A few years ago, the National Catholic Office for the Deaf (ncod.org/), produced a video series for those preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation, Strengthened in Faith: Confirmation, which included the stories of the saints told by Deaf performers, voiced and captioned so all can learn from these stories. These stories are wonderful ways for adults and young people to learn and be inspired by the lives of the saints. We are making them available now on line during this time of “at home” learning and working.

The first video is Jesus teaching the Beatitudes, which are the model for living as the saints lived. Then there are 17 stories of saints who are: men and woman, young and old, from different countries, modern day saints and saints from of old. Each has a “charism” or special way of following the Beatitudes, Jesus’ teaching, that is a gift to us today in our times. The last two videos are the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. These are a vital reminder of how we can live the Beatitudes in our time and especially during this time of uncertainty.

After watching each video there are suggestions to help teens and adults to ponder and pray. There are also a listing of discussions and activities for children. *****Scroll down to see all 20 video selections.*****

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Saint John Paul II

Karol Józef Wojtyła was born on May 18, 1920, in Poland. Elected pope on October 1978, he took the name, Pope John Paul II. He was the first non-Italian pope in 455 years. Let’s meet young Father Karol Józef Wojtyla. He will tell us more about how he prays to God.

Ponder and Pray:
• Is there something from the teaching of Saint John Paul II that can help you with your prayer life?
• Read and look at pictures from the life of St. John Paul II:

Discussion/Activities with Children
• What did Saint John Paul II teach you about prayer?
• Learn more about Pope John Paul II by watching this captioned video:
• Google pictures of St. John Paul II and draw or print out your favorite ones.