Catholic Faith Formation and Education
   
Aging


Bridges (JH, HS, ADULT)
This is a touching drama bridging three generations. It tells the story of a mother's love for her college-age son and for her ailing and uncommunicative father. It is a story of family relationships and of the universal need for affirmation, especially from those who are closest to us.

Creative Grandparenting (ADULT)
What do children need from a grandparent? How much responsibility can I assume without overstepping bounds? What if there is illness or divorce? How can I relate to teenage grandchildren? This video answers these and other questions with practical, creative suggestions. Featuring Jerry and Jack Schreur of the popular Family Fears series, it is based on solid principles of child development and anchored in the truth of the Bible. It is a welcome resource for grandparents. This video is designed for both group and individual use. It is meant to enrich the lives of families by encouraging grandparents to become involved and become vital participants in the lives of their grandchildren.

Hands Of Love (HS, ADULT)
This video is a documentary about the needs of the elderly in our society and the vocation of the Little Sisters of the Poor and their work with the aged poor. Filmed on location at Queen of Peace Residence in Queens Village, it shows the daily work of the Little Sisters as they supervise meal service and the residents' care, as they organize prayer and recreational activities for the aged, and as they interact with community patrons and charitable donors of goods and service. Included in this delightful video are views of the Fraternity Jeanne Jugan members, the volunteers at the residence, the benefactors and the devoted employees who help the Little Sisters to continue the work of Blessed Jeanne Jugan.

InnerAction: Life Crossroads: Making Connections (ADULT)
This is the first in a series of six videos. This series aims to help today's Christian adult connect the Good News of the Gospel with the real life experiences of childhood and adolescence, midlife changes, mature decision-making, aging, and the facing of limits. This session introduces participants to one another and to the series. It explores how faith affects our day-to-day growth as a person.

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.

Through Grandpa's Eyes (EL, ADULT)
This story, based on a Newberry Award winner by Patricia MacLachlan, offers a warm glimpse into the loving relationship of a young boy and his blind grandfather. As they spend the day together exploring the woodsy countryside, making music, "watching" TV, reminiscing with Nana, Grandpa shares the insights of his years, his experience, and his blindness with Johnny. The video beautifully highlights the many other gifts that people with disabilities have to offer. The time spent and shared nurtures a loving relationship that will enrich Johnny forever.

Family Dynamics: Your Aging Parents: When They Need Your Care (ADULT)
A fog of fear, pain and confusion blurs the exchanges between those who give and those who must receive care. Often people in pain don't want to further "burden" family members who care for them, so they decide not to tell the extent of the pain, or fear, or the problems they face. The caregivers may feel they "owe" care, even at the expense of their own immediate relationships. Both givers and receivers may hesitate, in self-imposed "shame," to explain that they don't even know or understand the troubles. What is needed is the confidence to talk openly and honestly--a skill that is a focus of this video.

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.

Family Dynamics: Your Aging Parents: Caring For Yourself . . . (ADULT)
Oftentimes care givers report that they sacrifice their own personal time, privacy, peace of mind, freedom and personal plans to assist their parents. Depression, anxiety and grief are common emotional responses that care givers may never have experience before the time of care giving. This program addresses these concerns by offering many practical ideas for restoring balance into the care giver's life and for preventing the hazards of care giver burnout.

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.

Giving Tree, The (K-12, Adult)
Based on Shel Silverstein's book, this poignant story about the relationship between a boy and a tree illustrates some truths about the meaning of giving, receiving, and love. The tree happily and unselfishly offers itself to the boy for climbing, shade, and rest. But as the boy grows up, he wants different things from the tree--money & lumber. The boy's life takes him farther and farther from the tree, but old age reunites them and brings their relationship full circle.

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.

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

Emergency Food and Shelter (HS, ADULT)
This video features St. John's/St. Anne's Welcome Table, treating people with dignity at the soup kitchen. In 1998, 13,000 meals were served from the soup kitchen and 69,000 meals from the food pantry--an increase of 7% from the year before. The working poor and grandparents raising their grandchildren are in need of emergency food and shelter.

Teresian House Day Care (ADULT)
This video tells of inter-generational day care with children at Little Flower Day Care at Teresian House and the residents of Teresian House.

InnerAction: Life Crossroads: Coming Home (ADULT)
This is the second in a series of six videos. This series aims to help today's Christian adult connect the Good News of the Gospel with the real life experiences of childhood and adolescence, midlife changes, mature decision-making, aging, and the facing of limits. This session links our personal past to the present and asks how our childhood continues to impact on adult life.

InnerAction: Life Crossroads: Growing Pains (ADULT)
This is the third in a series of six videos. This series aims to help today's Christian adult connect the Good News of the Gospel with the real life experiences of childhood and adolescence, midlife changes, mature decision-making, aging, and the facing of limits. This session offers participants gentle forgiveness for life's imperfections and asks if they believe God would love them more if they were perfect.

InnerAction: Life Crossroads: Maturing Relationships (ADULT)
This is the fourth in a series of six videos. This series aims to help today's Christian adult connect the Good News of the Gospel with the real life experiences of childhood and adolescence, midlife changes, mature decision-making, aging, and the facing of limits. This session acknowledges the choices and trade-offs of adult roles and relationships. It asks how we balance who we are with what we do in life.

InnerAction: Life Crossroads: Discovering Options (ADULT)
This is the fifth in a series of six videos. This series aims to help today's Christian adult connect the Good News of the Gospel with the real life experiences of childhood and adolescence, midlife changes, mature decision-making, aging, and the facing of limits. This session reveals the inevitable challenges that come with maturity and experience and asks how we know when we are really being true to ourselves.

InnerAction: Life Crossroads: Seeking Wisdom (ADULT)
This is the sixth in a series of six videos. This series aims to help today's Christian adult connect the Good News of the Gospel with the real life experiences of childhood and adolescence, midlife changes, mature decision-making, aging, and the facing of limits. This session identifies the aging process as one of life's paradoxical blessings. It asks what I must be willing to let go of in order to let in something more valuable?"


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


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