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COMMUNICATIONS: New Pathways to God Creating a culture of dialogue through film and related media (2008).

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e are but 52 students from Grenada, St L u c i a , Dominica, Suriname, The US Virgin Islands and Trinidad and Tobago. We hail from different, yet similar cultures but share one goal – to hone our skills in our different fields of endeavors in order to better serve our God and our Church as communicators. Every one of us has been exposed to the sub theme for this year ―Creating a culture of dialogue through film and related media‖. Students attending CSCC between the years 2007 to 2009 would have experienced the entire package ―Co mmunicatio n – New Pathways to God‖ The morning of Monday 11 August 2008 found us gathered in anticipation in the main hall of this wonderful place called Emmaus Center. The welcome extended to us by our Principal Fr. Jason Gordon was warm and encouraging. An invigorating prayer session led by third year

audio student Kyle Dardaine energized us and Msgr Patrick Anthony shook us up with his innovative ‗show me yuh motion‘ orientation. To complete a packed morning Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski (ever ybod y‘s sweetheart) brought us up to par on ‗Dialogue‘ and our potential to bring light or darkness into people‘s lives with our words. Come Our Cuban lecturer Gustavo treated us to ―Creating a culture of dialogue through film- To censor or to act responsibly- that is the question. From there on it was G r o u n d i n g s , wo r k s h o p s , preparation for Morning Prayer or Mass, movies to attend (compulsory), projects to complete, deadlines to meet, get your act together for cultural night-go-go, go-go, GO! Educationally it has been a week of much learning, sharing and growth. On a personal level it was one of new and renewed friendships, caring for each other, supporting each others projects and striving to

become the best we can. Different teams put on such profound prayer sessions that one felt that raising up vocations ought to be a breeze. Cultural night just emphasized the talent abounding among us. We came, we stood in solidarity and we succeeded. We commend our administrator and her support staff. We acknowledge that not all of us have been easy to deal with but you managed and we hope you will survive to serve again next year. Hats off to our revered, exemplary principal. To our dedicated, excellent facilitators we wish there is more that we can say than a heartfelt ―THANK YOU‖. To the staff of Emmaus Center who obviously scrubbed and cleaned and prepared for our visit and fed us daily we extend appreciation on behalf of our parents and ourselves. Special mention must be made of Jenny who seemed to be everywhere at any given time and anywhere that she was required. For many of us this is goodbye. Some of us return to complete our programs and others return to pursue other fields. To each and every one of us – Fare well. May you be empowered in the service of The Father.

Inside this issue: History of CSCC

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Talk fuh so

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Movie Reviews

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Within these Hallowed Halls

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Workshops

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Workshops

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Cultural Evening

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CSCC VIBES By Annabella Morenzie

professor of religious studies and the director of the Institute for Pastoral Communications at the University of Dayton, Ohio. In 1993 Sr. Angela Ann came to Trinidad on two occasions to discuss the establishment of the Caribbean School for Catholic Communications.

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he Caribbean School for C a t h o l i c Communications was founded in 1994 by the late Archbishop Anthony Pantin. He contacted Sr. Angela Anne Zukowski to consult with the parish teams for the Archdiocesan Pastoral Communication Plan. Sr. Angela Ann was a member of the Mission Helpers of Sacred Heart. In 1992 she worked on a document for the now deceased Pope John Paul II entitled ―Aetatis Novae‖ which means ‗the dawning of a new era. At the time she was also the president for the Catholic Association and she is currently a

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Every year we have Fr. Jason Gordon, Monsignor Patrick Anthony, Gitling Aleong and Lisa Bhajan joining Sr. Angela Anne Zokowski. In 2006, the group of facilitators grew as they were then joined by past graduates of the school of Communi cations including Christian Garcia, Amina Blugh. Also joining the team was

Sherry- Ann Kennedy – Brownrigg. The school is annually held at the Emmaus Centre with workshops in Web Design, Media Education, Journalism, Audio and Video. The school continues to get better every year. It is advisable for anyone aspiring to become an effective catholic communicator to attend the school since CSCC‘s main aim is to broaden the communication and theological perspectives of the participants that pass through here.


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By Vera Allen

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Fr. Jason had to warn the student body to be on the look out for this notorious two legged creature. Every year the youngsters are upbraided for making noise late into the night. Guess what! When the talk came up about noise on Monday night, I was dead wrong when I thought it was the young ones. Where does all the waste go? This

Who & where are Mikkels eyes – he sees lights left on in rooms, does Gospel readings, serves meals, washes dishes etc. is it really just God?

id you notice the black feline roaming the compound? One male student swears it was following him around but then so did one female student. ―Who let the dog out‖?

is the third year running that signs in the toilets asking us to put only toilet paper in the bowls. …….. So where does all the waste go? Believe it or not this, the 14th year of the school marks 14 years of the youngster shirking kitchen duties. Come on guys & girls—grow up.

Vera Allen Journalism Workshop Trinidadian from St. Charles parish Tunapuna. Q. Can you tell me about yourself? A. I am Vera Allen a third year student in journalism hailing from Tunapuna, Trinidad. Q. What prompted you to attend the Caribbean School of Catholic Communications? A. For many years, long before the inception of Synod and Communications Teams, I have been doing reports to the Catholic News paper from my

parish and vicariate. Actually, I never thought of myself as a journalist. However, three years ago the opportunity arose for me to attend the school. Of course I grasped it with the idea of improving my skills. Q. How have you benefited from CSCC? A. I have been able to hone my actual journalism skills to some extent but the big thing for me has been the tremendous amount of knowledge that I have gained regarding the Catholic aspect of Communications. I know this will not just affect my writing but my entire life

since the practicing these principles would improve all relationships. I can actually see them being of use in my relationships with my husband, my children and even my staff. Q. What would you like to share about CSCC? A. I would like to share with my fellow students that I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of meeting and sharing with them. To the Administration and faculty I would say “Great job” To all else, especially those involved in the communications ministry in my Archdiocese Continued on Page 6

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Creating a culture of dialogue through film and related media”, the subtheme for CSCC this year had a great impact on one of the long standing traditions of the school, the movie night. On Tuesday night all of the participants of the school gathered in the main hall and sat on the hard iron chairs to view the movie, some more willingly than others, but none had much of a choice in the matter as attendance was mandatory. The movie shown, ‗Batman Begins‘, was a relatively recent film depicting the journey Bruce Wayne makes as a young boy witnessing his parents death and struggling with his fear of bats and desire for revenge and justice to ultimately become a caped crusader. Batman Begins began with a scene of young Bruce having an experience of falling down a well which led to a cave full of bats. The film then uses a threefold flashback method, jumping between three main phases in his life; his journey in ASIA, his return home from college and his experiences as a child. The story began to unfold to show how he began to develop a fear of bats which continued after his parents, who were instrumental in saving Gotham City from an economic crisis, were murdered in front of his eyes. The perpetrator was eventually caught and put in jail but some years after was up for an early release. At this point Bruce, with the help of his friend Rachael, was forced to examine his conscience and his sense of justice as opposed to revenge which led him on a journey to Asia. Page 4

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On his journey he landed in prison but was released with the help of a man named Duncard who invited him to come to a group known as the Legion of Shadows to help him become an enforcer of justice. He undergoes

intense training but withdraws in a most violent manner when instructed to execute a criminal. Bruce then returns to Gotham City, determined to pursue justice in the crime ridden city. He returns to his father‘s company through which he is able to acquire a number of high tech pieces of equipment which he uses to attack criminals and bring them to justice. The movie comes to a climax when he learns that the criminals who he was fighting were actually working for the Legion of Shadows, who wants to destroy the city. Eventually, he overcomes them and saves the city.

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Similarly, on Thursday night a much smaller crowd gathered in the main hall (as it wasn‘t compulsory this time) to watch a Cuban Documentary entitled ―Sweet Havana‖ This documentary was quite different from the norm. It contained very little dialogue yet still sent a very powerful message. It followed a day in the life of a number of Cubans including a young schoolboy, his father, an elderly woman selling peanuts, and a doctor. All of these persons led really simple lives despite challenges which were quite obvious. At the end of the film, a brief narration was given about each person‘s situation and their dreams. The film gave a great representation of what is truly important in life. The sub-theme truly enabled us, the participants of CSCC to look at films and related media in a whole new way, thinking from different angles, looking for the deeper messages and most importantly, finding the art in the film

Statue of John Lennon in the City of Havana, Cuba which was being guarded by voluntaries.


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By Sr. Christine Alphonse O.S.B.

Interview with Jonathan Joseph Representing the Island of St. Croix, USVI Age: 17 years And Akim Ismael Representing the Island of Dominica Age: 19 years Facilitators: Gitlin Aleong, Tristan Jones and Winnie Nurse Year 3 Students How many participants are in the video workshop? Akim: Roughly 14 participants, 8 are year 2 and 3 students and 6 participants belonging to Year 1. What does the video workshop entail? Akim and Jonathan: It entails training on how to handle the video camera, the different shots that are being taken, different rules on how to hold the camera and the different settings, script writing and writing shot lists (meaning the kinds of shots you want to take). And also a taste of editing in Year 2 and Year 3 entails everything along with an in depth in editing. How do you plan to use what you’ve learnt at CSCC in your parish? Akim: By contributing to all parish activities especially in the field of

video production and editing. Jonathan: Continuing to tape Masses as well as editing and also reaching out to other parishes in need of video editing or taping.

Jonathan Joseph and Akim Ismael

What has been your most memorable moment at CSCC? Akim and Jonathan: The most memorable moment is the night before the deadline of our project. The rushing, the anxiety involved lack of sleep, nervousness and excitement all in preparation for the final product. Will you recommend CSCC to anyone? Akim: Yes, because it is a good thing in that in the space of one week you have to be much focused and serious getting work done in such a short space of time and also the course in itself is very educational, informative and spiritual. Jonathan: Definitely I will

From page 3 and all the other countries that have access to CSCC, I would emphasise that CSCC is a must. Technical training you can obtain in lots of places. Catholic journalism is a whole different concept and for this you need CSCC. If you are serious about doing a good job of communications in the Church, you need the tools to do the job. CCSC is where it is at.

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Q. Where do you see yourself going from here? A. I am quite happy serving on my parish communications team and have no aspirations towards secular journalism. Should the opportunity arise to further serve the Church in this area, I will be pleased to assist. Paul: - Thank you, Vera, and I wish you God’s choicest blessings.

recommend because it not only broadens ones perspective but also builds up self-esteem and opens up the mind and imagination to new things. Also, it‘s about interacting and working with other people especially with those from the region sharing our common heritage. Do you intend to pursue a career in video production? Jonathan: Definitely, I am on my last year in High School and I intend to go on to College to further my studies in Video. With this year being the final year for both of you, do you have any final thoughts or encouragements? Akim: When opportunities knock one should respond willingly because you never know how far it will take you until you respond to that calling. Jonathan: Just to encourage others to do this course because it is a wonderful experience, that just as in life, you get out of something just as much as you put in. Thanks, and we the Journalism Workshop wishes both of you a successful career and a deepening of your quest in knowing and serving the Lord.


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By Sr. Benedicta Chanda O.S.B.

Laura Ann Phillips a Trinidadian national, is a second year student in media education, in the school of C a t h o l i c Communicators. She was born in 1971 and she has been a member of Living Water Community for about ten years. Currently she is working with the youth. Q. What have you benefited in Media Education? It has given me tools to understand different forms of media, how they work technically and how they express the message. In reference to St. Paul‘s participation in the forum in Athens (Acts 17) in which there are many altars to gods including the unknown God. Paul uses the opportunity to talk about Jesus of the one true God. In the same way Catholics are called to find opportunity to talk about God using common ground of media. So Medial Education simply gives tools to recognize the opportunity. It also helps us to understand the language of film, television and related media. Q. Have you ever had an experience before? ―Yes, a few years ago I did a short film appreciation course and that gave a tiny insight. But this course (Media Education) is so grounded in Catholic theo lo gy and so much mo r e comprehensive. It gives a passion for what is going around you. Q. Did you have the same experience as last year?

N o , last year was completely different. I was kind of lost, because I could not make the connection between Catholic theology and the analysis of the language of film and television. Q. What encouragement would you give to the first year students who might feel the same way as you did last year? To trust in the process and to remain open to the wisdom of what the school has to offer, the culture of forming media-savvy Catholics who can analyse and understand the world around and contribute. People may be at different level of exposure to the curriculum, second & third year would want to progress but the first years might feel disadvantaged. That is why in order to accommodate the first year, we would learn the same basic things over. Q. What is your final comment? Catholic theology is so important and applies to every other area of study offered at CSCC. It could be a good idea if Media Education could become a compulsory element of all areas of study.

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Simone Jones 18yrs As an employee of the Catholic Communications Studios, Simone Jones became interested in the Caribbean School for Catholic Communications after hearing about the school‘s programme. She is now in her second year at the school, doing web design, which she believes is a workshop that will serve to improve

Natasha Subero is a first year student in Audio workshop. She is a Trinidadian from Santa Cruz, Holy Cross parish. Q. What inspired you to enroll in CSCC? There was a need for an audio technician in my choir I am a member of Grace Music Ministry Choir which is associated with the evangelizing Commission of the Archdiocese. Q. What benefits have you derived from the course? I gained a better understanding of the use of the media to evangelize. I was exposed to techniques of recording and mixing. I was taught the method of balancing the input of series of mics and keyboards and guitars on an audio system. We were introduced to soft-ware that is used to control and manipulate sound and voice. I am more equipped technically, to position mics, and instruments linking them into a central sound system. Q. What does the future holds for you in Audio? To take, an active part in the church‘s working media.

her knowledge of information communications technology and enable her to contribute to her parish of St Peter‘s, Carenage by constructing a parish web site. The web design workshop shows participants the techniques associated with the design and construction of web sites. This year, the workshop is working on the re-launching of the CSCC web site which will showcase to the world what CSCC is about, a project that all the participants are excited about. Apart from web design, she has also learnt a great deal about opening up herself and relating Scripture to her life. Simone‘s experience was full of memories such as culture night and she will recommend CSCC to anyone as it gives the opportunity to learn about both theology as well as skills for an exciting career in media. Page 7


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s everything Trini, CSCC‘s cultural evening started 30 minutes late, at 8:30pm on Wednesday the 13th August 2008. The night was filled with talents ranging from the hilarious to the emotional. Hosts Kai and John were able to keep the age-varied crowd interested and engaged even encouraging spontaneous acts of talent by the members of the audience. The night started with the singing of the respective national anthems of the various participants, the crowd heard the anthems of: Grenada, an

anthem sung by three proud ladies, Surinam, Curacao, US Virgin Islands, Dominica, St. Lucia, United States, Saba, Belize, and the very patriotically rendered anthem of Trinidad and Tobago. Act 1 featured Fr Sean Doggett who entertained the crowd with his skill to poke jokes at his family name

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(Doggett). One well received joke was ―When I was child I used to be called doggy by my peers and after some time I began to believe them. I was sent to the psychologist by my parents.

Fr. Sean Doggett

The psychologist asked me to sit on the couch but I replied, ‗I‘m not allowed on the furniture sir‘. After some time of prodding by him I got on. He then asked me how long I felt like this, well sir since I was a puppy!‖ The spontaneous act of Alana Mason whose declared talent was talk, spoke on an irrelevant topic – her Barbies drinking bush tea, which to all intents and purposes kept the audience engaged yet bewildered by its meaning. When thought about, this was her talent and the joke of it all, a quite ingenious means of crowd engagement. A group calling themselves ‗Media Ed‘ performed a skit on their media Ed class in an effort to convince all, their class was the best in ALL of CSCC. Talents displayed included poetry recitation, inspirational songs by

professional and established performers and a song and dance

routine which captivated the audience sung by Kristy Tang . The highlight of the evening, however, were two equally strong performances that included a poem/song act on God‘s mercy.

Kristy Tang‘s song was titled ‗Utterances‘ which relayed a meaning of the greatness of God. Her favorite verse was, ―Father I love you‖. She also stated with a smile that the feedback was, ―only positive vibes‖. The night ended with fulfilled hearts and unexpected emotions.


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