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Imagine being able to invite Fr. Joe Kempf to lead a dynamic retreat in your parish. Or, imagine him coming visiting each parish family in their home and leading a personal retreat? Now both are possible with this new, breakthrough DVD series created just for Catholic parishes and families.

The series is flexible. The three talks and one guided meditation can be shown in large-group settings such as adult education classes, Sacramental Preparation sessions or loaned out to families to view at home.

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“Faith Filled Lullabies” to bless your baby.

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“I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14

Bring comfort and joy to the child in your life – and the child in you — in this new CD. Fr. Joe and his helpers Big Al and Annie, with musician and songwriter Cathy Pescarino and her friends, present their special collection of music based on:

Sacred folk songs Comforting Scriptures Traditional favorites Plus all-new, original songs

You’ll be delighted by the companion book of lyrics, along with beautiful illustrations, scripture passages, and special prayers just for parents.

Soothing music, and faith-filled lyrics, bring calm and quiet to children of any age as well as to their parents, grandparents, or any adult in their lives.

“Hearing the Voice of God: Reflections for Prayer”

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Fr. Joe Kempf says he has learned that “God is omni-lingual” – meaning God speaks your language!

In practical application, this means that wherever you come from, whoever you are, and whenever you pray, God hears you and speaks uniquely and distinctly to you.

The question is: how can you open your heart and find the stillness to hear His voice? And how do YOU recognize God?

Through this CD of guided reflections and prayers, you will deepen your ability to become aware of God, praying in the language of your heart, and hearing God’s voice as He speaks directly to you. From his own life, his study of the disciplines of prayer, and his pastoral experiences, Fr. Joe Kempf has created reflections geared for adults at any age or stage of life. This is an excellent tool for individuals or adult study groups. Each of the reflections includes an invitation to pause and respond to two questions in the beautiful companion book. You can come back to each prayer again and again, to open your awareness of God’s voice, and experience His peace long after the reflection is over.

Fr. Kempf invites you to enter into prayer with him in Hearing the Voice of God: Reflections for Prayer and Perspective with Fr. Joe Kempf


“Sometimes Life Is Just Not Fair”
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God understands… and will always be there to help us find a way.

For everyone, life can be really hard sometimes. But never fear: Father Joe Kempf and his furry friends, Big Al and Annie, are back with plenty of support. The best-selling tandem tackles some tough issues in this book in a way that a child will understand: If God is so good, why do innocent people suffer? What is our hope when someone we love dies? How do we go on when our hearts are broken?

When the heartaches come, these reflections, prayers, and activities will help every child find their way forward with God. In the back of the book, parents, grandparents, and teachers will find the coaching they need to love their children through the difficult times.

This wonderfully illustrated book meets the child (and the child in each of us) right where we are with just what we need. No one connects faith and real life like Fr. Joe and Big Al. Sometimes Life is Just Not Fair is the perfect book for when the difficult times come…and they visit us all.

Fr. Joe Kempf is a diocesan priest and founder of Gospel Values, a nonprofit company dedicated to proclaiming the beautiful message of Jesus for children of all ages. Fr. Joe and Big Al have been friends for many years. Big Al s favorite snack is popcorn and soda, his favorite color is blue, and the word he uses most often is cool.





“Feeding Hungry Hearts: Celebrating the Eucharist”
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In this 45 minute four-part video, Father Joe Kempf invites each of us to look at this sacrament of the Eucharist—and how, together when we celebrate as a community of faith at Mass, we are receiving this phenomenal gift of the meal called Eucharist.

Simply for any Catholic wanting to deepen their appreciation of the Eucharist and understanding of the Mass, or for study groups, personal reflection, new Catholics or RCIA participants, youth groups, young, middle-aged, or senior adults, this DVD walks us through the celebration of the Mass—and explains why we do what we do. Discovering how the Eucharist is a gift of great magnitude, we can open our hearts and our souls to the nourishment that we so need to be faithful Catholics and live our lives as Christ has asked.

In his simple, heartfelt, and direct manner, Father Joe teaches the mystery of the real presence of Jesus Christ—the body, blood, soul, and divinity—in both the bread and in the wine—is a gift that we experience through faith. He invites us to open ourselves up to learning how to be present-to others and to ourselves—so that we might become present to Jesus Christ who is present to us in this Sacrament.

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“A Child’s First Communion: And So Much More”
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This new DVD featuring Fr. Joe Kempf contains two programs—one for children as they prepare for their first experience of the Eucharist and one for the adults guiding them along the way.

“For Children”: Whether preparing for their 1st or 1500th Communion, children will be changed by the holiness, humor, and insight in a 4-part, 23-minute segment. Learning the fundamentals of our Catholic faith will inspire them to love the Mass, God, and each other more than ever.

“For Adults”: A 3-part, 57-minute segment will recharge your presence at Mass and your relationship with Jesus. Parents, grandparents, and teachers will be renewed in their eucharistic understanding as they teach children the joy and challenge to be found in this incredible gift called “Eucharist.”






“Fr. Joe Kempf DVD Assortment”
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SPECIAL OFFER!!” Order both Feeding Hungry Hearts: Celebrating the Eucharist and A Child’s First Communion: and So Much More for just $50.00!






“Don’t Drink The Holy Water! Big Al and Annie Go To Mass”
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Young children can be mystified and confused by what they witness at Mass – even when they can see over the adults sitting in front of them.
“Don’t Drink The Holy Water! explains the Mass with creative, full-color illustrations and simple descriptions that resonate with kids. A special section at the back helps adults answer kids’ questions about the sacrament.






Prayer Book: “You Want Me To Be Good All Day?: And Other Prayers For Children”
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Fr. Joe and his furry friend Big Al are back!
With more heartwarming prayers for children, Big Al’s annoying sister, Annie, joins the fun as Big Al learns the lessons of compassion, responsibility, and individuality. The audio CD includes all 20 prayers, read by children and introduced by Fr. Joe, Big Al, and Annie. “You Want Me To Be Good, ALL DAY? is perfect for every child in your life.”





Prayer Book: “My Sister (brother) Is Annoying: And Other Prayers For Children”

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Click to view video prayer “When there’s time to be outside” >>

Click to view video prayer “I miss my dog” >>

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Kids Pray The Darndest Things!
Children say the most magical, wonderful things! This book of prayers, written by Fr. Joe Kempf and his furry friend, Big Al, is written the way children talk – and the way they think!
My Sister Is Annoying is a beautifully illustrated, fun way for children to talk to God about things that are important to them, such as trouble with siblings, the gift it is to have a grandparent, and trying to figure out the right thing to do. This gorgeous, hardcover book of prayers for children also includes a CD recording of children reading the prayers (with an introduction by Big Al & Fr. Joe).
My Sister Is Annoying will help children – and their parents – to pray the way Jesus taught us to pray… simply and from the heart.
48-page hardcover book – 8X8



For kids ages 2 to 102
Are you looking for a way to help faith come alive? Each DVD in this set presents ten different Gospel values. These brief and engaging presentations include a short Scripture reading, a reflection from Father Joe, a discussion with Big Al, and a prayer.

The messages in this DVD series were written for people of all ages to explore and share together. These DVDs are excellent for beginning a parish meeting; parent programs of any kind; intergenerational faith gatherings; or for children to watch by themselves. They are ideal for children’s Liturgy of the Word; conversations between parents and children; religious education classes; or for many other intergenerational gatherings.

Also included on each DVD are several bonus features. The first is Big Al’s theme song, “God Lives in You and Me”. Additional bonus features include outtakes and other fun and useful material.
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Big AL LIVE: Gospel Values for Children DVD Volume 1
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  • 1-1 What names have you been called?
  • 1-2 What good are broken things?
  • 1-3 Is Jesus YOUR shepherd?
  • 1-4 What’s your note to play?
  • 1-5 Forgive… or clobber
  • 1-6 How big is your family?
  • 1-7  Who will take your hand?
  • 1-8 Do you stay connected to God?
  • 1-9 Did you see Him?
  • 1-10 Do you try to be cool?





Big AL LIVE: Gospel Values for Children DVD Volume 2
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  • 2-1 What names have you been called?
  • 2-2 What good are broken things?
  • 2-3 Is Jesus YOUR shepherd?
  • 2-4 What’s your note to play?
  • 2-5 Forgive… or clobber
  • 2-6 How big is your family?
  • 2-7 Who will take your hand?
  • 2-8 Do you stay connected to God?
  • 2-9 Did you see Him?
  • 2-10 Do you try to be cool?





Big AL LIVE: Gospel Values for Children DVD Volume 3
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  • 3-1 What names have you been called?
  • 3-2 What good are broken things?
  • 3-3 Is Jesus YOUR shepherd?
  • 3-4 What’s your note to play?
  • 3-5 Forgive… or clobber
  • 3-6 How big is your family?
  • 3-7 Who will take your hand?
  • 3-8 Do you stay connected to God?
  • 3-9 Did you see Him?
  • 3-10 Do you try to be cool?





Big AL LIVE: Gospel Values for Children DVD Volume 4
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  • 4-1 Does your Baptism matter ? (Baptism)
  • 4-2 How big is your list? (Advent)
  • 4-3 Why do we have Christmas (Christmas)
  • 4-4 What does God do when we say we’re sorry ? (Reconciliation)
  • 4-5 Why give up something for Lent ? (Lent)
  • 4-6 Are you good at finding Easter eggs? (Easter)
  • 4-7 What is the best food you ever had? (Eucharist)
  • 4-8 What is a mother for ? (Mother’s Day)
  • 4-9 Is your dad holding on or letting go? (Father’s Day)
  • 4-10 Who are you ? (Halloween)





“No One Cries The Wrong Way… Seeing God through Tears”
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As people of faith we are invited to believe in the wonderful goodness of God. How, then, are we to understand the struggles and sufferings of so many of God’s people? In this wise – and delightful – book, Fr. Joe offers a needed perspective on some of life’s more troubling questions: Where is God to be found in the midst of a world filled for so many with loss and suffering? What is our hope when facing the death of a loved one? What can we expect of ourselves – or others – when we are grieving? What difference does it make to pray? How do we talk to children about these things?

Using story, demonstration and the wisdom of his lived experience, Fr. Joe offers a loving perspective, and some simple, down to earth suggestions for all who face the beauty and challenges of life.