Family Rosary announces winners of 2018 "Try Prayer! It Works" Contest

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"Try prayer! It works! Contest results by Holy Cross Family Ministries (CatholicMom.com)

Created by Olivia Volion for the 2018 “Try Prayer! It Works!” contest. Courtesy of Holy Cross Family Ministries. All rights reserved.

31 Students Named First-Place Winners; 20th Annual “Try Prayer” Contest with nearly 800 Entries.

EASTON, Mass. – Family Rosary announces the winners of the 2018 “Try Prayer! It works!” Contest. The 20th annual competition – which encourages students to express their faith through art, poetry and prose – attracted nearly 800 entries from across the country.

The Try Prayer! It works! Contest focuses on family faith enrichment in the home. Our goal is to bring the Church’s teachings to life around the dinner table with discussion prompts, reflection question, prayer ideas, and creativity.

Each year, children and teens from Catholic Schools, parishes and other Catholic organizations across the globe utilize their creative skills to illustrate a different faith-based theme. This year the theme was Mary, the New Eve. Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade creatively depicted in various forms how their families are united through prayer and faith.

The theme of this year, “Mary, the New Eve,” is to help your family reflect on God’s call for family life and to discuss the importance of our Blessed Mother Mary. Mary’s “Yes” to God’s call was her commitment to becoming “the New Eve,” the Mother of the Church and all baptized in Jesus’ name.

Mary’s role as “the New Eve” was the Holy Spirit working through her to bring each of us closer to God’s merciful love. Her devotion to Christ and humble acceptance of God’s plan gently unites all people, as she works to share the deep joy and peace His friendship can bring.

United by baptism, we are all brothers and sisters of Christ, sons and daughters of God. Mary is our perfect model, committed to helping bring God’s love to all. Reflect with your family about how you can work together to live your life full of faith like the Blessed Mother.

In addition to the “Try Prayer! It works!” contests in the United States, separate competitions are conducted in Mexico, East Africa, West Africa, Bangladesh, Brazil, India, France, Chile, Peru and Philippines.

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

In the United States, three winners are chosen per grade, one each from three categories: Art, Poetry and Prose. First place winners are awarded $100 U.S., and the sponsoring organization earns $ 100 U.S. All the teachers involved are given a memento and each student who participated a Certificate of Appreciation.

Family Rosary was founded in 1942 by Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., who was declared VENERABLE in December 2017. The “Try Prayer! It Works!” contest derives its name from an experience in his life. While a seminarian, Venerable Peyton was stricken with severe tuberculosis. At one point, a frustrated physician said, “Try prayer! We have done all we can for you.” Venerable 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 Venerable Peyton to devote his life to Mary, Mother of God, and to the spiritual well-being of the family. His famous phrase, “The Family That Prays Together Stays Together,” still resonates today.

In the spirit of its founder, Venerable Patrick Peyton, Family Rosary serves Jesus Christ and his church by inspiring, promoting and fostering the prayer life and spiritual well-being of families throughout the world. Faithful to Mary, the Mother of God, Family Rosary encourages family prayer, especially the Rosary. For more information, call 800-299-7729 or visit www.FamilyRosary.org.

"Try prayer! It works! Contest results by Holy Cross Family Ministries (CatholicMom.com)

Created by Ellen Marie Hesselbrock for the 2018 “Try Prayer! It Works!” contest. Courtesy of Holy Cross Family Ministries. All rights reserved.

 

WINNING ENTRIES LIST:

Grades 11 & 12

1st Place, Art
Mary Cecilia Eidem
Holy Angels Academy, Louisville, KY

1st Place, Poetry
Emily Kenney
Holy Angels Academy, Louisville, KY

Grades 9 & 10

1st Place, Art
Ellen Marie Hesselbrock
Holy Angels Academy, Louisville, KY

1st Place, Poetry
Jacob Paul Bifone
Holy Angels Academy, Louisville, KY

1st Place, Prose
Ethan Schroeder
St. Joseph High School, Natrona Heights, PA

Grade 8

1st Place, Art
Hannah Ramalho
H/S, New Bedford, MA

1st Place, Poetry
Emma Mohon
St. Peter Chanel School, Paulina, LA

1st Place, Prose
Denisse Adalay Alacron Rodriguez
St. Benedict School, Montebello, CA

1st Place, Prose
Samuel Moreno
St. Benedict School, Montebello, CA

Grade 7

1st Place, Art
Olivia C. Smith
H/S, Indianapolis, IN

1st Place, Poetry
Jared Michael Spalding
Holy Angels Academy, Louisville, KY

1st Place, Prose
Michael Garcia
St. Benedict School, Montebello, CA

1st Place, Prose
Marc Barajas, Jr.
St. Benedict School, Montebello, CA

Grade 6

1st Place, Art
Genesis Sanchez
St. Benedict School, Montebello, CA

1st Place, Poetry
Dominic Annaloro
St. Peter Chanel School, Paulina, LA

1st Place, Prose
Ram Alen Garcia
St. Benedict School, Montebello, CA

Grade 5

1st Place, Art
Kohana Nguyen
St. John the Evangelist Catholic School, Hapeville, GA

1st Place, Poetry
Sofia Navarro
St. Peter’s Memorial School, Laredo, TX

1st Place, Prose
Morgan Veale
St. John the Evangelist Catholic School, Hapeville, GA

Grade 4

1st Place, Art
Tyler Milioto
St. Peter Chanel School, Paulina, LA

1st Place, Poetry
Olivia Shuck
St. Martha Catholic School, Sarasota, FL

1st Place, Prose
Massimo Sorce
St. Benedict School, Montebello, CA

Grade 3

1st Place, Art
Lisa Olech
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy, Brooklyn, NY

1st Place, Poetry
Nikolai Gonzalez
St. Benedict School, Montebello, CA

1st Place, Prose
Bianni Rosales
St. Benedict School, Montebello, CA

Grade 2

1st Place, Art
Olivia Volion
St. Peter Chanel School, Paulina, LA

1st Place, Poetry
Emiliano Vazquez
St. Peter’s Memorial School, Laredo, TX

1st Place, Prose
Edgar Benavides
St. Peter’s Memorial School, Laredo, TX

Grade 1

1st Place, Art
Luke Becnel
St. Peter Chanel School, Paulina, LA

1st Place, Poetry
Luna Mia Rodriguez
St. Peter’s Memorial School, Laredo, TX

1st Place, Prose
Joaquin Rolando Perez
St. Peter’s Memorial School, Laredo, TX

Kindergarten

1st Place, Art
Edmund Sampedro
Holy Angels Academy, Louisville, KY

"Try prayer! It works! Contest results by Holy Cross Family Ministries (CatholicMom.com)

Created by Olivia Smith for the 2018 “Try Prayer! It Works!” contest. Courtesy of Holy Cross Family Ministries. All rights reserved.


Copyright 2018 FamilyRosary.org

Family Rosary, along with CatholicMom.com and Family Theater Productions, is part of Holy Cross Family Ministries, founded by Venerable Patrick Peyton. “The family that prays together stays together.”

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