Helping Catechists Show Videos in Class

In my last post, I addressed the issue of providing catechists with access to AV equipment on a low budget.

Now, I’d like to offer a few thoughts about showing videos in the RE setting.

I recently made available a number of YouTube videos that are appropriate for faith formation (YouTube Videos Correlated to Catechetical Themes). For many catechists, the issue remains about how to access these videos. Even if you have Internet access, I personally do not recommend accessing and showing videos from the Internet simply because of the possibility of ads popping up before the video as well as buffering taking place before or during the video that can be very disruptive.

In my mind, the best approach is to download the video onto a laptop for showing. There are many ways to do this, but before I share my method, let me stress that this method works for me on my laptop. It may not work on your particular computer, or it may work today but interfere with other system operations now or later. Use this as a guide only and consult your tech support if you’re unsure about how to proceed. I also need to stress that the Internet is full of many great resources, but not all of them are free to use by anyone in all circumstances. Read the copyright information that usually accompanies any media before downloading and using. Unauthorized use in another form or modification of other people’s media is especially troublesome. Respect the copyright holder’s rights at all times. OK, with that said, here’s how I go about running videos offline in my classes:

  • Use Mozilla Firefox as your browser. If you don’t have this as your browser, you can download it for free.
  • In Firefox, go to their Add-Ons and search for/click on the 1-Click YouTube Video Download and download this (it’s free). This will add a “download” button when you view a YouTube video. See the screen shot below and the Download button toward the bottom next to the blue down arrow.





  • Downloading the video does not take long and then it is just a matter of storing it on your laptop and calling it up for use when the time comes.

I have found this to work very well and rely on it often to show videos in class or during my presentations.


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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

2 Comments on Helping Catechists Show Videos in Class

  1. Love the idea. Do you have any YouTube video suggestions for 4th/5th grade that would touch on topics covered by Christ Our Life 4 and 5?

    • Hi Norma and thanks. I’ve not put together a list of suggestions of videos for specific grade levels of Christ Our Life or Finding God. Some of the videos on the list above can work for intermediate grades. Likewise, by typing in some key words from the chapter theme on the YouTube search, you should be able to find some suggested videos that work well for that age group.

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