Catholic Documentaries: A Night at the Movies

Join us once a month on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at Gill Hall in McGivney Hall for a night at the movies to watch a Catholic documentary. 

Our featured movies:

October 25
Powers and Dominions 
In all of God's creation, we humans only see splendor and beauty, mystery and wonder.  This film explores the spiritual world, that very real
but unseen realm:  God, the human soul, angels, demons (fallen angels), spiritual warfare, the reality of demonic possession and exorcism, 
the dangers of the new age movement and the occult, and much more.  Screening time: 55 minutes.  Not rated. 

November 15
Is Purgatory real?  Could the Afterlife require suffering?  Can the living help alleviate the anguish of the dead?  This groundbreaking documentary
investigates these compelling life-after-death questions through spiritual, scientific, and cultural perspectives.  Screening time:  85 minutes.  
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December 6
Saint Nicholas:  The Real Story 
Everyone knows the story of Santa Claus, the red-suited figure who lives at the North Pole and distributes gifts to good children every 
Christmas Eve.  But is there any historical evidence about the real man on which this jolly old character is based?  Travel with distinguished 
historian Mark Wilson as he journeys not to the North Pole, but to modern day Turkey and Italy.  Was St. Nicholas a third-century bishop or 
is this just folklore?  Screening time:  55 minutes.   

December 13
The Star of Bethlehem
Unlock the mystery of the world's most famous star.  Scholars debate whether the Star of Bethlehem is a legend created by the early 
church or a miracles that marked the advent of Christ.  Is it possible that the star was a real, astronomical event?  This amazing 
documentary explores the exciting truth of scripture and reveals the evidence for God's existence as seen in the stars above. 
Screening time:  65 minutes.  Not rated.  

January 17
Drop Box

One frigid winter, a pastor finds an abandoned infant on his church steps and builds a heated hatch to rescue others.  The Drop Box 
documentary tells the true story of South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect abandoned children.
It is a story about the forgotten, the disabled, the discarded, and the man who gives everything to protect them.  
Screening time:  77 minutes.  Not rated.  

February 14
The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
Based on the remarkable true story of World War II hero Irena Sendler, who rescued over 2,500 Jewish children during the German
occupation of Poland.  As a social worker, Irena had access to the Warsaw ghetto making it possible for her to rescue the daughter of a 
Jewish friend and safely hide the young girl with a Catholic family.  At great personal risk, she devised extraordinary schemes to sneak
the children by Nazi guards.  Sendler not only saved thousands of lives, but also countless generations of their descendants.  
Screening time: 95 minutes.  

March 14
The Six Miracles of Calvary
Almost 2,000 years ago, extraordinary things happened at Calvary that modern science and human reasoning consider impossible.  A midday 
sky turned dark; the veil in the temple suddenly split; an earthquake shook the land; graves opened; Jesus' graveclothes were found undisturbed;
and saints rose to life and walked the streets of Jerusalem.  This documentary looks historically and reflectively at these remarkable events 
surrounding the death and resurrection of Christ.  In interviews with leading scholars, the meaning and purpose of each occurrence is examined, 
highlighting its significance to Christ's suffering and relevance to the challenges faced by those who follow him. 
Screening time:  70 minutes. 

April 18 
Extreme Mercy II
From run-away teen to Marian priest, Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, has inspired thousands of people around the world
with his amazing conversion story, which he tells with an unmistakable zeal for the priesthood and devotion to Our 
Lady.  This documentary combines Fr. Donald's incredible witness to God's mercy presented to a live audience at the 
National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA, with in-depth, personal interviews in which he covers important 
aspects of his life and faith.  Discover why Divine Mercy is for all of us at all times, especially in the most difficult 
situations. View the dynamic Marian priest as he shares in riveting detail his exceptional conversion. 
Screening time:  120 minutes (2 hours); Special feature.  

May 16
The Story of the Twelve Apostles
What happened to Jesus' inner circle of followers?  They started out as average, unexceptional men of their time:  fishermen, 
farmers, local magistrates.  But their dedication to a prophetic Jewish preacher in the backwaters of the Roman Empire
transformed them into revolutionaries and changed the world itself in ways that would reverberate across time for two thousand 
years.  This features inspiring, astonishing stories of the little-known men who became The Twelve Apostles. 
Screening time:  100 minutes.   

June 20
The Inquisition
Discover how the Church actually handled witchcraft, heretics, Galileo's theory and more, as historians cut through the controversies
surrounding The Inquisition.  Complete interviews and dramatic reenactments filmed on-location in Europe.  This EWTN Original
Mini-Series exposes how propaganda influenced today's modern-day perceptions of the Inquisition, while also bringing to light its true
actions and intent.  Screening time:  120 minutes (2 hours); Special feature.  

July 18 
The Way of Saint James 
Also known as the "Camino de Santiago," the Way of St. James, which is the ancient route leading from Pyrenees to the famous and
ancient shrine of Santiago de Compostela, this documentary follows the journey of several pilgrims who differ in culture and religious
faith, united only by a mysterious attraction towards the same spiritual destination.  It is the most famous pilgrimage in the world.    
Screening time:  105 minutes.  

August 15
About Miracles
This documentary features four dramatic, true stories about modern day miracles.  Told by the actual people involved and featuring gripping
reenactments, these stories will amaze you  as they strengthen your faith.  Life is dangerous.  Complicated. Mysterious.  In an age where God 
is no longer the central focus, the modern mind often prefers scientific arguments to explain life experiences.   About Miracles offers the facts
surrounding these true stories and concludes that sometimes...the only logical explanation is God.  
Screening time:  59 minutes.  

For questions, contact Kelli Olszewski, Pastoral Associate for Religious Education, at 704-720-0600 x722 or  Click here: Kelli O.