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My Soul Proclaims: Voices Of Catholic Women (HS, ADULT)
One works with teenagers to develop their leadership skills. Another brings the Word of God to the hearts of Christians. Still another eases the pain and anxiety of post-abortion syndrome. These are different women with different gifts, but the same faith. It is a moving presentation that captures the historical and contemporary contributions of Catholic women in the Church and in society. In their stirring examples of vibrant faith, you'll see how they are touching thousands of lives through their leadership, teaching, writing, and tireless work in parishes and in the community. Originally aired on NBC-TV, this video is a project of the Catholic Communication Campaign, United States Catholic Conference.

Out Of Darkness (HS, ADULT)
This video tells the dramatic story of perseverance, devotion, and steadfast faith amidst decades of communist oppression in Central and Eastern Europe and the former USSR. As the East European Church emerges from darkness, American Catholics are challenged to help these people of faith rediscover the fullness of God's love. It is hoped that this program will encourage students in religion and social studies classes to become involved in this great work of restoration and reevangelization. The National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) has established a program to collect funds, channel resources, and encourage the involvement of United States Catholics. Many of these ways are outlined in this compelling video.

Spaceship Earth (Emementary Grades 5-6, JH, HS, ADULT)
Kids eating burgers in Los Angeles, surfers in Australia, Indians in the Amazon. What in the world do they have in common? This video demonstrates the amazing interdependence of human, natural and technological systems. Hosted entirely by young people, the video travels the world examining three of today's most critical environmental issues: deforestation, global warming, and ozone depletion. These abstract concepts are made immediate and personally relevant, and viewers are challenged to "get involved and make a difference." The video features international rock star Sting, an articulate spokesman for the rainforests. This award-winning program is an excellent discussion starter; fast-paced, factual, and entertaining.

Evangelization (3rd Millennium Vatican II Series) (ADULT)
This video opens with an introduction to Vatican Council II's Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. It explains the relationship of Church and culture and between local parish and world-wide Church. It explores evangelization as liberation and the "promotion of justice as a constitutive element of preaching the Gospel." It examines the variety of expressions of spirituality within our Church and asks what spiritual needs may not be met by present approaches of parish/church. It points to the restoration of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults as the official process of the Church for adult converts. In conclusion, the program talks about the "sin of the world"; i.e., structural or systemic evil, as opposed to individual sin and what can be done to change this evil. This video seeks to broaden viewers' understanding of Catholic evangelization and to stimulate fuller, more concrete participation in the evangelization efforts of the Church.

Political Responsibility (ADULT)
The United States bishops' 1995 statement "Political Responsibility: Proclaiming the Gospel of Life, Protecting the Least Among Us, and Pursuing the Common Good" is summarized in video format to provide a concise and compelling version of this important message for use by individuals, parishes and dioceses. The bishops ask us to measure every political agenda and every policy proposal by how it touches human life and how "the least among us" fare.

Voices of Appalachia (JH, HS, ADULT)
Meet some of the unforgettable people of Appalachia. Share their triumphs and challenges, their dreams and difficulties. A 17-year-old girl dreams of someday being elected governor, helping her community, and living out her life in the hills that she loves. An older man struggles to organize a union as a way to offer dignity and justice for young workers. A woman, once a victim of domestic abuse, advocates for other battered women. A young family, after years of hard work and low wages, finally own their own home. These people all share one thing in common: their love for Appalachia. You will never forget the perseverence and the hope in face of adversity.

Water And Hunger (JH, HS, ADULT)
This video contains three short documentaries. WATER - beautiful and serene, or raging and destructive. Water is used for washing and for Baptism; it can nourish life or cause death. The video shows the necessity for clean water, often lacking for millions of poor people around the world. THE FACE OF HUNGER - "The face of hunger never smiles." So starts the narration of this short, powerful film of the world's hungry. It reveals the conditions, causes, and effects of poverty and starvation in several countries. FACES OF THE THIRD WORLD - This video documents the realities of hunger, poverty, sickness, and starvation in the struggling countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Yo Trabajo La Tierra (I Work The Land) (ADULT)
This video is a visual mediation about the dignity of work and the serenity of faith. With English subtitles and almost no dialogue, this intimate portrait of a farm-working family reveals the toils and pleasures of summer work in the American Midwest. Beautifully filmed and simply told, this visual experience reaffirms the spiritual worth of all human toil. It is a contemplation of America's least visible that enriches us all. The accompanying study guide is bilingual.

Amie (JH, HS, ADULT)
Amie, a young, intelligent photo journalist, has one passion--people! On assignment for the centennial edition of The Daily Tribune, she gets involved with the poor in the inner city and helps their plight make headlines. So threatened is the city's mayor by Amie's truthfulness and concern for the powerless that he forces her to the ultimate commitment. As we encounter the people Amie meets and listen to the stories she uncovers, we find ourselves remembering another person who cared about people, who gave them faith in themselves, and who ultimately laid down his life for them. Looking more closely at Amie's story, at the relationships she makes, at the words she speaks, we come to see that the Gospel - its people and events - is mirrored throughout this film. Her life, like that of Jesus, bears witness to the truth: "There is no greater love than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends."

I Was Hungry...: A Caring Response (JH, HS, ADULT)
Filmed in San Francisco, California, this video documentary highlights the work of the St. Anthony Foundation. Conceived in 1950 by Franciscan Friar Alfred Boedekker as a dining room to feed the hungry, St. Anthony's has grown to include more than a dozen varied programs established to meet the growing needs of the poor in San Francisco. With Franciscan simplicity, St. Anthony's has attracted hundreds of thousands of volunteers and donors to help move ahead this work of compassion. In striking portraits, the video captures the efforts of St. Anthony's to address the physical, emotional, and spiritual hungers of those who live in poverty. It sounds the call to change the priorities and structures of a society that tolerates such poverty. Most of all, it gives testament to the spirit and dignity of every human being.

Blessed Be/Whatsoever You Do (EL, JH, HS, ADULT)
BLESSED BE--A group of exceptional children with learning disabilities discover the wonder of life in ladybugs and birds and dandelion seeds--and finally in each other. WHATSOEVER YOU DO--This documentary dramatizes the plight and history of all primitive people who suffer from disease and famine.

Communities of Salt & Light: Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish (ADULT)
This video introduces the Bishops' call to strengthen parish social ministry. Using hundreds of images illustrating social justice needs and work as well as interviews from church, parish and community leaders, it challenges viewers to put their faith into action and seek justice and peace in their homes, parishes, local communities and beyond.

In the Footsteps of Jesus: Catholic Social Teaching at Work Today (HS, ADULT)
The central question of the video is: How does God call you to make a difference in the world? All Catholics, teenagers, and senior citizens, college students and RCIA candidates, pastors, and parish councils, Catholic school children and families - will be challenged to respond to it. Part one (9 minutes) provides a brief overview of the seven themes of Catholic social teaching and a summary of the scriptural and historical context for their development. In part two (19 minutes), each theme is highlighted through living examples.

Heroes of Faith (HS, ADULT)
This video consists of 11 inspiring profiles (2-9 min. each) of extraordinary Christians: Fr. Lawrence Martin Jenco (hostage in Lebanon), Fr. Tom Takahashi (held in U.S. internment camp during WWII), Orel Hersheiser (major league baseball pitcher), Fred Rogers (TV's Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood), Flannery O'Connor (20th century author), Dave Brubeck (jazz musician), Natzih Rizk (a blind photographer), St. Francis of Assisi (poverty and simplicity serve as example to world), Jean Donovan (El Salvador martyr), Dorothy Day (founder of Catholic Worker Movement), and Martin Luther King, Jr. (non-violent civil rights activist).

Making Sense of Christian Morality: The Gospel is a Social Message (ADULT)
Paulist priest and moral theologian Richard Sparks provides insights into living Christian values. He shows how Christian morality "makes sense" in a time when we all have complex and challenging decisions to make. Here is the best of Christian moral theology expressed in a realistic and pastoral way. Portrayals of contemporary life and enacted scenes make these insights come to life. This video explores why churches must speak out on issues like racism, militarism, and economic justice; "social sin" and who is accountable for it; the meaning of "common good", the meaning of "communitive", "distributive" and "social" justice; the "seamless garment" approach to life issues; and why "whenever life and human dignity are threatened, Christians ought to be present and active with both immediate aid and long-term reform".

Mouse's Tale (Hunger, Food Production) (JH, HS, ADULT)
This is an animated cartoon exploring the issues surrounding international food production and its relationship to hunger and famine. This provocative video will serve as a spirited discussion starter for youth and adult groups alike.

Who Are My Sisters and Brothers? ... Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees (HS, ADULT)
Today, more than a million immigrants and refugees continue to come to our shores each year. They come to reunite with family, to find suitable work, or to escape persecution and civil unrest. They arrive with the same dreams and fears as those who came before. This is the story of three Catholic parishes that have discovered in the newcomer the face of Christ: Notre Dame d'Haiti Parish in Miami, Florida; St. Willebrord Parish in Green Bay, Wisconsin; and St. Mary's Parish in Greensboro, North Carolina. This video gives an up-close and personal look at some of the human faces behind the immigration debate in our nation; and examines why people are on the move around the world, who these people are, and how our Church is reaching out to them. This video is a companion piece to two publications: Who Are My Sisters and Brothers? A Catholic Educational Guide for Understanding and Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees; and, Who Are My Sisters and Brothers? Reflections on Understanding and Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees.

Speaking Our Peace (HS, ADULT)
Catholic Relief Services Food Fast - 24 hours that last a lifetime. This video focuses on Rwanda, a country where Catholic Relief Services is working with youth to promote learning and peace building.

Faithful Citizenship: A Catholic Call to Political Responsibility (ADULT)
What does "faithful citizenship" mean? Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Bishop Wilton Gregory, Helen Alvare, Mark Shields, and Bishop William Skylstad describe how we as Catholics can bring values of our faith to our roles as responsible citizens. Faithful Citizenship emphasizes that we have a moral obligation to participate in the political process - to vote, to be involved in public decision making, and to seek the common good. It challenges each of us to consider how we are going to respond.

Romero (HS, ADULT)
This is the story of Archbishop Oscar Romero and the courage that he found to stand up to injustice in El Salvador even at the cost of his life.

Catholic Update Video: The Way of the Cross (HS, ADULT)
This video offers different approaches to the Lenten observances of the Stations of the Cross: spirituality, social justice, history, how to pray the Stations, and a 16-minute "music-video meditation."


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


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