Catholic Faith Formation and Education

Greatest Stories Ever Told: The Creation (EL, JH)
Amy Grant recounts the wondrous story of how God created the universe in seven days and gave life to Adam and Eve. Using an innovative animation technique and a diverse roster of actors, musicians, and illustrators, the classic Biblical story of Creation comes to life. The score performed by Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, a banjo-led jazz trio, captures the simple poetry of this timeless narrative. The value of all human life and the love of God comes through loud and clear in this excellent, educational, entertaining video.

Neighbor (JH, HS, ADULT)
This video brings to life the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37); and features a young multicultural cast, stunning cinematography, and an original musical score. It was produced with younger, media-oriented viewers in mind. Many teenagers and young adults will be able to relate to a parable that reflects hostilities rooted in social boundaries and stereotypes. The contemporary settings encourage viewers to separate the parable from its historical context and see in its powerful message an antidote to the problems and attitudes that provoke conflicts today.

Best Loved Gospel Stories - The Man Born Blind (JH, HS, ADULT)
This modern retelling of the story in John 9:1-41 shows Jesus ("Joshua" in the film) healing a blind man outside a laundromat. This contemporary presentation of "The Man Born Blind" shows how people might respond today if Jesus were to visit and re-enact His miracles. It contrasts a true religious faith in Christ with a false religious formalism. The accompanying leader's guide has good questions for discussion/reflection and good ideas for related activities concerning attitudes toward the handicapped, the poor or the homeless.

Mystery Of Faith: An Introduction To Catholicism - Eucharist (ADULT)
This is part of the ten-video series which introduces viewers to the "depth dimension" of many of the key Catholic insights. Eucharist tells us who we are and where we are going. In this video, Father Michael Himes shows why Eucharist expresses God's commitment to us in love. He reviews the concept of "covenant" and examines the 3 great covenants of Israel with God (Noah, Abraham, and Moses) which lead up to the promised Messiah, Jesus, who would establish a New Covenant rooted in the Old Covenant. This video also explores the Real Presence, the self gift of Jesus Christ, covenantal meals, and the change from living according to the Law to living with love as the basis and motive. The Eucharist expresses God's commitment to us in love and tells us what our destiny is. Eucharist truly makes us into a people, joins us to God and to one another.

Bible: What's It All About? (JH, HS)
Jim Auer, enthusiastic junior high teacher, brings to this series of 6 video presentations good, lively discussions with teens on the following topics: 1) Where Did The Bible Come From? 2) Who Wrote It? 3) Did It Really Happen Like That? Explores the difference between truth and historical fact, symbol and myth. 4) What Is The Old Testament? Reviews "covenant" and main types of Old Testament writing. 5) What Is The New Testament? How Gospels came to be, nature of Acts and the Epistles, purpose and intent of Revelation. 6) How Does It Help Me Get Closer To God?

Vida de Cristo (HS, ADULT)
This is a three-volume set in Spanish, which dramatically depicts the story and meaning of the Mysteries of the Rosary. Volume 1 is entitled El Salvador, volume 2 is El Redentor, and Volume 3 is El Maestro.

Breaking Open the Word Creatively! ... with Youth (ADULT)
Learn how creative use of the arts - especially music, drama, and storytelling - can break open the Word for teens. This videotape and accompanying guide illustrate various ways to imaginatively involve teens in biblical story presentations. Fourteen stories are presented from both the New Testament and Hebrew Scriptures, including: Parable of the Sower, Parable of the Two Sons, The Leper, Peter's Story, The Woman at the Well, The Sinful Woman, The Deaf Man, The Exile (Ez. 12), Isaiah 43, and Nathan's Story (2 Sam. 12). Monica Brown is a popular composer, artist, and retreat leader who works extensively in religious education, liturgy, and youth ministry.

Come and See: The Woman at the Well (ADULT)
Theologian and storyteller Father John Shea offers new insight and meaning to the Gospel of John. This video looks at the story of the Woman at the Well. The video may be watched in its entirety or stopped after each segment for reflection and/or discussion. Good for RCIA, bible study, and adult education; and ideal for Lent.

Sunday Mass Video Series - The Word of the Lord (ADULT)
Those who read scriptures at liturgy and those who preach talk about their preparation and ministry. Parishioners speak about what they need and hope for from the Liturgy of the Word.

With Burning Hearts (ADULT)
This video shows us how the eucharistic event is intensely human, revealing the deepest of human experience: sadness and loss, attentiveness and invitation, intimacy and engagement. In that event, bread and wine are transformed into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. And we can be transformed as well--into whole persons who live deeply with gratitude and hope. In this video, the insights of Father Henri Nouwen are punctuated by enacted biblical scenes, artwork and poignant images of contemporary life. The viewer will come away with a new appreciation for the Eucharist and for its power to touch the soul. This video is perfect for Eucharistic Ministers, RCIA, sacramental prep classes, small Christian communities and for anyone looking for inspiration "on the journey."

Woman at the Well (Emementary Grades 6, JH, HS, ADULT)
Everyday language and live-action video combine to make the Gospel challenging, inspirational, and informative. This video is excellent for use with all religious education programs, and a bonus for lectionary-based curricula. Each Gospel presentation is introduced by a narrator, who gives a preview of what the children are about to see.

Children's Heroes Of The Bible: The Story Of Esther (Emementary Grades 3-6)
Using animation, this children's story tells the tale from the Hebrew Scriptures of how the Jewish slave girl Esther becomes queen in Persia and saves her people from destruction at the hands of the evil Haman. Esther, of the house of Israel, is chosen to be the Queen of Persia. Prime Minister Haman secretly plots the death of Persian Jews. His evil plot is discovered by Esther and she decides to go to the King with the story, even though by doing so her own life may be at stake. Haman builds a gallows for Esther's relative, a Persian Jew. But after Esther pleads for the lives of her people, Haman himself is sentenced to the gallows.

Greatest Adventure Stories From The Bible: Joseph And His Brothers (EL, JH)
"Joseph And His Brothers" is one in a series of Bible epsodes seen through the eyes of three young visitors from the 20th Century. In full-color animation and with a cast of celebrity voices, this timeless story is for viewers of all ages. Young Joseph's brothers sell him into slavery in Egypt. Even in bondage, Joseph prospers. He finds himself holding the lives of his brothers - and all of Canaan - in his hands.

Jesus and His Times - Vol. 1: Jesus the Story Begins (HS, ADULT)
This is volume 1 of a 3-volume set. Travel the dusty roads with Joseph and Mary as they make their way to the tiny village of Bethlehem. Learn about the life of King Herod and about the wise men from the East who brought word of Jesus' birth to Him. See for yourself what daily life was like for the Holy Family in Egypt, where they fled for safety, and in the village of Nazareth, where Jesus later grew to manhood.

Jesus and His Times - Vol. 2: Jesus Among the People (HS, ADULT)
This is volume 2 of a 3-volume set. Listen to John the Baptist as he preaches a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Be there as he baptizes Jesus in the waters of the Jordan. Watch Jesus teaching in the synagogues and see how His teachings differed from the Pharisees. Walk with Him and His disciples through Galilee, Samaria, and Judea, and hear His parables. Witness His miracles, healings, and the raising of Lazarus.

Jesus and His Times - Vol. 3: The Final Days (HS, ADULT)
This is volume 3 of a 3-volume set. See Jerusalem as it appeared in Jesus' day. Be part of the cheering crowd that welcomed Him into the city to celebrate Passover. Join Jesus at the Last Supper. Witness His betrayal, trial and crucifixion; and rejoice at the events that followed.

DeSales: The Living Gospels--Video 1 (ADULT)
This is the first in a series of eight videos. The purpose and meaning of the Good News is beautifully produced in this special video bible study. The four unique gospel portraits of Jesus are presented in order to help adults develop a more personal and prayerful relationship to Christ. This program engages participants in an interactive process which helps them to connect Scripture with daily life. Through personal reflection, doctrinal presentation, group discussion and prayer, they are encouraged to see the relation between scripture, Catholic teaching, and their life experience. This video consists of Session 1. Introducing the "Good News" according to Mark. PART 1 - The Living Gospels: What Is the Gospel Truth? Turning our Clocks Back; Synoptics - With the Same Eye. PART 2 - Mark's Good News: The "Lone Ranger' Gospel; A Geography Lesson; The Human Face of Jesus.

Where Jesus Walked (53 min. version) (Emementary Grades 5-6, JH, HS, ADULT)
Travel the world of Jesus Christ and walk in the footsteps of the Messiah! The Holy Land of old comes alive as the viewer witnesses firsthand the paths of Jesus' travels: from Bethlehem to Nazareth, Jerusalem and Calvary to the Sea of Galilee, from Capernaum to Jericho, His baptism at the Jordan River and His Sermon on the Mount, and His final walk through the streets of Jerusalem. Beautifully photographed, with scriptural narrative and original music, this visual account of Jesus' life gives viewers a deeper spiritual experience of those sacred places which witnessed His teaching, miracles, passion, death, resurrection, and ascension. This video journey witnesses to the Divinity of Jesus Christ and His love for all.

Witnesses (8 "witnesses" who knew Jesus) (HS, ADULT)
In this powerful dramatic video, actor/author Curt Cloninger portrays eight diverse characters (witnesses) who knew Jesus. The characters are portrayed in contemporary language and dress, and include a "Bronx accented" Abe who hilariously describes a party Jesus attended; an "Italian" Lazarus who describes Jesus calling him from the graveyard; there's Barabbas reliving his reaction to Jesus' crucifixion; Thomas is sorrowful and inconsolable after Jesus' crucifixion; and Peter is portrayed as overjoyed after learning of Christ's resurrection. These characters, performed lovingly and humorously before a live audience, will cause you to see Jesus from a fresh perspective - not as a cardboard historical character, but as the Word alive. Through the moving acting of Curt Cloninger, the reality of Jesus' life and love will be experienced by all viewers.

Faith: The Search For God--Video 1 (ADULT)
This is the first in a series of two videos. John Powell, SJ, discusses ways to grow closer to God through Scripture, listening, being open, and learning to love. Father Powell insists that God is not too hard to believe, but instead, is almost too good to believe. This upbeat program offers a beautiful approach to a living, personal faith, and is excellent for use with Small Faith Sharing Groups. This first video contains three segments: Faith: The God Connection; Faith: A Comfort and Challenge; and Faith: God's Gift.

InnerAction: Gospel Attitudes: Pursuing Happiness (ADULT)
This is the first in a series of six videos. Each person participating in this series will need to have a personal copy of InnerActor Magazine and each facilitator will need a copy of the Handbook for reference and guidance. This series is designed to help today's Christian adult focus on the Gospels and explore life issues with the insight of faith. It is a dynamic group process that challenges adults to respond from a renewed spiritual center to the critical issues of today. Authored by Richard Groves, who developed the DeSales Program, InnerAction includes video presentations, personal reflection, faith sharing, and journaling. This series is designed to span the generations of parishioners who are seeking guidance from the Church on the concerns of modern life in the light of Gospel values. SESSION 1 helps participants get acquainted and gives an overview of the six sessions highlighting featured presenters and dramas. Gospel focus is the Beatitudes.

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

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