CHICAGO (CNS) — Catholic Extension is encouraging young filmmakers to celebrate an “Extension Day” of their own choosing and to film the encounters as part of a video contest sponsored by Catholic Extension.

The contest is called “Make Some Noise!” and will award multiple prizes of up to $1,000 for the ministry of the winner’s choice and the opportunity to have the winning videos seen by Pope Francis.


Extension Day is meant to be a day dedicated to extending the gifts of the Catholic faith through acts of prayer, service or philanthropy. And, because Catholic Extension’s mission is to build the church in areas where challenges are great and resources are scarce, part of the intent is that acts extend beyond the typical boundaries of a parish or youth group or similar organization.

Videos submitted for the contest should be less than two minutes long, explain the activity chosen for Extension Day, and complete the sentence: “Our Extension Day is extending the church’s presence by …” Videos do not need to be polished; they can be recorded on whatever is available.

The entry deadline is Feb. 3. Videos can be submitted through the Instagram website. For more contest details, go to

Judging the submissions will be Catholic actor Chris O’Donnell, star of the CBS drama “NCIS: Los Angeles”; Father Dave Dwyer, director of the website Busted Halo; and Father Mark Mary, co-host of the Eternal Word Television Network program “Life on the Rock.”