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Title and topic, from FORMEDNumber of lessonsLength each video (based on spot-check)Discussion guide?Leader’s guide?Rating
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1 is lousy
We are all longing for a sense of greater meaning in our lives. In the ANIMA series, Bishop Donald Hying leads us through an inspiring account of how God’s plan for the world gives each of us great dignity and purpose. He recounts that through Christ’s Incarnation, Resurrection, and the Institution of the Church, God reveals the meaning of all life. This three-part series will instigate further meditation on how you can respond to Christ’s sacrifice and continue carrying out his mission in his Church.
session titles: 1. Does God exist? 2. The benefit of giving: social justice 3. We are the body of Chirst
312 minyesyes5
Aimed at youth, good for adults too. Good discussion questions
features interviews with well-known psychiatrists, celebrities, New Testament scholars, physicists, and priests that uncover the deeper answers to life's most profound questions. Eric Johnson and Jennifer Milani present the central ideas from the interviews, explaining difficult concepts and proposing engaging questions. Interviewees include Eduardo Verastegui, Gary Habermas, Leah Darrow, Dr. John Lennox, Dr. Jan Holden, Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, Fr. Robert J. Spizter, S.J., PhD, and John Chavez.
The Four Levels of Happiness
The Comparison Game
The Faith to Reach Transcendence
Evidence: Near-Death Experiences
Evidence: The Resurrection
Transcendence: Is Unconditional Love Real?
Happiness, Love, and Suffering
724 minNoYes (104 pages) about 17 pages per session: these can be used as participant handouts4
sort of academic in nature: but good job bringing it to "earth" level
YDisciple: Who is God? This study helps young people come to an understanding of their personal identity and lets them know that identity comes from God! This study unpacks the mystery of God, from examining the nuts and bolts of how we can know he is real, to understanding the ways he has revealed himself throughout history.
Sessions: Is God Really Real?, Is God Really My Father?, Is Jesus Really Divine?, Is the Holy Spirit Really a Person?
4Each lesson has 3 to 5 sections, each 4-5 minYesYesaimed at teens and young peopleFormed have not checked for cutomized promotional stuff
The Wild Goose
he Wild Goose is a work of the Holy Spirit, which is awakening in the hearts of all those participating God’s love and transforming power. This is a love that has been revealed to us by Jesus Christ and that leads us to our heavenly Father. As you walk through this series, pray for the Spirit to breathe life into your heart. Sessions:
God's Love Poured Out
Breath of God, Baptism in the Holy Spirit and Fire
The Spirit and Our Lady, Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Spirit and the Eucharist, The Spirit of Adoption, The Spirit and the Sacraments, The Fruits of the Holy Spirit
The Spirit and the Desert, The Spirit Convicts, The Spirit's Freedom
The Spirit's Witness, The Spirit Remembers
This is highly recommended by Charasmatic friends I have viewd the first few and it is gooooood
CONVINCED (a single episode 90 min documentary)
Why would intelligent, successful people give up careers, alienate friends, and cause havoc in their become Catholic? As he was considering his own move into the Church, Donald Johnson traveled around the country to get the story for himself, from some of today's most interesting and articulate Catholic voices.
190 minNoNo5 (I loved it)Formed
Desire of the everlasting hills
Here are three intimate and candid portraits of Catholics who try to navigate the waters of self-understanding, faith, and homosexuality:
Dan, a gregarious artist who spent his life hiding a deep sense of isolation from those who loved him;
Rilene, a successful businesswoman who realized that twenty-five years with her partner did not provide the fulfillment she had hoped for;
and Paul, an international model who, after a life of self-indulgence, found grace in the last place he expected.
Parental Guidance Suggested. Material may not be suitable for children.
11 hr 5 min Take some extra time with this one.yesyesVery sobering: thought provoking. Not for the faint of heart. Formed
Footprints of God: The Story of Salvation from Abraham to Augustine is a documentary film series hosted by popular Catholic author, speaker, and apologist Steve Ray. Meet the people and see the places that shaped the salvation story through Scripture and Church history. It’s a fast-paced, entertaining biography, travel documentary, Bible study, apologetics course, and Church history study rolled into one remarkable adventure! SESSIONS: Abraham, Jesus,Mary, Moses, Over Holy Ground, Paul, Peter, David/Solomon, Apostolic Fathers, Elijah and Elisha1090 minyesno5 (I have viewed 3 or 4Formed Customized promotional materials avail
Beloved 1: Mystery and Meaning of Marriage More than a union based on romantic love or mutual fulfillment, marriage goes back to the very essence of what it is to be human – and reflects a design placed in our hearts by God himself. Beloved – from the producers of the renowned Symbolon series – explores the spiritual and eternal reality behind "I Do." Beautifully filmed and featuring acclaimed marriage experts, Beloved speaks to the very heart of every husband and wife, bringing sacramental truth and God-infused love into the everyday challenges of married life. SESSIONS: Does Marriage Matter?, Entering the Story of Marriage, Love Revealed, The Total Gift of Self, A Sacramental Bond, Real Challenges, Real Love635 minyesyes, and all materials for sale also.Formed Customized promotional materials avail
Beloved 2: Living Marriage: Understanding the true meaning of marriage is one thing, living it out is another. Beloved: Living Marriage examines the day-to-day challenges of being united as husband and wife, while maintaining individuality.
With the hallmark beauty and insight of the Symbolon series, Beloved shows how to put faith at the center of your marriage. Learning to effectively communicate, turn conflict into understanding, avoid the pitfalls that wreck relationships, and understand sex in the context of authentic love are among the topics presented for helping relationships to thrive. Six sessions from trusted experts work for both marriage preparation and marriage enrichment opportunities. SESSIONS: Christ at the Center, A Deeper Unity, Conflict and Communication, Building a Thriving Marriage, Protecting the Bond, Sexuality and Authentic Love
620 minYes Yes and all materials for sale alsoFormed Customized promotional materials avail
Trinity, Faith and the God Who Is Love
God Seeking Us and the Compass for Our Lives
The Bible God’s Love Letter to Humanity
Creation, Fall and Redemption
Who is Jesus: Just a Good Man or Lord of our Lives?
The Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection
The Holy Spirit and the life of Grace: God’s Divine Life Within Us
The Mystery of the Catholic Church
Our Spiritual Mother and the Communion of Saints
The Last Things: What Happens After We Die?
1010 min part 1
30 min part 2
For each lesson
Or buy for $9
Yes5 (I have viewed 2 or 3 of them)Formed Customized promotional materials avail
The Sacraments
The Eucharist
Walk Through the Mass
Penance & Anointing of the Sick
Matrimony & Holy Orders
A Catholic Moral Vision
A Love That Lasts: Discovering Authentic Love
A Love That Lasts: God's Plan for Sexuality
Catholic Social Teaching: Building a Civilization of Love
Catholic Social Teaching: Protecting the Dignity of the Human Person
1010 min part 1
30 min part 2
For each lesson
Yes, or buy for $9YesRecom-mended for preparation and (occasional?) use at RCIA class by St M RCIA directorFormed Customized promotional materials avail
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Title and topic, from FORMEDNumber of lessonsLength each lesson (based on spot-check)Discussion guide?Leader’s guide?Rating
5 is best
1 is lousy
CST 101 is a collaborative seven-part video and discussion guide series on Catholic social teaching presented by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services. The series brings the themes of Catholic social teaching to life and inspires us to put our faith into action.
73 to 5 minutesYesYesSeems that St Charles people would like thisFormed
What is “right” and “wrong”? Is what’s right for you right for me? Is there a right and wrong for everyone, all the time? How do we talk about morality in a relativistic world?
822 to 30Yes
Or buy for $8
Yes4 (I really enjoyed it. Could be too academic for some people)Formed Customized promotional materials avail
Kapaun's Men Series: VIRTUE SERIES
“Father Kapaun proved himself to be the greatest example of manhood that I’ve ever seen in my life.” The most decorated Chaplain in US Army History, Servant of God Emil Kapaun’s story inspires us and reminds us that every man can achieve the greatness to which God has called us. Intended to be completed in participation with other men, Kapaun’s Men is designed to help men accompany one another as we respond to God’s invitation to greatness.
730-40 minYesyes5 (would be excellent for the Mens group. Sent the link to Marcus Huber who will look into it.Formed Customized promotional materials avail
Kapaun's mes series: Beatitude seriesT
Two months before he was sent into the Korean War, Father Emil Kapaun gave a series of reflections on the Beatitudes to his troops. Little did anyone know that these reflections would soon prefigure how he would joyfully pour out his life for them on the battlefields and in the prison camps of North Korea. The Beatitudes challenge us to live authentic Christian lives and offer us a joy the world cannot give. You are invited to join us for this 9-part series as we seek to embrace the Beatitudes with Father Kapaun and other men and women like you.
9Formed Customized promotional materials avail
Kapaun's mens series: Stewardship series examines how the concept of Stewardship helps us to realize that even the “ordinary” events of our lives have extraordinary meaning.
Starting by recognizing that each of us is given a unique set of gifts by God, this 10-part series examines how we make use of these gifts. Focusing on the four pillars of Hospitality, Prayer, Formation and Service, it will give you a new perspective on the normal events in your day and encourage you to live a Stewardship Way of Life.
10Formed Customized promotional materials avail
Lectio Series: Philippians
Towards the end of his life, under arrest and awaiting trial in Rome, Saint Paul writes a short but powerful letter to the Philippians. Paul’s affection for the Christian community at Philippi is apparent from his opening words. The Philippians were not only Paul’s sons and daughters in the Faith but also his partners in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. At the heart of this letter is Paul’s eloquent hymn of Christ’s total gift of self, the model for Paul’s life. With his words and the example of his life, Paul exhorts the Philippians to have the mind of Christ, to live a life worthy of the Gospel, and, by God’s grace, to gain Christ.
630 minYesYesFormed Customized promotional materials avail
Lectio Series: Mark
Is the Gospel of Mark only a “condensed” version of the life of Christ? What does it have to offer us that the Gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John do not? Join Dr. Tim Gray in this powerful fourteen-part series to discover the Gospel of Mark like never before. Immerse yourself in this action-packed Gospel that offers Saint Peter’s account of Christ’s life and teaching.
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Lectio series: Eurcharist
"The Lamb of God," "The Bread of Life," "The Body and the Blood of Christ"... these are phrases we know from the Mass. But do we understand what they mean in the greater and deeper context of Scripture and Church teaching? Acclaimed author and teacher Dr. Brant Pitre rigorously digs down to the biblical roots of the Eucharist, through its foreshadowing in the miraculous events of the Old Testament, the Gospels, and Apostolic teaching. We'll discover firsthand how Christ's Body and Blood are an integral and wondrous part of God's plan for our salvation
1030- 40 min in 3 segmentsYesYes5
See Prescence series below: shorter
Formed Customized promotional materials avail
Lectio Series: Prayer
Though prayer is one of the essentials of a thriving faith, we often feel as if we’re talking to ourselves—or, worse, as if we’re talking to no one at all. How can something so vital to the Faith be so elusive?
Now, with the clear teaching and artistry of the Augustine Institute's Lectio series, Dr. Tim Gray masterfully uses the discipline of Lectio Divina to show you how to make prayer an effective effort of love and intimacy. In six video sessions, Prayer: Finding Intimacy with God captures the secret to opening our hearts and minds to Scripture as the means to hear from God and then respond in conversation, basking in his presence and resolving to live in and through his love.
Consider for Lent
30 minYes
Or For Purchase $8
YesFormed has several series in the “Lectio Series”Formed Customized promotional materials avail
Title and topic, from FORMEDNumber of lessonsLength each lesson (based on spot-check)Discussion guide?Leader’s guide?Rating
5 is best
1 is lousy
What is it that is so special about the Eucharist? The Mystery of the Eucharist explores the truth and beauty of Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist, from its origins in Sacred Scripture, to its profound role in the life of the Church and her members. It is the crescendo of the entire story of salvation.
Plus 4 optional supplements aimed at varying demographics
35 to 40 minYes,
or For purchase $6
Yes5 (recom-mended by St M staff) Consider for advent or Lent?Formed Customized promotional material avail
YDisciple: Look at this further: there are several series of studies under the YDisciple heading: all aimed at teens. Here is one on advent:Advent provides a way to use the season as an opportunity to go deep into the Faith. Through an exploration of the mystery of the Incarnation, the Virgin Birth, and the events surrounding the arrival of Jesus, the season of Christmas will come alive in a fresh new way. Session titles: Prepare the Way, Trust in God, Watch & Pray, The Gift4
Consider for Advent?
2 sessions: 2 plus 5 minYesYesSounds good: need to preview itFormed Customized promotional materials avail
YDisciple: Who is God? This study helps young people come to an understanding of their personal identity and lets them know that identity comes from God! This study unpacks the mystery of God, from examining the nuts and bolts of how we can know he is real, to understanding the ways he has revealed himself throughout history.
Sessions: Is God Really Real?
Is God Really My Father?
Is Jesus Really Divine?
Is the Holy Spirit Really a Person?
4Each lesson has 3 to 5 sections, each 4-5 minYesYesaimed at teens and young peopleFormed have not checked for cutomized promotional stuff
THE STORY OF THE NATIVITY: Documentary. This fast-paced, thought-provoking look at the true story of the Nativity clears away widespread misunderstandings of Jesus’ origin. Explore the true story of Mary and Joseph, Jesus’s miraculous conception, the birth of John the Baptist, the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, the Star of Bethlehem, and the birth of Jesus. This is an invaluable tool for believer and unbeliever alike to learn more about Jesus of Nazareth and about the truth of Christmas.159 minNoNoSounds good. Need to previewFormed.
BROTHER FRANCIS: THE DAYS OF ADVENT emails (for little kids)
Brother Francis leads us on a daily journey in this special seasonal celebration of the coming of the Lord! Featuring meditations, prayers, and suggested activities to keep our focus on Christ this Christmas.
1 per day, sent to your email4 min or soNoNoSounds good. Need to preview.Formed
ADVENT REFLECTION SERIES emails (for adults)
This Advent season, walk with Dr. Tim Gray on a journey of renewal to ready your heart for the coming of Christ. Each day of Advent, Dr. Gray will unpack the meaning of this season and its rich traditions, as well as offer practical advice for making this Advent your best yet.
1 per day, sent to your email4 min or soNoNoSounds good. Need to previewFormed
Lectio Series: PETER
The character of St. Peter is both inspiring and confounding to many of us. How could a stubborn and impulsive fisherman become the "rock" upon which Jesus would build his Church? Bringing together biblical accounts, historical evidence, Church teaching, classical art, and personal insights, Dr. Tim Gray gives a fresh perspective on Simon Peter that is immediately informative and relevant to our lives.
Lectio series has many other titles.
Or for purchase $8
YesSounds good. Need to previewFormed
Catholicism By Robert Barron
I recommend the 12 week version.
11 week version: each meeting is 2 hour
12 week 90 min
22 week: 60 min
Three Options.
I have viewed a few of videos
Videos are 40 to 50 minYesBoth guides on one, for free download.Videos too long?
5 otherwise
Word on Fire
Bishop Robert Barron illuminates six biblical stories of conversion, demonstrating how six ordinary people, just like you, were met by Jesus where they were and called to a better life through Him. The common theme in each story is the turning of all one's attention and energy toward an ever deeper, personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
In his characteristically energetic style, Bishop Barron explains how conversion is not so much a one-time event, but a life-long process. "Jesus Christ calls us in thousands of different ways to follow Him, as we strive on the path for spiritual excellence," explains Bishop Barron.
6Videos are about 20 minyesBoth guides on one, for free downloadCould be good for Lent? An all-parish effort?Word on Fire
Most parishioners want to pray better, but how? This mini-course introduces them to some of the Church's greatest spiritual masters. In each video, Bishop Barron shares practical ways to deepen our prayer lives and connect with God, especially through the Mass.
415 minNoNoMight be good for an all parish effort? Good for Advent or Lent?Word on fire
Title and topic (bible studies to Buy)
Number of lessons
Length each lesson (based on spot-checking)
Discussion guide?
Leader’s guide?
5 is best
1 is lousy
The modern woman’s guide to the Bible.
Have you ever considered that your day-to-day struggles are, at their core, timeless and universal? Though your challenges are deeply personal, they are also deeply human, and God has provided workable solutions for you through the teachings of Christ and the Roman Catholic Church. Walking with Purpose would like to help you enjoy a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ, nurtured through personal Bible study and small group discussions created just for women.
Nine different studies. # of lessons varies from 6 up. Plus 8 studies for young women Plus 6 for Middle School girlsVideos for the groups are used for a few lessons: the rest are small group with homeworkFor purchaseFor Purchase. Additional videos provided for leaders.5 ( Lisa and Angela love it. Ask Angela Layton for all details. She has 30ish women in a study now)On line order
Genesis to Jesus
What is the Bible, where does it come from, and what is its purpose? How are Catholics supposed to read the Bible and what story does it tell? These are the ever-important questions answered in Genesis to Jesus, the newest Journey through Scripture video Bible Study from the St. Paul Center. Join us to learn the basic Catholic principles for reading Scripture and to survey the broad outlines of the books of the Bible and their place in the story of salvation. Follows the growth of the Covenant thru the Old Testament to Jesus in the New.
They have four other series.
DVDs for purchase, Or may be rented on-line.
30For PurchaseFor Purchase5 (Dave Hipple is presently using this in a small group of 10ish. So far, the group loves it.)On line order From St Paul Center
The Bible Timeline (by Jeff Cavins takes participants on a journey through the entire Bible. They will go deep into each period of salvation history and discover the amazing story woven throughout all of Scripture. Using a unique color-coded system, they will learn the major people, places, and events of the Bible and see how they all come together to reveal the remarkable story of our faith
I see 15 other bible study series on Ascension Press web site
I have viewed a few of them.
50 to 55 min eachFor purchaseFor purchase5
But too many sessions?
I believe there is a shorter version?.
I have a 20+ yr old version 5 hours long.
Online order from Ascension Press