Catholic Faith Formation and Education

Family Dynamics: Our Family Roots: Why We Are Who We Are (ADULT)
Understanding our family roots liberates us. We become better equipped to celebrate our uniqueness and to unburden our mind and heart of unhealthy belief systems and negative patterns of behavior. This program offers concrete tips for uncovering our family roots, processing this insight, and consequently broadening our choices.

Catholic Update Video: Planning Your Wedding Liturgy (HS, ADULT)
This video gives couples a firm foundation for planning their wedding liturgy so that it will be celebrated and remembered as a visible sign of God's faithful love.

Contraception: Why Not? (ADULT)
Contraception is such an accepted fixture in our culture and medical practice that a serious challenge is indeed rare. In this video, Janet Smith encourages her audience to give serious consideration to questions regarding the relationship between contraception, divorce, abortion, poverty, and other social ills. In contrast, she presents compelling evidence that couples who accept children as a gift from God, using natural family planning if needed, tend to be individuals of strong character and have happier marriages with dramatically lower divorce rates than the general population.

Sacramentos--El Matrimonio (ADULT)
This is the sixth in a series of eight videos in Spanish which explain the meaning of "sacrament" and the special graces of the seven sacraments. Each program features real-life situations in documentary style and gives personal witness of Hispanics who tell how the sacraments affect their daily life. The videos are inspiring, challenging, and present thought-provoking questions that lead to group discussion. This sixth video presents matrimony as a symbol of love.

Sacrament of Matrimony: Past, Present, and Future (ADULT)
Expert author Kathleen Chesto leads viewers through the development and history of the sacrament of matrimony, starting from biblical times to post-Vatican II. Chesto offers an engaging presentation in language that is comprehensible and clear. Guide materials and the video presentation present Catholics adults with a better understanding of the valuable place of these sacraments in their lives today.

Molly Kelly: Teens and Chastity Part II (HS)
In a frank discussion of teen pregnancy, sexually-transmitted diseases, abortion, contraceptives, and the "safe sex" lie, Molly Kelly presents the problems facing teens today and invites them to choose chastity as the best means to a happy, healthy life. The two-part format of this program allows for more meaningful discussion and follow-up activities between sessions, as well as ease of presentation and time restraints. Molly Kelly is a member of the Grant Review Board of the Dept. of Health and Human Services for the promotion of chastity. She takes her message to schools, youth rallies, and teen conferences in the United States and Canada.

Choose Life, Choose Love: Sex and Catholic Youth--Part II (JH, HS, ADULT)
This is the second in a set of two videos. Kieran Sawyer, SSND, knows how to help teens see the big picture of human sexuality and relationships. As a result, teens become more skilled in making decisions and choices that foster positive friendships. This program emphasizes a Catholic perspective on sexuality. This video contains PART II: Six Sessions For Teens. It consists of six segments: SEGMENT 1: L.I.F.E. Choices. Teens explore the differences between Love, Infatuation, Friendship, and Exploitation; SEGMENT 2: Dating Choices. Teens analyze the impact of dating choices; SEGMENT 3: Teens and Contraception. Teens discover the pitfalls of society's "safe sex" message; SEGMENT 4: Abortion: Morality vs. Legality. Teens examine the distinction between moral choices and legal choices; SEGMENT 5: Homosexuality. Teens discuss homosexuality within the framework of Catholic values; and, SEGMENT 6: Choose Love. Teens realize why people who date and engaged couples reserve sexual intercourse for marriage.

Invitation To Grace: A Look At The Sacraments--Video 4 (ADULT)
This is the fourth in a four-part series involving an integration of theological content, catechetical methodology, and personal spiritual renewal. It features Rev. Richard Fragomeni, a priest from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, who is on the faculty of the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. In each session, Father Fragomeni gives a 30-40 minute presentation on the sacraments followed by a dialogue with a panel of catechetical and pastoral leaders from the Albany Diocese on the meaning of the presentation for personal lives of faith, followed by an application to current pastoral practice and catechetical ministry. This series is designed to be used by an experienced facilitator with a small group. In the Albany Diocese, it can be used for independent study to satisfy certification requirements of eight hours for Advanced Catechist Certification in Sacraments. This session is entitled: Sacraments of Commitment: Marriage and Holy Orders.

7 Steps to Becoming Financially Free (ADULT)
Preview DVD to accompany the book by the name title. Catholic small-group study for managing money.

Plan Your Family Naturally (ADULT)
Join Natural Family Planning (NFP) educators Dr. Jennifer and Matthew DeMarco as they reveal one of the Catholic Church's best kept secrets: an effective, simple, and natural approach to family planning. This is NOT the old-fashioned "rhythm method". Today's NFP is almost 100% effective. It uses modern scientific techniques to determine when a woman is fertile or infertile, so married couples can achieve or safely postpone pregnancy. Working in harmony with nature, this approach removes any artificial barriers to the full, free, faithful, and fruitful union of sacramental marriage.

When Two Become One (ADULT)
Join Msgr. Jim Lisante as he unpacks what every engaged couple needs to know before they enter into marriage in the Catholic Church. As a sacrament, marriage in the Catholic Church is more than a joyous celebration or a religious ritual. Msgr. Lisante explains that as a sacrament, marriage reflects Jesus Christ's unbreakable bond of love with his Church, a love that is free, faithful, and fruitful. The sacrament of marriage is a sacred vow, a gift a man and woman freely and knowingly give to each other.

DVD contains conference presentation by Gary Chapman "The 5 Love Languages"

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

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