Catholic Faith Formation and Education

Our Lady of Guadalupe (JH, HS, ADULT)
The story of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Juan Diego reaches beyond place and time. Throughout history, God has used the poor and the powerless to act as social critics. Juan Diego, in his time, not only helped reverse attitudes of political and Church authorities toward native people, but he also initiated an experience of faith that has survived over four centuries.

Marian Apparitions Of The 20th Century (HS, ADULT)
Bringing about millions of conversions, the Blessed Virgin Mary has been making repeated visitations throughout the world, particularly in the latter part of the 20th century, to warn us that we are on the brink of destruction unless we heed her messages for repentance, prayer, conversion, fasting and peace. This video describes the following visitations: Fatima, Portugal; Betania, Venezuela; Banneux and Beauraing, Belgium; Medjugorje, Yugoslavia; Zeitun, Egypt; Kibeho, Rwanda (Africa); Garabandal, Spain; Naju, Korea; The Soviet Ukraine; Akita, Japan. Narrated by Ricardo Montalban, the video interweaves documentary footage, photographs, movie clips, coverage of live events, and interviews with witnesses, visionaries, and experts on Marian apparitions.

Medugorje: A Journey To Inner Peace (HS, ADULT)
This is one of the best documentaries yet on the experience of pilgrims visiting the city of Medugorje, Yugoslavia. Sensitive and photographically superb, Cheryl Bunofsky's portrayal of the faith story of a group of pilgrims who travel from North Carolina to the home of the visionaries of Medugorje is well-balanced and engaging.

Think Good Thoughts: A New & Creative Guide Toward Rediscovering the Rosary (HS, ADULT)
This video is about teaching children how to pray and especially how to pray the rosary. It is for parents, teachers, and catechists teaching children how to pray.

Vatican II: Vision 2000 (ADULT)
This six-part series reviews the Vatican II documents and examines what the Church teaches and how it should move into the future in the spirit of Vatican II. Moderated by Dr. Angela Ann Zukowski,MHSH, it consists of conversations with American Catholic Church leaders and academics. The six videos are: 1) A Common Search For God: Dialogue Among the Churches; 2) A Century of Catholic Social Teaching; 3) Spiritual Life in a Consumer Culture; 4) Authority and American Catholicism; 5) Mary: Model of Contemporary Discipleship; and 6) American Catholic Morality in a Pluralistic Society. The series is excellent for religious educators, RCIA, clergy, laity, and religious.

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.

Mary, The Mother Of Jesus (HS, ADULT)
This video presents Mary as a powerful model for our time - a person who was fully human, fully woman, fully Christian, and who brought and continues to bring Christ into our world. Contemporary photography, artistic masterpieces, and sculpture images are shown. This program gives a thorough presentation of Mary in Scripture, in art, and in the life of the Church through her feast days and apparitions. It beautifully demonstrates how Mary has served and serves today as a model of Christian faith along with her special role in elevating the dignity of women and motherhood. The meditative presentation of the Magnificat, Mary's prayer of praise, at the end of the video (approximately 10 minutes) could in itself serve as a moving prayer service.

Mestiza Virgin: Our Mother of the Americas (JH, HS, ADULT)
Produced in honor of the canonization of St. Juan Diego, this program provides valuable insight into the historical, cultural and religious significance of the devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

La Virgin Morena: Nuestra Madre DeLas Americas (JH, HS, ADULT)
In spanish and produced in honor of the Cannonization of St. Juan Diego, this program provides valuable insight into the historical cultural and religious significance of the devotion to our Lady of Gudalupe.

Echoes of Faith: I Believe, We Believe (ADULT)
This video is one of a series. It is based on the Christian Creed, and is divided into five parts: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, The Christian Creed, and The Magesterium. Each part deals with the topic as related in the recitation of the Nicene Creed and also the Apostles' Creed. It is an in-depth study of the Creed and how it is the basis for our Catholic Faith.

Life Of Christ: The Joyful Mysteries (HS, ADULT)
This first video in a series of three discusses the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. These magnificent dramas unfold with startling reality the awesome events of our salvation, bringing a more profound understanding of the mysteries of the Rosary and the Gospels to young and old. Filmed in the 1950s, this timeless celebrated series will delight audiences and enhance religious education classes and Bible studies.

Contemplating Icons (HS, ADULT)
The viewer takes a spiritiual journey into the experience of praying with icons, while the presentation gradually reveals the symbolism and the theological insights of icons. As the program unfolds, our understanding of the Orthodox understanding of icons deepens, and their significance as a common Christian heritage becomes clear. 5 part program: Icons of Christ, Mother of God, Saints & Prophets, The Iconostatis, Liturgical Solomnities.

Un Camino De Esperanza: Rosario Devocion Del Pueblo (HS, ADULT)
(There is also an English version of this video: "Rosary in the Latino Community: A Journey of Hope.") El Rosario nos brinda un camino lleno de esperanza al reconocer que Maria nos acompana en el recorrido de nuestras alegrias, sufrimientos y gloria. Este programa, filmado en el Valle de Coachella, California, Miami y el Bronx, nos invita a descubrir la presencia de Maria en los momentos gozosos, dolorosos y gloriosos de la vida de gente comun y corriente.

Rosary In The Latino Community: A Journey Of Hope (HS, ADULT)
(There is a Spanish version of this video: "El Rosario Devocion Del Pueblo: Un Camino De Esperanza.") This program offers the faith stories and voices of real people reflecting on Mary's love as she walks the road of life with them.

Vida de Cristo: Los Misterios del Rosario (HS, ADULT)
La apremiante y poderosa historia del Evangelio es presentada en tres videos con cinco segmentos de 20 minutos cada uno: VOLUMEN 1- Los Misterios Gozosos; VOLUMEN 2 - Los Misterios Dolorosos; and VOLUMEN 3 - Los Misterios Gloriosos. Estas obras fueron filmadas en Espana en 1957 con la participacion de un gran reparto.

What Mary Taught Jesus (ADULT)
In a dramatic presentation which blends music, art and staged performance, the viewer will experience the story of Mary - woman of faith and social rebel. What Mary taught Jesus was a passion for a world where "princes would be pulled down from their thrones and the lowly would be exalted." Watch this video and appreciate Mary, the Mother of Jesus, as one who said "Yes" to a Spirit filled world.

DeSales: Our Catholic Creed--Video 1 (ADULT)
This is the first in a series of four videos. It is a response to the request of many Catholic adults for a course in the basics of the Faith. This innovative series presents today's major faith issues and concerns in the light of Vatican II. This video consists of Session 1. Many Creeds…One Credo (A look at the development of Christian belief) and Session 2. The Divine Personality (A Judeo-Christian understanding of God).

Rosary for Little Children (PK, Emementary Grades 1-3)
The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, a reflection on the early life of Jesus, has been a mainstay of Christian prayer. And now, in this video, that same rosary is a source of joy for God's littlest children. Your child will join a lively chorus of children in a heartfelt journey to Jesus. Led by a heavenly visitor, portrayed by Broadway actress Jennifer Naimo, children will learn the mysteries of Christ's life and they will learn how to pray for their families, the Church, and children with special needs.

Source (Story of Lourdes) (HS, ADULT)
The story, sights, and sounds of Lourdes, where Mary, the mother of Jesus appeared to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858, is the basis for exploring healing, faith, conversion, and reconciliation in today's society. This inspiring video provides a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the shrine, one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in modern Christianity, and about St. Bernadette, who serves as an example to us today.

Visit (JH, HS, ADULT)
This translation of Luke 1:39-56 tells of Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth and culminates with her famous Song of Praise (sometimes known as "The Magnificat"). The ABS video Scripture series has been recognized internationally for its scholarly, imaginative, and contemporary approach to translating the Holy Scriptures in a remarkable new way. Women of the Calabash combine to provide young people with a new translation of this important Scripture text. Women of the Calabash is a New York-based performance group which draws upon many different musical, dance and theatrical traditions to provide unique and exhilarating experiences for their audiences. They have performed internationally at festivals, and on radio and television.

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

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