Today, more than ever, young people expect video to be one of the ways they are engaged in education. While no resource can ever replace the person of the catechist, it is indeed crucial to utilize all of the tools available to us to engage young people in catechesis. To that end, we are proud to announce that our Loyola Press Finding God curriculum now includes links to YouTube videos (one for every chapter of grades 1–8) personally selected by me and Dr. James Campbell, one of the authors of Finding God. These short videos can be used to enhance and reinforce the main points of the lesson and to actively engage young people’s imaginations.
Below is a sample of one unit from grade 5. If you are interested in learning more about using Finding God and all of its wonderful components, including the links to YouTube videos, please contact your Loyola Press Educational Consultant.
|1. God Creates Us||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSnXuCxiHXE&index=%0A18&list=WL (3:04)||Video from Catholic Relief Services discussing the meaning of “Care for God’s Creation.”|
|2. God Saves Us||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5-EwrhsMzY (4:17)||“Kid President” shares a letter to someone on his/her first day of life.|
|3. God’s Revelation||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6LlNZo5xLQ (3:46)||An animated explanation of how God kept his promise through Abraham.|
|4. God Directs Our Lives||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEf_vVq0xMk (7:31)||USCCB Core 2 series. This lesson serves to explore the Beatitudes depicted in Matthew’s Gospel.|
|5. Celebrating Ordinary Time||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvVnqDsv07c&index%0A=15&list=WL (end at 2:10)||From the CatholicTV Network, a description of the liturgical year and the colors attributed to it. Can end at 2:10 if desired.|