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Winners of the 2013 “Try Prayer! It Works!” Contest Announced

4/26/2013

beadsFamily Rosary has announced the winners of the 2013 “Try Prayer! It Works!” contest. The 18th annual national competition – which encourages students to express their faith through art, poetry and prose – attracted nearly 1,100 finalist entries from across the country.

Each year, approximately 22,000 children and teens from Catholic schools, parishes and other Catholic organizations utilize their creative skills to illustrate a different faith-based theme. This year, the theme was Joy to the World! Students from kindergarten through 12th grade creatively depicted in various art forms how their families are united through prayer and faith.

This year’s theme is based on the Third Joyful Mystery, The Nativity, with Jesus, Mary and Joseph participating in the ultimate family moment. This sharing of love for the birth of His Son shows God’s hope that the faithful will always be united in compassion and caring as a family.

“The lesson of The Nativity helps us appreciate the importance of family, caring and God’s unconditional love,” said Father John Phalen, CSC. “The Third Joyful Mystery of the Rosary teaches us that joyful compassion for all God’s people is essential to a strong faith. When we embrace this, we truly know the meaning of ‘Joy to the World!’”

Entries are judged on content, ability to capture and interpret the theme, artistic and technical proficiency, and adherence to rules.

In the United States, up to three winners are chosen per grade: first-place winners are awarded $100 U.S., while the sponsoring organization earns $100 U.S and the “Think Good Thoughts” DVD. Runners-up in Grades 6-12 get the “You Will See” DVDs while Grades K-5 receive “The Life of Christ” DVD series from Holy Cross Family Ministries.

Family Rosary was founded in 1942 by the late Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton, CSC. The “Try Prayer! It Works!” contest derives its name from an experience in his life. While a seminarian, Father Peyton was stricken with severe tuberculosis. At one point, a frustrated physician said, “Try prayer! We have done all we can for you.” Father Peyton prayed his Rosary to the Blessed Mother and he made a miraculous recovery, which he attributed entirely to Mary’s intercession.

This experience – coupled with his spiritually rich family life as a youth in Ireland – inspired Father Peyton to devote his life to Mary, Mother of God, and to the spiritual well-being of the family. His famous slogan, “The Family That Prays Together Stays Together,” still resonates today.

For more information and to see all the winning entries, go to www.FamilyRosary.org/TryPrayer.