Catholic Faith Formation and Education

One Bread, One Body: Parish Program For Special Ministers Of The Eucharist (ADULT)
This video explores the practicalities and possibilities for Ministers of the Eucharist in the local parish community. It can be used for initial training for new ministers or as further training for experienced ministers. It is based on the experience of Naas Parish in County Kildare, Ireland. There are five units: 1. One of Ourselves examines the experience of the Eucharistic Minister; 2. In Memory of Me reviews the development of the present rite of the Mass and its associated ministries (Passover story, Last Supper, Eucharist in the early Christian communities); 3. Places and Vessels explains the sacred vessels used for communion; 4. Bread Broken and Shared examines the liturgy of the Eucharist; and, 5. In the Name of the Community teaches about bringing communion to the sick. A companion booklet covers the celebration of the Eucharist and the Special Minister of the Eucharist, questions that Special Ministers often ask, suggestions on the use of the video, the Rite for the Commissioning of a Special Minister of the Eucharist, the Rite for sending Ministers of the Sick from the Sunday Parish Mass, and additional resource material.

This Is The Night: A Parish Welcomes New Catholics (HS, ADULT)
The vision of Christian Initiation comes alive in Pasadena, Texas, as St. Pius V Parish welcomes catechumens and candidates. The elect are baptized by immersion and oil is poured generously over their heads and rubbed into their faces. Most moving is the sight of the loving, active community praying at Sunday Eucharist, praying over the catechumens in the scrutiny, surrounding the baptismal pool on Vigil night, embracing the neophytes, and then coming forward themselves to touch the flowing water after renewing their own baptismal vows. Equally powerful are the testimonies of the catechumens, candidates, elect, neophytes, sponsors, and parishioners testifying to their longing for baptism, to what it was like to go down into the water, to feel the oil, to pray over the elect, to come to Eucharist for the first time.

Sacrament of Eucharist: Past and Present, The (HS, ADULT)
Kathleen Chesto offers insight and understanding into: the enduring quality of the ritual meal that Jesus gave us and his presence within it; how the ritual of Eucharist was shaped by history and heresy; how Vatican II has attempted to restore the original understanding of Eucharist to the Church. Intended audience: RCIA candidates and leaders, parents of children preparing for first Eucharist, catechists, adult faith formation groups, high school and college classes on sacraments.

Journey To Easter: A Lenten Program For The Whole Family (EL, JH, HS, ADULT)
Easter, the feast of the Resurrection, is a celebration of eternal life and of our faith in the promises of Jesus. It is a time to rejoice in the newness in our hearts and in the earth. This new life was bought for us at great cost - the suffering and death of Jesus. As Catholics, we commemorate this mystery during the 40 days of Lent preceding Easter. Hosted by Father Anthony Scannell, OFM Cap., this 7-part program presents one segment for each week of Lent. Viewers are guided on their journey toward Easter with greater insight and participation through the use of scripture, drama, and stories that deal with the concerns of life and the joys of reunion with Christ. The seven segments are: A Journey Apart (pardon and peace story), A Change of Heart (service theme and Mother Teresa), Who Are You? (theme of "seeing"), Lost and Found (the stray story), The Servant Comes (Eucharist themes), Way of the Cross (Shroud of Turin, and life of Father Maximillian Kolbe, martyr), and Light of the World (Easter themes).

Eucharist: A Taste of God (JH, HS, ADULT)
In this video, Fr. Joe Kempf leads an exploration of the Church's most powerful resource for spiritual growth and practical living; the Eucharist. Designed for small discussion groups, this video encourages prayer and interaction by the viewers. Best viewed in segments, the program focuses on ten different topics concerning the Eucharist in 10 to 15-minute vignettes. Includes a comprehensive, 46-page leader's guide for creating a multi-week group program.

Children's Adoration (ADULT)
This video is dedicated to parents, catechists, and priests who want to lead young children to discover the hidden and loving silent presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

First Communion: A Family Journey (Emementary Grades 1-4, ADULT)
This video provides separate segments for children and parents. The meaning of the Eucharist, Baptism is made clear to both children and their parents.

Celebrating Sacraments (Series) - Eucharist: Celebrating Community (Rev.Ed) (ADULT)
Whether it's through familiarity or neglect, adults often lose their sense of wonder and gratitude for the mystery of the eucharist. Through this presentation, parents are reminded how important the sacrament of eucharist is for their faith journey as a family, and how essential their role is in nurturing the faith of their child. They also reflect on what a tremendous gift the presence of Jesus is for the Church and all its members. The trappings that often surround first communion: what to wear, what gifts to give, what kind of party to have, are insignificant compared to the awesome gift of Jesus whom their child will receive in the eucharist. As the title states, in Eucharist we are celebrating community as members of God's family.

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.

From The Ends Of The Earth (ADULT)
This video has two parts: the call to mission and living the mission. "It is not enough to discover Christ--we must bring Christ to others…" - Pope John Paul II. This video invites us to become increasingly aware of our Baptismal call to continue the mission of Jesus. We are also challenged to a deeper understanding of Eucharist as the model for living mission, of being "bread for others." Each part includes: one two-hour session, step-by-step instruction for the leader, video format activity/worksheet, prayer resources, and background information.

Close Encounters with the Mass (Emementary Grades 3-6)
Sandra is having problems understanding the various symbols and rituals in the Celebration of the Eucharist and what they mean. To make matters worse, Mr. Ferndock volunteers to fill in for the regular religion teacher and confuses the issue even more. Luckily, the "Close Encounters" angel comes to the resue form the control room of "The Mass Channel." She takes Sandra and Mr. Ferndock on a video journey showing how gathering the faith community for the weekly Mass is very much like gathering the family for the celebration of Thanksgiving. Includes study guide.

Sacrament Series--Eucharist (Emementary Grades 4-6)
Hunger for food, love or friendship can overwhelm us. The sacrament of the Eucharist is our call to remember that Christ will always be our food and strength. Challenging young people to remember Jesus' love and serve others, this video uses the actions of daily living, Jesus' life and the ritual actions of the believing community to call us to grow in Christ.

DeSales: Our Celebration of Eucharist--Video 1 (ADULT)
This is the first in a series of four videos. Presenting the heart of Catholic worship, this series leads adults into a better appreciation of the impressive history and meaning of the Eucharist. Half of the sessions focus on the various parts of the liturgy as we celebrate them today. This video consists of Session 1. From Passover To Eucharist, and Session 2. Of Rituals and Human Elements.

Catholic Update Video : A Walk Through The Mass (HS, ADULT)
This video explores some of the meaning behind the celebration of Eucharist and takes a step-by-step look at the four principal parts of the Mass. STORY: Two estranged brothers and a wise woman gather with friends to share stories in the presence of a loaf of bread. (8 min.) WITNESS: Real-life Catholics share the power of the Eucharist in their lives. (5 min.) TEACHING: Thomas Richstatter, OFM, explains in detail the four parts of the Mass and the rituals which accompany them. (14 min.) MUSIC VIDEO: "The Song of the Body of Christ" by David Haas. (3 min.)

The Church Gathers (ADULT)
Gary Daigle and Marty Haugen perform music for the Eucharistic Introductory Rite.

The Church Breaks Bread (ADULT)
Gary Daigle and Marty Haugen perform music for the Communion Rite.

Changing Sacraments (HS, ADULT)
The sacraments are explained as a history lesson through the use of humor. There are seven segments of varying lengths: 1. Godparent Gussie: Baptism/Confirmation; 2. Sinner Sam: Penance; 3. Worshipping Wilma: Eucharist; 4&5. Marrying Melvin: Marriage/Part One and Part Two; 6. Clerical Clarence: Priesthood; and 7. Ailing Annie: Anointing.

Jesus: A Kingdom Without Frontiers: The Last Supper (EL, JH)
The teachings of Jesus - His passion, death and resurrection - all come to life in this dynamic animated video series. From the Annunciation of Jesus' birth to the adventures of the first Christians found in the Acts of the Apostles, these 26 engaging episodes provide a wealth of information and precise references to the original Gospel text, illustrated through a story-telling technique designed to arouse the curiosity of the viewer and to implant the truth of the Scriptures in a child's mind and heart. There are three segments: The Last Supper, Jesus Dies On The Cross, and Triumphant Entry Into Jerusalem. In this segment, The Last Supper, the Apostles enter Jerusalem to prepare for the Passover meal, while Judas arranges for the betrayal of Jesus. Jesus celebrates His Last Supper with the twelve.

Faith & Family Life: Preparing Your Child For First Eucharist (ADULT)
This is a video to help religious educators get parents involved in the process of sacramental preparation. Gaynell Cronin presents examples of what parents can do to reinforce the meaning of the Eucharist and how First Communion is an opportunity to strengthen the faith of the entire family.

Liturgies of the Triduum: Holy Thursday (JH, HS, ADULT)
This is the first of three videos on the Triduum. The three days of the Triduum are the center and climax of the Christian year. We see and hear how the Church assembles on Holy Thursday night and processes into the Paschal Triduum. After the assembly has heard powerful scripture readings, have washed each other's feet, have raised a collection for the poor, have celebrated Eucharist together and have sung and processed with the Blessed Sacrament, then the three days are well begun.

Walks With Jesus: Vol. 1-Eucharist (HS, ADULT)
This is the first of three videos on the sacraments; the other two are on Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. This video includes three 7-minute meditations that are ideal for individual and group use in hospitals and hospices, adult education, discussion starters, RCIA, or parent meetings for sacramental programs: Skeeter's Story, Granny Hale's Story, and Eucharistic Minister's Story. Well-known author Mark Link uses the power of video to convey new meaning and insight to the sacraments. Combining scripture, prayer, true stories, and music, he underscores this truth: the celebration of the Eucharist is of central importance in the life of the Church.

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

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