CATHOLICISM Pilgrimage Journal
Take younger Catholics around the world and deep into the Faith with Bishop Barron on a virtual pilgrimage.
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Journey with Bishop Robert Barron to more than 50 locations throughout 16 countries. Experience the spiritual and artistic treasures of the universal Catholic Church that includes more than one billion of the earth's people. Not a video lecture, Church history or Scripture study, this engaging and interesting formational program uses the art, architecture, literature, music and all the treasures of the Catholic tradition to illuminate the timeless teachings of the Church.
The CATHOLICISM Pilgrimage Journal uses the award-winning CATHOLICISM series and special study materials customized and appropriate for middle and high school students. The program is designed to be taught and experienced intergenerationally under the leadership of a catechist, teacher, parent, or grandparent. Each of the 20 lessons includes 30 minutes of video viewing of the CATHOLICISM film, either streaming or on DVD, plus 30-45 minutes of guided discussion.
The Catechist Manual includes step-by-step lesson plans, background preparation for the adult leader, and answers to the discussion questions that the students have in their workbooks. The workbook, called the Pilgrimage Journal, includes a short introduction to each lesson, an appropriate Bible verse, terms to know, and the discussion questions.
The CATHOLICISM Pilgrimage Journal allows you to guide young people through the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Faith. It can be used for religious education in class or at home, for youth ministry, homeschooling or a parish intergenerational experience. Support materials that will enhance your experience are available as free downloads below.
Lesson One: “Introduction”
- episode 1
- Episode 2
- Episode 3
- episode 4
- episode 5
- episode 6
- episode 7
- episode 8
- episode 9
- episode 10
Episode 1 | Amazed and Afraid: The Revelation of God Become Man
In Episode 1: “Amazed and Afraid:The Revelation of God Become Man,” we journey with Bishop Robert Barron to the mysterious and sacred sites of the Holy Land. From Caesarea Phillipi, to the Sea of Galilee, to Jerusalem and finally to the eternal city of Rome, Bishop Barron illuminates the Catholic Faith’s conviction that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised Messiah and the revelation of God become man in Christ.
Episode 2 | Happy Are We: The Teachings of Jesus
The revelation of Jesus as God is accompanied by a stunning invitation to a unique new way of life, explained in the teachings of Jesus. To every generation, the words of Jesus have proven fascinating, sometimes confounding, deeply transformative and always unforgettable.
Episode 3 | That Than Which Nothing Greater Can Be Thought: The Ineffable Mystery of God
Bishop Barron considers St. Anselm’s description of God as “that than which nothing greater can be thought” and explains St. Thomas Aquinas’ arguments that support the claim that God truly exists. He also speaks about the nature of God, as well as the challenging problem of evil contradicting God’s very being.
Episode 4 | Our Tainted Nature's Solitary Boast: Mary, The Mother of God
The lesson correlates the Catholic Faith’s testimony to the revelation of God in Christ with the vivid practices of reverence offered to his Mother. The Blessed Mother, Mary, is shown as “an on-going presence, an actor in the life of the Church” through all ages.
Episode 5 | The Indispensable Men: Peter, Paul, and the Missionary Adventure
Bishop Barron calls Saints Peter and Paul “two indispensable men, the ones without whom the Church never would have emerged and survived.” In telling each man’s story, Bishop Barron shows how the Holy Spirit worked through apostles and disciples to build the Church.
Episode 6 | A Body Both Suffering and Glorious: The Mystical Union of Christ and The Church
Clearly answering the question, “What is the church?”, Bishop Barron presents the reality of the Church as “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic” as professed in the Nicene Creed. The Body of Christ can be seen all over the world, while still escaping total understanding as the mystical union between Christ and his Church.
Episode 7 | Word Made Flesh, True Bread of Heaven: The Mystery of The Liturgy and The Eucharist
The Eucharist is proclaimed as the “source and summit of the Christian faith” and encapsulates the Church’s identity and mission.
Bishop Barron explores the notion that “all value is summed up in the liturgy, the supreme act by which we commune with God.” The Mass is the central practice of the Church in offering “right praise” to God.
Episode 8 | A Vast Company of Witnesses: The Communion of Saints
Bishop Barron gives consideration to some of the Church’s greatest heroes and demonstrates how their extraordinary examples display both the passion and the creative potential of Catholicism. This lesson tells the story of the church, both on earth and in heaven, as a vast company of witnesses who are called by Christ to be a Communion of Saints.
Episode 9 | The Fire of His Love: Prayer and the Life of the Spirit
In this lesson, Bishop Barron explores Catholic spirituality and practice, which is centered in prayer. AS the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “Prayer is the lifting up of the mind and the heart to God.”
Episode 10 | World Without End: The Last Things
This lesson explores the Church’s conviction that life here and now is preparation for an extraordinary world that is yet to come – a supernatural destiny. Bishop Barron presents the Catholic view of death, judgment, heaven, hell, and purgatory.
Episode 1: Amazed and Afraid
Episode 2: Happy Are We
Episode 3: The Ineffable Mystery of God
Episode 4: Mary, the Mother of God
Episode 5: Peter, Paul and the Missionary Adventure
Episode 6: The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church
Episode 7: The Mystery of the Liturgy and the Eucharist
Episode 8: The Communion of Saints
Episode 9: Prayer and the Life of the Spirit
Episode 10: World Without End