This is a series of four separate programs; each one developing a special aspect of God’s promise to send us a Savior and of the wonder of Jesus’ coming. Through music and drama and narrative, it draws adults and children into the experience of hope and joy that mark the Advent season and the glory of Christmas.
We are taken through a series of brief vignettes that show us how everyday life is a constant reminder of what Jesus’ becoming human means to us.
We meet a very special person who spends his life as a “natural” Santa Claus as he brings to seniors and children his own loving presence and gift for helping them realize their own specialness.
We witness a touching story of the power of a child’s faith as she prays for a special wish. It is a story of simple, hard pressed people transformed by the spirit of Christmas and a child’s love.
This segment is the story from Aaron to the events leading up and following Jesus’ birth. It is a wondrous Advent calendar brought to life.
VC-10.6 NO ESCAPE FROM CHRISTMAS (Concordia)
The death of a loved one is always hard, but when that loved one is a young child, the death seems all the more difficult to handle. The Fosters’ seven year old son died just before Christmas, Margo’s faith in God died, too. Now, one year later, she is constantly reminded of her loss. In order to help her deal with her grief, Dennis suggests a holiday backpacking trip. Alan, a dedicated young Christian boy is on the trip. He is able to lead Margo to a better understanding of Christmas.
The story begins as two children, friendless and alone in the world, are frightened, hungry, and tired from walking a long distance. Suddenly, they are thrilled to be witnesses to the angel’s song on that first Christmas Eve. How this experience changes their lives unfolds in the story. The wonder and excitement of the children guides the viewer to the manger of the Christ child.
VC-10.9 UNDERSTANDING THE LITURGY OF THE MASS (Liguori Publications)
The video will guide the viewer through the main movements of the Liturgy of the Mass. It will help the viewer become aware of his/her role in the liturgy and how to make Mass a more positive and faith-affirming experience.
VC-10.10 TRAINING THE EUCHARISTIC MINISTER (Liturgical Press)
VHS 24min. Michael Kwatera, OSB 2 copies
The video explains the responsibilities of the Eucharistic Minister. It addresses the ministry within the assembly, to the sick and confined, and when leading communion services. There is enactment of correct and incorrect methods of distributing bread and wine so that, ministers will see which habits to practice and which to avoid. The video also addresses the theology of this ministry in a
The video will address how to read the Word of God effectively to the parish community. It demonstrates both right and wrong methods of delivery and provides a step-by-step approach to preparing for the ministry of lectoring. The theology of this ministry is also presented and practical answers to questions.
VC-10.13 LEADING THE COMMUNITY IN PRAYER: The Art of Presiding for Deacons and Lay Persons VHS (Liturgical Press) 76min.
Through discussion and demonstration, viewers learn the significance of the actions and words that constitute this ministry of service. The art of presiding is built upon genuine reverence and hospitality. These together with careful preparation are fundamental for leading the community in prayer.
The video is a primer for beginning presiders. It also can serve as a review for priests who wish to improve their presidential skills.
VC-10.14 BEHOLD THIS CHILD (Franciscan Communications)
This video is hosted and narrated by Fr. Scannell. It contains a set of four programs both theologically insightful and deeply spiritual and presents the Christmas stories of Matthew and Luke.
Part One: THE CHRISTMAS STORY – AN INTRODUCTION
Part Two: THE PROMISE FULFILLED – THE ANNUNCIATION STORIES
Part Four: WHAT CHILD IS THIS? – THE MESSIAH IS RECOGNIZED VC-10.15 PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS (Franciscan Communications)
VHS 59:49min. 15min.each
Christmas is a special time of the year. But, the true meaning of Christmas is much more than these things. Fr. Scannell guides us through the scriptures, stories and music with warmth and charm.
THEMES: #1WAITING #2 HOPING #3PREPARING #4GIVING AND RECEIVING
VC-10.16 LENT: A TIME TO FORGIVE (XXIII Publications)
VHS 20min. Kathleen Chesto 1991
Lent allows us to slow down and realize that we are loved for who we are, not for what we do. The speaker has an engaging anecdotal style in which she leads us into a deeper understanding of the church year. She draws from her own family experiences which help us to see what is at the core of our Catholic faith.
VC-10.17 EASTER SEASON: A TIME TO REMEMBER (XXIII Publications)
VHS 20min. Kathleen Chesto 1991
Parents experience a “letting go” as their children grow into adulthood. But, they also learn that memory will hold a family together, despite moves and transitions. Family life can teach us about the eucharist, where we remember Jesus’ passion, death and celebrate his new life in resurrection.
VC-10.19 TRAINING FOR HOSPITALITY (Liturgical Press)
VHS 49min. Delores Dufner, OSB 1990
This video is designed to train parish greeters and ushers. It begins with an explanation of hospitality, the scriptural basis, and the importance of hospitality in a parish. Detailed examples are given of the various tasks that both greeters and ushers can do to further the hospitality and communal worship of the parish.
VC-10.20 WALKING WITH JESUS (XXIII Publications) A Children’s Way of the Cross.
VC-10.21 AFTER THE TRAIL OF JESUS (XXIII Publications)
The setting is a few days after Christ’s crucifixion, in the temple of Jerusalem with Chiapas the High Priest. The video has compelling dialogue, a contemporary setting, and dramatic action which bring political, social, and spiritual issues to life.
VC-10.22 TAKE UP YOUR CROSS AND FOLLOW (Liturgical Press)
VHS 18min. Kathyrn Weiss
This video follows the traditional format of this lenten devotion. The program substitutes modern language and images to make the Stations more immediate and current with our lives as Christians today.