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13 First-Place Winners in 19th Annual "Try Prayer" Contest
By Family Rosary
Apr 12, 2014 - 12:10:38 AM

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EASTON, Mass. -- Family Rosary announces the winners of the 2014 "Try Prayer! It Works!" contest. The 19th annual national competition -- which encourages students to express their faith through art, poetry and prose -- attracted nearly 3,000 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 Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief. Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade creatively depicted in various art forms how their families are united through prayer and faith.

The contest theme this year is based on the Fourth Joyful Mystery, The Presentation in the Temple, when Mary and Joseph bring Jesus to the temple for the first time. Simeon sees the family arrive and recognizes the child as the Messiah. He has waited a lifetime to witness this moment and is rewarded for his faith.

"The Presentation in the Temple shows us that faith is important," said Beth Mahoney, Mission Director of Holy Cross Family Ministries. "Believing in Jesus and Mary will help us make wise choices when faced with difficult decisions. The Fourth Joyful Mystery helps us understand the significance of accepting Christ on faith and trusting in his word."

In addition to the "Try Prayer! It Works!" contest in the United States, separate competitions are conducted in Mexico, East Africa, West Africa, Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Ireland, France, Chile, Peru and the 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, up to three winners are chosen per grade: first-place winners are awarded $100 U.S., and the sponsoring organization earns $100 U.S and the "Living the Rosary" Book. Runners-up in Grades 9-12 get the "Luminous Mysteries" DVD, while Grades 4-8 receive "History & Devotion of the Rosary" Book and Grades K-3 receive the "Once Upon a Mystery" Activity Set from Holy Cross Family Ministries.

The 2015 "Try Prayer! It Works!" contest is already underway. This year's theme is Being about the work of my Father, based on the Fifth Joyful Mystery, The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple, when Mary and Joseph find Jesus listening to the teachers and doing "the work of my Father." Teachers, parents and students can download the registration form at For details, contact Family Rosary at 800-299-7729.

Family Rosary was founded in 1942 by the late Servant of God Patrick Peyton. 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 words, "The Family That Prays Together Stays Together," still resonates today.

In the spirit of its founder, Servant of God Patrick Peyton, 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 800-299-7729 or visit

Noah Detillier of St. Peter Chanel School in Paulina, La., was named a winner in the 2014 "Try Prayer! It Works!" Contest. He was the first place in the 4th Grade category. The national competition is sponsored by Family Rosary. For more information, go to

Other children's artwork available at

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