The deadline to submit entries for the 2014 "Try Prayer! It Works!" Contest is Feb. 1.
The national competition encourages children to express their faith through art, poetry and prose and is sponsored by Family Rosary, a ministry of Holy Cross Family Ministries, an apostolate of the U.S. Province.
The nationwide contest, now in its 19th year, is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. It attracts more than 1,000 entries from more than 22,000 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 - "Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief" - focuses on The Presentation in the Temple. The Fourth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary tells the story of Simeon, who recognizes that Jesus is the Messiah. He has waited a lifetime to witness this moment and is rewarded for his faith. The "Try Prayer! It Works!" Contest asks entrants to use creativity to depict their thoughts and feelings on what The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple means to them.
For more information or to download an application, go to www.FamilyRosary.org/TryPrayer. You can also call Holy Cross Family Ministries at 800-299-PRAY (7729). All entries must be postmarked by Feb. 1.