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Face: Jesus in Art (ADULT)
This video traces the dramatically different ways in which Jesus has been represented in art by people throughout history and around the world. It takes viewers from ancient Rome to 20th century America, from Europe to the Middle East, to illuminate the most beautiful and spectacular representations of Jesus and his stories. The program features up close views of the catacombs of Rome, Michelangelo's work, and much more.

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".

DeSales: The Living Gospels--Video 1 (ADULT)
This is the first in a series of eight videos. The purpose and meaning of the Good News is beautifully produced in this special video bible study. The four unique gospel portraits of Jesus are presented in order to help adults develop a more personal and prayerful relationship to Christ. This program engages participants in an interactive process which helps them to connect Scripture with daily life. Through personal reflection, doctrinal presentation, group discussion and prayer, they are encouraged to see the relation between scripture, Catholic teaching, and their life experience. This video consists of Session 1. Introducing the "Good News" according to Mark. PART 1 - The Living Gospels: What Is the Gospel Truth? Turning our Clocks Back; Synoptics - With the Same Eye. PART 2 - Mark's Good News: The "Lone Ranger' Gospel; A Geography Lesson; The Human Face of Jesus.

Lenten Journey - What is Temptation, Really? (ADULT)
This is program one of a four-part series. Father Michael Himes draws insights from the Lenten Sunday liturgical readings from the Gospel of John (Year A). He draws upon all the scriptural readings for the first two weeks of Lent. Challenged by the question "What is temptation really?", Himes invites us to reflect on the power of "call" and Baptism.

Lenten Journey - God Sees Into the Heart (ADULT)
This is program three of a four-part series. Father Michael Himes draws insights from the Lenten Sunday liturgical readings from the Gospel of John (Year A). In this video, he examines the readings of the Fourth Sunday of Lent with the theme of "light and darkness". We learn how "God sees into the heart" with the unlikely choice of David for king, and how the man born blind only sees Christ when he testifies. The video gives a vivid description of the Easter Vigil in the early Church, when people literally stumbled through the darkness to receive the light of Christ.

Lenten Journey - Danger & Desire (ADULT)
This is program two of a four-part series. Father Michael Himes draws insights from the Lenten Sunday liturgical readings from the Gospel of John (Year A). He examines in depth the readings of the Third Sunday of Lent. Himes takes us on a reflection of baptismal imagery, showing how Christian commitment requires dying to self in order to rise with Christ.

Lenten Journey - Endless Possibilities (ADULT)
This is program four of a four-part series. Father Michael Himes draws insights from the Lenten Sunday liturgical readings from the Gospel of John (Year A). He examines in depth the readings of the Fifth Sunday of Lent. Himes brings us to the insight that life for Lazarus and for us holds endless possibilities. Death will not have the last word; the Living God will.

Lent: Celebrating the Season (Grades 3-8)
Written by Gaynell Cronin, this video explores customs, traditions, prayers, and ways we can keep Lent as we walk together on the path to Jerusalem, preparing for the new life of Easter. During these forty days we pray, we fast, we do good works, and we remember.

Best Loved Gospel Stories - The Man Born Blind (JH, HS, ADULT)
This modern retelling of the story in John 9:1-41 shows Jesus ("Joshua" in the film) healing a blind man outside a laundromat. This contemporary presentation of "The Man Born Blind" shows how people might respond today if Jesus were to visit and re-enact His miracles. It contrasts a true religious faith in Christ with a false religious formalism. The accompanying leader's guide has good questions for discussion/reflection and good ideas for related activities concerning attitudes toward the handicapped, the poor or the homeless.

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.

Vida de Cristo (HS, ADULT)
This is a three-volume set in Spanish, which dramatically depicts the story and meaning of the Mysteries of the Rosary. Volume 1 is entitled El Salvador, volume 2 is El Redentor, and Volume 3 is El Maestro.

Jesus and His Times - Vol. 1: Jesus the Story Begins (HS, ADULT)
This is volume 1 of a 3-volume set. Travel the dusty roads with Joseph and Mary as they make their way to the tiny village of Bethlehem. Learn about the life of King Herod and about the wise men from the East who brought word of Jesus' birth to Him. See for yourself what daily life was like for the Holy Family in Egypt, where they fled for safety, and in the village of Nazareth, where Jesus later grew to manhood.

Jesus and His Times - Vol. 2: Jesus Among the People (HS, ADULT)
This is volume 2 of a 3-volume set. Listen to John the Baptist as he preaches a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Be there as he baptizes Jesus in the waters of the Jordan. Watch Jesus teaching in the synagogues and see how His teachings differed from the Pharisees. Walk with Him and His disciples through Galilee, Samaria, and Judea, and hear His parables. Witness His miracles, healings, and the raising of Lazarus.

Jesus and His Times - Vol. 3: The Final Days (HS, ADULT)
This is volume 3 of a 3-volume set. See Jerusalem as it appeared in Jesus' day. Be part of the cheering crowd that welcomed Him into the city to celebrate Passover. Join Jesus at the Last Supper. Witness His betrayal, trial and crucifixion; and rejoice at the events that followed.

Journey With Jesus The Teacher (ADULT)
Jesus was a marvelous teacher. His skillful storytelling and compassionate listening are a powerful model for today's teacher. Using favorite Bible stories as illustrations, this video examines the ways Jesus taught and shows both new and experienced teachers how to: meet students' emotional needs, redirect negative energies, be open to interruptions, involve students with one another, affirm each student's faith, and enable students to struggle with doubt and confusion in a supportive environment. Informative and inspiring, this video uses real-life classroom situations to show teachers of Sunday school, confirmation, adult education, and vacation Bible school how to strengthen their teaching ministry and follow Jesus' example as they share the good news.

New Catechism: Catholic Faith Today--Video 1 (ADULT)
This is the first in a series of three videos. The series explores the new Catechism of the Catholic Church. It reflects on the meaning of the Catechism and demonstrates its practical application to Catholic faith today. This series is well-suited to weekly gatherings where a session can be shown and followed by group discussion. This video contains Session I--An Introduction to the Catechism and Session II--Faith in God and Jesus Christ.

Proud Tree (Emementary Grades 1-4)
Based on the book by Luane Roche, this inspiring video tells children the story of the Crucifixion from the viewpoint of Rex, the tree that became the cross Jesus carried to Calvary. Rex, proud and ungrateful, learns a lesson from the humble, gentle Jesus. Sadness and sympathy for the suffering Jesus mingle with the joy and exultation of the Resurrection as an old familiar story is told in a new and memorable way.

Where Jesus Walked (53 min. version) (Emementary Grades 5-6, JH, HS, ADULT)
Travel the world of Jesus Christ and walk in the footsteps of the Messiah! The Holy Land of old comes alive as the viewer witnesses firsthand the paths of Jesus' travels: from Bethlehem to Nazareth, Jerusalem and Calvary to the Sea of Galilee, from Capernaum to Jericho, His baptism at the Jordan River and His Sermon on the Mount, and His final walk through the streets of Jerusalem. Beautifully photographed, with scriptural narrative and original music, this visual account of Jesus' life gives viewers a deeper spiritual experience of those sacred places which witnessed His teaching, miracles, passion, death, resurrection, and ascension. This video journey witnesses to the Divinity of Jesus Christ and His love for all.

Witnesses (8 "witnesses" who knew Jesus) (HS, ADULT)
In this powerful dramatic video, actor/author Curt Cloninger portrays eight diverse characters (witnesses) who knew Jesus. The characters are portrayed in contemporary language and dress, and include a "Bronx accented" Abe who hilariously describes a party Jesus attended; an "Italian" Lazarus who describes Jesus calling him from the graveyard; there's Barabbas reliving his reaction to Jesus' crucifixion; Thomas is sorrowful and inconsolable after Jesus' crucifixion; and Peter is portrayed as overjoyed after learning of Christ's resurrection. These characters, performed lovingly and humorously before a live audience, will cause you to see Jesus from a fresh perspective - not as a cardboard historical character, but as the Word alive. Through the moving acting of Curt Cloninger, the reality of Jesus' life and love will be experienced by all viewers.

Amie (JH, HS, ADULT)
Amie, a young, intelligent photo journalist, has one passion--people! On assignment for the centennial edition of The Daily Tribune, she gets involved with the poor in the inner city and helps their plight make headlines. So threatened is the city's mayor by Amie's truthfulness and concern for the powerless that he forces her to the ultimate commitment. As we encounter the people Amie meets and listen to the stories she uncovers, we find ourselves remembering another person who cared about people, who gave them faith in themselves, and who ultimately laid down his life for them. Looking more closely at Amie's story, at the relationships she makes, at the words she speaks, we come to see that the Gospel - its people and events - is mirrored throughout this film. Her life, like that of Jesus, bears witness to the truth: "There is no greater love than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends."

Children's Video Bible: The First Christmas (Emementary Grades 1-6)
Each story is based upon a book from The Lion Story Bible and lasts approximately five minutes. Simply told and richly illustrated with the original text and drawings, it makes ideal viewing for young children. Stories presented are: 1. A baby called John; 2. The first Christmas; 3. When Jesus was young; 4. Jesus' special friends; 5. Jesus the teacher; 6. Jesus gives the people food; 7. Secrets Jesus told; 8. Story of the Good Samaritan; 9. Story of the sower; 10. Story of the two brothers (Prodigal Son); and, 11. Story of the great feast.


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


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