To encourage Catholics to take up the call to evangelise on social media, 10 video entries were submitted for a video competition called SHAREfest, Stirring Hearts: A Real Encounter Festival. Each video was no more than five minutes.
The competition, organised by the East District Youth Committee, was held at the Verbist Hall in the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.
A workshop was held in July to equip participants with video-taking skills and ideas on how they could go about shooting their videos.
A total of 92 people, comprising mainly youths from East district parishes, turned up on the competition day on Nov 15.
The judges for the event were Fr Terence Kesavan, youth chaplain of the East District parishes; Mr Gabriel Patrick, youth coordinator of the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Mr Keith Neubronner, youth coordinator of the Church of St Ignatius; and creative director for a boutique creative digital production company, Mr Linus Koh.
• Winner: “Overwhelmed” by Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.
• Runner-up: “My Father’s House, My Home” by Church of St Stephen.
• Second runner-up: “PRAY before you act” by Church of Divine Mercy.
• Most “liked-on-facebook” video: “The One and Only Confirmation Retreat” by Church of the Holy Trinity.
• Archbishop William Goh’s choice: “Evangelical Love” by Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace.
The awards were presented to the winners by Fr Terence, who also read out a special message from Archbishop Goh on his choice, noting evangelical love as the focus which the whole Church has to move towards.
His Grace also appreciated the many good intentions and effort put into all of the videos submitted as well as highlighted this initiative as a good one for other districts to follow.
Prior to the video screening and the award presentation, there was fellowship and bonding time over light refreshments. Following that was a praise and worship session.
As the event drew to a close, Fr Terence invited all participants to reflect if the competition should be held again next year or even annually.
He encouraged participants to reach out to more people as they encounter the Gospel through social media.
To watch all the video entries, visit https://www.facebook.com/edSHAREfest