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Saintly Secrets: St. John the Baptist
Presenter: Woodeene Koenig-Bricker
Duration: 56 minutes 

St. John the Baptist. We call him Jesus' cousin, but who was the "voice in the wilderness" really? What do we know about him, his parents, his relationship to Jesus -- and more important, why should we care? Discover the facts we have from the Gospels...and a few legends as well. (Hint: did he really eat grasshoppers and honey?)

Things to Think about When Planning a Catholic Funeral
Presenter: Michael Heinlein
Duration: 1 hour

Perhaps we have not paid much attention to the reality that we will likely have to plan a loved one's funeral someday. The rites of the Catholic funeral liturgy are important to be familiar with, especially because they express our beliefs about death and eternal life, our hope of the resurrection of the body, our charity for the deceased, especially in our prayers for him or her, and much more. Learn more about these rites and get prepared for the decisions that will need to be made when planning a Catholic funeral.

The Ever-Present God: Where Does the Bible Come From?
Presenter: Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
Duration: 1 hour, 6 minutes

Join us as Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, internationally acclaimed biblical scholar, TV personality, and author, explains the origin of the texts comprising the Holy Bible, detailing the historical development of the canon of Scripture and providing valuable information about the seven deuterocanonical books known to Protestants as the Apocrypha. By putting the Bible in its proper historical context, Fr. Pacwa expertly guides the listener into a deeper understanding of the factors motivating the Church's decision on which books it considered Divinely inspired.

Jesus: The Story You Thought You Knew
Presenter: Deacon Keith Strohm
Duration: 30 minutes

In this short webcast, Deacon Keith Strohm will discuss his new book, Jesus: The Story You Thought You Knew. Strohm invites you not just to read about Jesus, but to have a transformative encounter with him. This isn’t a book of theology, or an abstract story with little impact on your real life. It is the story that can and will transform you if you’re open to it. 

4 Tips in 15 Minutes for Helping Those in Need
Presenter: Carrie Aranda
Duration: 30 minutes 

Combining her professional and personal experience, Carrie Aranda, Director of the Charity and Development Appeal at the Diocese of Phoenix, will present a short webcast that will give you some inspiration for helping those in need.

Saintly Secrets: St. Isidore
Presenter: Woodeene Koenig-Bricker
Duration: 1 hour 

Where would we be without farmers? Few of us have the land or the know-how to grow all the food we need for ourselves and our families. Despite our dependence on them, farmers aren't often thought of as models for sainthood. Yet, St. Isidore worked his entire life as a farmhand and achieved sanctity in the fields. How can we find honor, dignity and holiness in every walk of life?

Every Parent's Battle: A Family Guide to Resisting Pornography
Presenter: Dan S. Spencer III
Duration: 1 hour, 3 minutes 

Parents, by their vocation of marriage, are called to protect their family against evil influences such as pornography. However, most parents are still quite ignorant of the reality of pornography in the culture and in the lives of their children. Most parents have a "sense" that porn is a  problem, but cannot imagine their family to be struggling with this issue. Research has shown this is a dangerous illusion. 


Fatima, The Children, and The Apparitions
Presenter: Woodeene Koenig-Bricker
Duration: 59 minutes

Few appearances of Mary have created more discussion than her apparition at Fatima. From the mysterious secrets to the amazing appearance of the sun, Fatima has even become a part of secular history. What really happened to those three Portuguese children? What was Mary's message and why should we pay attention to it today?

Communication Traps
Presenter: Scott Vaughan
Duration: 1 hour 

This one-hour webcast examines some of the traps and misconceptions that can derail, slow, or stall the church's communication system. How do we promote two key ministry activities happening within the same time frame? How do we balance effective text with artwork to draw readers into our promotion? What should we avoid when it comes to promotion of financials, especially budget shortfalls? Sometimes, the best offense is knowing where the traps are located, and knowing how to dodge them.

7 Ways You Can Develop a Eucharistic Spirituality in Your Family
Presenter: Timothy P. O'Malley, Ph.D.
Duration: 30 minutes 

The Mass should structure how we understand the vocation of our families as the domestic church. In this short webcast, Dr. Timothy O'Malley, author of Bored Again Catholic, shares seven ways that you can develop a Eucharistic spirituality in the family itself.

The Ever-Present God: Scripture Alone - "Sola Scriptura" and Its Meaning for Us 500 Years After Its Origin - Part 2
Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.Presenter: Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
Duration:  1 hour, 6 minutes

Exactly 500 years ago this coming November, Protestant reformers rejected the role of tradition and held to a relatively new doctrine of scripture alone: "Sola Scriptura." In this webcast, Fr. Pacwa will delve into the background and meaning of this doctrine and will answer such questions as:
  • When did this doctrine of "Sola Scriptura" first arise?
  • Why did the reformers reject the role of Tradition?
  • What was the appeal of this doctrine for the reformers of the Protestant Reformation?
  • What impact has this doctrine had and what can we learn from it?
    And Fr. Pacwa will answer your questions!

5 Ways to Engage Toddlers and Teens at Mass
Presenter: Timothy P. O'Malley, Ph.D.
Duration: 30 minutes

We know the liturgy is important for our Catholic faith, but it's sometimes hard to convince our children. In this short webcast, Dr. Timothy O'Malley, author of Bored Again Catholic, shares five ways to engage toddlers and teens alike during the celebration of the Mass.

The Truth about Mary: What Catholics Believe about the Mother of God
Presenter: Dr. Joseph White
Duration: 1 hour, 2 minutes 

Catholic teaching about Mary is one of the most often-misunderstood aspects of our faith. What do Catholics really believe about Mary, and how can we convey this teaching to others? This webinar, led by National Catechetical Consultant Dr. Joseph White, will discuss such topics as Mary in Scripture, the four Marian Dogmas, and Church teaching on apparitions of Mary.

The Transgender Agenda: Speaking the Truth in Love
Presenter: Teresa Tomeo
Duration: 1 hour, 3 minutes
Part 1 -- Fact vs. Fiction in the Transgender Agenda
Preaching the truth in Love, Teresa Tomeo along with medical experts examine the facts vs. fiction when it comes to Transgender Agenda. Teresa will take a look at the actual numbers and expose the reality, the "Fake News" and the spin attached to this hot button issue that continues to make daily headlines. 


The Historical Mary: The Woman Behind the Icon
Presenter: Woodeene Koenig-Bricker
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
If you think that Mary was a quasi-nun who prayed all day wearing gleaming white robes and a bright blue cloak, think again. She was a ordinary first century Jewish wife and mother -- which means she cleaned house, chatted with the neighbors, cooked meals and even, on special occasions, wore her best dress and earrings and went out to parties! Discover a side of Mary you might not have considered.

Saintly Secrets:  St. Gianna Beretta Molla
Presenter: Woodeene Koenig-Bricker
Duration: 1 hour
St. Gianna has been adopted as a patron saint of women who are willing to die rather than have an abortion. But is that what really happened to St. Gianna? Learn what her sacrifice on behalf of her daughter really meant and discover why it may be even more heroic than we imagine.

All the Pope's Saints: The Jesuits Who Shaped Pope Francis
Presenter: Sean Salai, S.J.
Duration: 51 minutes

What makes Pope Francis tick?
Where do his (sometimes unexpected) ideas come from?
Why does he often rattle people with what he says?
What makes him so different from other popes before him?
And why should we care?

All the Pope's Saints can help us to discover and develop six virtues of Jesuit spirituality: secrets to a new, refreshed, and even unpredictable relationship with God.

This isn't just a book about Pope Francis' spiritual inspiration. As the first Jesuit pope in history, Francis has brought a radical shift in focus that stems directly from a long line of Jesuits dating back to St. Ignatius of Loyola.


The Ten Commandments: Applying Them to Life Today
Presenter: Michael Heinlein
Duration: 1 hour 

Learn more about what the Ten Commandments really mean for us. In our "live and let live" world we often see rules and laws in a negative light, as something that impinges our freedom. Religious obligations and laws, such as the Ten Commandments, are looked upon as just dry prohibitions that keep us on the straight and narrow and we don't give them much more thought than that. But upon taking a closer look, it becomes clear that the Ten Commandments have our freedom as their goal.

The Ever-Present God: Scripture Alone - "Sola Scriptura" and Its Meaning for Us 500 Years After Its Origin - Part 1
Presenter: Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
Duration: 1 hour, 5 minutes 

Exactly 500 years ago this coming November, Protestant reformers rejected the role of tradition and held to a relatively new doctrine of scripture alone: "Sola Scriptura." In this webcast, Fr. Pacwa will delve into the background and meaning of this doctrine and will answer such questions as:
  • When did this doctrine of "Sola Scriptura" first arise?
  • Why did the reformers reject the role of Tradition?
  • What was the appeal of this doctrine for the reformers of the Protestant Reformation?
  • What impact has this doctrine had and what can we learn from it?
    And Fr. Pacwa will answer your questions!

Why Couples Who Pray Together, Stay Together: Learn How to Make Your Marriage Stronger through Prayer
Presenter: Teresa Tomeo
Duration: 58 minutes

You've heard the saying "the family that prays together, stays together." Well, the same holds true for married couples. Join Teresa Tomeo and the Couple Prayer movement as they provide great suggestions to jump start your prayer life.

Saintly Secrets:  St. Joseph
Presenter: Woodeene Koenig-Bricker
Duration: 1 hour, 2 minutes
For a man who doesn't have a single recorded word in the Gospels, we know a good deal more about St. Joseph than you might think. And it isn't all just pious legends and stories. For instance, we can be almost 100% certain that he could read and write, in a time when few were literate. Sort out fact from fiction when we discuss the foster father of Jesus.

Why the Rosary, Why Now
Presenter: Gretchen Crowe
Duration: 54 minutes

Without a doubt, one of the most familiar and beloved prayers within the tradition of the Catholic Church is the Rosary. But do Catholics today have a clear comprehension of the benefits of this centuries-old devotion?

Using the eloquent and inspiring writings of holy men and women who share a love of, and commitment to, the Marian prayer, editor Grechen R. Crowe makes a compelling case for why praying the Rosary is more critical in today's twenty-first-century world than ever before.

Healing: Bringing the Gift of God's Mercy to the World
Presenter: Dr. Mary Healy
Duration: 1 hour, 6 minutes

Many Catholics today think of miraculous healings as something relatively rare, found mainly in the lives of great saints or at shrines like Lourdes. Yet Scripture shows that healings, signs and wonders are meant to be a normal part of the life of the Church, especially in the context of evangelization. This webinar will explain how we can experience Jesus' healing power in our own lives, and even more, how we can be an instrument of his healing for others through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Dr. Mary Healy, professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, discusses her recent book Healing: Bringing the Gift of God's Mercy to the World and a new documentary, Fearless, which shows how the Lord heals people miraculously through the faith and prayer of ordinary Catholics.

The Ever-Present God: Holy Images, Sacred Art, and Icons, Part 2
Presenter: Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
Duration: 1 hour, 2 minutes

As this year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Fr. Pacwa looks at icons and holy images in relation to their place and influence in history. He will explain the significance of iconoclasm (the destruction of religious icons and other images or monuments for religious or political motives) which took place in the Western Church during the time of the Reformation and its impact on Church history and society.

Every Step with Jesus: Following the Saints in the Way of the Cross
Presenter: John Collins
Duration: 36 minutes

As followers of Christ, we are among those souls walking the steep slope to Calvary with Jesus - to his death, but to our life.

Every Step with Jesus is a new and fruitful way to consider the way of the Cross, not just in public display, but in our private meditation and reflection. Pray through one station per day or week. Choose a station to help you focus on a particular need or intention. Taking every step of every day with Jesus we become more like him, and become more able to take his light out into a darkened world.

Living Lent Together: A Catholic Couple's Guide to Growing Closer to God and Each Other
Presenter: Teresa Tomeo
Duration: 1 hour, 3 minutes

There is no doubt devout Catholics take the purification period of Lent seriously by making sacrifices and taking on more faith-filled activities, but how about taking the same approach with your spouse? Greg and Julie Alexander of the Alexander House marriage ministry join Teresa as they explore ideas and exercises that will help bring couples closer together by growing closer to God.

The Ever-Present God: Holy Images, Sacred Art, and Icons, Part 1
Presenter: Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
Duration: 1 hour, 2 minutes

There is more at stake than pictures when it comes to sacred art. After two stages of crisis in the Church regarding holy images, the iconoclast heresy in the 8th century Byzantine Empire and during the Protestant reformation, the concerns were raised again as recently as the late 1960s-1990s with Catholic architecture and art. The issues included Christ's divinity, incarnation, and the meaning of the physical world as a whole. Why were crucifixes, statues and even tabernacles removed, and why is it important to put them back?

Bored Again Catholic
Presenter: Timothy P. O'Malley
Duration: 39 minutes

Are you BORED? Not likely, given the endless opportunities today to see, share, post, watch, and like. So are you bored? No way! (Except maybe at Mass.)  We want the Mass to entertain, make us laugh, give us foot-tapping music and sound-bite theology, and get in done in under an hour.  Yet every Sunday many of us tune out.  O'Malley, in a series of reflections on every part of the Mass, challenges us to turn the idea of boredom on its head, calling boredom--the "good" boredom that opens us to the quiet interior space where we can encounter God--a "sweet gift."  It is there that full participation in the Mass becomes possible--the potential to be transfixed by a ritual, to contemplate the readings, to savor the Eucharist.  To be fruitfully "bored again."

Saintly Secrets:  Saint Valentine
Presenter: Woodeene Koenig-Bricker
Duration: 1 hour, 1 minute
Will you be my Valentine? It's a favorite question this month but a better one might be:  which Valentine? The traditional Roman priest? The hermit? The modern day martyr? The pope? With nearly a dozen to choose from, in this webcast you'll learn about the Valentines of the Catholic Church and then choose one to be your very own Valentine.