Catholic Faith Formation and Education

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.

Children's Parables Series: Wendy And The Whine (PK, Emementary Grades 1-3)
Wendy whines when she needs lunch money before school, she whines when she has to take a spelling test, she whines at her baby sister's birthday party. Only this time when Wendy whines, the little whine jumps right out of her mouth and rushes around the room irritating her family. Wendy tries to keep the whine inside by whispering, but when a whine slips out at school and causes a storm of trouble, she decides not to talk at all. A final whine unleashes a tornado at Grandma's house. Grandma encourages Wendy to pray, and the solution God and Grandma give Wendy turns her whines into giggles.

Living from the Center: How to Pray (ADULT)
Despite numerous "time-saving" devices, are you always short on time? Do you feel overwhelmed by all the things you "need" but can't afford? This video invites the viewer to a change of life. Combining the wisdom of Father Richard Rohr with visually intense and heart-moving images, the video leads the viewer in a prayer exercise which could help him/her shatter false images of self, get out of the enslaving demands of our culture and find one's true identity in God. This is not just another interesting program to be enjoyed. It is a radical look at the illusions we have made into idols and an invitation to take an inner journey to the place where God dwells. This video includes discussion questions.

Connecting With God (JH, HS)
What is prayer? This video looks at three ways we can connect with God - through our bodies, music and nature. Great for teens.

In Word and Deed: Show #004 (JH, HS, ADULT)
This show, which aired 1/6/02, is about people of all faiths who give of their time and talent to make the Diocese of Albany a better place. It features: St. Bridget's in Copake Falls and how they have a sister parish in Central America; Maritime Ministry at the port of Albany repeated from In Word and Deed show #002; and the Evangelist Essay Contest on where you like to pray, which features Jillian Sherman, teen essay winner from the Academy of the Holy Names. Jillian wrote about God on the track. The title of the essay is: My Track to God. She shares how running track is also a prayerful experience.

With Burning Hearts (ADULT)
This video shows us how the eucharistic event is intensely human, revealing the deepest of human experience: sadness and loss, attentiveness and invitation, intimacy and engagement. In that event, bread and wine are transformed into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. And we can be transformed as well--into whole persons who live deeply with gratitude and hope. In this video, the insights of Father Henri Nouwen are punctuated by enacted biblical scenes, artwork and poignant images of contemporary life. The viewer will come away with a new appreciation for the Eucharist and for its power to touch the soul. This video is perfect for Eucharistic Ministers, RCIA, sacramental prep classes, small Christian communities and for anyone looking for inspiration "on the journey."

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.

Wake Up! Spirituality For Today (ADULT)
In this program, Anthony deMello, SJ, gives a complete course on spiritual freedom. Using stories, anecdotes, and humor, he begins by focusing on prayer and continues with the topics of freedom and love. Father deMello's approach mixes common sense, startling originality, and wisdom from many sources in the East and West. He gives his presentations to a studio audience and handles questions that will provide a beginning for your own group discussions. Segment titles are: 1)How To Pray; 2) How To Be Real; and 3) How To Love.

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.

Most Unusual Man (ADULT)
In the days when radio was the only entertainment and TV was a gleam in history's eye, one Irish priest burst through the airwaves and touched millions. Here is the story of Father Patrick Peyton, a pioneer in radio and television. This video gives testimony of the many lives that Father Peyton touched. His humble manner broke down walls to spread the message of the Rosary.

Discovering Everyday Spirituality--Story (ADULT)
This video is the first in a series of four videos and contains parts 1 & 2. Series host Thomas Moore reflects on how we can all gain a truer sense of community, find greater satisfaction in our work, and come to a deeper knowledge of what it means to be human. Each video focuses on a different approach to discovering everyday spirituality. This video focuses on discovering everyday spirituality through telling our stories. Stories have the power to heal and set free--particularly the stories of our own lives, recreated, reimagined, and relived. Stories also speak of turning points, moments of God's presence, and traces of grace. These two episodes look at many forms of storytelling and help us to appreciate how the very act of telling a story is a connection with the spirit.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Children's Adoration (ADULT)
This video is dedicated to parents, catechists, and priests who want to lead young children to discover the hidden and loving silent presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

Apostles' Creed: Knowing What We Believe, The (JH, HS)
This video invites young people to go beyond the words of the Apostles' Creed to exploring it as a guide to their christian walk and a unifying force that connects them to the body of Christ. Divided into seventeen lessons covering each phrase of the Creed, this Video brings new meaning to the truth and simplicity of the Apostles' Creed.

Breaking The Pace: A Step Inward With Thomas Keating (ADULT)
Father Thomas Keating, a Trappist monk, explains the profound value of centering prayer as a way to discover the reality of God in each of us. With love and humor, describes this practice of prayer as a way to slow down and develop a real friendship with God. He answers questions such as "How can I find time to put God first in my life?" "Why should I spend time alone with the Lord each day?" and "How can I develop a relationship with the Lord?" The benefits of inner healing and emotional maturity will help each person ultimately respond to the call of the Gospel and Gospel values in their life.

Effective Teaching Methods--Archived (ADULT)
This video consists of three segments: Creating the Environment (of welcome when the class meets; sets the tone for growth & learning.); Asking the Question (that should lead to the students' decision to go forth as Christians.); and, Prayer for Beginning and Ending a Class (shows how to provide opportunities for students to respond to God acting in their lives and in the life of the Christian community.)

Sing-A-Long Prayers: With Li'l Angelina (PK, Emementary Grades K-2)
This video will introduce little ones to prayer. Li'l Angelina and her cat introduce eleven different animated sing-a-long prayers for morning, bedtime, mealtime, forgiveness and thankfulness. Children can follow the words on the bottom of the screen.

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."

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

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