Catholic Faith Formation and Education
   
Holy Orders


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.

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.

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".

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.

Echoes of Faith: Liturgy and Sacraments (ADULT)
This video is one of a series. In it, you will explore the meaning of liturgy and sacrament, and gain 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.

Mystery Of Faith: An Introduction To Catholicism - Sacraments of Vocation (ADULT)
This is part of the ten-video series which introduces viewers to the "depth dimension" of many of the key Catholic insights. In this video, Father Michael Himes shows how Matrimony symbolizes the deepest dimension of the God-human relationship; and he also gives us a new appreciation for the meaning of Holy Orders.

Changing Sacraments (HS, ADULT)
The sacraments are explained as a history lesson through the use of humor. There are seven segments of varying lengths: 1. Godparent Gussie: Baptism/Confirmation; 2. Sinner Sam: Penance; 3. Worshipping Wilma: Eucharist; 4&5. Marrying Melvin: Marriage/Part One and Part Two; 6. Clerical Clarence: Priesthood; and 7. Ailing Annie: Anointing.

Priests of Diocese of Albany: Servant Leaders (Vocations) (HS, ADULT)
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard introduces and closes this video, which is a good one for someone to see who has sensed a "call" to the priesthood. Several of the priests and seminarians testify that the call need not be strong or overwhelming…just persistent. The video describes their own reactions and the reactions of their friends and family to this "call." It outlines aspects of seminary training (ie., work with the poor, educational ministry, hospital ministry, and parish ministry. It portrays the rewards and challenges of the priesthood in serving people both in the mundane and "great" moments of their lives. The priest learns to develop a strong sense of "who he is," a flexibility in an ever-changing Church, the ability to enable people to serve others, and to reconcile them to God and to each other.

Sacrament Series--Holy Orders (Emementary Grades 4-6)
Service of others is the heart of Jesus message to the world. Holy Orders calls some to the total service of the Church through word and sacrament. Challenging young people to remember Jesus' love and serve others, this video uses the actions of daily living, Jesus' life and the ritual actions of the believing community to call us to grow in Christ.

Sacramentos--Orden Sacerdotal (ADULT)
This is the seventh video 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 seventh video describes the mission given to those ordained to serve.

Invitation To Grace: A Look At The Sacraments--Video 4 (ADULT)
This is the fourth 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 minute 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: Sacraments of Commitment: Marriage and Holy Orders.

The Sacrament of Holy Orders: Past and Present (ADULT)
Expert author Kathleen Chesto leads viewers through the development and history of this sacrament, starting from biblical times to post-Vatican II. Chesto offers an engaging presentation in language that is comprehensible and clear. Guide materials and the video presentation present Catholic adults with a better understanding of the valuable place of Holy Orders in the Church today.


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


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