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Catholic Creative Arts Contest focuses on God’s Mercy

February 09, 2016 | posted by

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Catholic Creative Arts Contest focuses on God’s Mercy

The Jubilee Year of Mercy is a special time for the Church, a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective. It will be celebrated so that the whole of the People of God can be involved with living out this Holy Year as an extraordinary moment of grace and spiritual renewal. Catholic Schools across the Archdiocese of San Antonio shared their talents in art, writing, poetry, music, and photography through the Catholic Creative Arts Contest. The contest was sponsored by the Department of Catholic Schools Enrichment Program Office headed by Veronica Montalvo. The goal of the contest was for students to project their understanding and examples of “mercy” in a creative and imaginative way. In accordance with the Jubilee Year of Mercy, students were able to reflect on the themes “God’s Mercy in My Life,” and “God’s Mercy on Others.”

Kenzi Van Geffen, 10th grade, St. John Paul II Catholic High School Archdiocesan Winner – Photography

“Thank you so much for conducting this Creative Arts Contest for our schools. We are so proud of our students who placed! Thank you for the opportunity to help our young people develop their gifts!,” said Sr. Carmen Botello, FMA, Principal at St. James the Apostle School.

Tristan Ortega, 4th Grader, St. Leo the Great Catholic School Archdiocesan Winner - Art

The contest aimed for each school to integrate the teachings of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy so that students could have a better understanding of what God calls us to do. Top entries will be complied onto a book and awarded to all Archdiocesan and Honorable Mention winners.Thirty-three (33) students will be recognized for their excellent work and twenty-seven (27) students will be recognized for their notable achievement.

Schools that submitted entries to be judged at the Archdiocesan level were: Antonian College Prep High School, Holy Name Catholic School, Holy Spirit Catholic School, Incarnate Word High School, Little Flower Catholic School, Our Lady of Grace Academy (Pleasanton), Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School, Rolling Hills Catholic School, St. Gregory the Great Catholic School, St. James Catholic School (Seguin), St. James the Apostle Catholic School, St. John Paul II Catholic High School, St. Leo the Great Catholic School, St. Luke Catholic School, St. Matthew Catholic School, St. Paul Catholic School, St. Thomas More Catholic School, Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School (New Braunfels), and The Atonement Academy.

The Catholic Arts and Academic Competition will conclude the season with the 1st [email protected] choir contest. School choirs from across the archdiocese will gather at Antonian College Preparatory High School on Saturday, April 30, 2016, and glorify the Lord through music as they compete with liturgical and religious songs.

For more information about upcoming Catholic Arts and Academic Competitions visit: