Oct 262011

We invite youth in grades K-12 in our diocese to participate in our 2011 Catholic Messenger Christmas contest.

Grades K-6 are asked to create a Christmas card and grades 7-12 to write an essay of 300 words or less about “What Christmas means to me.”

The winning drawing and essay will appear on the front page of the Christmas edition of The Catholic Messenger, to be published Dec. 22. Runners-up also will appear in the newspaper and on our Catholic Messenger website.

Drawings should be done on white, 8 1/2 by 11-inch paper in colored pencil, crayon, marker or paints. Please submit original artwork only; no black and white drawings.

The artwork should focus on the religious nature of Christmas. If using yellow, use a deep yellow or make sure it is surrounded by a dark color. Yellow is hard to reproduce.

The contest, which has a Nov. 21 postmark deadline, is open to youth living or attending school in the Diocese of Davenport.

Messenger staff members will judge the entries based on originality and the ability to convey what Christmas means to Christians.

Entries must include first and last name, age, grade, home address,  home phone, school (public or private with town name where it is located) and parish (name and city) on the back of the drawing and essays. Please do not fold entries.

Any information omitted could be grounds for disqualification.

Card entries should be postmarked by Nov. 21 to The Catholic Messenger, 780 W. Central Park Ave., Davenport, IA 52804. Essay entries should be emailed to

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