Catholic Faith Formation and Education

Fourth Wise Man, The (JH, HS, Adult)
Based on Henry VanDyke's classic, "The Story of the Other Wise Man," a fictional story set in Biblical times, told in gently comic terms. It concerns a Magi named Artaban (Martin Sheen) who studies the prophecies and witnesses a sign in the heavens that he hopes will lead him and his servant, Orantes (Alan Arkin), to the Messiah. Artaban takes with him 3 precious gifts to present to the Messiah. For 33 years, Artaban and Orantes persue Jesus, only to miss him at every turn. Along the way, Artaban uses his gifts to help people in dire need. He now has nothing to present to the Messiah when he finds Him. The story culminates on Easter Sunday as Artaban, old and dying, finally encounters the new King, bringing peace to final moments of life.

Jesus Comes (Life of Jesus set) (K-3, Family)
(Advent, Christmas, Early Life) By the way he lived and the words he spoke, Jesus showed us how to live as friends with him and one another. In this video, we walk through Advent, Christmas, and Jesus' early life discoving the wonderful joy Christ's birth brings. This video offers chidlren a picture of Jesus that informs, challenges, and excites.

Conversion: Following the Call of Christ (ADULT)
Rev. Robert Barron, STD presents six stories of true conversion, all contained in this "Retreat-on-Disc": Blind Bartimaeus, The Rich Young Man, The Calling of Matthew, Jonah, The Woman at the Well, and the Journey of the Magi. An excellent resource for your parish for Advent or Lent.

The Angel's Advent Lesson (ages 7-12)
From Gwen Costello. Danny is happily making out his Christmas list when his Guardian Angel Theophane suddenly appears. It is very obvious to Theo that Danny has forgotten the real meaning of Christmas. Together they review practices like the Advent wreath, reciting daily prayers at home, and doing daily acts of kindness. They also recall many of the great Scripture characters from the Advent readings. Recommended for grades 2 through 8, but much content for below grade 4.

Celebrating the Seasons of Advent and Lent (Grades 3-8)
Advent: Celebrating the Season discusses the customs of Advent such as the wreath, Jesse Tree, Advent Friend, Straw for a Crib, and Advent House. Lent: Celebrating the Season explores customs, traditions, prayers, and ways we can keep Lent as we walk together on the path to Jerusalem.

Advent Calendar on DVD: A Christmas Countdown for December (Family)
Learn where such Christmas features as the wreath, mistletoe, candy cane, Christmas trees, gift-giving and the 12 days of Christmas all came from. And you find out the stories behind Santa Claus, Rudolph, the Nutcracker, the Christmas Angels, Handel's Messiah, and the Fourth Wise Man. Contains 25 mini-documentaries (each between 3 and 4 minutes) that take viewers on an entertaining yet informative journey through the Advent season.

Advent Calendar on DVD 2: Christmas Carols Edition (Family)
Here are 25 brief reflections on treasured songs and carols for the entire family to enjoy during Advent. Explore the wonders of Bethlehem revealed in these stories and enjoy new arrangements of traditional Christmas favorites by award-winning composer Stephen Bias.

Jesus, the Way: The Path of Christian Discipleship (ADULT)
Tom Zanzig. Rich and engaging content in a style that appeals to adults interested in growing as Christians. This program includes: DVD (96 minutes*) with three 30-minute presentations; Leader's Guide; CD music for prayer services; and a participant's notebook. NOTE: Reproduction of any portion of the Participant's Notebook requires written permission from the publisher. *Understanding Jesus: Two Perspectives (39 min)-- offers a balanced view of Jesus Following Jesus: Christian Spirituality (23 min)-- how Christology influences personal spirituality Identifying with Jesus: No Longer I Who Live (34 min)--the lifelong process of spiritual transformation

The Gift of the Magi (General)
O'Henry's short story is a wonderful, romantic tale of a young married couple who have little money to buy each other Christmas presents. And so she cuts off and sells her beautiful hair… In this story, we have the simplicity of concept, the irony of circumstance, and the charming surprise at the end.

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

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