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Deadline Approaching for 2011 “Try Prayer! It Works!” Contest


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

It’s time to submit those entries for the 2011 “Try Prayer! It Works!” Contest. The deadline for this national competition encouraging children to express their faith through art, poetry and prose is Feb. 1.

The “Try Prayer! It Works!” Contest is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The 16th 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 – Speak, Lord; your servant is listening! – focuses on the Annunciation, which celebrates the announcement that the Virgin Mary would become the mother of Jesus Christ. The “Try Prayer! It Works!” Contest asks entrants to use creativity to depict their thoughts and feelings on how they listen when God speaks to them.

Children in grades K-12 enrolled in a Catholic school, religious education program, parish or other organization are eligible to participate in the “Try Prayer! It Works!” Contest. Prizes are awarded to the child and their school or parish: $100 for each first-place winner; $200 to each first-place winner’s sponsoring organization, including home-school programs; runners up win Holy Cross Family Ministries’ products.

For more information or to download an application, go to . All entries must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2011.

Questions? Call Holy Cross Family Ministries at 800-299-PRAY (7729).