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Vocations Awareness Week Contest
In conjunction with Vocations Awareness Week 2009 (January 11-17), the Vocations Committee from the Diocese of Gaylord will sponsor a contest to help promote vocations in the diocese. In one of the most popular past contests, youth were invited to submit their original artwork -- either a drawing or prayer -- highlighting vocations. Winners were selected in each category for each age group and combined to create prayer cards which were then distributed across the diocese. Due to the popularity of the format, the concept is being repeated this year All students in the diocese including those in Parishes, Catholic Schools, Religious Education Programs and Youth Groups are invited and encouraged to submit entries to the contest. There are three age divisions for each category: Grades K-3, Grades 4-7, and Grades 8-12, so six winners will be announced. Artwork should be presented on 8-1/2 x 11 paper and may be sketched in crayon, paint, or other medium. Prayers should be clearly printed or typewritten. All entries must include the entrants name, age, parents names, address, phone number, parish or school. Winners will be selected in each age group for both artwork and prayer composition by a jury of Knights of Columbus council. Prayer cards will be then created using the winning entries with credit given to the artist and author. These prayer cards will be made available throughout the diocese for use in homes, parishes, and schools to pray for vocations. Entries must be received at the Diocesan Vocations Office no later than January 31, 2009 with winners to be announced at the end of February. Many of the Catholic Schools and Religious Education Programs in the diocese will be making a class project of this contest, but any student is invited to participate. Entries should be submitted through the parish, or may be sent to Vocations Awareness Contest, Diocese of Gaylord, 611 West North Street, Gaylord, Michigan 49735. For more information, contact Judy Abeel at 989.732.5147.