Bishop John Noonan presents Light of Faith Awards for Excellence in Communication

Local Program Coincides with Vatican World Communications Day on May 20: Bishop John Noonan presented close to 50 awards to representatives from 27 parishes and schools and two diocesan offices on April 23, 2012 at St. James Cathedral.

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Local Program Coincides with Vatican World Communications Day on May 20: Bishop John Noonan presented close to 50 awards to representatives from 27 parishes and schools and two diocesan offices on April 23, 2012 at St. James Cathedral.

There are three goals of the Light of Faith Awards:

  • Recognize the hard work and dedication of many people who communicate and evangelize the Good News of our Catholic faith
  • Showcase the best examples of communication to inspire and educate others in their pursuit of excellence
  • Highlight the many ways in which the Good News is communicated throughout the Diocese of Orlando

The Diocese of Orlando Office of Communications developed the Light of Faith Awards Program in unity with the pope’s annual World Communications Day, May 20, 2012.

Parish and schools submitted materials in the following categories: Bulletins, Newsletters, Special Publications, Brochures and Worship Aids, Web or Internet Based Communications, Video, and Campaigns.

Click below to watch the live stream playback of the Light of Faith Prayer Service and Awards Ceremony held on April 23, 2012.

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The award recipients are listed below:

Category 1   Bulletins

(Small Parish) St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Dunnellon

(Medium Parish) St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Orlando

(Large Parish) St. Anthony Catholic Church, Lakeland

Category 2   Newsletters

(Parish) St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, Orlando

(School) St. James Cathedral School, Orlando

Category 3   Special Publications

(Medium Parish) Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, Oviedo

(Large Parish) Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Indialantic

(Medium School) St. Teresa Catholic School, Titusville

(Large School) Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School, Indialantic

(Entity) Catholic Foundation of Central Florida

Category 4   Brochure/Worship Aid

(Small Parish) St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, Orlando

(Medium Parish) St. Ann’s Catholic Church, DeBary

(Large Parish) Annunciation Catholic Church, Altamonte Springs
(Large School) Trinity Catholic High School, Ocala

Category 5   Internet/Website Communications

(Parish–Multimedia) St. Paul Catholic Church, Leesburg, CCTN

(Medium Parish—Website) St. Matthew Catholic Church, Winter Haven

(Large Parish—Website) Annunciation Catholic Church, Altamonte Springs

(School—Website) St. Paul Catholic School, Leesburg

(Entity—Website) Brevard County Catholic Schools

(School—Web Marketing) Father Lopez Catholic High School, Daytona Beach

(Parish—E-newsletter) All Souls Catholic Church, Sanford

Category 6   Video

(Parish) St. Paul Catholic Church, Leesburg, CCTN

(School) Bishop Moore Catholic High School, Orlando

(Entity) Brevard County Catholic Schools

Category 7   Campaigns

(Medium Parish) Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, Oviedo

(Large Parish) St. James Cathedral, Orlando

(School) St. Paul Catholic School, Leesburg

(Entity) Brevard County Catholic Schools

Young people also participated in a variety of ways which demonstrates that they are not just the Church of tomorrow they are the Church of today.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development Multi-Media Youth Arts Contest, organized by the Office of Advocacy and Justice, taught young people in grades 7-12 about the root causes of poverty and Catholic Social Teaching and communicate ways to address those root causes as a people of faith.

The Office of Vocations Poster Contest taught young people in grades 6 and 11 about how God calls each of us to a special vocation in life and that a religious calling is an important vocation that can bring great joy to a person’s life while building the Kingdom of God on earth.

The Office of Youth Ministry organized a Living in the Light Art Contest to invite middle and high school students to creatively illustrate how we as Disciples of Christ can “live in the Light of Christ.”

The Office of Communications also works with young people who are Ace Reporters for the website Faith News Online. The students in middle school write about events and activities that affect their faith.

The youth award recipients are as follows:

Category 8   Ace Reporter

Lynette Fisher and James Commerford, St. Paul Catholic School, Leesburg

Category 9   Vocations

First Place: Ariano Arleo, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, St. Cloud

Second Place: Maisa  Cietto, St. John Vianney Catholic School, Orlando

Third Place: Evan Arango and Michael Collins, St. John Vianney Catholic School, Orlando

Category 10 Catholic Campaign for Human Development

7th-9th Grade

First Place: Harley June Smith, St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School, Altamonte Springs

Miss Smith also received the first place national award in the CCHD Multi-Media Youth Arts Contest and will receive a $500 prize plus a matching grant to the CCHD funded group of her choice.

Second Place: Zoe Smith, Janae Dorelus, Parker Boudreaux, and Billy Joseph, St. Andrew Catholic School, Orlando
Third Place: Jordonna White, St. Andrew Catholic School, Orlando
Third Place: Elizabeth Cobb and Kayla Hodkey, St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School, Altamonte Springs
Honorable Mention: Joey Marshall and Tommy Brockman, St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School, Altamonte Springs

10th – 12th Grade Category

First Place: Coco Wu, Santa Fe Catholic High School, Lakeland

Miss Wu also received a third place national award in the CCHD Multi-Media Youth Arts Contest and will receive a $100 prize plus a matching grant to the CCHD funded group of her choice.

Second Place: Lauren Wurthmann, Santa Fe Catholic High School, Lakeland
Third Place:
Candice Helvick, Santa Fe Catholic High School, Lakeland
Honorable Mention: Francesca Petrizzo and Anita Annaheim, Father Lopez Catholic High School, Daytona Beach

Category 11 Living in the Light

Middle School

First Place: Gabriella Nadeau, Resurrection Catholic School, Lakeland

Second Place: Elizabeth Buckley, St Margaret Mary Catholic School, Winter Park

Third Place: Jacob LaLonde, St Anthony Catholic School, Lakeland

High School

First Place: Kevin McKiernan, Father Lopez Catholic High School, Daytona Beach

Second Place: Claire Mulinax, Father Lopez Catholic High School, Daytona Beach

Third Place: Andrew Stearns, Resurrection Catholic Church Youth Ministry, Lakeland

All of our award recipients are to be held up as an example to follow. Hopefully their example will inspire many to enhance their communication methods to more effectively share the Gospel message. There are two parishes in particular that have excelled in the area of communications and evangelization this past year. Bishop Noonan presented them with the Witness to Hope Award, the highest honor bestowed at the Light of Faith Awards Prayer Service and Awards Ceremony.

Witness to Hope Award Recipients

Small Parish: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Dunnellon

Large Parish: St. Paul Catholic Church, Leesburg