We are notifying parents/guardians that Our Lady of the Lake Youth Ministry and Confirmation Program will be watching a film with an “R” rating.
Film: The Passion of the Christ
Date: Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Schedule of Events:
11:30-12 — Pizza Lunch
12:00-2:15 — Watch The Passion
2:15-2:45 — Debrief and Discussion
2:45-3:00 — Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet
Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Rating: R
Reasons: sequences of graphic violence
Topic under discussion to which movie is relevant: Salvation history, Christ’s passion, death and resurrection, Lent, The Easter Triduum
Instructional objectives: To help young people understand the reality of Jesus’ passion: his suffering, death and Resurrection and discuss how it relates to their lives.
What parents need to know:
Mel Gibson’s film depicts an artistic representation the last twelve hours of Jesus’ life in graphic detail. Violent sequences show realistic depictions of events such as the Scourging at the Pillar, the Crowning with Thorns, the Carrying of the Cross, and Christ’s crucifixion and death. Other disturbing moments in the film involve a scene in which Judas commits suicide, demons depicted as children, and Satan portrayed as a feminine character.
Too often, Christ’s death can become a trite symbol. We hear about it so much that it looses meaning. We don’t think about the scandal of the cross and the agonizing suffering and death Jesus endured out of love for each of us. Roman crucifixions were brutal, and this film depicts the truth of the horrific violence he actually endured. It is our hope that by watching this movie, young people will come to more fully understand and respond to the central mystery of the Catholic faith— Christ’s death and resurrection— in a deeper way.
By signing below, I hereby give permission for my son or daughter to watch the film listed above. Without this permission, s/he will not be able to view the film. The movie listed is being viewed by members of Our Lady of the Lake Youth Ministry and Confirmation Program and has been rated R for the reasons above. If you have any questions about this activity, you can contact Youth Minister Michelle Boris, via phone:(952) 472-8208 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.