Catholic Faith Formation and Education
   
Catechetical Methodology


Echoes of Faith: Introduction to the Scriptures (ADULT)
This video is one of a series. It is intended as a general overview of the central themes and message of the Bible. You will learn what the Bible is and why it is considered the holy book of the Christian community. You will be introduced to some of the foundational stories of the Bible. The module will conclude with a reflection on Jesus Christ, who reveals to us the fullness of God's saving action in our midst.

Journey With Jesus The Teacher (ADULT)
Jesus was a marvelous teacher. His skillful storytelling and compassionate listening are a powerful model for today's teacher. Using favorite Bible stories as illustrations, this video examines the ways Jesus taught and shows both new and experienced teachers how to: meet students' emotional needs, redirect negative energies, be open to interruptions, involve students with one another, affirm each student's faith, and enable students to struggle with doubt and confusion in a supportive environment. Informative and inspiring, this video uses real-life classroom situations to show teachers of Sunday school, confirmation, adult education, and vacation Bible school how to strengthen their teaching ministry and follow Jesus' example as they share the good news.

New Catechism: Catholic Faith Today--Video 1 (ADULT)
This is the first in a series of three videos. The series explores the new Catechism of the Catholic Church. It reflects on the meaning of the Catechism and demonstrates its practical application to Catholic faith today. This series is well-suited to weekly gatherings where a session can be shown and followed by group discussion. This video contains Session I--An Introduction to the Catechism and Session II--Faith in God and Jesus Christ.

New Catechism: Catholic Faith Today--Video 2 (ADULT)
This is the second in a series of three videos. The series explores the new Catechism of the Catholic Church. It reflects on the meaning of the Catechism and demonstrates its practical application to Catholic faith today. This series is well-suited to weekly gatherings where a session can be shown and followed by group discussion. This video contains Session III - The Spirit and the Church, and Session IV - Liturgy and Sacraments.

New Catechism: Catholic Faith Today--Video 3 (ADULT)
This is the third in a series of three videos. The series explores the new Catechism of the Catholic Church. It reflects on the meaning of the Catechism and demonstrates its practical application to Catholic faith today. This series is well-suited to weekly gatherings where a session can be shown and followed by group discussion. This video contains Session V - Morality and Social Justice, and Session VI - Prayer and Spirituality.

Echoes of Faith: Prayer and Spirituality (ADULT)
This video is one of a series. It is divided into four segments. The first two explore the nature of prayer, various forms of prayer, and some obstacles to prayer. The third segment examines the spiritual life as it is lived in the midst of day-to-day issues and challenges. The final segment offers a reflection and catechesis on the central prayer of the Christian tradition, the Our Father.

Echoes of Faith: Liturgy and Sacraments (ADULT)
This video is one of a series. In it, you will explore the meaning of liturgy and sacrament, and gain insight into why the sacramental life of the faith community is so central to our Catholic identity. Some core understandings addressed are: the meaning of ritual, the nature of liturgy, symbolic actions and the saving action we celebrate, and the seven sacraments and the experiences of life.

Echoes of Faith: Methods For Grades 1 and 2 (ADULT)
This video is one of a series. Six- or seven-year olds (grades 1 or 2) think concretely and learn much by "doing" it. This video prepares catechists to work with these young people effectively; teaching them how to pray, acting out parables of Jesus and setting forth "clear standards of goodness" found in God's commandments.

Echoes of Faith: Methods For Grades 3 and 4 (ADULT)
This video is one of a series. The faith of eight- and nine-year-olds is expanding. The goals of this video are to introduce you to their uniqueness and to explore the age-appropriate methods and activities that assist their growth in faith. The video will help you to answer the following questions: Who are these eight- and nine-year-olds? What do they need from us in order to grow in their relationship with God? How can we continue to teach the story of their Catholic faith--its Scriptures and its Sacred Tradition? In what ways do activities help them learn about their faith? What forms of prayer are appropraite? How can we include children with special needs? As a result of viewing this video, you will be able to: understand the special gifts and characteristics of eight- and nine-year-olds during this time in their faith development, develop appropriate and motivating activities that help learners to discover more about their faith and grow in their relationship with God, and begin creating a file of resources that will aid you in planning appropriate activities for your sessions.

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.

Echoes of Faith: Methods For Grades 5 and 6 (ADULT)
This video is one of a series. Its goals are to introduce you to the characteristics of ten- and eleven-year-olds and to explore age-appropriate methods and activities which can assist their growth in faith. The video will help you to answer the following questions: Who are these ten- and eleven-year-olds? What do they need from us to grow in their relationship with God? How can we enrich and strengthen their growing understanding of the Catholic faith? How can we help them increase their skills for reflection on faith and life? What kinds of activities engage learners at this age? What forms of prayer are appropriate? How can we include children with special needs? As a result of viewing this video, you will be able to: understand the special gifts and unique characteristics of ten- and eleven-year-olds at this stage of their faith development, develop appropriate and interesting activities that help them learn about and express their faith and grow in their relationship with God, and begin developing ideas that will aid you in planning appropriate activities for your sessions.

Echoes of Faith: Methods For Grades 7 and 8 (ADULT)
This video is one of a series. Twelve- to fourteen-year-olds are entering into an exciting and challenging time of rapid growth. The goals of this video are to introduce you to their uniqueness and to explore age-appropriate methods and activities that can assist their growth in faith. It will help you answer the following questions: Who are these twelve- to fourteen-year-olds? What do they need from us to grow in their relationship with God? How can we best affirm and deepen their Catholic faith? How can we help them see the relevance of Scripture and Sacred Tradition to their lives? In what ways do activities and small group discussions help them learn about their faith? What styles and kinds of prayer are appropriate? How can we include young people with special needs? As a result of viewing the video, you will be able to: understand the special gifts and characteristics of twelve- to fourteen-year-olds during this time in their faith development, develop appropriate and interesting activities that help young people learn about their faith and grow in their relationship with God, and begin gathering ideas that will aid you in planning appropriate activities for your sessions.

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.)

Christodrama: An Instrument For Conversion (HS, ADULT)
Familiar Bible stories will come alive and take on new meaning when people use the Christodrama process to experience the Bible with their mind, body, emotions, and spirit in a way that impacts both their knowledge of the Scriptures and their desire to live the faith more fully. The videos and Leader's Manual explain how this process of prayer, reflection, action, and discussion can create a deeper, fuller experience of the Scriptures. These teaching tools explain the Christodrama process and suggest ways to use it in a wide range of settings. Besides giving step-by-step instructions and demonstrations, the videos present testimonies of people who have used the process with amazing results. The Leader's Manual contains additional information and the scripts for more than 20 Christodramas. Adults, teens, RCIA and Bible study groups, parish staff members, and small faith communities can all enrich their appreciation of the living Word of God through this process. TAPE ONE: The Uses of Christodrama (11 min.) suggests practical ways to adapt program to different settings and provides testimonies from a variety of users. TAPE TWO: How to do Christodrama (48 min.) is an overview which explains each step in the Christodrama procedure.

Youth Ministry Training Videos: An Adult Learning Resource (ADULT)
This video resource from the Center for Ministry Development contains twelve 20 - minute video programs on Youth Ministry Training for adults. Topics include: Understanding Youth Ministry, Working with Families and the Community, Growing in Ministry with Youth, Planning Youth Ministry Programs, Understanding Youth, Working with Groups, Building Community with Youth, Evangelizing Youth, Facilitating Learning with Youth, Empowering Youth for Justice and Service, Celebrating Liturgy with Youth, and Praying with Youth.

Priming The Pump (Adult Faith Formation Training Program) (ADULT)
This parish Adult Education Program is a multi-dimensional resource kit based upon sound principles of adult education that facilitates team formation and fruitful planning at the parish level. Program content reflects the philosophies of the NCDD and USCC documents of adult education. Everything you need to know about the importance of team formation, needs assessment, strategies, advertising, promotion, budgeting and evaluation is contained in the story and instructional videos. The videos "Which Way Is Up?" and "Priming the Pump" contain four segments each and are a vital component for training the parish adult education team. Eight sessions focus on concepts of identity, context, mission, needs assessment, goals and objectives, programming, and evaluation. A clear explanation of, and criteria for team recruitment is given, and the roles of director, facilitator and team members are explored. Session plans outline the role and task of the leader and provide a process for leading the session with adult education team members. An Introductory Packet for this program is also available.

7 Key Principles from Success in Whole Community Catechesis (ADULT)
In these creative presentations, Bill Huebsch focuses on the 7 key principles that are the foundation for the whole community catechesis as explored in his book, "Handbood for Success in Whole Community Catechesis". The 7 principles are 1) catechesis has several tasks 2) it is constitutive of the Christian life 3) coversion precedes it 4) all catechesis is connected to Sunday assembly 5) goal is to develop households of faith 6) catechesis must look & feel more like church and less like school 7) all catechesis builds on grace, which is offered to everyone.

Praying With Children (ADULT)
This video discusses the purpose of communal prayer and how to get children to participate in ways appropriate to their age level. They show examples of praying with 2nd and 5th grade students. The use of gestures and music are included. The distinction between liturgical (public) and devotional (private) prayer is discussed.

Your Role On a Better Religious Education Team - Part 1 (ADULT)
This video is directed to classroom catechists, directors and coordinators of religious education, pastors, and other parish leaders. It explains the components of a religious education team, explores the responsibilities of team members and leaders, and examines how everyone can work together to reach commonly held goals. The special focus of this video is leadership. Examples of leadership in both the religious education classroom and the wider parish are provided. This video also gives specific directions on how the catechist can help turn his or her class into a community. It explores ways the catechist can help young people begin to feel some identification with their classroom community and begin to take some responsibility for the other members of that community.

Your Role On a Better Religious Education Team - Part 2 (ADULT)
This video explores the reasons people become catechists as well as their responsibilities to the parish and to their students. It discusses being committed and prepared; the importance of planning lessons and being ready to adjust when things do not go exactly as planned; cooperating with the religious education team, the DRE and other catechists; the need for evaluation--evaluating yourself and letting others evaluate you. This video stresses also the catechist's own faith experiences and the importance of continuing education by taking advantage of parish and diocesan opportunities for growth--adult study groups, religious education workshops, catechist magazines, etc. Finally, this video gives suggestions to help catechists support families in a world where family life has changed drastically.

As Tough As Necessary: A Discipline With Dignity Approach (ADULT)
Learn how to prevent and de-escalate aggressive, hostile, and violent behavior in the classroom with a number of valuable techniques for coping with difficult student behavior. This four-video set and accompanying leader's guide provides: a six-step process for diffusing potentially explosive power struggles, effective interventions for resolving confrontations between students, two approaches for successfully reintegrating students back into the classroom following their removal; and five suggestions for effectively intervening with an aggressive group of students.


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


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