The call for entries has been announced for the 2012 “Try Prayer! It Works!” Contest. In this national competition sponsored by Family Rosary, children are encouraged to express their faith through art, poetry and prose.
The “Try Prayer! It Works!” Contest is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The 17th annual national competition attracts more than 3,000 entries from more than 50,000 participants nationwide. Children and teens from Catholic schools, parishes, home schooling and other Catholic organizations use their talent to convey their beliefs.
This year’s theme – Fear not, I am with you! – focuses on The Visitation. In the Second Joyful Mystery, Mary visits Elizabeth after the angel Gabriel tells her of God’s plan. During the visit, Mary comforts her cousin and helps her as she awaits the birth of her child. How do you visit with people? Why do you visit them? Whom do you visit? Do you see Christ in others – like Mary and Elizabeth when they visited with each other?
“The lesson of The Visitation helps us understand the importance of friendship and service,” said Father John Phalen, CSC, President of Holy Cross Family Ministries, of which Family Rosary is a member ministry. “Visiting with others is an opportunity to share God’s love and to offer ourselves in charity and service to our neighbors when necessary. When we do so, we know we can count on Jesus and Mary to be there with us.”
The “Try Prayer! It Works!” Contest asks entrants to use creativity to depict their thoughts and feelings to show how they visit with family and friends. Children in grades K-12 enrolled in a Catholic school, religious education program, parish, home school or other organization are eligible to participate. For details or to download an application, go to www.FamilyRosary.org/TryPrayer. All entries must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2012. Questions? Call Holy Cross Family Ministries at 800-299-PRAY (7729).
In the spirit of its founder, Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton, CSC, Holy Cross Family Ministries serves Jesus Christ and His church by promoting and supporting the spiritual well-being of the family. Faithful to Mary, the Mother of God, the Family Rosary, a member ministry, encourages family prayer, especially the Rosary. For more information, call 800-299-PRAY (7729) or visit www.Family Rosary.org.
To view high-resoltuion artwork of previous winners: click here