The Catholic Enquiry Centre (CEC) has launched a video competition calling on students to share the stories of “saints” in their lives. The competition, “Saints Next Door”, is open to young people of all faiths and denominations.

Entrants must first register their interest. Registering is easy; just visit the competition website and complete the online form. Registrations need to be in by Friday, August 23. Students then have until August 30 to submit their finished videos. It is recommended that students start working on this as soon as possible. Schools have been sent details on the competition and the CEC encourages any who have not received this to source details from the website.

In 2018, Pope Francis shared a letter about saints. He explained that saints needn’t be mystical people from the past who cured lepers and floated above the floor. In fact, all of us, as ordinary folk, can be what the Pope labels as “saints next door”. “Let us be spurred on by the signs of holiness that the Lord shows us through the humblest members of that people which ‘shares also in Christ’s prophetic office, spreading abroad a living witness to him, especially by means of a life of faith and charity’.” (Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exsultate)

The competition has three categories, from year 7 to year 13, with one prize for each category. Recent school leavers are welcome to enter, their videos will be judged with those of senior students. The competition organisers are looking for good stories, so entrants needn’t be put off by their gear or technical skills.

Winning entrants can choose new technology up to the value of $900. Finished films need to be completed and submitted online by Friday, August 30. There’s plenty of information on the website including tips, inspiration and a resource kit for teachers. Interested contenders must register by Friday, August 23 and submit films by August 30.

To find out more, or to enter, visit www.videocompetition.nz

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