on Sunday to do their liturgy. We see this as a great procession culminating in the joy and reverence of holy communion.

Sunday Mass Video Series - The Roman Catholic Mass Today (ADULT)
While introducing the Eucharist that we share in common, this overview spotlights four regionally and ethnically diverse parishes to present a breadth of ritual expression. The narrative is clear and avoids jargon. It focuses on major movements of the Mass without getting bogged down on liturgical details. You'll be proud to show this to education groups, the liturgy committee, liturgical ministers, the youth group and inquiry classes. It is designed to appeal to the widest audience possible. CLOSED CAPTIONED.

With Burning Hearts (ADULT)
This video shows us how the eucharistic event is intensely human, revealing the deepest of human experience: sadness and loss, attentiveness and invitation, intimacy and engagement. In that event, bread and wine are transformed into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. And we can be transformed as well--into whole persons who live deeply with gratitude and hope. In this video, the insights of Father Henri Nouwen are punctuated by enacted biblical scenes, artwork and poignant images of contemporary life. The viewer will come away with a new appreciation for the Eucharist and for its power to touch the soul. This video is perfect for Eucharistic Ministers, RCIA, sacramental prep classes, small Christian communities and for anyone looking for inspiration "on the journey."

Invitation To Grace: A Look At The Sacraments--Video 1 (ADULT)
This is the first in a four-part series involving an integration of theological content, catechetical methodology, and personal spiritual renewal. It features Rev. Richard Fragomeni, a priest from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, who is on the faculty of the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. In each session, Father Fragomeni gives a 30-40 min. presentation on the sacraments followed by a dialogue with a panel of catechetical and pastoral leaders from the Albany Diocese on the meaning of the presentation for personal lives of faith, followed by an application to current pastoral practice and catechetical ministry. This series is designed to be used by an experienced facilitator with a small group. In the Albany Diocese, it can be used for independent study to satisfy certification requirements of eight hours for Advanced Catechist Certification in Sacraments. This session is entitled: Introduction to the Sacraments.

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.

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

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