What if there was an “American Idol,” except for Catholic youth? This may be your answer!

Do you think you can write a song? Not just any song–but a catchy, inspirational song, that shares the Gospel’s Good news and focuses on caring for God’s creation?

Youth in grades 1-12 are eligible to sign-up for this one-of-a-kind contest, sponsored by MISSIO and the Missionary Childhood Association, one of the Pope’s mission societies.

Grab a pen, a copy of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, and invite the Holy Spirit to inspire you to write a song for the Baptized And Sent Song Contest.

The contest celebrates Extraordinary Missionary Month, which Pope Francis requests that the Church celebrates this October.

One grand prize winning song will be chosen based on originality and best interpretation of the contest theme.

We will then submit the winning song to the International Secretariat of the Missionary Childhood Association at the Vatican. It may be used to promote Extraordinary Missionary Month as part of materials (print and digital) from MISSIO and the Missionary Childhood Association.

There will be six additional winners chosen in grade categories as follows: Grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12.

This is your chance to share your gifts with the world – to be a missionary with music and song!

Submissions must be received by September 23, 2019. Winners will be announced in the Extraordinary Missionary Month of October.

Don’t delay. The deadline is September 23. Click here to learn more!

[See also: 26 Key Quotes from Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment, Laudato Si]

[See also: How Parish Singers & Musicians Can Powerfully Move Congregations, According to Pope Francis]

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