Enhancing Sacramental Preparation with Engaging Videos

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I have long been an advocate of using engaging videos to enhance faith formation, as long as they are never used to replace the catechist. In other words, videos should always be seen as a supplement to the faith formation experience—a way of reinforcing important content visually and/or a way of telling a story that invites the viewer into a deeper experience of the theme being explored.

In my years at Loyola Press, I have been privileged to have had a hand in the development of a number of videos for sacramental preparation—in particular, First Eucharist and Reconciliation and Confirmation. Until now, those videos have been available only as a part of our God’s Gift: Eucharist and Reconciliation preparation programs or our Confirmed in the Spirit Confirmation preparation program. Now, however, I am happy to share the news that these wonderful and engaging videos can be purchased separately!

Here’s a look at what you can use to enrich your sacramental preparation.

  • God’s Gift: Preparing Together Streaming VideoPreparing Together for the Sacraments features three videos. These videos invite children and adults into conversations about their faith and are perfect for family formation sessions. “A Tour of the Church” helps viewers learn about the important people and sacred objects inside the church. “Your Role at Mass” clearly explains the elements of the Mass. “Ritual Matters” helps adults and children appreciate how rituals in everyday life connect to sacramental life. Available in English and Spanish.
  • God’s Gift: Reconciliation Streaming Video Series—The God’s Gift: Reconciliation video series provides an engaging enhancement to instruction and parent involvement. Perfect for retreats, parent meetings, faith formation sessions, and more. Videos include Dramas, Informational/How-To Videos, Chapter-By-Chapter Tracks, Personal Testimonies, and Prayers and Practices. Available in English and Spanish.
  • God’s Gift: Eucharist Streaming Video Series—The God’s Gift: Eucharist video series provides an engaging enhancement to instruction and parent involvement. Perfect for retreats, parent meetings, faith formation sessions, and more. Videos include Dramas, Informational/How-To Videos, Chapter-By-Chapter Tracks, Personal Testimonies, and Prayers and Practices. Available in English and Spanish.
  • Confirmed in the Spirit: Called and Confirmed Streaming Video—Called and Confirmed is a powerful video resource that includes three videos and a leader guide. Each video reinforces the role of the Sacrament of Confirmation in our lives. The perfect complement to the Confirmed in the Spirit Confirmation preparation program, Called and Confirmed can also be used with any Confirmation program! Available for annual subscription, in English and Spanish.
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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 www.catechistsjourney.com.

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