Faith First Videos
Suggested Uses with RCL's Eucharist Program

On the "Overview" page of the lesson plan, there is often a suggestion to use a segment from one of the Faith First videos. Here are some ideas to help you integrate the use of these video segments into your presentation of RCL's Eucharist program.


For Use with Chapter 1, "We Belong"

Faith First Video, Grade 3, Segment 2, The Visual Bible˘, "The Baptism of Jesus"--Suggestion for use

This video segment can be used to enrich the presentation of the Bible story "The Baptism of Jesus," which is found on pages 6 and 7 of the child's book. The integration of this video segment into your presentation of the lesson will especially help the children visualize the story.

Running time
Approximately 6 minutes.

Background
This video segment is an on-location reenactment of Matthew 3:13-17. Father Timothy opens this segment with obvious props that help the children connect to their life experiences of water in order to facilitate the children's discovery of the symbolic meaning of water.

The video then continues with the reenactment of the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist who announces, "I have baptized with water, he will baptize with the Holy Spirit." Familiarity with this event in the life of Jesus at the Jordan River will help the children discover that it is the Holy Spirit who enlivens them to be followers of Jesus.

Possible Discussion Questions

  • What happened to Jesus at the Jordan River?
  • How was your Baptism like Jesus' Baptism?
  • Why is water used in Baptism? What does water tell us about Baptism?

Faith First Video, Grade 2, Segment 4, "Bible Songs"
Suggestion for Use

This video segment can be used in a variety of ways; for example, use the song "Lord, I Want to Be a Christian" with pages 8-11, the presentation of the materials on Baptism and Confirmation; or with page 12, the "Sending Forth Ritual." The integration of this video segment into your presentation of the lesson will help the children celebrate their identity as followers of Christ.

Running Time
Approximately 9 minutes.

Background
Celebrating our life in Christ is vital to our growth as followers of Christ. Celebrating their life in Christ through music comes naturally to children. In this video children sing five songs in different settings; lyrics are shown on screen. Song titles are:

  • "This Is the Day" (2 minutes)
  • "Give Me Joy in My Heart" (11/2 minutes)
  • "This Is My Commandment" (11/2 minutes)
  • "Lord, I Want to Be a Christian" (2 minutes)
  • "God Is So Good" (11/2 minutes)
Music appeals to children on many levels. It involves the whole person--body, mind, and heart. It can be expressed in many forms--words, sounds, body language, dance, and art. The lyrics we sing can help children understand and remember key religious concepts. Music can also set the mood for prayer, play, quiet reflection, and celebration.

Possible Discussion Questions

  • How does music help you open your heart to God?
  • How does singing at Mass help you feel closer to God and to the other people in your church community?

Faith First Video, Grade 2, Segment 3, "The Story of St. Clare"
Suggestion for Use

This video segment can be used with page 12, "What Difference Does This Make in My Life?" The integration of this video segment into your presentation of the lesson will help the children discover the difference their initiation into the body of Christ, the Church, makes for their lives.

Running Time
Approximately 10 minutes.

Background
Brittany has saved the last of the money she needs to buy a new blue coat. Laura likes the same coat. Along comes Sister Mary Margaret to speak to the class about her missionary work in Kenya. She and the children view slides that illustrate how missionaries help the sick and poor in Kenya.

Since the work is so enormous, Laura asks Sister Margaret if she ever gives up. This sets the scene for Sister Margaret to tell a story about St. Clare (1193-1253). After hearing Francis of Assisi speak about poverty, Clare renounced her family wealth and lived very simply. She founded a community of religious women dedicated to living the Gospel.

Possible Discussion Questions

  • What does it mean to care too much about things? How can caring too much about things get in the way of being a good follower of Jesus?
  • How does St. Clare help us to live as a follower of Jesus?
  • What difference did living as a follower of Jesus make in St. Clare's life and in the life of other people?
  • How can you live as a follower of Jesus this week?

For Use with Chapter 3, "We Listen"

Faith First Video, Grade 2, Segment 6, The Visual Bible˘, "The Blessing of Children"--Suggestion for Use

This video segment can be used to help the children become aware of the presence of Jesus with the community in the proclamation of the word of God at Mass. You might integrate the viewing and discussing of this video segment in your presentation of page 28, "What Difference Does This Make in My Life?" The integration of this video segment into your presentation of the lesson will help to nurture the children's sense of reverential listening to the Lord who invites them to listen to him.

Running Time
Approximately 2 minutes.

Background
This video segment is an on-location reenactment of Matthew 19:13-15. Father Timothy opens the segment by reminding the children that Jesus calls them to be his followers. Father Timothy emphasizes Jesus' love for them and how special they are. In the closing scene Father Timothy stresses that the one place that we know we belong is with Jesus.

Possible Discussion Questions
Set the scene: Have the children pretend that they are one of the children in the video. Then have the children share ideas as they respond to these or similar questions:

  • What was it like listening to Jesus?
  • What did you hear Jesus say?
  • How did you feel as you listened to Jesus?
  • When Jesus blessed you and you returned to your family, what did you want to do?

For Use with Chapter 4, "We Give Thanks"

Faith First Video, Grade 3, Segment 3, The Visual Bible˘, "Loaves and Fishes"--Suggestion for Use

This video segment can be used to enrich the presentation of the Bible story "Jesus Feeds the People," which is found on pages 32 and 33 of the child's book, to help the children visualize the Bible story. The integration of this video segment into your presentation of the lesson will strengthen the children's appreciation that the Eucharist is a sign of God's love and care for us as well as nurture the children's gratitude not only for the Eucharist but, more importantly, for God's love.

Running Time
Approximately 7 minutes.

Background
This video segment is an on-location reenactment of Matthew 14:13-21, which is Matthew's account of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Father Timothy opens the segment by focusing on the children's possible life experiences of hunger to help them come to identity other kinds of hunger. Father Timothy explains that Jesus offers to feed all of our hungers--including the hunger our hearts have for friendship, joy, and love. At the end of the video story, Father Timothy talks about God's abundant love. God always cares for his people. We see this love most clearly in the Eucharist.

Possible Discussion Questions
Set the scene: Have the children pretend that they are one of the children in the video. Then have the children share ideas as they respond to these or similar questions:

  • What did Jesus give the people in the video? What was it like for you to take the bread from the basket and eat it?
  • What did you want to say to Jesus after you took and ate the bread?
  • What will you want to say to Jesus after you receive Holy Communion at Mass?

For Use with Chapter 5, "We Remember"

Faith First Video, Grade 2, Segment 7, The Visual Bible˘, "The Lord's Supper"--Suggestion for Use

This video segment can be used to enrich the presentation of the Bible story "The Last Super," which is found on pages 40 and 41 of the child's book; or the section "The Eucharistic Prayer," which is found on pages 42 and 43 of the child's book. The integration of this video segment into your presentation of the lesson will deepen the children's appreciation of the connection between the Last Supper and the Eucharist. Awareness of this connection helps the children become aware of Jesus' presence with the community at Eucharist, giving us the gift of his Body and Blood.

Running Time
Approximately 6 minutes.

Background
This video segment is an on-location reenactment of Matthew 26:17-19, which is Matthew's account of the Last Supper. In the opening scene Father Timothy is obviously excited about the meals and gatherings that his family celebrates on special occasions. He explains how this is an important way that his family shares stories and enjoys being together.

At the Passover meal our Jewish brothers and sisters commemorate the passage of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the new land God promised them. Jesus shared his last meal with the disciples during Passover. When we celebrate Eucharist, we remember and do what Jesus and his disciples did at the Last Supper.

Possible Discussion Questions

  • What are some of the times that your family comes together and celebrates a special meal? What are some of the things that you do?
  • Why does our Church family come together for Mass?
  • Why is preparing for First Communion so important?

For Use with Chapter 6, "We Celebrate"

Faith First Video, Grade 3, Segment 8, "Our Father"
Suggestion for Use

This video segment can be used to enrich the presentation of pages 50 and 51, "Holy Communion." The integration of this video can help the children discover and appreciate that sharing in the Eucharist unites us with God, who is the Father of all. It will reinforce the children's understanding of the "communal" nature of the Eucharist.

Running Time
Approximately 4 minutes.

Background
The Our Father is the prayer of all Christians. The video segment presents verse-by-verse images for the petitions of the Our Father. The video will nurture in the children a deeper sense of prayer and foster an awareness that when we share in the Body and Blood of Christ, we deepen our unity with one another and with God, who is the one Father of all.

Possible Discussion Questions

  • In what ways does the video art help you pray?
  • In what ways does the video art help you prepare for your receiving Communion for the first time? What happens when we receive Holy Communion?

For Use with Chapter 7, "We Live"

Faith First Video, Grade 2, Segment 1, "Bible Songs"
Suggestion for Use

This video segment can be used to enrich the children's experience of the grace of the sacrament of the Eucharist.

Running Time
Approximately 51/2 minutes.

Background
In this segment of the video children sing four songs:

  • "This Little Light of Mine" (11/2 minutes)
  • "Alive, Alive" (11/4 minutes)
  • "Count Your Blessings" (11/2 minutes)
  • "I've Got Peace Like a River" (11/4 minutes)
Each of the songs invites the children to express in song and share with others the joy and peace that are God's gifts to us in this sacrament.

Possible Discussion Questions

  • How does singing help you share with others what it was like for you to receive Holy Communion?
  • How does singing help you live as a follower of Jesus?

Faith First Video, Grade 2, Segment 3, "The Story of St. Clare"
Suggestion for Use

This video segment can be used with page 60, "What Difference Does This Make in My Life?" The integration of this video segment into your presentation of the lesson will help the children discover the difference their initiation into the body of Christ, the Church, makes for their lives.

Running Time
Approximately 10 minutes.

Background
Brittany has saved the last of the money she needs to buy a new blue coat. Laura likes the same coat. Along comes Sister Mary Margaret to speak to the class about her missionary work in Kenya. She and the children view slides that illustrate how missionaries help the sick and poor in Kenya.

Since the work is so enormous, Laura asks Sister Margaret if she ever gives up. This sets the scene for Sister Margaret to tell a story about St. Clare (1193-1253). After hearing Francis of Assisi speak about poverty, Clare renounced her family wealth and lived very simply. She founded a community of religious women dedicated to living the Gospel.

Possible Discussion Questions

  • What does it mean to care too much about things? How can caring too much about things get in the way of being a good follower of Jesus?
  • How does St. Clare help us to live as a follower of Jesus?
  • What difference did living as a follower of Jesus make in St. Clare's life and in the life of other people?
  • How can you live as a follower of Jesus this week?

Faith First Video, Grade 3, Segment 5, "Story of Faith/Social Action"
Suggestion for Use

The use of this video segment can extend your discussion of the question "What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?" which is found at the bottom of page 59 of the child's book.

Running Time
Approximately 71/2 minutes.

Background
This video segment is a practical look at four social action projects with which children can identify. Warren Cox, the Executive Director of the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) talks about the work of the SPCA. He talks about the motivating factors for all who serve others: kindness, compassion, and love. Cynthia Herschkowitsch, the founder of Pet Club, talks about how young volunteers benefit by helping the SPCA. They gain self-confidence and offer new ideas and tutor young children. Two SPCA volunteers, Rona and Anthony, talk about how their volunteer work has made them grow personally: they find out what's going on in the neighborhood and are able to make it a better and safer place for people and animals.

Possible Discussion Questions

  • What are the people in the video doing that can make a difference in the world?
  • Why does living as a follower of Jesus make a difference?
  • What difference does it make in your life to know that the Holy Spirit helps you live as follower of Jesus?

Faith First Video, Grade 4, Segment 3, "Story of Faith"

Suggestion for Use
The use of this video segment is more appropriate for older children. Its use can extend your discussion of the question "What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?" which is found at the bottom of page 59 of the child's book.

Running Time
Approximately 12 minutes.

Background
This full-length interview with Jake Repp is a story of faith and courage. Jake was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at the age of 16. He eventually lost his leg to the disease. Jake's parents report that their son's attitude during this ordeal was always very positive. They claim he helped them more than they helped him. Jake is grateful that the cancer was caught early. He considers this a blessing. Just as many people helped Jake during the rehabilitation process, Jake now helps new amputees.

Possible Discussion Questions

  • How did meeting Thomas Bourgeois, a fellow amputee, make a difference in Jake's life? What are some of the things that Jake admired about Tom?
  • How can Jake's story help you grow in faith and courage?

Faith First Video, Grade 5, Segment 2, The Visual Bible˘, "The Story of Pentecost"--Suggestion for Use

This video segment can be used to enrich the presentation of the Bible story "The Gift of the Holy Spirit," which is found on pages 56 and 57 of the child's book; or to introduce the presentation of page 60, "What Difference Does This Make in My Life?" The integration of this video segment into your presentation of the lesson will deepen the children's awareness of the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the church and in their own lives.

Running Time
Approximately 8 minutes.

Background:
This video segment presents an on-location reenactment of Acts of the Apostles 2:1-42. In the opening scene Father Timothy helps the children focus on the deeper meaning of celebrating birthdays. Birthdays are very important because they celebrate our gifts, our past, and our future.

Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. The concrete details of the biblical account make it truly memorable. Remembering the details of this event will help the children focus on the Holy Spirit as God's gift to the Church and to each of them.

Possible Discussion Questions

  • What are some of the gifts you have received. Why is receiving a gift a sign that someone cares about you?
  • How do you use the gifts people give to you?
  • Why did God give us the gift of the Holy Spirit? How does the Holy Spirit help us make a difference in the world?

For Use with Optional Lesson, "We Are Sealed with the Spirit"

Faith First Video, Grade 4, Segment 5, The Visual Bible˘, "Sermon on the Mount"--Suggestion for Use

This video segment can be used to extend "What Difference Does This Make in My Life?" section of the optional lesson for older children, "We Are Sealed with the Spirit," which is found on pages 153-165 in the Eucharist program director's manual. The integration of this segment into the presentation of the lesson will help the children discover the heart of what Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount, which is the gospel summary of what it means to be and live as a follower of Christ.

Running Time
Approximately 8 minutes.

Background
This video segment is an on-location reenactment of Matthew 6 and 7, the Sermon on the Mount. Father Timothy begins this segment by talking about "cool stuff." He goes on to say that Jesus does not want us to depend on things to be happy. Instead, he wants us to depend on him so we can be truly happy.

Possible Discussion Questions:

  • Have the children visually recall the crowd scenes in the video, picture themselves in the crowds, and look around at the people. Then ask: What are some of the reactions of the people as they are listening to Jesus?
  • What does Jesus say about living as his followers?
  • What are some things you can do to be a stronger follower of Jesus?

Faith First Video, Liturgy and Morality, Segment 2, The Visual Bible˘, "The Story of Pentecost"--Suggestion for Use

Running Time
Approximately 8 minutes.

Background
This video segment is an on-location reenactment of Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 2. Surrounded by darkness, Father Timothy reminds us that we desperately seek light when we feel alone and isolated and afraid. Darkness causes us to stumble and fall and to desperately seek the light.

Before the Pentecost event, the disciples felt alone, confused and afraid. After Pentecost, the disciples were strengthened by the gift of the Holy Spirit and had a sense of purpose and a mission. They were empowered by the gifts of the Holy Spirit--Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgment (Counsel), Courage (Fortitude), Knowledge, Reverence (Piety), and Wonder and Awe (Fear of the Lord) to proclaim and live the Gospel.

Possible Discussion Questions

  • What happened at Pentecost? What do these events mean?
  • What were the signs of the Spirit's presence with the disciples? What do these signs tell you about the Holy Spirit?
  • What connection do you see between the events of the first Pentecost and the celebration of the sacraments of Christian initiation?
  • How is the Holy Spirit present in your life today? What is the best way for you to be open to the Spirit?
  • What difference does the presence of the Holy Spirit in the world today make for the world?

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