Diocese launches video contest for young people - Catholic Courier

Diocese launches video contest for young people

If you’ve ever wondered how Jesus’ parables might play out in modern times, the Diocese of Rochester has a great vehicle for stoking your imagination.

It also could put some cash in your pocket — and, most importantly, you’d be spreading the good news.

A recently begun video contest for young people, called YouParable.org, calls diocesan Catholics to create Internet videos based on Gospel parables. The competition, which runs through March 27, is open to people age 13 and older, with no upper age limit.

Entrants are asked to preserve the core message of Jesus’ parables, but to do so by taking such items as mustard seeds, lost sheep and fig trees and inserting present-day settings that urban and suburban Americans can relate to.

“Jesus’ message of mercy, forgiveness and love is just as important for us as it was for his disciples 2,000 years ago. However, times have changed,” Father Glenn McDonald, CSB, said in a video introduction on the contest Web site, www.YouParable.org. “Very few city Catholics have the experience of the agricultural world that shaped Jesus’ life and that of his followers.”

YouParable.org is an initiative of Spirit Alive!, the three-year diocesan spiritual renewal. The contest is being coordinated by Father McDonald, a newly ordained Basilian priest who serves the parishes of Christ the King, St. Thomas the Apostle and St. Salome in Irondequoit.

Father McDonald suggested reviewing all 33 parables from the Gospels, which are listed on the contest Web site and contain links to the full Bible passages. Entrants should reflect upon what their selected parable means to them, and then depict that meaning on video. Participants are encouraged to work in teams, serving in such roles as scriptwriter, actor, videographer and editor. Videos should be no more than 2 minutes, 30 seconds long.

Entrants are cautioned not to use copyrighted material. Father McDonald also emphasized the need for participants to keep the contest “fun and safe” by refraining from giving out personal information about themselves or anybody else such as names, telephone numbers, home addresses, e-mail addresses or anything else that could identify them over the Internet.

A review board will examine the submitted videos for appropriate content and theological message, select the top 20 finalists and post those videos on the contest Web site. From there, the general public is invited to vote for their favorite video. A first-place prize of $500 will be awarded, with half going to the winner or winners, and the other half to a Catholic charity of their choice.

Entry information, contest rules and tips on how to create a video may be found on the contest Web site. For further details, e-mail youparable@dor.org.

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