Catholic Faith Formation and Education
Church History

Reflections On Vatican II (ADULT)
This video shows pieces from the actual Vatican Council, with commentary and reflections from those who were there and from Catholics looking back at history. Good for adult groups, for history, unterstanding and discussion.

DeSales: Writings of St. Paul--Video 1 (ADULT)
This is the first in a series of four videos. An inspirational and thought-provoking tour of St. Paul's life and teaching is featured in these engaging sessions. The most significant issues and problems of the early New Testament Church are related to modern Christian life. Participants will develop a more personal insight and appreciation for the tremendous contributions of "the apostle" to our scripture and faith traditions. This video consists of two sessions: 1. Paul: The Paradox of Being a Jew to the Gentiles. (The life and background of the apostle and his teachings) and 2. A Look at the Church Only Twenty Years After the Resurrection. (I and II Thessalonians and the Letter to the Philippians).

Heroes of Faith (HS, ADULT)
This video consists of 11 inspiring profiles (2-9 min. each) of extraordinary Christians: Fr. Lawrence Martin Jenco (hostage in Lebanon), Fr. Tom Takahashi (held in U.S. internment camp during WWII), Orel Hersheiser (major league baseball pitcher), Fred Rogers (TV's Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood), Flannery O'Connor (20th century author), Dave Brubeck (jazz musician), Natzih Rizk (a blind photographer), St. Francis of Assisi (poverty and simplicity serve as example to world), Jean Donovan (El Salvador martyr), Dorothy Day (founder of Catholic Worker Movement), and Martin Luther King, Jr. (non-violent civil rights activist).

John Paul II: A Light for the Nations (HS, ADULT)
With his elevation to the papacy in 1978, John Paul II reshaped its image and the Church through his worldwide travels, statesmanship, and personal charisma. Produced on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his priesthood, this video is an intimate portrait of the life and ministry of John Paul II as seen through the eyes of childhood friends and Church leaders. It is narrated by Martin Sheen and originally aired on many ABC-TV affiliates.

Understanding Pentecost (JH, HS, ADULT)
This video explores the history, traditions, and experiences of Pentecost, how it empowered the early Church, and how we are empowered to live Pentecost lives of our own. Through dance, Scripture, and historical perspective plus personal testimonies, youth and adults will gain a greater understanding of the meaning of Pentecost.

Violence Unveiled: The Gospel at Work in History (ADULT)
Gil Bailie and Richard Rohr engage in a lively discussion about our cultural, spiritual and moral crisis and the importance of the Christian Gospels in understanding and responding to it. Using Gil Bailie's recent book, Violence Unveiled, as the focus, these videos highlight talks by Bailie on the book's central themes, with commentary by Richard Rohr. These ideas are brought to life with the insight, humor and spiritual depth characteristic of these two well-respected and inspiring teachers. This set of four videos is a wonderful resource for group or individual study, providing a wealth of material for stimulating meaningful group discussion or for deepening individual spiritual exploration. Presented in clear, easy to understand language, these videos introduce you to one of today's most exciting discussions about the Cross and how it has changed the course of history.

Faithful Revolution: Video 1 - Genius of the Heart (ADULT)
Vatican II is one of the great cultural and religious events of the 20th century. Surprisingly, many Catholics have no understanding of Vatican II. This video seeks to inform us about Vatican II's influence on the Church, through five 1-hour videos. The series can be used for adult education, catechist training, college courses in Vatican II, parish renewal, Catholic identity, and targeted continuing education for specific areas of parish ministry and leadership. It is also good for programs on "The Church and the Coming Millenium." Part One covers Pope John XXIII's reasons for convening Vatican II, changes in the Mass, and the death and legacy of John XXIII. Some of the distinctive teachings of Vatican II are touched upon (e.g., The Church is a mystery, not an institution; the Church is the whole people of God, not just the hierarchy, clergy, and religious; and the Catholic Church is not the only means of salvation). Good discussion questions are provided.

Faithful Revolution: Video 2 - Inspired Awakening (ADULT)
This series gives us a better understanding of Vatican II. This video discusses the role of women in the Church, ecumenism, the Lefebvre Movement, religious vocations, and Pope Paul VI. What is the role of women in today's Church? What, if any, is the future of religious vocations? How do you feel toward non-Catholics? …toward non-Christians? What are the bottom-line beliefs which unite Catholics?

Open Wide The Doors: How To Prepare For Jubilee 2000 (ADULT)
This is your video resource to start preparing for the celebration of Jubilee Year 2000 in your parish, in your family and in your own personal spiritual life. It is meant as a way to inspire you and others that there are concrete practical suggestions to make the period of time leading to this momentous year as fulfilling and meaningful as possible.

Saints For All Seasons: St. Peter, Prince Of Apostles (Emementary Grades 3-6)
Here is a great way to introduce children to the saints and their virtues. Heavenly "archivists" Gilbert and Gwendolyn take turns telling the children about the lives and times of the saints. They make it a point to show how children can imitate the saints' virtues in the ordinary events of their lives. In this video, Gilbert tells of how St. Peter was chosen to be the leader of God's people--not for his headstrong ways, but for his strong faith. Lessons for children: to practice self-control, especially when they don't feel like it; to be obedient to parents; to help others; and to make time for prayer in order to strengthen their faith. Gilbert's storytelling is enhanced by heavenly surroundings, special effects, music, art, and cutaways to children doing good works.

Sesquicentennial Eucharistic Liturgy ( at Auriesville 9/14/97) (HS, ADULT)
This is a videotape of the Official Diocesan Sesquicentennial Liturgy, held at the Shrine of the North American Martyrs, Auriesville, on September 14, 1997. It includes the homily by Cardinal John O'Connor of the Archdiocese of New York and greetings from Pope John Paul II delivered by Papal Nuncio Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan. "It was a day of memory-making sights: A line of priests that stretched as far as the eye could see…newborn babies held in the arms of grandparents…women in African robes seated next to Knights of Malta…a beautiful sunburst behind the altar that mirrored the original one in the sky on a perfect day." (The Evangelist, 9-18-97) Also present were 17 bishops from New York, Archbishops Harry J. Flynn of Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, and Ecumenical Speaker, the Rev. Dr. Greg Mast, 1st Reformed Church of Albany.

Sesquicentennial Year In Review: Honoring Tradition, Discovering Tomorrow (HS, ADULT)
A year's worth of events from the Sesquicentennial Celebrations of the Diocese of Albany. It begins with highlights from the opening service in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in December, 1996, with Bishop Howard Hubbard preaching and Episcopal Bishop of Albany, Rev. David Ball, and Rabbi Aryeh Wineman. Then, there are other events through the year including: musician Tony Menendez at Siena College; Papal Nuncio Agostino Cacciavillan and John Cardinal O'Connor (NYC) at Auriesville; Reformed pastor, Rev. Dr. Greg Mast of Albany, musician Marty Haugen and writer Rev. Ed Hayes at Gathering '97 at Hudson Valley Community College.

Visual Bible: Acts--Part 1 (JH, HS, ADULT)
Luke tells the enthralling story of danger, struggle and triumph that marks the birth of the Christian Church. You'll see Christ assumed into heaven and follow the travels and trials of Peter and Paul, all word-for-word from the Bible. This video covers chapter 1:1 to chapter 8:3--share the birth of the Christian Church, Ascension of Jesus, Pentecost, persecution of Christians, and martyrdom of Stephen.

Author of Reform: The Cardinal Suenens Story (ADULT)
This is a biography of the Cardinal who was the confidante to popes and kings. It is also the story of the Second Vatican Council, the most important religious event in the last 100 years. This story is an excellent resource for adult study groups, ecumenical meetings, leadership and educational in-service training, and ministry formation programs. It is also of interest to students of 20th century history, particularly for its focus on the Second Vatican Council.

Holy Land, Holy People: The Children of Abraham (HS, ADULT)
This is the first in a series of six videos, four of which are available in the Diocesan Video and Resource Center. It introduces Jews, Christians, and Muslims as the world's monotheists who share the same God; each religion tracing its spiritual origins to Abraham through its sacred writings. A glimpse of what it means to be Jewish, Christian or Muslim and an exploration of the colorful and often tragic relationships among the three groups.

Let Justice Flourish: A Reflection on Catholic Social Teaching (HS, ADULT)
In this beautiful reflection, the teachings of popes and bishops on justice are connected with their Biblical roots in the words of the Hebrew prophets and in the preaching of Jesus. Papal encyclicals and other documents, from Rerum Novarum (1891) by Pope Leo XIII to Economic Justice for All (1986) by the bishops of the United States, are presented as an organic body of thought that both responds to the injustices of the times and transcends historical contexts.

Holy Land, Holy People: The Holy City (HS, ADULT)
This is the second in a series of six videos, four of which are available in the Diocesan Video and resource Center. It examines the critical place of Jerusalem within all three religions. The history and current status of Jerusalem through the eyes of religious leaders and activists who are determined to achieve peace and social justice for everyone who calls Jerusalem a Holy City.

Holy Land, Holy People: The Word (HS, ADULT)
This is the fourth in a series of six videos, four of which are available in the Diocesan Video and Resource Center. It explores the place of sacred writings in three major religions. The primacy of the Torah within Judaism, the centrality of the Gospels for Christianity, and the immutability of the Koran for Islam, testify to the special place and reference accorded to the revealed word of God.

Holy Land, Holy People: The Living Spirit (HS, ADULT)
This is the sixth in a series of six videos, four of which are available in the Diocesan Video and Resource Center. It graphically reveals individuals within Judaism, Christianity and Islam as ongoing sources of light and hope for others. Beyond questions of politics and peace, the spirit of God, through the prophetic leadership of some outstanding individual believers, continues to inspire and give life to Jews, Christians and Muslims in the region and world-wide.

Visual Bible: Acts--Part 2 (JH, HS, ADULT)
Luke tells the enthralling story of danger, struggle and triumph that marks the birth of the Christian Church. You'll see Christ assumed into heaven and follow the travels and trials of Peter and Paul, all word-for-word from the Bible. This video covers chapter 8:4 to chapter 13:52--seeds of the new Church are scattered with Peter, Philip, and John; miracles; escapes from prison; Paul's conversion; and Paul and Barnabas go forth to spread the Gospel.

Visual Bible: Acts--Part 3 (JH, HS, ADULT)
Luke tells the enthralling story of danger, struggle and triumph that marks the birth of the Christian Church. You'll see Christ assumed into heaven and follow the travels and trials of Peter and Paul, all word-for-word from the Bible. This video covers chapter 14 to chapter 20--young Christian Church opens its arms to the Gentiles; and Paul, Barnabas, Silas, and Timothy teach and establish churches.

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

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