Catholic Faith Formation and Education

Trust Me: Learning to be Responsible (Emementary Grades 5-6, JH)
Using scenarios typical of middle school experience, each followed by a series of thought-provoking discussion questions, this video demonstrates that behaving responsibly is an essential key to growing up. It presents six dramatized scenarios that explore situations that require young teens to think about the nature of responsibility, to begin to set standards of what to expect of themselves and others, and to consider the consequences to themselves and others of both responsible and irresponsible behavior. This program is designed to help students understand when to take responsibility, accept their responsibility toward school, take responsibility for commitments they make, realize that being responsible affects the way they are treated, understand their responsibility towards friends, and accept standards of responsibility.

Teens & Sex: Deciding For Your Life (JH, HS)
In this video, Colleen George and a group of teens discuss the advantages of postponing sexual activity until marriage. The teens talk openly about why they have chosen to remain chaste and about the sense of self-respect and self-esteem they have gained from that choice. The video contains interviews with adults who explain that the consequences of premarital sexual activity can last a lifetime. It helps teens respect God's gift of sexuality.

Coping With Clayton Barbeau: Coping With Self (ADULT)
This is the first of a series of four videos. Beginning with stresses surrounding birth, therapist Clayton Barbeau humorously describes how coping with ourselves depends on our abilities to creatively react to stress.

Coping With Clayton Barbeau: Coping With Loss (ADULT)
This is the third of a series of four videos. No human being escapes coping with loss in life. According to therapist, Clayton Barbeau, failing to cope with loss, both great and small, is to wound ourselves. Using humorous and dramatic stories from real life situations, Barbeau leads his audience to examine healthy coping from death of a loved one to simple losses in daily living. He insists that we must be patient with ourselves when faced with serious loss. He shares the wisdom he gained watching himself cope with the unexpected death of his wife of 26 years. The successful life, he says, is a constant process of both loss and gain.

Coping With Clayton Barbeau: Coping With Feelings (ADULT)
This is the fourth of a series of four videos. Therapist Clayton Barbeau offers a lively and insightful presentation on just how to cope creatively with personal feelings like anger, fear, disappointment, and depression. He notes that each of us has a dominant feeling that influences our world view. We can better cope with our feelings if we are careful to discern their origins. Healthy coping with feelings gives us a sense of personal freedom and power which leads to joy.

More Teen Scenes (JH, HS)
This video features four real-life dramatic vignettes in which typical teens find themselves in moral dilemmas which call for a serious decision and, just as the decision is about to be made, the vignette ends leaving the decision (and the ending) up to your audience! The talented young actors find themselves in serious situations faced by every modern teenager sooner or later. The topics of the vignettes are: chastity, bullies, alcohol, and racism. The real-life situations in which decisions must be made amidst peer pressure allow teen audiences to identify with the characters leading to honest, meaningful discussions. A study guide helps lead the discussions. See also "Teen Scenes".

Teen Scenes (JH, HS)
This video features four real-life dramatic vignettes in which typical teens find themselves in moral dilemmas which call for a serious decision and, just as the decision is about to be made, the vignette ends leaving the decision (and the ending) up to your audience! Topics include plagiarism, shoplifting, peer pressure, and gossip/cliques. Comes with study guide to facilitate discussion. Each scene is 4-7 minutes in length and invites teens to reflect on situations that call for ethical decision-making. See also "More Teen Scenes".

Gospel According To St. Bernard - Judge Not (Emementary Grades K-4)
How would you feel if everyone at school called you a DWEEB? Well, that's what everyone called the two new kids, and Daniel and Jennifer are convinced that everyone will call THEM dweebs too, when it's found out that their mother has arranged a get-together at the beach with them! What could be worse than spending a week-end with dweebs? Nothing! Except finding out that the two new kids are not what everyone thinks. Bernie helps Daniel and Jennifer learn that you can't judge other people, and he also has some good advice about drugs, too! MAIN BIBLE TRUTH: We should not judge other people. This is a live action adventure recommended for all grade school ages. Good for Vacation Bible School.

God Knew Your Name (HS, ADULT)
This video shows a baby in the womb; stresses the uniqueness of each individual using Scripture Psalm 139 and Isaiah 43 (I have called you by name); and shows scenes of a person's growth (as a child and a teenager, on wedding day, as a young parent, and in elderly years). Using the song, "God Knew Your Name", composed and performed by Jim Likens, it reinforces the value and dignity of life.

What I Really Want to Say: Can I Change My World? (JH, HS)
This is the fifth in a series of six videos. Back in the city, the kids help out at the Teen Challenge program. Everyone agrees it was a powerful experience to give of themselves. Father Bill begins the discussion by asking, "What are you willing to stand up for in life?" The point is made that if we are willing to stand up for our belief in God, then we should use our gifts to share that belief with others. How easy is it? As simple as an act of kindness. Topics discussed are: music, attention deficit disorder, volunteer service, drug abuse and run-ins with the law, anger, and finding strength in Jesus.

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.

Forty (40) Assets: Start Over, Starting Now (adult, youth groups)
Sometimes people look at the challenges facing young people today and feel there's nothing they can do to make a difference. But it's not too late for a new approach that really works. It's about building 40 developmental assets--everyday, positive things that young people need to succeed. This motivational video introduces these 40 assets and shows how they really make a difference. (See also CREATING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES FOR KIDS.)

Creating Healthy Communities For Kids (ADULT)
A new movement is sweeping the country. It's a new commitment from parents, schools, youth workers, community leaders, and others to rebuild communities where young people can thrive and grow up healthy and successful. Search Institute's research on almost 100,000 young people has shown the incredible power of these 40 asssets when they are present in young people's lives. (See also 40 Assets: Start Over, Starting Now.)

Peaceful Journeys: Part 2 - Nurturing (HS, ADULT)
This is the second in a series of three videos with Robert Wicks, Professor and Chairperson of Graduate Programs in Pastoral Counseling at Loyola College in Maryland. Discussion questions include: How do you nurture your life? Has there ever been a time when you have neglected yourself and your needs? Dr. Wicks mentions four types of friends: the prophet, the cheerleader, the harasser, and the spiritual guide. Do you have friends who fit into these categories? What are they like? How do they make you grow? Dr. Wicks told a powerful story about his daughter. What were you feeling as he told the story? Name a person in your life who knows what is really important. How does he/she live? What new thing could you do to nurture your inner self? What would keep you from doing this? How could you make sure it happens?

Black Oasis (Adolescent; Young Adults)
This drama gets to the heart of the difficulites that many post-modern teens are dealing with today: peer pressure, cutting, suicide, divorced parents. In this story we meet Emily, a girl struggling with the pain of her parents' failed marriage and the dark temptations of a new friend. This is an authentic, hard-hitting and ultimately compassionate story about the forces that tear at today's families. The intense emotion of Emily's journey will motivate discussion on a wide range of issues relevant to today's teens and parents.

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

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