Catholic Faith Formation and Education
   
RCIA


Internalizing The Faith (HS, ADULT)
In this video, William J. O'Malley, SJ, author and teacher at Fordham Preparatory School in Bronx, NY for 28 years, challenges us to rethink our own understanding of faith and what we are or are not passing on to our Catholic youth today. This video is divided into three segments: 1. What is Faith? It discusses the concrete evidence that needs to be passed on to our young people so that they will believe in God. 2. What is Bottom-Line Christianity? Being a Christian means more than merely being nice. What are the basic truths a person must accept in order to be a Christian? 3. Theology/Belief/Religion. Living faith can be handed on to young people by giving them opportunities to know about God, to accept what they know about God, and to act on what they accept about God. This video will be helpful for those in Catechetical and Youth Ministry, Sacramental Ministries (RCIA, families preparing children for reception of sacraments), and Adult Ministries (faith sharing groups, retreats, etc.).

Reign Of God (ADULT)
In this program, Father Richard Rohr defines the Reign of God with stories and images which demand a response from the viewer. The words and powerful visuals will provoke discussion in RCIA groups, Adult Faith Formation sessions, and in small groups.

Called By God: What Is Vocation? (HS, ADULT)
This video helps viewers understand how God calls everyone to a "vocation." It explains that a vocation isn't simply a call to become a religious or one's "job" out in the world, but an expression of a person's relationship with God. Through insightful personal interviews with married and single lay people, clergy and religious, viewers will discover that they are called to an active and deeply personal partnership with God. The program asks: What is a vocation? Does everybody have one? How can you determine whether the call you hear is from God or from self-interest? Why is your state of life not the same as your vocation? It offers ideas for discussion on all vocations in the Church - single, married life, priesthood and religious life. Ideal for Confirmation prep, high school, adult religious education and RCIA.

Changing Sacraments: Godparent Gussie (HS, ADULT)
Godparent Gussie presents a historical survey of the development of the Church's rites of initiation explained through the use of humorous animation interspersed with reflective commentary by Fr. Anthony Scannell. It shows how the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation evolved and demonstrates how church practice and ritual are constantly involved in a process of change and growth. It helps the viewer understand that we are one Church, wherein some of us were brought into the community as infants, guided by our parents' faith while others come to Baptism as adults, with a greater personal motivation. As we mature in faith, we all struggle together to understand and live out our baptismal commitment. Knowing where our belief and practice came from helps us to see more clearly where we are as believers in process and on a journey of faith.

RCIA Starter Stories - Vol. I (ADULT)
Sharing one's faith story during the RCIA process takes courage and trust. It's human nature to wait for someone else to break the ice or go first. This video contains a variety of short features of real people sharing their faith stories and dramatic vignettes that portray pivotal life experiences. These stories and vignettes can and will effectively stimulate groups into sharing their own unique faith journeys. Especially helpful during the pre-catechumenate period, the video also contains stories useful throughout the RCIA process. Topics include: search for God, questioning and doubt, attitudes, hope, the problem of evil, and more.

Reconciliation: Closing The Gap (JH, HS)
This video is designed to stimulate viewers to growth in the Sacrament of Reconciliation by helping them to recognize that everyday conflicts are opportunities to live their lives in loving example of Jesus Christ. Students are taught conscience formation and, through role-playing techniques, they witness how to go to confession. The video also presents a brief history of the sacrament and how it has changed over the years. This program helps teens gain confidence and overcome fears of going to confession as they turn to the Lord for mercy and forgiveness, strength and help through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

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.

Catechumenate: What Are The Challenges Parishes Face? (ADULT)
Father Richard Fragomeni opens up the RCIA as a total parish ministry that welcomes and nurtures new members of the Church. RCIA calls the entire parish to rediscover the ministry of hospitality, faithfulness to the cross, and service to the world. The full pastoral challenge of the RCIA goes far beyond initiating new members into the Church by challenging all believers - the entire parish - to find new ways to be Church, to understand the sacraments, to celebrate liturgy, and to serve the world. Father Fragomeni helps viewers to meet these challenges through spiritual renewal that comes from surrendering self to God, understanding ministry as being gifted in the Spirit, grasping the depth of sin and the gift of grace, creating a lifelong catechetical process for the entire parish.

Sacrament of Baptism: Past and Present, The (HS, ADULT)
Kathleen Chesto offers insight and understanding into how the ritual of Baptism developed; how the ritual and history shaped the theology; and how the theology eventually shaped the ritual. Intended audience: RCIA candidates and leaders, parents of infants to be baptized, catechists, adult formation, high school and college classes on sacraments.

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.

Celebrating Sacraments (Series) - Confirmation: Celebrating Faith (Rev.Ed.) (HS, ADULT)
Parents may sometimes feel at a loss to explain to their youngsters the importance of Confirmation in their lives. This presentation helps them recall that confirmation is a lifetime call to follow Christ in the Catholic tradition, led by the Holy Spirit and empowered by the gifts of the Spirit. They review the deeply symbolic rite of confirmation and each of its ritual actions. Most importantly, they learn that confirmation confirms the baptismal call to follow Christ and proclaim him with their lives. As the title states, in Confirmation we are celebrating faith as members of the Body of Christ.

Echoes of Faith: I Believe, We Believe (ADULT)
This video is one of a series. It is based on the Christian Creed, and is divided into five parts: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, The Christian Creed, and The Magesterium. Each part deals with the topic as related in the recitation of the Nicene Creed and also the Apostles' Creed. It is an in-depth study of the Creed and how it is the basis for our Catholic Faith.

Celebrating Sacraments (Series) - Reconciliation: Celebrating Forgiveness (HS, ADULT)
This video is intended for use with parents whose children are preparing to receive the sacrament of reconciliation for the first time, and also for any adults who are studying or reviewing this sacrament. It would prove especially useful for RCIA groups as well. Good questions for reflection and questions for discussion are included in the guide. Common themes in "reconciliation" are presented and common understandings are clarified for the parents.

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.

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).

New Look At The Paschal Mystery (ADULT)
Rev. Eugene LaVerdiere states that there are several ways of reading the passion-resurrection narrative. It can be read as the story of Jesus, the story of his enemies, or the story of Jesus' disciples. When read as the story of Jesus' disciples, it is a baptism story. This video shows the possibilities of the Gospel when read as a baptism story. For use with RCIA teams, religious formation of adults, parish staffs.

DeSales: Our Baptismal Covenant With Christ--Video 1 (ADULT)
This is the first in a series of four videos. The origins, history and meaning of Baptism are all developed in these videos. Two presentations are dedicated to the RCIA, with others addressing practical problems relating to Baptism and the evolving role of the laity. This video consists of two segments: 1. THE NEW TESTAMENT FOUNDATION OF BAPTISM--A look at the roots of Christian baptism; and, 2. THE DEVELOPMENT OF BAPTISM IN THE EARLY CHURCH--How the early rituals of baptism came to be.

Catholic Update Video: What Makes Us Catholic?..Catholic Identity (HS, ADULT)
This video will help RCIA candidates and others interested in deepening their faith to explore the unique "Catholic" approach to Christianity. The story segment introduces the topic of Catholic identity in the real-life story of one of America's few Catholic radio stations. The staff of WMIH in Cleveland, Ohio, attempts to program for Catholics throughout each broadcast day, working elements of our Catholic identity into the programs. The witness segment introduces viewers to a woman who was raised Catholic and left the Church for a time. She explains what led her back to the faith of her birth--a moving testimony of how the unique "Catholic" approach to God continues to draw us home. The teaching segment focuses on Jesus as the sacrament, the visible sign of an invisible God, to help explain the Church's "sacramental" world view and why it has seven sacraments, celebrates Mary and the saints, and is structured with a hierarchy and teaching authority. The music video reflection is "Without Seeing You" by David Haas. The song stresses our faith in the God we cannot see, who is visible to us in Jesus Christ, and the music is enhanced by familiar Catholic imagery.

Catechumenate for Children - Video II (ADULT)
Featuring Father Don Neumann, this in-depth series not only conveys information about but also captures the spirit of initiating children into the Church community. As a result, parents and catechists will fully grasp the important goal the catechumenate strives to achieve: dedicated Christians of all ages. TAPE II: Four 15-minute segments--Segment 6: The Period of Purification and Enlightenment: Lent; Segment 7: Easter Sacraments; Segment 8: Mystagogia: Post-Baptismal Catechesis; and Segment 9: The Parish and the Catechumenate.

What Catholics Believe About The Church (HS, ADULT)
This is a new and exciting way to teach young and old all about the Catholic Faith! Host Father Michael Tueth, SJ, fields the most often asked questions about the Church with additional comments from theologians, teachers and DREs. It is stimulating and fun. Be ready: there's a multiple-choice, "pop quiz" at the end.

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!


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


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