from the NY Daily News:
http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-04-17/local/29461334_1_confession-livery-cab-brooklynWho needs church? Catholic officials using YouTube to draw attention to confession
BY MICHAEL PRESTON
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Local Catholic church officials are using YouTube to draw attention to one of the Church’s oldest institutions: the act of confession.

To promote its citywide All Day Confession Monday, the Archdiocese of New York and the dioceses of Brooklyn and Rockville Centre created an online contest called “I-confess.com,” in which participants submit videos explaining how they feel about confession.

Applicants are vying for $25,000 in scholarship funds.

Brooklyn resident Rosalina Alves, 22, offered a simple testimonial about the power of confession in her video, “Some Tragedy to Resurrection.”
“My father passed away in May of last year and my grandfather was in the hospital, too,” said the St. Francis College student. “And on Aug. 5, the day my grandfather was released from the hospital, I was hit and dragged by a livery cab.”

Alves suffered serious injuries to her face, torso and legs as part of the accident. She spent three weeks in the hospital and endured months of physical rehab.

“It was the most miserable time of my life,” she said. “I couldn’t go to work or school. I couldn’t feel normal. I was mad at myself. I had so much anger.”

But when Alves eventually returned to church and had her faith renewed through confession, she recognized the value her story could have for others. Her one-minute video is a testimonial to the power of confession in her life. “I wanted to let people know that things happen and maybe something like what I did can help them deal with their problems,” she said.

“Get Clean” by Melinda Collins, 20, a student at John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego, Calif., offered a more dramatic vision. “I had the idea of what if all of the things that mar me in my daily life were written on my face?” said Collins.

In her clip, the names of sins like “envy” and “vanity” are drawn across her face and it’s only after visiting a confessional that she’s able to scrub them off her skin. “I’ve found that the only thing that really restores me is confession,” she said.

The Rev. Kieran Harrington of the Diocese of Brooklyn said the idea of utilizing YouTube came from a video promoting confession called “SoulWow.com” made last year.

“That was very well received but we decided this time it would be much better to have young people tell the story,” he said. “As a priest, people expect me to talk about confession, but it’s a different thing when it’s your neighbor’s kid who is talking about how it affects their life.”

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