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WINNERS OF VIDEO CONTEST FOR CATHOLIC TEENS ANNOUNCED
Prizes Totaling $18,000 Awarded in Year of Sunday Mass Be a Digital Disciple Contest

Chicago, IL (February 19, 2013) – The Archdiocese of Chicago has announced the winning names of the Catholic teens and their parish affiliations who participated in the video contest conducted as part of the ongoing emphasis on the Year of Sunday Mass.  All Catholic high school students from Archdiocesan parishes in Cook and Lake counties were invited to show witness to their faith by creating an original, two-minute video about the importance of Sunday Mass.

Contest entrants were asked to participate in a small-group reflection process called “Circles of Witness for Teens,” create and produce a two-minute video, show the video to other teens and gather feedback and submit the completed entry form and DVD.  Forty-four films created by 135 teens representing at least 36 parishes were submitted.

Winners of the contest are: First place, $5,000: “Manifestation of the Mass” by youth from Holy Cross Parish in Deerfield; Second place, $2,500: “Catholic Mass” by youth from St. Odilo Parish in Berwyn; and Third place, $1,000: “Teens Growing in Faith” by youth from Infant Jesus of Prague Parish in Flossmoor.  Mount Assisi Academy in Lemont, received an “Honorable Mention” award of $1,000 for submitting 26 films. A matching award will also be given to the Catholic parish or Catholic school designated by the winners.

Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will present the awards to the youth during Parish Leadership Day, on February 23, at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School in Chicago.  The video contest was co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago, Mercy Home for Boys and Girls and ACTA: Foundation for Adult Catechetical Teaching Aids.

To view all of the submitted videos click on "Video Contest Winners" on the front page of the Archdiocesan website, www.archchicago.org.

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