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tryprayerNational Competition Encourages Children
to Express Faith through Art, Poetry and Prose

The call for entries has been announced for the 2013 “Try Prayer! It Works!” Contest. In this national competition sponsored by Family Rosary, children are encouraged express their faith through art, poetry and prose.

The “Try Prayer! It Works!” Contest is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The 18th 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 – Joy to the World! – focuses on The Nativity. The Third Joyful Mystery tells the story of Jesus, Mary and Joseph participating in the ultimate family moment. This sharing of love for the birth of His Son shows us God’s hope that we will always be united in compassion and caring as a family. What does The Nativity mean to you? How does your family celebrate the birth of Jesus? What do you do to keep the Savior’s arrival in your heart every day?

TryPrayer“The lesson of The Nativity helps us appreciate the importance of family, caring and God’s unconditional love,” said Father John Phalen, CSC, President of Holy Cross Family Ministries, of which Family Rosary is a member ministry. “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!’”

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 All entries must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2013. Questions? Call Holy Cross Family Ministries at 800-299-PRAY (7729).

This year, Family Rosary marks its 70th anniversary. The ministry was founded in 1942 by Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton, CSC, also known as the “Rosary Priest,” to advocate for families by preaching two powerful and memorable sayings: “The Family That Prays Together Stays Together” and “A World at Prayer is a World at Peace.” He was one of the most influential American Catholic priests of the 20th century, using the entertainment industry to further his mission of family Rosary prayer in honor of Mary and her son Jesus.

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 click here