Catholic Faith Formation and Education
   
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Credo (El)--Que Signifa Creer? (ADULT)
This is the first in a series of six videos presenting the principal articles of the Creed. Each video presents real-life situations in documentary form. This video on Faith Formation gives a general introduction to the meaning of adult faith.

Mystery Of Faith: An Introduction To Catholicism - Baptism (ADULT)
Baptism is about dying and rising, and can be life-changing today if we understand it in its radical depth. Presented by Rev. Michael Himes, this video is unique in its exploration of the awesome and mystical depth of the sacrament of Baptism and for its insights into original sin. Michael Himes holds a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Chicago, presently teaches at Boston College, and is a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, NY. The video guide offers in-depth questions on the meaning of Baptism. This program would be an excellent choice for a Lenten/Easter study.

Mystery Of Faith: An Introduction To Catholicism - Eucharist (ADULT)
This is part of the ten-video series which introduces viewers to the "depth dimension" of many of the key Catholic insights. Eucharist tells us who we are and where we are going. In this video, Father Michael Himes shows why Eucharist expresses God's commitment to us in love. He reviews the concept of "covenant" and examines the 3 great covenants of Israel with God (Noah, Abraham, and Moses) which lead up to the promised Messiah, Jesus, who would establish a New Covenant rooted in the Old Covenant. This video also explores the Real Presence, the self gift of Jesus Christ, covenantal meals, and the change from living according to the Law to living with love as the basis and motive. The Eucharist expresses God's commitment to us in love and tells us what our destiny is. Eucharist truly makes us into a people, joins us to God and to one another.

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.

God The Father (HS, ADULT)
This is one of a series. It consists of three segments. THE GOD WHO CARES--Even though they would know hard times and would sometimes drift away from their God, the Israelites never forgot God's name. He was a God of people, a God who cared. Jesus took pride in the great history of his people. He understood why it had all taken place. LORD, I LONG TO SEE YOUR FACE--Many images of the Old Testament were used in an attempt to capture the mystery of the God. This was the God who moves with the rhythm of life: our hopes, our joys, our failures, our broken hearts, our life-long journeys. And to touch him we need only reach out. THE GOD OF JESUS--The God who cares. Our God is pursuer. Even if we deny him, we cannot escape our God. The power of the Word is everywhere.

God The Son (HS, ADULT)
This is one of a series. It consists of four segments. DEATH AND VICTORY--Death was the beginning, but it could not snuff out the light that Jesus had kindled in the world. THE WORLD OF JESUS--The Word became flesh and lived among us as one of us, in our physical world. Understanding the culture and geography of the first century may help us to accept the mystery of the incarnation. JESUS AND THE KINGDOM--The ancient Jewish hope for the coming of "God's Kingdom" was the keynote of Jesus' own ministry. TO BE A DISCIPLE--The first followers of Jesus were ordinary people, capable of failure. In looking at the experiences of the disciples, we discover more about ourselves and our mission.

God The Spirit (HS, ADULT)
This is one of a series. It consists of three segments. BREATH OF LIFE - The Bible consistently associates the Spirit of God with the breath of life. Authentic happiness and true wisdom come from being attuned to the presence of God's Spirit within us. THE SPIRIT OF LOVE - The longing to love is inside us all; it is itself a gift of the Spirit. Learning to love is the completion of our being. THE SPIRIT TODAY - The gift of the spirit is not reserved for special people. It is for everyone who seeks.

Mystery Of Faith: An Introduction To Catholicism - Church (ADULT)
This is part of the ten-video series which introduces viewers to the "depth dimension" of many of the key Catholic insights. In this program, Father Himes answers the questions: What does it mean to be Church? How does the Church continue Christ' presence in our world? What does "there is no salvation outside the Church" really mean?

Mystery Of Faith: An Introduction To Catholicism - Grace (ADULT)
This is part of the ten-video series which introduces viewers to the "depth dimension" of many of the key Catholic insights. Grace is woven throughout our lives. In this warm and challenging presentation, Father Himes helps us appreciate the presence of grace in all we do.

Mystery Of Faith: An Introduction To Catholicism - Incarnation (ADULT)
This is part of the ten-video series which introduces viewers to the "depth dimension" of many of the key Catholic insights. In this video, Father Michael Himes explains why Incarnation tells us as much about humanity as it tells us about God, and why unity with God demands reverence for humanity.

Mystery Of Faith: An Introduction To Catholicism - Reconciliation (ADULT)
This is part of the ten-video series which introduces viewers to the "depth dimension" of many of the key Catholic insights. Reconciliation is more about the compassionate love of God than it is about our sin. See why in this wonderful presentation by Father Michael Himes.

Mystery Of Faith: An Introduction To Catholicism - Salvation (ADULT)
This is part of the ten-video series which introduces viewers to the "depth dimension" of many of the key Catholic insights. In this video, Father Michael Himes renews the meaning of this traditional term and shows why social justice is essential to our salvation.

Mystery Of Faith: An Introduction To Catholicism - Tradition (ADULT)
This is part of the ten-video series which introduces viewers to the "depth dimension" of many of the key Catholic insights. Father Michael Himes explains what Tradition is and how it is a dynamic reality within contemporary Catholicism. He sheds light on this controversial topic with rich images of a growing, life giving Tradition.

Mystery Of Faith: An Introduction To Catholicism - Trinity (ADULT)
This is part of the ten-video series which introduces viewers to the "depth dimension" of many of the key Catholic insights. No element of the Christian tradition has caused more confusion than the doctrine of the Trinity. And yet, belief in the Trinity is the core of our faith. Father Michael Himes will show why in this clear and inspiring presentation.

Mystery Of God: Father (HS, ADULT)
How do we humans come to know God? How do we come into contact with the Divine? This video introduces us to the in-born human conditions that lead us to search for God and to recognize the presence of God in our world and in our lives. Filled with profound insight and beautiful images, it will leave you more aware than ever before about how God touches us and satisfies our human longing. Families and parish groups alike will find their faith supported by these unforgettable stories.

Mystery Of God: Jesus (HS, ADULT)
How do we know who God is? How do we learn to listen when God speaks to us? God is revealed to us in the person of Jesus Christ. Using stories and images, this video leads us to a deeper understanding of how the teaching of Jesus can be applied to modern life. Its rich imagery and wonderful storytelling leaves us with deep insights into the person of Jesus who is present with us now. Families and parish groups alike will find their faith supported by these inspiring stories.

Mystery Of God: Spirit (HS, ADULT)
Have you ever thought about the Holy Spirit? Have you ever described the Spirit to anyone? This video provides us with metaphors, images, and stories that give a rich description of the powerful presence of the Spirit in everyday life. And once we recognize the Spirit's presence, as shown in this video, we begin to mold our lives around the Spirit's prompting deep within our hearts. Families and parish groups alike will find their faith supported by this illuminating story.

Vision of Vatican II for Today, The - Program I (ADULT)
Part I, "The Roots of Vatican II"; Michael Himes; John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890) has been called the "Father" of the Second Vatican Council. In England, 100 years before Vatican II Cardinal Newman was writing and teaching the ideas that would come to fruition at the Council. In this video Himes examines Newman's ideas and how the whole Church is challenged to live out the roles of priest, prophet, and king in our era.

Vision of Vatican II for Today, The - Program 2 (ADULT)
Part 2, "The People Are the Church" Michael Himes looks at the sensus fidelium (sense of the faithful) and how truths are uncovered and taught. He looks at the necessity of teachings to be received as well as taught. In this process the role of the laity is indispensable. This video invites lay people to full participation in the Church.

Vision of Vatican II for Today, The - Program 3 (ADULT)
Part 3, "The Church Human and Divine". Michael Himes. Jesus is fully human and fully divine. At times in our history, however, we have overemphasized divinity and lost sight of the humanity of Christ. The Church as often stressed divinity at expense to humanity. The Church has often seen itself "above" human intervention and critique. Himes says that a divine and human church has much to learn from human experience and insights from such disciplines as sociology, the sciences, and political theory.

Vision of Vatican II for Today, The - Program 4 (ADULT)
Part 4, "The Church Before and After Vatican II". Michael Himes examines the "Dogmatic Constitution on the Church: Lumen Gentium" (Light of Nations). Before the Council the Church ad two missions--sanctification and a social mission. Clergy performed the sanctification. Nuns and laypeople did the social mission. Both were important but the mission of sanctification was considered a "higher" calling. In Lumen Gentium both these missions are place on equal ground. This radical restatement of the Church's mission has profound impact on how we view the Church today.


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


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