In the midst of challenges, sorrow and changes to daily routines during COVID-19, there have been stories of hope, kindness and perseverance among the Catholic faithful around the Diocese of Trenton.

To recognize the positive during these difficult times, the diocesan Department of Multimedia Production is working on a new video project called “Stories of Hope.”

“The purpose of ‘Stories of Hope’ is that it will be a place where people can share their positive, maybe even profound stories of hope relating to their experiences with the pandemic,”  said Marianne Hartman, department director.

Those of all ages are invited to share their stories by submitting photos or brief videos demonstrating how they are coping with the pandemic and experiencing it through the lens of their Catholic faith. Cell phones may be used to record the video stories, which should be succinct, running no longer than two minutes, Hartman said. Participants should begin by introducing themselves by name and indicating the name and town of their parish.

Stories should reflect a specific experience such as: the love and care received from another person; experiences of isolation (such as growing closer to family members or God); how the Catholic faith helped someone deal with a difficult situation; a joyful experience of any kind, or talking about helpful ways to get through each day.

Completed videos can be sent to https://www.transferbigfiles.com/dropbox/marian2376.

Photo submissions must include a brief summary and caption information that describes the “Story of Hope.” Send to Monitor-News@dioceseoftrenton.org. Once received, the videos and photos will be edited and uploaded to diocesan websites and social media, including its YouTube channel.

Videos with similar content and messages may be grouped into one video, Hartman said.

“I’m hoping these video stories will demonstrate the various ways our faith can help us rise up to the new and more difficult challenges we have been facing with the COVID-19 pandemic,” Hartman said. “I hope that people of all ages will participate by sharing any related story that will help viewers feel less isolated, less alone and more hopeful.”

For questions or more information, contact Hartman at mhartm@dioceseoftrenton.org or 609-406-7402.