Catholic Faith Formation and Education
   
Catechist Formation


Echoes of Faith: The Catechist: Part III: The Person of the Catechist (ADULT)
This video's format is a seminar. People reflect on their involvement in the catechetical ministry. Four insights are developed into the person of the catechist: the vocation of the catechist, the qualities of the catechist, growing as a catechist, and trusting the Spirit. As a result of working through this video, you should understand better the qualities of a catechists, realize the importance of your continued growth in faith, and appreciate the active role of the Spirit in your ministry.

Enriching the Catechist--Parts 1 & 2 (ADULT)
This is the first in a series of three videos designed to assist catechists in their ministry. It consists of two sessions: Gospel Values and The Mystery of God. GOSPEL VALUES--This session opens with an explanation of why all catechesis should be centered on Jesus Christ and his teachings in the Scriptures. Then, it examines the gospel values that were taught by Jesus. These values were viewed by him as a way of fulfilling the law, and they are contained in the Beatitudes. The three gospel values we focus on here are: poverty of spirit, the call to holiness, and peacemaking. THE MYSTERY OF GOD--The first concern here is to better understand and teach the Mystery of God through the use of "caring parent" and other images. Then we deal with the perennial question of providence, or "why bad things happen to good people." Finally, it looks at God as Creator, especially considering the implications this teaching has for environmental concerns.

NYS Child Abuse Reporting Laws " Rights and Responsibilities" (ADULT)
Attorney Michael Costello discusses the New York State Child Protective Services Act of 1973 and its implications for the Church and church-related schools. He discusses "reasonable beliefs, " "obligatory vs. discretionary" reporting, "official capacity" of reporting agent, and confidentiality. He entertains questions for discussion. (Sound quality improves after about 5 minutes)

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.

Bloodborne Pathogens: Protection in the Educational Environment (ADULT)
HIV (AIDS) affects 35,000 people a year and HBV (Hepatitis B) affects 300,000 people a year. This video gives information on the transmission and prognosis of both HIV and HBV; and OSHA standards of protection against them: ways to minimize the risk of infection from blood borne pathogens.

Echoes of Faith: Catholic Morality (ADULT)
This video is one of a series. It is a basic level, video-assisted resource for the formation and enrichment of catechists in parishes and Catholic schools. It can also provide a vehicle for adult faith formation. The goal of this module is to explore the foundations of Catholic morality and the practice of the moral life. Some topics addressed are: human dignity and community as the foundations of the moral life, Scripture, objective morality and subjective responsibility, moral actions and the grace of God, conscience, and the Commandments and the new law of Jesus Christ.

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.

Echoes of Faith: Introduction to the Learner (ADULT)
This video is one of a series. It introduces you to your learners and to the continuous cycle of growth and development that occurs throughout their lives. You will have the opportunity to explore this growth and development in three areas: how we build knowledge and construct meaning; how we grow psychologically and in our ability to relate to others; and how we grow in our ability to think and act morally. In the final segment, you will learn how all these areas of development affect how we perceive and express our faith.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pathways Of Faith: The Story Of Today's DRE (ADULT)
This video provides examples of the multifaceted responsiblities and roles of DREs in parishes throughout the United States as leaders committed to excellence in catechesis. It gives an excellent overview of the development of the role of the parish director of religious education since Vatican II. This video is an excellent resource for pastors, parish councils, diocesan offices, and parishes interested in hiring a DRE. It was developed through the efforts of the National Association of Parish Coordinators of Religious Education (NPCD) which functions under the auspices of the Department of Religious Education of the NCEA.

Shared Praxis Approach To Religious Education (ADULT)
Thomas Groome weaves Scripture, doctrine, and Christian living into a dynamic catechetical process. Catechists learn how to share the Gospel story and vision with others. PART I: Our Story and Vision - describes the shared praxis approach as simple and natural; outlines the five movements in the shared praxis process. PART II: Basic Principles - three convictions undergird shared praxis: 1) God is active in our lives today; 2) God discloses Godself in the story and vision of the Christian community; 3) the truth handed down to us and our personal experience must come into dialogue with each other. PART III: The Five Movements Explained - the five movements often overlap, and need not always be used in order. The process is made for the people; people are not made for the process.

Becoming A Successful Catechist: Getting Started: Part 1 (ADULT)
This is the first in a series of three videos. It provides strategies for dealing with typical attitudes and concerns of primary, intermediate and junior high students and expands the catechist's capabilities for instructional and classroom management techniques. Stating and clarifying the distinct characteristics and typical behaviors of each age group, it prepares catechists to meet their classes with confidence. It provides: ways to relate instruction to the student's life experience; ways to integrate formal, spontaneous, and reflective prayer into the classroom; and proven methods for building community to help the beginning catechist to establish a warm, caring classroom atmosphere.

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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