Catholic Faith Formation and Education
   
Lent


Were You There? The Living Way Of The Cross (Emementary Grades 3-6, JH, HS, ADULT)
In this video, you will be taken through the events of the Passion by a combination of traditional images of the Stations of the Cross(from locations such as the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL) with dramatic portrayals by professional actors of Pontius Pilate, Simon of Cyrene, The Woman in the Crowd, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Jesus, and Nicodemus. If you have been making the Way of the Cross all your life, or if you have never experienced it, this program will enable you to share the special meaning of the Stations of the Cross as never before. This video is recommended for families and groups.

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.

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.

Mystery Of Faith: An Introduction To Catholicism - Baptism (ADULT)
Baptism is about dying and rising, and can be life-changing today if we understand it in its radical depth. Presented by Rev. Michael Himes, this video is unique in its exploration of the awesome and mystical depth of the sacrament of Baptism and for its insights into original sin. Michael Himes holds a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Chicago, presently teaches at Boston College, and is a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, NY. The video guide offers in-depth questions on the meaning of Baptism. This program would be an excellent choice for a Lenten/Easter study.

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.

Woman at the Well (Emementary Grades 6, JH, HS, ADULT)
Everyday language and live-action video combine to make the Gospel challenging, inspirational, and informative. This video is excellent for use with all religious education programs, and a bonus for lectionary-based curricula. Each Gospel presentation is introduced by a narrator, who gives a preview of what the children are about to see.

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.

Journey To Easter: A Lenten Program For The Whole Family (EL, JH, HS, ADULT)
Easter, the feast of the Resurrection, is a celebration of eternal life and of our faith in the promises of Jesus. It is a time to rejoice in the newness in our hearts and in the earth. This new life was bought for us at great cost - the suffering and death of Jesus. As Catholics, we commemorate this mystery during the 40 days of Lent preceding Easter. Hosted by Father Anthony Scannell, OFM Cap., this 7-part program presents one segment for each week of Lent. Viewers are guided on their journey toward Easter with greater insight and participation through the use of scripture, drama, and stories that deal with the concerns of life and the joys of reunion with Christ. The seven segments are: A Journey Apart (pardon and peace story), A Change of Heart (service theme and Mother Teresa), Who Are You? (theme of "seeing"), Lost and Found (the stray story), The Servant Comes (Eucharist themes), Way of the Cross (Shroud of Turin, and life of Father Maximillian Kolbe, martyr), and Light of the World (Easter themes).

Come and See: The Man Born Blind (ADULT)
Theologian and story-teller Father John Shea, , brings a wealth of insight and meaning to the Gospel of John about the Man Born Blind and looks at it anew from dramatic, experiential and theological perspectives. A dramatic retelling of the story by professional actors increases the relevance and appeal of this story. This video is ideal for Scripture study, adult enrichment, RCIA, retreat, classroom, and similar programs. Pauses in the video presentation and a discussion guide facilitate group use.

Come and See: The Raising of Lazarus (ADULT)
Theologian and storyteller Father John Shea offers new insight and meaning to the Gospel of John. This video looks at the raising of Lazarus from dramatic, experiential, and theological perspectives. It is ideal for Scripture study, adult enrichment, RCIA, retreat, classroom, and similar programs. Pauses in the video presentation and a discussion guide faciltate group use.

Stations of the Cross for Children (Emementary Grades 1-6)
Children are guided in this video by Father Stan, a priest who often spends time in church to think and pray. He invites young viewers to accompany him as he makes the way of the cross. Each station is described in simple and clear language (and beautifully illustrated), so that children can reflect on what happened there. The primary goal of this video is to help children, ages 7-12, view the stations of the cross as an opportunity to follow Jesus more closely. It emphasizes what children can do today to be more Christlike after reflecting on what happened to Jesus at each of his fourteen stops on the way to Calvary.

Lent In Sign And Symbol (HS, ADULT)
Father Eugene LaVerdiere, SSS, dynamic lecturer and noted New Testament scholar, makes the traditional symbols of Lent new again in this spiritually enriching reflection on the signs and symbols of Lent. Using the Gospels from the six Sundays of Lent plus Easter Sunday (Cycle A), Father discusses the images of light and darkness, the story of the blind man, the mountain as the place of revelation, the mock royal purple garment placed on Christ during the Passion, the Cross, living water, the tomb, and the huge stone described in the resurrection accounts. The video includes a 30-minute segment on signs and symbols followed by two discussion questions and a 15-minute segment on the Easter story, followed by a phone-in question/answer period.

Catholic Update Video: The Way of the Cross (HS, ADULT)
This video offers different approaches to the Lenten observances of the Stations of the Cross: spirituality, social justice, history, how to pray the Stations, and a 16-minute "music-video meditation."

Passion of the Christ, The (HS, ADULT)
From director Mel Gibson comes a profound story of courage and sacrifice depicting the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus Christ. Rated R for violent content.

Passion of the Christ, The (HS, ADULT)
From director Mel Gibson comes a profound story of courage and sacrifice depicting the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus Christ. Rated R for violent content. With study guide.


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


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