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The Life of Pope Francis

A fun cartoon detailing the life of Pope Francis.

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The Day of the Dead

The video "The Day of the Dead," available on YouTube (3:49), offers a good overview of the Mexican celebration for the "Day of the Dead" activity on day 4.

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C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith—What are the Marks of the Church?

The video "C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith—What Are the Marks of the Church?" is available on YouTube (3:32), and is used for the "On Your Marks" activity on day 1.

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Introduction to the Liturgy of the Eucharist

The video "Introduction to the Liturgy of the Eucharist," by dioceseofstpete, available on YouTube (1:50), offers an overview of material presented in the Handbook. It is especially helpful for day 1, but would be effective on any day.

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Precepts of the Church

The video "Precepts of the Church," by Saint Mary’s Press, available on YouTube (0:51), is an option for day 4.

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Catholicism is Universal

A personal story about discovering how Catholicism is truly universal.

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Chapter 23 Activity: How Much Do You Know about the Church?

The descriptions below relate to the Church, present and past. Write the word or name from the box that matches each description. Some words will be used more than once.

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The Wise Old Man on the Porch

A personal story about seeing the Church as a wise elder sitting on a porch.

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Chapter 14 Activities

Activities for Chapter 14 The Organization of the Catholic Church, including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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The Holy Trinity

Descriptions of each person of the trinity.

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Lesson 14 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 14, The Organization of The Catholic Church

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Lesson 13 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 13, The Mission of the Catholic Church.

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Lesson 3 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 3, The Bible’s Big Picture.

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Lesson 2 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 2, Knowing God: Reason and Revelation.

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Beliefs Practices and Attitudes

The beliefs, practices, and attitudes of the Catholic faith.

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Lesson 1 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 1.

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Who is Pope Francis?

A brief video on Pope Francis.

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Video: The Famous Verse

A short explanation of John 3:16, discussing justification by faith versus salvation as a gift.

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The Green Verse

A video on the order of the universe.

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Creation and Science

A short video about the theological and scientific views on creation.

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How Can God be in Purgatory and Hell at the Same Time?

A brief explanation of God's presence, or lack thereof, in Purgatory and Hell.

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30th Anniversary of John Paul II’s Assassination Attempt

A video explaining the assassination attempt on Pope Saint John Paul II's life.

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Faith, Hope, and Love

A short video on the virtue of faith.

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Is Purgatory a Physical Place?

A brief discussion on Purgatory, and if it is a physical place.

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Universal Mission

A short video on the universal mission of the Church.

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When You Recite the Creed

A short video on why you shouldn't just say the Creed, you should pray the Creed.

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The Second Vatican Council

A brief overview of the Second Vatican Council.

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What About the Bad Popes?

A short video on how the Church is good, even though there have been bad popes.

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Leading with Humility: Pope Francis Blesses a Man with a Disability

A video clip of Pope Francis stopping to bless a man with a disability.

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You Will Be My Witnesses

A short video on Apostolic Succession.

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Who's in Charge when a Pope Leaves His Post?

A short video clip that explains what happens when a pope leaves his post, either through death or resignation.

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Biography of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

A short video clip outlining the life and works of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

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How Do They Choose the Pope?

A video on how a new pope is chosen.

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The First Jesuit Pope

A video on the first Jesuit pope, Pope Francis.

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What’s in the Name ‘Francis’?

A video on Saint Francis of Assisi, and why Pope Francis chose his name.

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Who is Pope Francis?

A biography of Pope Francis.

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Who is Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio?

A video on the life of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who became Pope Francis.

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Pope Francis – Journey to the Papacy

A video of Pope Francis’ journey to the Papacy.

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Researching the Role of the Magisterium

Several strips of paper that may come in handy when researching the role of the Magisterium.

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Where Does the Church Say…?

A chart outlining different types of Church documents, the author and audience of each particular document, and what’s in each document.

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Comparing and Contrasting the Three Degrees of Holy Orders

A chart that compares and contrasts the specific qualities of bishops, priests, and deacons.

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Reviewing the Leadership Structure of the Church

A number of questions on the leadership structure of the Church.

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Mapping the Trinity

A homework assignment on mapping the Trinity.

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Preassessment of My Knowledge of the Church's Liturgy

A preassessment of knowledge on the Church's Liturgy.

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Protestantism and Authority

Father Barron discusses the difference in theological perspective between Catholicism and Protestantism and the precise manner in which this difference affects each denomination's conception of Authority.

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Father Barron comments on Is Hell Crowded or Empty?

Father Barron explains numerous theories regarding the reality of heaven and hell and the number of people in them.

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Fr. Barron on "Angels and Demons" (SPOILERS)

Father Barron highlights the historical inaccuracies of the film "Angels and Demons".

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Fr. Barron comments on The Bad Theology of "The Adjustment Bureau" (SPOILERS)

Father Barron highlights the theological dilemmas of "The Adjustment Bureau".

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Fr. Barron comments on Why Exorcism Films Still Fascinate

Father Barron lists famous exorcism movies and discusses their importance.

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Fr. Barron comments on The Depressing Pew Forum Study

Father Barron discusses a recent study that concluded that agnostics and atheists know more about Christianity than the majority of its practitioners.

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9/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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8/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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7/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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6/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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5/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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4/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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3/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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2/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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1/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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Mysteries: Celibacy

A documentary discussing the historical/theological precedents for celibacy.

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Mysteries of the Church: EUCHARIST

A documentary that provides: 1) A theological basis for the Eucharist, 2) An explanation of precisely what transpires during the Eucharist, 3) The process by which the bread of the Eucharist is created and 4) An instance of a Eucharistic miracle.

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Mysteries of the Church: EXORCISM

A documentary discussing the traits of a possessed individual and the means by which a priest will exorcise the individual.

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Mysteries of the Church: PAPACY

A documentary detailing the development of the Papacy, the Pope's role in the Catholic Church, and the process by which a Pope is selected.

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Mysteries of the Church: CANONIZATION

A documentary providing a definition of Sainthood, descriptions of the lives of a number of Saints, miracles performed by the Saints, and the comprehensive process whereby an individual is declared a Saint by the Catholic Church.

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Mysteries of the Church: MARIAN APPARITIONS

An overview of the many Marian apparitions and their significance.

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Mysteries of the Church: SEMINARY

Explains how priests were formed in the early stages of Christianity.

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Mysteries of the Church: STIGMATA

Discusses the instances, credibility, and significance of the Stigmata.

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Mysteries of the Church: SIN

A documentary discussing sin, its manifestations, its history, and the ways in which Christianity is a response to it.

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Mysteries of the Church: LENT

A documentary discussing the importance and role of Lent.

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Mysteries of the Church: TRINITY

A film explaining the theology and reality behind the Trinity.

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Mysteries of the Church: GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

An explanation of the various gifts of the Holy Spirit and the way in which they help the church.

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Mysteries of the Church: AFTERLIFE

This documentary discusses conceptions of the afterlife and explains the historical basis for and characteristics of heaven, hell, and purgatory.

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Mysteries of the Church: ANGELS

Provides a description of the theology and historical basis for the existence of Angels and demons.

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Mysteries of the Church: APOCALYPSE

An explanation of the apocalypse as discussed in the book of Revelation.

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Mysteries of the Church: Women in the Church

A documentary discussing the integral and often contentious role of women, past and present, in the Catholic Church. Note: Viewing begins at 1:01.

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Mysteries of the Church: Christianity and Science

A cinematographically excellent documentary explaining in colloquial and relatable language the unexpectedly amicable relationship between science and Christianity.

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Mysteries of the Church: Creation and Evolution

A cinematographically excellent documentary explaining in colloquial and relatable language the Church's understanding of creation and its attitudes towards science and evolution.

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Mysteries of the Church: Christian Denominations

A cinematographically excellent documentary explaining in colloquial and relatable language the history of the development of many Christian denominations.

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Mysteries of the Church: Jesus and Art

A cinematographically excellent documentary explaining in colloquial and relatable language the signifiance of art for the representation of Jesus.

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Fr. Barron on the Mystery of Eating Jesus' Flesh

A short clip of Father Barron discussing the foundation of the Catholic belief in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

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Fr. Barron on Papal Infallibility

A short clip of Father Barron's teachings on Papal Infallibility.

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EWTN Live - 11-16-2011 - Catholicism - Fr Mitch Pacwa SJ with Fr Robert Barron

Father Barron discusses his experience traveling the world to view and film many of Catholicism's most important and beautiful scenes.

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Agree/Disagree Preassessment Exercise: The Church

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students may 'agree' or 'disagree' with various statements about the Church as a way to preassess the class.

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Signs of the Domestic Church

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can identify various items that might be found in the "Domestic Church" - that is, the Christian home and family.

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Who, What, When, Where, How, - in the Local Diocese

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students are asked to familiarize themselves various places and people in their diocese and archdiocese.

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Catholic Church Role Description

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. It is a short answer activity that discusses the various roles of different people in the Catholic Church, including their responsibilities and qualifications.

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"The Church Is Mystery" Word Search

A word search on the mystery of the Church. Please note that this document is only available as a PDF.

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The Church Is One

This project is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students are asked to do research on the mark of the Church as 'One' using various websites.

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The Top Ten Things

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students are asked to write down 10 things they know about the Catholic Church.

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The Power of the Holy Spirit in Acts of the Apostles

This worksheet is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can explores the effects of the Holy Spirit in the Acts of the Apostles and today.

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What Are They Saying

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can read about the Catholic Church through various media outlets and answer these questions.

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The Structure of the Church

Student handout: Activity for chapter 19

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Must--Should--Can

Must--Should--Can Instructions: Check all the responsibilities you believe a pope must do in the MUST column, the responsibilities he should do in the SHOULD column, and the responsibilities he can do in the CAN column. # Responsibility MUST SHOULD CAN …

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A New Rock

  OVERVIEW This is a youth catechetical session intended to lead young people to an understanding of Pope John Paul II's life, ministry, general papal responsibilities, and the procedure for electing a new pontiff. It can be used in a …

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A New Rock: Adaptations for Home Use

These activities are easily adapted for family members at home. When gathered for a meal, or for the specific purpose of these activities, family members can do one activity, a couple, or all of them, depending on the amount of time …

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