Resource Library

The Manitoba Catholic Schools Office maintains a Resource Library, funded by an annual donation from the Knights of Columbus, for use by all Manitoba Catholic Schools.  If you wish to borrow any of the resources in our library please email

Faith Formation Resources


"belonging - The Search for Acceptance" - DVD with Teacher's Guide

A profound, penetrating and timely essay spoken from the heart of Jean Vanier.  Truly one of the great spiritual leaders and modern day philosophers, Vanier has made his life's work this message: "When we make others know they're welcome and that they belong then we know we all belong."  


BISHOP ROBERT BARRON'S NEW DVD SERIES - CATHOLICISM "The Pivotal Players"  (Including Leaders Guide)


In addition to the CaFE Course Pack kits, the AWCS office has the following adult faith formation resources available for use by the Catholic schools:

The Sacrament of


(Kathleen  Chesto)

Offers insight and understanding into how the ritual of baptism developed; how the ritual and history shaped the theology and how the theology eventually reshaped the ritual.

- 27 minutes

- includes guide material

The Sacrament of


(Kathleen Chesto)

Dr. Kathleen Chesto leads the viewer through the development and history of the sacrament of confirmation starting with Old Testament times to post-Vatican II.

- 35 minutes

- includes discussion starters

The Sacrament of


(Kathleen Chesto)

Describes the history and development of the sacrament of Eucharist--from Hebrew times to post Vatican II.

- 26 minutes

- includes guide material

The Sacrament of


(Kathleen Chesto)

The object of this video is to provide an understanding of the way the sacrament of reconciliation has developed and changed within the history of the church.

- 39 minutes

- includes Parental Note

Where Jesus Walked

(w/ Hershel Shanks)

The life and times of Jesus as revealed by archaeology. Host Hershel Shanks goes to Nazareth, Galilee, Qumran and other places where Jesus walked, meeting with the world’s most prominent archaeologists and biblical scholars. Lively indepth conversations describe how current archaeology illuminates the New Testament.

- 90 minutes


Who Cares about the Saints?

(James Martin, SJ)

 James Martin, S.J. author of My Life with the Saints, brings to life the lives of his favourite saints via lively commentary and dramatic photos and artwork in this DVD.

- 139 minutes

The Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls


Gaining exclusive access to the recent investigation and restoration of the Dead Sea Scrolls, this program reveals some amazing secrets about these 2000 year-old texts from the Judean desert. It shows how science has not only proved their authenticity but also established their authorship and geographic origins.

- 60 minutes

Sent Forth

(Rev.J-Glenn Murray, SJ)

At the end of the Mass we are “sent forth.” But what are we sent forth to do? Rev. Murray explores what it means and encourages us to respond to God dynamically and to commit ourselves to living our faith in concrete ways.

- 27 minutes

-includes Discussion Guide

Why We Go to Mass

(Rev.J-Glenn Murray, SJ)

This Catholic Mass DVD helps lay Catholics understand why we celebrate Mass and how the Mass is relevant to our lives today.  It addresses critics who say that the Mass is "boring" and has little to do with daily life. Issues such as table fellowship and ritual, as well as The Order of Mass: Introductory Rites, Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of the Eucharist, Communion Rite, and Concluding Rite are covered.

- 90 minutes (divided into three 30-minute segments)


· CD  1— Love, Sex and the Catholic Church

· CD 2—Marriage and Divorce: The Catholic Perspective

 I BELIEVE “The Heart of the Catholic Faith”  (Marcellino D’Ambrosio)

· 4 part adult faith program

· 2 DVD set


· 2 Audio CD set

 CHRISTIANITY DIVIDED   (Marcellino D’Ambrosio)

· The East-West Schism and the Protestant Reformation: Understanding the differences, so they can be healed

· 2 Audio CD set

 EARLY CHURCH FATHERS  (Marcellino D’Ambrosio)   —Volume 1  

· 2 Audio CD set


  • 4 part DVD set  covering the following -
  • Who needs the  Church?
  • Understanding the Mass
  • Getting more our of Mass
  • Who needs Confession? 
  • Do Catholics worship Mary? 

FEAST OF FAITH—The Transforming Power of the Eucharist  (Marcellino D’Amborsio)

· 2 DVD set


· 2 Audio CD set

 TAKING AIM AT THE BIG ISSUES: Sex, Abortion, War, Capital Punishment (Marcellino D’Amborsio)

· 2 Audio CD set


  • Buddhism
  • Judaism
  • Protestant Christianity
  • Hinduism
  • Orthodox and Roman Catholic Christianity
  • Islam

BISHOP ROBERT BARRON'S NEW DVD SERIES - CATHOLICISM "The Pivotal Players"  (Including Leaders Guide)

CATHOLOCISM - The Journey of a Lifetime - 5 Disc Set (Rev. Robert E. Barron)

  1. Amazed and Afraid: The Revelation of God Become Man
  2. Happy Are We: The Teachings of Jesus
  3. The Ineffable Mystery of God: that Than Which Nothing Greater can be Thought
  4. Our Tainted Nature's Solitary Boast: Mary, the Mother of God
  5. The Indespensable Men: Peter, Paul, and the Missionary Adventure
  6. A Body Both Suffering and Glorious: The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church
  7. Word made Flesh, True Bread of Heaven: The Mystery of the Liturgy and the Eucharist
  8. A Vast Company of Witnesses:   The Communion of Saints
  9. The Fire of His Love: Prayer and the Life of the Spririt
  10. World Without End: the Last Things

PRIEST, PROPHET, KING (Father Robert Barron) - 2 Disc Set


Saints & Heros Animated DVD collection

  1. "The Day the Sun Danced"  the true story of Fatima
  2. "Francis" the Knight of Assisi
  3. "Nicholas" the boy who became Santa
  4. "Bernadette" the Princess of Lourdes
  5. "Columbus" adventures to the edge of the world
  6. "Ben-Hur" a race to glory
  7. "The Odyssey" a journey back home
  8. "Francis Xavier" and the Samurai's lost treasure
  9. "Patrick" brave shepherd of teh Emerald Isle
  10. "My Secret Friend" a guardian angel story
  11. "Juan Diego" messenger of Guadalupe


Student Assessment Resources 

Woodcock Johnson IV - Achievement test kit 

The WJ IV ACHIEVEMENT  includes 20 tests for measuring four broad academic domains: reading, written language, mathematics, and academic knowledge. A completely new configuration, with new tests and clusters, supports a broad range of diagnostic assessment needs for a wide variety of professionals.
Determination of academic strengths and weaknesses has never been easier. A new comparison of achievement scores to academic knowledge can provide additional information to help determine if a more comprehensive evaluation should be considered.

Woodcock Johnson III Technical Manual

· Woodcock Johnson III— Achievement

· Woodcock Johnson III—Cognitive Abilities

· Woodcock Johnson III—Compuscore


To provide a co-normed set of tests for measuring general intellectual ability, specific cognitive abilities, scholastic aptitude, oral language, and academic achievement

Range:  2.0–90+ years / K.0–graduate school

Time:  Varies, about 5 minutes per test: Cognitive Standard

7 tests (35–45 minutes); Achievement Standard 11 tests (55–65 minutes)

*You should have WJIII training before administering the test


Barton Level 1-8

The Barton Reading & Spelling System is a one-on-one tutoring system that will greatly improve the spelling, reading, and writing skills of children, teenagers or adults who struggle due to dyslexia or a learning disability. You can do one level at a time; you do not have to begin with level one, depending on where the student is at. There are tutorial videos included for each level

  1.  Phonemic Awareness
  2. Consonants & Short Vowels
  3. Closed Syllables and Units
  4. Syllable Division & Vowel Teams
  5. Prefixes and Suffixes
  6. Six Reasons for Silent - E
  7. Vowel - R Syllables
  8. Advanced Vowel Teams 

- Key Math 3 (Canadian Edition) - x2  



Intervention Kits

Fountas & Pinnell Levelled Literacy Intervention 

Fountas and Pinnell's products and teachings are rooted in the work of Marie Clay whose meticulous study of the complexity of the reading process, through detailed coding of thousands of readings, showed that when a text is too difficult for the child the process breaks down and the child does not develop inner control of effective actions for processing texts. When the text poses enough challenge, but not too much, the child has opportunities with effective, explicit teaching to build his network of effective problem solving actions. Fountas and Pinnell's goal is to support the child's development of self-initiating actions he will be able to apply to a range of texts of similar difficulty. With daily teaching, the teacher helps the child climb the ladder of text difficulty with success. The goal of guided reading is to bring the child to the level of complex texts appropriate for the grade, in doing so, teaching must begin with where the child is able to engage with some success, so that there is a point of contact, thereby engaging the child's development of a self-extending system for processing texts.

Fountas & Pinnell Level Ladder of Progress 


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