Christophers name honorees

Since 1949, the Christophers have been recognizing media that “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.” Earlier this month, the organization, which was founded by Maryknoll Father James Keller, announced this year’s winners of the Christopher Awards in the movie, television and book categories. 


◗ “The Human Experience” 

◗ “The King’s Speech” 

◗ “Toy Story 3” 

Television and cable: 

◗ “Making the Crooked Straight” (HBO)  

◗ “A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism” (HBO) 

◗ “A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School ” (PBS) 

◗ “Amish Grace” (Lifetime) 

Books for adults: 

◗ “Thea’s Song: The Life of Thea Bowman,” by John Feister and Charlene Smith 

◗ “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life,” by Jesuit Father James Martin 

◗ “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy,” by Eric Me-taxas 

◗ “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption,” by Lauren Hillenbrand 

◗ “Washington: A Life,” by Ron Chernow 

Books for children: 

◗ “Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion,” by Mo Willems, preschool

◗ “Would You Still Love Me If ... ,” by Wendy LaGuardia and illustrator Patricia Keeler, ages 6-8. 

◗ “Brother Jerome and the Angels in the Bakery,” by Benedictine Father Dominic Garramone and illustrated by Richard Bernal, ages 8-10. 

◗ “Lafayette and the American Revolution,” by Russell Freedman, ages 10-12. 

The awards will be presented May 19 in New York.


Walking through the revised Mass 

Catholics do it every week: Stand, sit, kneel and recite the Greeting, the Confiteor, the Gloria, the Lord’s Prayer and much more at Mass. But do we really know what we’re saying and why? Could it be that those words and gestures have deep roots in Scripture that we don’t even realize? 

Edward Sri, provost and professor of theology at the Augustine Institute in Denver, provides the answers in “A Biblical Walk Through the Mass: Understanding What We Say and Do in the Liturgy” (Ascension Press, $12.99). In straightforward, concise chapters of usually just two to three pages, Sri takes readers step-by-step through the Mass, looking at the biblical roots of both the prayers and the gestures. 

He also incorporates the new translation of the Roman Missal, which will be implemented in parishes Nov. 27.


i-Confess video contest 

Not to be mistaken with the Hitchcock classic “I Confess,” the video contest “i-Confess” is inspiring young filmmakers to capture the healing nature of the Sacrament of Penance. 

The Archdiocese of New York and Dioceses of Brooklyn and Rockville Centre, also in New York, are sponsoring the competition, which asked students to create and submit short YouTube-style videos promoting the sacrament for a chance to win prizes, including the top prize of $25,000 toward an educational scholarship. 

The contest was planned in conjunction with an all-day confessions event that was to take place April 18, but judging is ongoing on the contest’s YouTube’s channel at Videos are judged on orthodoxy, creativity, number of views and rating. Winners will be announced by May 18.