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Veggie Tales: Where's God When I'm S-scared? (Emementary Grades K-4)
This video contains two hilarious fully computer-animated stories that teach kids a Biblical perspective on handling everyday fears. Tales from the Crisper, and Daniel and the Lions Den teach that God is bigger than anything and that even in the lions den you are in God's hand. CLOSED CAPTIONED.

Close Encounters with the Beatitudes (Emementary Grades 4-6)
Young Jimmy is puzzled as to what the Beatitudes mean to someone his age. When he dozes off, he receives a visit from an angel who shows him how some of his school mates are already helping to build God's Kingdom. By the time Jimmy's journey with the angel is finished, he comes to an understanding and makes a commitment to live the Beatitudes in his own life! This program gives intermediate students clear examples of how young people can help build God's Kingdom everyday.

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.

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.

Commandments For Young People: We Remember (Emementary Grades 4-6)
Using story, Scripture, reflection and prayer, the six videos in this series present the commandments as gifts that free us to love God, others, and ourselves more deeply. This first video challenges us to discover ways to live the life of the 1st Commandment, "I am the Lord, your God, you shall have no gods except me" and 2nd Commandment, "You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain," and the 3rd Commandment, "Remember to keep holy the sabbath day," by placing God first in our hearts, speaking the name of God with respect and celebrating God in a special way one day of the week.

Commandments For Young People: We Honor Parents (Emementary Grades 4-6)
Using story, Scripture, reflection and prayer, the six videos in this series present the commandments as gifts that free us to love God, others and ourselves more deeply. This second video challenges us to discern ways to live the life of the 4th Commandment, "Honor your father and your mother," by obeying and listening to people who help us grow and by helping others to grow.

Commandments For Young People: We Respect Life (Emementary Grades 4-6)
Using story, Scripture, reflection and prayer, the six videos in this series present the commandments as gifts that free us to love God, others and ourselves more deeply. This third video challenges us to discover ways to live the life of the 5th Commandment, "You shall not kill," by respecting and caring for God's gift of life in ourselves and others.

Commandments For Young People: We Are Faithful (Emementary Grades 4-6)
Using story, Scripture, reflection and prayer, the six videos in this series present the commandments as gifts that free us to love God, others and ourselves more deeply. This fourth video challenges us to discover ways to live the life of the 6th commandment, "You shall not commit adultery," by respecting the call of husband and wife to live faithfully in marriage, and through the 9th Commandment, "You shall not covet your neighbor's wife," which challenges us to respect the promises others have made to one another. We are asked to be loyal as a family.

Commandments For Young People: We Respect the Property of Others (Emementary Grades 4-6)
Using story, Scripture, reflection and prayer, the six videos in this series present the commandments as gifts that free us to love God, others and ourselves more deeply. This fifth video challenges us to discover ways to live the life of the 7th Commandment, "You shall not steal," and the 10th Commandment, "You shall not covet your neighbor's goods," by respecting and protecting the rights and property of others, by not wanting or taking what belongs to others and by working to help people get what they need in order to live.

Commandments For Young People: We Speak the Truth (Emementary Grades 4-6)
Using story, Scripture, reflection and prayer, the six videos in this series present the commandments as gifts that free us to love God, others and ourselves more deeply. This sixth video challenges us to discover ways to live the life of the 8th Commandment, "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbors," by telling the truth, respecting the right that all people have to their good names and trusting the word of others.

Ancient Tales From A Promised Land: Saul And David (Emementary Grades 6, JH, HS, ADULT)
Host/narrator Tony Robinson takes the viewer "on location" in the Holy Land as he unfolds two Biblical stories from the Hebrew Scriptures. In the first tale, SAUL BUMPS INTO A WITCH, David decides to cut a deal with the Philistines. In return for protection from Saul, he will join them in attacking his fellow Israelites. Saul is barely holding out against the Philistines and desperately turns to the Witch of Endor for guidance. The ghost of Samuel appears, but he refuses to help Saul and tells him he'll be dead by the next day. This comes to pass when Saul is defeated by the Philistines and is killed along with his son, Jonathan. In the second tale, DAVID GETS TO NUMBER ONE, David has been proclaimed King of the Israelites--but so has Saul's weasly son Ishaboshoth. One by one the Israelite leaders defect to David's side. David gains complete control and is crowned King, but trouble looms when he falls in love with Bathsheba. A subsequent wedding is disrupted by Nathan, the prophet, who helps David recognize his sin.

DeSales: Basic Tools For Bible Study--Video 1 (ADULT)
This is the first in a series of five videos. This series is for any Catholic adult who is interested in acquiring the fundamental skills for studying and praying the Bible. In eight fascinating sessions, participants will be introduced to the intriguing people, lands, and message of the Bible. This video consists of two segments entitled: God's Broken Silence and Collecting a Divine Library.

Genesis Stories (Series by Mary Reed Newland)--Video 1 (ADULT)
Mary Reed Newland teaches a course around the various stories in the book of Genesis. Each video contains two sessions. This video on the Creation is the first in a series of five videos.

Greatest Adventure Stories From The Bible: Moses (EL, JH)
"Moses" is one in a series of Bible epsodes seen through the eyes of three young visitors from the 20th Century. When Moses demands that his people be set free, Pharoah reacts with scorn, because he has all the power of a great kingdom.But, Moses is backed by the power of God. The story reaches a thrilling climax when Moses and his people find themselves trapped between the angry army of Pharoah and a deep sea.

Introduction To The New Testament: How To Read A Gospel (ADULT)
This is part 1 of a 6-part series. Dr. Anthony J. Tambasco speaks on the difficulties involved in reading the Gospels as history and as faith proclamations, and the earliest history of the Gospels.

Breaking Open the Word Creatively! ...with Elementary Children (ADULT)
This video shows how creative use of the arts - especially music, drama, and storytelling - can break open the Word for young children. This video and guide illustrate various ways to imaginatively involve young children in biblical story presentations so that they not only learn the story, but also engage in the reality of the experience. Fourteen stories are presented from New Testament and Hebrew Scriptures, including: The Emmaus Song, The Parable of the Talents, The Parable of the Two Sons, Matthew 5, The Prodigal Son, Isaiah 43, and Nathan's Story. Monica Brown is a popular composer, artist, and retreat leader who works extensively in religious education, liturgy, and youth ministry.

Happy Being Me (Emementary Grades 3-6)
This program uses stories from the Bible as examples of how Scripture can teach us to believe in God and in ourselves when confronted with everyday situations that make us feel otherwise.

Greatest Stories Ever Told: The Creation (EL, JH)
Amy Grant recounts the wondrous story of how God created the universe in seven days and gave life to Adam and Eve. Using an innovative animation technique and a diverse roster of actors, musicians, and illustrators, the classic Biblical story of Creation comes to life. The score performed by Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, a banjo-led jazz trio, captures the simple poetry of this timeless narrative. The value of all human life and the love of God comes through loud and clear in this excellent, educational, entertaining video.


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


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