The program, which began in Sept. 2005, follows a very simple format and is held the first Thursday of month at 7:00 PM in the Nativity Center. The participants view a film, which they have chosen and then discuss it with particular emphasis on how the film relates to our faith and values. Many of the participants provide a variety of delicious refreshments (including popcorn!). The sessions have proved to be both enjoyable and stimulating. All in the parish and in the community are welcome to attend.
Pay It Forward
Nativity center: May 04, 7:00 PM
This inspiring and imaginative film is based on a novel of the same title by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Mimi Leder (ER, China Beach, Deep Impact) directs from a screenplay by Leslie Dixon. It speaks directly to the greatest social problem and character disorder of our times — incivility. Wherever one looks — in the home, on the street, or at work — everyone is consumed with taking care of number one. Small acts of courtesy, it seems are a thing of the past.
Trevor McKinney (Haley Joel Osment) is an eleven-year-old who lives in Las Vegas with his working-class mother, Arlene (Helen Hunt), who is a recovering alcoholic. She works hard at two jobs to support her son but feels that it is a losing battle. Trevor is a latch-key kid who often has to take care of himself.
This seventh-grader's spirits are lifted when on the first day of school Eugene Simonet (Kevin Spacey), his new social studies teacher, gives the class an extra credit assignment: "Think of an idea to change our world and put it into action." Whereas the rest of the class has trouble looking past the teacher's badly scarred face, Trevor realizes that he now has been given a moral adventure.
The idea that Trevor comes up with is so simple and so naïve that when others learn of it they are dismissive. Even Trevor himself begins to doubt when his "pay it forward" plan seems to founder on a combination of bad luck and the worst of human nature.
In the end, Pay It Forward is the story of seemingly ordinary people made extraordinary by the simple faith of a child. It points us in a different direction. It boldly reveals that kindness and putting others first are acts of moral beauty. It concretely proclaims that each person can make a difference in the world by doing good.
Year of Release: 2000 Running time: 123 minutes