Catholic Faith Formation and Education

Power Surge: Dating (HS)
Dating is the biggest concern of most teenagers, but it shouldn't be your whole life! Miguel was so into his girlfriend that when she dumped him, he tried to kill himself. Today, he's got a new perspective. Joey and Elena love each other, they don't have sex, and they think it's important to spend time with their friends. Experts give great advice on how to keep dating in perspective. This video is guaranteed to get teens talking!

Your Created Goodness (JH, HS)
In a style similar to that of REFLECTIONS OF AN INNER FIRE, but with new stories and further insights, Rev. Brian Cavanaugh,T.O.R., campus minister at St. Francis College in Loretto, PA, brings the teenage viewer to believe in him or herself. Cavanaugh tells entertaining stories (visualized here by actors) of finding goodness within. The basic message is that one's own treasure, fortune, wealth and riches are already within and can be discovered in the struggles and possibilities of teenage life. Many stories and good "formulas" are presented. Teachers could view this video and share the stories and insights directly with their students.

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.

Know Yourself: Secret of Self-Esteem (HS)
Based loosely on Myers-Briggs personality typing, this program is designed to help students identify differences in personality and see how behavioral preferences are related to personality type. Four personality types are presented: introvert/extrovert, thinking/feeling, practical/intuitive, and structured/unstructured. The program makes it clear that no one personality type is more desirable than another, that each type has a value in society, and that each person is a unique combination of traits. Knowing more about their own personality type helps teens see themselves as worthwhile and enables them to celebrate their own uniqueness. Knowing more about other people's personality types can help them understand why people are the way they are and will help them to get along better with others. This program is presented in several segments and contains short quizzes to help students figure out where they fit in. An excellent Teacher's Guide accompanies the video.

Boys Town Videos For Parents: It's Great To Be Me ...Self-Esteem (ADULT)
This video offers practical, how-to advice for parents with children struggling through the often difficult pre-adolescent and teenage years. It addresses the important but often misunderstood topic of self-esteem. It shows practical easy-to-learn concepts that enhance children's and teen's developing self-esteem. The video discusses how being a secure, confident person with a healthy sense of self-esteem can greatly influence a person's quality of life. The three main components presented are: 1. Feeling and Being Successful; 2. Feeling Important and Loved; and, 3. Feeling Confident.

In God's Image: Male And Female; A Catholic Vision Of Human Sexuality (Emementary Grades 5-6, JH)
This video presents a Catholic perspective on human sexuality in a comprehensive, developmental examination of the beauty, sacredness, and power of human sexuality. There are five units: 1. Sexuality: Something Special. Philosophy of the program and a survey of common themes and attitudes. 2. God Doesn't Make Junk! The young person's uniqueness and the influence of self-esteem in life decisions. 3. The Fabulous Female. Puberty and its changes, the female reproductive system, and the process of menstruation. 4. The Marvelous Male. The male reproductive system, puberty and its changes, and appreciation of individual maturation. 5. Your Right to Respect.

Children's Parables Series: Destructive David (PK, Emementary Grades K-3)
David doesn't care about the beautiful things God created. He finds God's creation boring. He sees no good in birds, or spiders, or frogs in a pond; and after a while, animals hide when they see him coming. Bored by God's creation, David visits an art exhibit at the park and meets Lorenzo, the Very Curious Peacock, who tells him, "You're looking only with your eyes!" Lorenzo shows David how to look at God's creation with new eyes and really see the beauty of God's creatures. Rejoicing in the knowledge that he too is a new creation through God's gifts of salvation and forgiveness, David is now able to look at the world through God's eyes.

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.

Boys Town Videos For Parents: Common-Sense Parenting (ADULT)
This video is part of a national outreach to help more children by reaching parents, teachers, and others who work with kids. It offers practical, how-to advice to parents with children struggling through the often difficult preadolescent and teenage years. It reassures parents that they are still a fundamental influence in their growing child's life. Dramatized vignettes show parents how to increase their child's self-esteem and reduce the power of peer pressure. Hosted by actress Alley Mills of "The Wonder Years," this video also reminds parents that some of the "common sense" techniques they used when their children were younger can be adapted for the older child.

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.

American Family: A Challenged Tradition - I'm Me and I'm Special (ADULT)
This video will help you understand the developmental stages of the two-to-five-year-old. Also, you will learn how to enhance your child's self esteem, how to stimulate your child's interest in learning, and how to discipline so that respect, responsibility , and resourcefulness flourish.

Family Dynamics: Building Family Esteem (ADULT)
Authors of the best seller How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, offer practical ideas for bolstering children's self-esteem. Their role playing offers us magnificent techniques for communicating with our children and grandchildren. Attorney General Janet Reno shares ideas for reaching out to children at risk, and the panelists identify characteristics and tools for achieving family esteem.

On the Air: Can I Be a Christian Without Being Weird (HS)
Sometimes it is good to be different. Christian behavior will be different from that of "the crowd," but not obnoxious. This video stresses Gospel values which are counter-cultural: love for enemies, for example. There is little emphasis on the Church, but a lot of emphasis on how to live in the world and relate to peers. It mentions Scripture throughout.

On the Air: I Am Not Angry (HS)
In this video, you will experience real-life stories, humor and the dynamic Neil McClendon as he addresses critical issues teenagers face every day. In this episode of "On the Air," you will learn how your anger can affect you and what you can do about it. It is a good discussion starter for teenagers.

Relationships: Knowing the Good from the Bad (HS, ADULT)
This video challenges students to consider the quality of their relationships and helps them to be aware of their ability and right to make healthy choices. It has several role play situations in which ordinary teenagers are asked to dramatize common interactions in adolescence: concern for troubled friends, pressure to engage in criminal activity, report cards, dating and sex. The Teacher's Guide includes a lecture outline, worksheets, and self-assessment surveys to be used either before or after the viewings.

Sam: Why Am I Different? (Emementary Grades 4-6, JH, HS, ADULT)
Sam has cerebral palsy. He can't do the things other kids can. He can't talk clearly, and his body shakes uncontrollably. But inside, Sam is just like everyone else. He can think and he can work. This touching look into Sam's life is told from Sam's point of view. Viewers see Sam's frustrations, people's kind and cruel responses to him, and the special love he shares with his father. They also witness a dignity and courage that deserves celebration. The film is adapted from the book, Sam and His Cart, by Arthur Honeyman, who was born with cerebral palsy. This is a wonderful film to teach sensitivity to other's feelings, the dignity and potential of every human being, and the unique gifts that each person has to offer. Themes are: tolerance, values, understanding, friendship, hope, dignity, kindness, example, dreams, perceptions, and pro-life.

Surviving Failure/Rejection (ADULT)
The "Surviving…" series of videos provides a unique approach to emotional self-help. Each program features popular lecturer and author Clayton Barbeau doing what he considers his most rewarding work: individual counseling with you, the viewer, as the one seeking advice and affirmation. In this video, he explains how important it is for every person to value themselves, because surviving rejection or failure has a lot to do with self-acceptance. It also means realizing that it is human, and sometimes even a good thing, to fail or to experience hurt. Using some well chosen anecdotes, Mr. Barbeau reveals how paralyzing the fear of failure can be, and he points out that all real growth in life - and in intimacy and love - involves risk, even in the face of rejection or failure.

Surviving Loneliness (ADULT)
The "Surviving…" series of eight videos provides a unique approach to emotional self-help. Each program features popular lecturer and author Clayton Barbeau doing what he considers his most rewarding work: individual counseling with you, the viewer, as the one seeking advice and affirmation. In this video, he examines loneliness as a part of everyone's life, especially in today's competitive society. Pointing out that loneliness often results from our looking to someone else to make us whole. Mr. Barbeau relates the stories of three different "lonely" people and the steps they took to help themselves. He offers many concrete strategies to counteract loneliness, and urges you to "Do all you can to be a whole person because intimacy is possible only between whole persons."

Swim Team's Splash (Emementary Grades 4-6, JH)
Julie's the new girl on the swim team, and Meg is determined to let her know who's the star of the swim team by bullying her. Unfortunately, bullies are a fact of life. How they influence our actions and reactions depends on our values, beliefs, inner strength, and the example of significant others in our lives. Scripture gives us clear guidelines for dealing with bullies and with the temptation to become a bully. This video provides a good stimulus for discussion on peer pressure, working as a team, name calling, welcoming new students, the nature of self-confidence, problem solving, and being true to yourself.

Teens and Sex II (JH, HS, ADULT)
In this true-to-life video, teens talk openly--and honestly--about the importance of relationships as well as their own sexuality. You will meet real people who talk about real issues. It is designed to help teens build healthy, honest relationships and make sound choices. It discusses sexuality as part of the Catholic faith, accenting abstinence, choice, and principles of commitment. For teens who have already become sexually active, it offers help in regaining healthy attitudes about sexuality that are in accord with their faith. It is ideal as a discussion starter for teens and adults.

Trust Me: Learning to be Responsible (Emementary Grades 5-6, JH)
Using scenarios typical of middle school experience, each followed by a series of thought-provoking discussion questions, this video demonstrates that behaving responsibly is an essential key to growing up. It presents six dramatized scenarios that explore situations that require young teens to think about the nature of responsibility, to begin to set standards of what to expect of themselves and others, and to consider the consequences to themselves and others of both responsible and irresponsible behavior. This program is designed to help students understand when to take responsibility, accept their responsibility toward school, take responsibility for commitments they make, realize that being responsible affects the way they are treated, understand their responsibility towards friends, and accept standards of responsibility.

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

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