Contest promotes family prayer

The 2010 national competition “Try Prayer! It Works!” sponsored by Family Rosary is currently under way and open to students from kindergarten to 12th grade in Catholic schools, religious education programs or Catholic parishes or organizations.

Deadline for submissions is Feb. 1.

This year’s theme: “The Family That Prays Together Stays Together” is based on the message of  Holy Cross Father Patrick Peyton —  known as the “rosary priest” — who coined that phrase.

Contest entries should express through art, poetry or prose the importance of family prayer.

Up to three winners are chosen per grade: first-place winners are awarded $100, while the sponsoring organization earns $200, and runners-up win Holy Cross Family Ministries products.

For more information or to download an application, go to

Most-viewed CNS stories for December

An interesting mix of most-viewed stories for December on our main site, — did you miss any of these?

1. ‘Not a shred of disagreement’ between CHA, bishops on health reform (Dec. 28)

2. English, Welsh bishops say Equality Bill redefines who can be priest (Dec. 9)

3. Health reform, Pope Benedict named top story, newsmaker of 2009 (Dec. 11)

4. Vatican to decide fate of woman who knocked down pope (Dec. 28)

5. Not so secret: New book features 105 documents from Vatican archives (Dec. 4)

6. Vatican says pope outraged by sex abuse in Ireland (Dec. 11)

7. Archbishop Dolan says Archbishop Sheen knew Jesus was ‘way to heaven’ (Dec. 10)

8. U.S. interns swap hard work for incredible experiences at Vatican (Dec. 1)

9. Cardinal Foley decides to step down as Vatican’s ‘voice of Christmas’ (Dec. 2)

10. Of d’ohs and doughnuts: Vatican newspaper discusses Simpsons’ theology (Dec. 23)