Films by Catholic Youth and Young Adults Debut Online 

Goodness Reigns Launches Its People’s Choice Award Webpage at

by Martin Barillas Friday, March 25, 2011

For More Information:Kevin Wandra, 678-990-9032 or

Films by Catholic Youth and Young Adults Debut Online

Goodness Reigns Launches Its People’s Choice Award Webpage at

LOUISVILLE, March 25—Goodness Reigns is excited to announce the debut of its People’s Choice Award webpage, which contains inspiring videos on the Catholic faith created by and for youth and young adults as a means to evangelize the world.

Everyone is invited to watch and vote for his or her favorite short films at until May 1. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will receive $1,000 in cash. Once the contest ends, all films will remain online indefinitely as the webpage will serve as a growing repository of short films on the Catholic faith for catechists and the general public to access.

Geared specifically to reach youth and young adults, the competition presents an opportunity for the young church to grow in and share the Catholic faith by becoming digital witnesses. Contest participants have created short films in the following subject areas: church teachings, the sacraments, church history (including the lives of the saints) and examples of the present-day missionary spirit found within the church.

“There are some really great ones!” said Gabriel Castillo, director of evangelization at St. Theresa’ Church in Sugarland, TX. “I think it is brilliant. Now youth groups and teachers will have a safe place to send their students and peers to get solid Catholic info presented in creative ways.”

In January, filmmakers, from beginners to experts ages 14 and older, submitted their videos for the Goodness Reigns: Share the Story short film contest. Contest winners in each award category will be announced April 1, and may choose to receive either all-inclusive travel packages to World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Spain, or video equipment packages. For more information on the specific award categories, visit

Following is a list of films entered into the contest:

“The Pro” by Nicholas Smith of Madonna Productions in Hanceville, AL (High School)


“A Story of Conversion and the Sacraments” by Eduardo Valenzuela in Tucson, AZ (Young Adult)


“Accept the Gift” by Queen of Apostles Church/Renew Kids--Sunnyvale, CA (High School)

“Catholic Integration Agency” by Crux Sacra Productions in La Crescenta, CA (Young Adult)

“Covenant” by St. Joachim Catholic Church in Madera, CA (Church Teaching)

“Eyes of Hope, Ears of Faith” by St. Andrew’s Newman Center in Riverside, CA (Young Adult)

“Glory to God” by Shelli Merrill in Reseda, CA (Sacraments)

“Jesus in the Streets” by St. Catherine of Siena in Reseda, CA (Missionary Spirit)

“Love Is Bound” by St. Catherine of Siena in Reseda, CA (Missionary Spirit)

“Mylene’s Amen Song” by St. Catherine of Siena n Reseda, CA (Young Adult)

“Proper Use of Money” by Matthew Whittle in Fair Oaks, CA (Church Teaching)

“St. Clare” by St. Catherine of Siena in Reseda, CA (High School)

“The Eucharist” by St. Rose of Lima WYD delegation (Young Adult)


“An Extraordinary Missionary” by Gabriela Velasquez in Canterbury, CT (Missionary Spirit)


“Alive and Kicking” by Ariel Guy in Wesley Chapel, FL (Missionary Spirit)

“Finding John Doe” by Jubilee Youth Group at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Miami, FL (High School)


“Letting Go” by Sean Klooster of Cummings, GA (Sacraments)


“Don’t Let Me Fall” by Made Ministry/Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ewa Beach, HI (Young Adult)


“The Apostle’s Creed” by Ryan Bradshaw in Boise, ID (Young Adult)


“Runaway Boat” by St. Malachy/Monkey Business Productions in Genesco, IL (High School)


“Bully Wars” by West Fork Catholic Community in Moville, IA (Church Teaching)


“Lego Easter Story” by Inshal Chenet in Bowie, MD (Church History)

“The Path to Madrid” by Patrick McNamara in Annapolis, MD (Church History)

“The Lucifer Chronicle” by Our Lady of the Fields Church in Bowie, MD (High School)


“All Praise Is Yours” by San Damiano Group/Basilica of St. Stanislaus in Chicopee, MA (High School)

“What’s in My Purse” by San Damiano Group/Basilica of St. Stanislaus in Chicopee, MA (High School)


“Blazing Boomerangs” by Acts of Charity in Auburn Hills, MI (High School)


“God Is Pro Life” by Franciscan Brothers of Peace in St. Paul, MN (Missionary Spirit)

“Searching for Truth” by Rebekah Pierre in Maplewood, MN (Church Teaching)


“Jesus Is Found in the Temple” by St. Peter the Apostle Church in Henderson, NV (High School)

New Jersey

“Fall to Me” by St. Vincent de Paul in Stirling, NJ (High School)

New York

“Finish Line” by Central Catholic High School—Troy, NY (High School)

“Mary, Our Mother” by Rochester Lumina Club in Victor, NY (High School)

“Mary’s Immaculate Heart” by Rochester Lumina Club in Rochester, NY (High School)

“Missionary Spirit at Queen of Peace” Chaminade High School in Mineola, NY (High School)

“Morning Star Family Holy Hour” by Morning Star Family Holy Hour in Olean, NY (High School)

“The Story of the North American Martyrs” by St. Paul’s Life Teen/Peer Disciples in Schenectady, NY (Young Adult)

“Walls” by Quiet Waters Srodo /girls in North Collins, NY (High School)


“Link to Heaven” by Multi Amici in Cincinnati, OH (High School)

“Sanctify” by Immaculate Conception Youth Group in Cincinnati, OH (High School)

”Spring of Life” by Holy Name High School in North Royalton, OH (High School)

“We Believe” by Jacob Popcak in Steubenville, OH (Young Adult)


“Our Hometown” by Madison Black of Chickasha, OK (Missionary Spirit)


“Mother of the Savior: The Most Blessed Virgin Mary” by Domonic Lockavich in Hunlock Creek, PA (Church Teaching)

“Temptations” by Presentation of the Blessed Mother in Wynnewood, PA (Sacraments)

Rhode Island

“Founded in Genuine Love” by Immaculate Conception Academy in Wakefield, RI (High School)

“Something More” by Immaculate Conception Academy in Wakefield, RI (High School)

“The Gift of Vocation” by Immaculate Conception Academy in Wakefield, RI (High School)

“The Sacraments” by Margaret Antonio in Wakefield, RI (Sacraments)

South Carolina

“Confession” by Wil Bernherd of Easley, SC (Sacraments)

“Goodness Reigns Through Franciscan Spirituality” by Furman University students in Greenville, SC (Young Adult)

“Greatness” by Ellen Kosinski in Warrenville, SC (Young Adult)

South Dakota

“The Lord’s Prayer” by St. John’s Youth Group in Castlewood, SD (High School)


“Simple Love” by Samuel Zamarron in Mission, TX (Church Teaching)

“The Sacrament of Divine Mercy” by St. Theresa Church in Sugarland, TX (Sacraments)


“Gifts of the Holy Spirit” by Chicken Coop Productions in Baraboo, WI (Young Adult)

“Love Begins Here” by LBH Productions/Diocese of Madison in Baraboo, WI (High School)

“The Ten Plagues” by Chazoo Warriors/Holy Spirit Youth Ministry in Kimberly, WI (High School)

“Vigils of Hope” by Messmer High School in Milwaukee, WI (High School)


“St. Patrick” by Sacred Heart Parish in British Columbia, Canada (Church History)


“A Link in the Chain” by Team Moonshine in Pune, India (Young Adult)


“Beauty” by Santa Monica/Santa Maria de Guadalupe in Cuernavaca, Mexico (Young Adult)


“Serving the Poor in Pakistan” by the Catholic Youth Group in Faisalabad in conjunction with Archbishop Carroll High School in Lansdale, PA (Young Adult)

For more information about Goodness Reigns or to schedule an interview with contest participants or Suzanne Haugh, please contact Kevin Wandra with The Maximus Group at 678-990-9032.


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