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Holy Trinity Cherry wins Fulton Sheen endowment

CHERRY — Holy Trinity Cherry has received notice they have been selected as a winning recipient of the Fulton Sheen Endowment for Religious Education and Faith Formation Grant for 2012 – 13. This is the first time Holy Trinity Cherry has designed and completed a submission for this grant.

The Fulton Sheen Endowment fund is part of the “Rooted in Faith Campaign” and provides grants to parishes for the purposes of enhancing religious education, parish-wide evangelization and family life programs. Specifically, this year the fund is targeting ideas that promote educational efforts across cooperating parishes, pooling of educational resources across parishes, especially in rural areas, and creative new options for bringing faith to the people.

The grant proposal from Holy Trinity Cherry revolves around a highly creative and well received new idea that will enhance youth education at Cherry and other parishes around the Illinois Valley. At the center of the proposal is Novas Pictures Corp., their founder is internationally known and recognized film producer Jim Morlino and his Catholic award winning film “The War of the Vendee.”

This film is the recent winner of the “Best Film for Young Audiences” award at the 2012 Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival. “The War of the Vendee” tells the moving story of France’s little known religious civil war in the years following the French Revolution. Featuring a cast of over 250 young Catholics, and a sweeping orchestral score by Kevin Kaska, the story is a violent and brutal one, but it is told with a careful sense of reserve, and is safe for the whole family to watch. More information on Jim Morlino, Novas Pictures Corp., and “The War of the Vendee” is available at http://www.navispictures.com/Default.asp.

Holy Trinity Cherry’s plan is to utilize the Fulton Sheen Endowment funds to bring not only the film “The War of Vendee” to the Illinois Valley Catholic parishes but also Jim Morlino himself to present and speak. In this way, Holy Trinity Cherry will be delivering on the endowment funds goals related to promoting Catholic youth education, pooling resources across parishes, and utilizing creative new options for bringing faith to the people. Plans are being made to screen film in a number of local movie theaters.

For more information, contact Beth Wenzel at Holy Trinity at BethAtCHT@hotmail.com or 815-894-2006. Also, for more information check www.CherryHolyTrinity.org in mid to late September.

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