Catholic Faith Formation and Education
   
Lent


Passion of the Christ, The (HS, ADULT)
From director Mel Gibson comes a profound story of courage and sacrifice depicting the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus Christ. Rated R for violent content. With study guide.

Mystery Of Faith: An Introduction To Catholicism - Salvation (ADULT)
This is part of the ten-video series which introduces viewers to the "depth dimension" of many of the key Catholic insights. In this video, Father Michael Himes renews the meaning of this traditional term and shows why social justice is essential to our salvation.

Vida de Cristo: Los Misterios del Rosario (HS, ADULT)
La apremiante y poderosa historia del Evangelio es presentada en tres videos con cinco segmentos de 20 minutos cada uno: VOLUMEN 1- Los Misterios Gozosos; VOLUMEN 2 - Los Misterios Dolorosos; and VOLUMEN 3 - Los Misterios Gloriosos. Estas obras fueron filmadas en Espana en 1957 con la participacion de un gran reparto.

Catholic Update Video: The Church Celebrates Lent and Easter (ADULT)
In the story segment, we meet a man whose personal story of spiritual death and rebirth illustrates the dying to self we all must undertake as true followers of Christ. In the witness segment, Catholics share their personal reflections about the meaning of Lent and Easter in their own lives. In the teaching segment, Franciscan Fr. Tom Richstatter presents as overview of the Easter Season--from Lent to Pentecost. He emphasizes how Baptism is central to Christian identity in the lives of all believers. The music video reflection invites us to allow God to take our brokenness and to renew us in the spirit of the Lent/Easter celebrations.

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.

Stations of the Cross (HS, ADULT)
A prayerful video which brings special meaning to the Way of the Cross by skillfully combining the spoken word, original music and visual imagery. Thought-provoking meditations written by Father James Killgallon take the viewer through each of the fourteen stations recalling the mysteries of Calvary.

Godspell (JH, HS, ADULT)
The fabulous film adaptation of the Broadway smash is back to delight a whole new generation! It's the Gospel of Matthew performed by a roving troup of street performers who re-enact the Parables, the Last Supper, and the Passion in modern-day New York City using humor, mime, and memorable song and dance.

Untold Blessing: Three Paths to Holiness (ADULT)
This interactive DVD is designed as a "Retreat-on-Disc". Drawing on years of experience as Professor and Chair of Systematic Theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, Rev. Robert Barron paints a beautiful and mysterious image of what it takes to be a follower of "the One who is, Jesus Christ." Ideal for Lenten or Advent parish retreats. 6 segments.

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.

Liturgies of the Triduum: Good Friday (JH, HS, ADULT)
This is the second of three videos on the Triduum. This video explores what happens on the afternoon or evening of Good Friday. The Church assembles in a way that is unlike any other day of the year. Kneeling or prostrate, all are silent. Then, the scriptures are proclaimed and prayers of intercession are chanted. Finally, the holy cross is set down in the midst of the Church and each person comes forward to honor the wood of the cross, singing of how we Christians glory in the cross.

Liturgies of the Triduum: Easter Vigil (JH, HS, ADULT)
This is the third of three videos on the Triduum. "This is the night," the cantor proclaims over and over. It is the great Vigil of Easter. The night is spent first around a blazing fire, then around the newly lighted candle, then around the scriptures where some of our best stories are told again. Finally comes the calling of the saints as all process to the font. Those who have been long preparing renounce evil, profess their faith in Christ and enter the waters. After they are anointed with chrism, they go with the whole joyful assembly to celebrate the Eucharist. It is a splendid night!

Visual Bible For Kids: The Story Behind The Cross (Emementary Grades 4-6, JH)
This is one of three videos in a series. Based on the popular Visual Bible: Book of Acts and Gospel of Matthew, these videos show Jesus as a "real" person. Live actors portray the characters on authentic locations in Egypt and Africa, with well-known hosts who set up the stories and make them relevant to today's children. In this video, a counselor is leading a group of juvenile delinquent kids on a work project to clean up a local camping area. In a clearing on the hill sits an old wooden cross. To the kids on the trip, the cross is nothing more than a symbol which happens to be "cool". What follows is a touching story of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. As the story draws to a close, the kids have truly learned The Story Behind The Cross.

Life of Christ: The Sorrowful Mysteries (HS, ADULT)
This second video in a series of three discusses the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. These magnificent dramas unfold with startling reality the awesome events of our salvation, bringing a more profound understanding of the mysteries of the Rosary and the Gospels to young and old. Filmed in the 1950s, this timeless celebrated series will delight audiences and enhance religious education classes and Bible studies.

Visual Bible: Matthew--Part 2 (JH, HS, ADULT)
The time is approximately 62 A.D. The apostle Matthew recounts the events he witnessed as a young man. From the Birth of Jesus through Calvary, the timeless story unfolds in the actual words of Scripture. This video covers chapter 9:2 to chapter 14:36--Jesus' ministry unfolds with miracles and parables, increasing conflict with religious leaders, training of His disciples, feeding of 5,000, Jesus walks on the water, and Peter's impulsive reaction.

Visual Bible: Matthew--Part 3 (JH, HS, ADULT)
The time is approximately 62 A.D. The apostle Matthew recounts the events he witnessed as a young man. From the Birth of Jesus through Calvary, the timeless story unfolds in the actual words of Scripture. This video covers chapter 15:1 to chapter 23:39--Jesus continues to heal and teach his message of loving service to others; prediction of His death, His transfiguration, cleansing of the Temple, and weeping over Jesusalem.

Visual Bible: Matthew--Part 4 (JH, HS, ADULT)
The time is approximately 62 A.D. The apostle Matthew recounts the events he witnessed as a young man. From the Birth of Jesus through Calvary, the timeless story unfolds in the actual words of Scripture. This video covers chapter 24:1 to chapter 28:20--conflict with religious establishment deepens, Jesus' final hours unfold: Last Supper, Agony in the Garden, Judas' betrayal, Peter's denial, trial before Pilate, death at Golgotha, glorious resurrection, last command and promise…"surely I am with you always to the very end of the age."

Jesus: A Kingdom Without Frontiers: Jesus Dies On The Cross (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, Jesus Dies On The Cross, Jesus carries His heavy cross to Calvary, where He dies a painful death.

Jesus: A Kingdom Without Frontiers: Triumphant Entry Into Jerusalem (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, Triumphant Entry Into Jerusalem, Jesus enters the city amidst the praises of the Jewish people. He expels the money changers from the Temple and teaches the two greatest commandments.

Angel's Lenten Lesson, The (Elementary; family)
8-year-old Danny is struggling with a Lenten quiz when he is suddenly surprised by his guardian angel, who helps him remember what the lenten season is all about, and they have fun doing it. Danny comes to realize the importance of Lent in the church and in his own life through an encounter he will not soon forget. This video is perfect for grades 3-8--those will little background or who just need their memories jogged.

Meals of Jesus (Life of Jesus set) (K-3, Family)
Meals of Jesus (Holy Thursday, Eucharist). Children discover the different meals Jesus ate with friends and the special meal He celebrated at the Last Supper. In this video, children reflect on the meaning of meals in their everyday lives and are invited to discover ways to give blessings and thanks.

Jesus Promises (Life of Jesus set) (K-3)
(Holy Week, Easter, and Pentecost) The memory of Jesus' suffering, death, resurrection, and the promise of the Holy Spirit coming as gift to all is the heart of our faith as Christians. This video gently invites children into these profound mysteries. Using scriptural stories of these events, they promise children that Jesus will always be with us.


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


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