Life is a journey. We capture the special moments along the way in photos. More often, today, we post them–to Facebook, to Twitter or to Instagram–so that others can share our journey. These photos allow us to connect and sometimes even to motivate or inspire others. Above all, the images we share document our lives.
Early last year we made the decision to dedicate an entire page to images that were submitted by parishioners within the Diocese of Orange about parish life in their faith communities. The last page of every issue is our “Moments in our journey” page on which we publish these gems. We’ve received photos taken at baptisms, weddings, and funerals. People sent photos of parish events, church shrines and fun encounters with priests (Hello, Fr. Damien). As the curator of all the submissions I’ve had the opportunity to see how similar our lives are when it comes to our faith. We hold the same things dear. We are on the same path, though at different points along the way.
My favorite photo from last year is to the right. It was taken by John Pascale and published in our June 25, 2017 issue with this caption: A little girl, dressed in her Sunday best, “reads” the program for the Ordination Mass held recently at St. Columban Church in Garden Grove.
As 2018 gets underway, keep sending us your photos. They can be taken on your phone, but do make sure they are taken at the highest resolution possible and that you send them in the largest file size available. Remember that the best photos are the ones that are not posed or staged. They are the pictures that capture a moment in time. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and type “Moments” in the subject line of your email. Then check OC Catholic each week to see if your photo was selected for publication.