Catholic Faith Formation and Education

One Bread, One Body: Parish Program For Special Ministers Of The Eucharist (ADULT)
This video explores the practicalities and possibilities for Ministers of the Eucharist in the local parish community. It can be used for initial training for new ministers or as further training for experienced ministers. It is based on the experience of Naas Parish in County Kildare, Ireland. There are five units: 1. One of Ourselves examines the experience of the Eucharistic Minister; 2. In Memory of Me reviews the development of the present rite of the Mass and its associated ministries (Passover story, Last Supper, Eucharist in the early Christian communities); 3. Places and Vessels explains the sacred vessels used for communion; 4. Bread Broken and Shared examines the liturgy of the Eucharist; and, 5. In the Name of the Community teaches about bringing communion to the sick. A companion booklet covers the celebration of the Eucharist and the Special Minister of the Eucharist, questions that Special Ministers often ask, suggestions on the use of the video, the Rite for the Commissioning of a Special Minister of the Eucharist, the Rite for sending Ministers of the Sick from the Sunday Parish Mass, and additional resource material.

Seeds of Promise, Seeds of Faith (ADULT)
The General Directory for Catechesis places the whole catechetical enterprise within the context of an evangelization that calls people of all ages to a deeper appreciation and understanding of the richness of our Catholic faith. The Directory uses the parable of the sower and the seed to remind us that it is ultimately the work of the Holy Spirit that produces the rich harvest. Also in SPANISH. CLOSED CAPTIONED.

How Do We Help? What Is The Goal Of Christian Ministry? (ADULT)
Why do we do what we do in ministry? What are we trying to achieve? Are we trying to convert people, or save them, or lessen their pain? Richard Rohr has some definite answers. This video is an insightful look at ministry which will disturb, challenge, and ultimately inspire all involved in Christian ministry. Show this to parish ministers and help them get in touch with the Spirit working in all they do.

Comunidad (ADULT)
This video is in Spanish with English subtitles. In response to the growing number of small church communities in many Hispanic and non-Hispanic communities, the U.S. Bishops offer this video to help answer the question, "What makes a community viable and Catholic?" Communidad shares the experience of one small church community in Pasadena, Texas. By following this group through prayer, study, discussion, parish activities, outreach, and evangelization, the viewer comes to understand the unique contributions such groups can make to the Church. The video is useful for existing small church communities and parish groups interested in forming such a community, as well as pastors and pastoral leaders. It includes reflections from Archbishop Patrick Flores.

Parish Pastoral Councils: Instruments of Visioning and Planning (ADULT)
This video, divided into three segments, explores the historical development of councils, the theological context within which councils operate, and the authentic role of the Parish Pastoral Council. A new vision of council is explored wherein the council "becomes the means for articulating dreams and needs of parishioners and of the community they serve and of developing a pastoral plan for meeting those dreams and needs."

Nights At The Round Table: The Parish Pastoral Council (ADULT)
This video provides the mission and ministry of the Parish Pastoral Council and serves as a good aid for new council members as well as for old! It shows councils in action while explaining the "round table" theory of council membership. It stresses God at the center of the council's work, qualities of council members, the freedom and creativity fostered in a "round table" model, planning for outreach and evangelization. The video will generate ongoing council discussions!

Running Good Meetings (ADULT)
If you are sick and tired of late, long, boring, frustrating and unproductive meetings, this is the resource that you have been looking for! This short video teaches the basic elements of running good meetings, including preplanning, starting and ending on time, developing and sticking to agendas, and dealing with naysayers. It features clips from the Marx Brothers' movie DUCK SOUP interspersed with scenes from a typical church or community organization board meeting. Each point is demonstrated and emphasized on the screen, using both positive and negative examples. Viewers are taught how to use a simplified version of parliamentary procedure (dubbed "Bob's Rules of Order") to keep a meeting on track and moving. This video will be useful for parish councils, committees, PTAs and community organizations.

Women: A Wellspring of Strength in the 21st Century Church (ADULT)
This video draws directly from the United States bishops document, From Words to Deeds: Continuing Reflections on the Role of Women in the Church. The bishops developed their statement around three goals: to appreciate and incorporate the gifts of women in the Church; to appoint women to Church leadership positions; and to promote collaboration between women and men in the Church. The video depicts a scene in which a pastor and six parish members plan ways in which their parish can achieve the goals set by the United States bishops. Done in three nine-minute segments, the video allows for reflection/discussion after each segment.

Pathways Of Faith: The Story Of Today's DRE (ADULT)
This video provides examples of the multifaceted responsiblities and roles of DREs in parishes throughout the United States as leaders committed to excellence in catechesis. It gives an excellent overview of the development of the role of the parish director of religious education since Vatican II. This video is an excellent resource for pastors, parish councils, diocesan offices, and parishes interested in hiring a DRE. It was developed through the efforts of the National Association of Parish Coordinators of Religious Education (NPCD) which functions under the auspices of the Department of Religious Education of the NCEA.

Sunday Mass Video Series -Hardest Job: Leading A Parish To Live From Liturgy (ADULT)
This is a video for the presiders and others who prepare the liturgy. Priests and members of the assembly speak of the consistent work done week by week that leads to full, conscious, and active participation by all.

Total Parish Ministry--Video 1 (ADULT)
This is the first in a series of eight videos. This "Hands-On Workshop" series responds to the changes sweeping the Church and society. In this dynamic presentation, Father Bausch demonstrates how to transform these "cultural and ecclesial changes" into positive community and faith building actions. Each session deals with the reality of parish life today and ways to revitalize community and renew commitment. Session titles are: 1.Patterns of Change and the Call to Respond; 2. The Evolution of Parish Renewal; 3. Profile of a Functioning Parish; 4. A Welcoming Community, an Owned Community; 5. Principles of Collaboration/Community Building; 6. The Sacramental Touch and Holy Week Liturgies; 7. Sacraments of Cohesion--Living the Life of Community; and, 8. Pastoral Issues--Conflicts and Leadership.

How Welcoming Is Your Parish? (ADULT)
This video presents simple, common sense ideas on how to make a parish more welcoming.

We Are All The Body Of Christ: Organizing A Lay Ministry Program (ADULT)
This video is about how one parish, St. Mary's Church, Crescent, NY, conceived, developed and organized a lay ministry program. Several important topics include: what is a lay ministry program; the reason for a ministry program; the relationships among the pastor and parish council; a step-by-step approach to establishing a lay ministry program in your parish; why a single year's commitment is so important; how to keep the momentum going year after year; how to deal with success; the significant relationship between a lay ministry program and the weekly collection; and many more. This video is helpful to parishes hoping to get more parishioners involved in serving their parish and their parish community. Presenters are Rev. John Fitzpatrick, Pastor of St. Mary's; Harold Hatfield, former parish council president at St. Mary's; and James E. O'Brien, a parishioner at St. Mary's. The video was filmed at Sacred Heart School in Troy, NY. There is a presentation followed by a 10-minute question/answer session.

This Is The Night: A Parish Welcomes New Catholics (HS, ADULT)
The vision of Christian Initiation comes alive in Pasadena, Texas, as St. Pius V Parish welcomes catechumens and candidates. The elect are baptized by immersion and oil is poured generously over their heads and rubbed into their faces. Most moving is the sight of the loving, active community praying at Sunday Eucharist, praying over the catechumens in the scrutiny, surrounding the baptismal pool on Vigil night, embracing the neophytes, and then coming forward themselves to touch the flowing water after renewing their own baptismal vows. Equally powerful are the testimonies of the catechumens, candidates, elect, neophytes, sponsors, and parishioners testifying to their longing for baptism, to what it was like to go down into the water, to feel the oil, to pray over the elect, to come to Eucharist for the first time.

Training For Hospitality; The Ministry Of Ushers And Greeters (ADULT)
Designed to train parish greeters and ushers--singly or in groups--this video will also help parish administrators create a far-reaching parish program of ministry through hospitality. The video begins with an explanation of what hospitality is, its scriptural basis, and its importance to the parish. More specifically, the social aspects of running a parish, working in a parish, and simply belonging to a parish are related. Then detailed examples and explanations are given of the various tasks of ushers and greeters that further the hospitality and communal worship of the assembly. Ushers and greeters learn: how and where to greet worshipers as they arrive, how to assist in seating them, how to handle disturbances, the importance of participating in the liturgy as members of the worshiping community, how to facilitate the presentation of the gifts, how and when to guide the communion procession, and how to send the assembly on its way with a warm "farewell". Ushers and greeters--and, through them, the parish at large--will benefit from this important presentation.

Ministering With Small Faith Communities: Free to be Me/Beg Sm Comms (HS, ADULT)
This program by Madeline Gervais and Rev. Art Baranowski builds on Father John Powell's popular Free To Be Me video program. It helps individuals explore the way they look at themselves, at other people, at life, the world, and God. The program provides a beginning experience for developing small faith communities and helping participants to discover the power that small faith communities have to renew and revitalize parish life. Session titles are: VIDEO 1 - My Vision of Reality; How My Vision is Shaped; Jesus' Vision, My Vision; VIDEO 2 - My Vision of Self; Who Do I Tell You That I Am? My Worth in God's Eyes; VIDEO 3 - My Vision of Others; The Secret of Love; My Vision of God.

Small Christian Communities, A Vision Of Hope (ADULT)
This video will assist parishes in becoming familiar with and implementing the pastoral direction of Small Christian Communities (SCCs). It presents the vision of SCCs and their value for parish life. It outlines three types of SCC: seasonal, ministerial, and "ideal". It reviews the development, purpose and responsibilities of a core community as well as the role of the leadership. It discusses how SCCs impact evangelization, RCIA, and family life, and offers practical suggestions for implementation. The objectives of this video are to share the vision of small Christian communities and to provide all that is necessary for their formation. It was prepared specifically for use with the books: Small Christian Communities and Resources for Small Christian Communities. Presenters include: Father Thomas A. Kleissler, Margo LeBert, and Mary McGuinness.

Leading Faith Sharing Groups (ADULT)
Father Joseph Lynch, SM, has worked with small groups in parish settings for ten years helping people to acquire the practical skills necessary to lead a small faith sharing group. Enacted vignettes illustrate four major areas of small group leadership: Stages of Group Growth, Use of Provocative Open-Ended Questions, Handling Ordinary Disagreement and Conflict Among Members, and Dealing with Difficult Group Members.

Communities of Salt & Light: Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish (ADULT)
This video introduces the Bishops' call to strengthen parish social ministry. Using hundreds of images illustrating social justice needs and work as well as interviews from church, parish and community leaders, it challenges viewers to put their faith into action and seek justice and peace in their homes, parishes, local communities and beyond.

Domestic Violence - Domestic Violence in our Society: The Church's Response (ADULT)
What can Church/parish leaders do in support of women in domestic violence situations? How can the Church let the victims of domestic violence and abuse know their cries have been heard? How can parishes be made safe places for the victims?

New Life: A Parish Celebrates Infant Baptism (HS, ADULT)
Whether Baptism is celebrated at the Sunday Eucharist or at a separate assembly, this video will open up the meaning of the sacrament for parish staff, baptism preparation team, catechists, parents of children to be baptized, and teen and adult members of parishes.

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

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