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Announcing the 2016-2017 Missionary Childhood Association Annual Christmas Artwork Contest!

MCA-Logo-Green-Yellow-CenteredAll young people in grades K-8 are invited to participate in the annual MCA/Catholic Times Christmas artwork contest. This year, prizes will be awarded to three winners in each grade level category; K-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, in our diocese. The twelve winning illustrations will be sent to the MCA office in New York for the national competition. One winner will be chosen as the cover of the Christmas edition of the Catholic Times.


  1. All entries should be sent to the Office for the Missions, 1615 W Washington, Springfield, IL 62702 with official entry form attached to the back of the artwork.
  2. Entries will be judged on the diocesan level and local winners announced. The top three entries from each grade level (K-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8) will be sent to the national MCA office in New York for judging.
  3. Entries received in the Office for the Missions by December 13 will have the chance to appear as the cover design for the Christmas edition of the Catholic Times newspaper. Catholic Times staff will choose the winning artwork.
  4. All entries must be received in the Office for the Missions by January 15 for local judging and to make it to New York for their deadline.
  5. National winners will be notified in April, 2017.

pdfClick here to download the entry form

Pray the World Mission Rosary 

rosaryArtIn February of 1951, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, in a radio address, inaugurated the World Mission Rosary. “Peace will come only when the hearts of the world have changed. To do this we must pray, and not for ourselves, but for the world. The world means everyone…. But we cannot change without prayer, and the power of the Rosary as a prayer is beyond description. For the love of Our Lord and His Blessed Mother, won’t you please make a tour of the world on your World Mission Rosary? I know you will.”

Each decade of the rosary calls to mind an area where the Church continues her evangelizing mission: GREEN for the forests and grasslands of Africa; RED calling to mind the faith that brought missionaries to the Americas; WHITE symbolizing Europe, the seat of the Holy Father, shepherd of the world; BLUE for the ocean surrounding the Islands of the Pacific; and YELLOW, the morning light of the east, for Asia.

Pray the world Mission Rosary online with this link:

Download a World Mission Rosary Power Point presentation ppthere.

World Mission Rosaries are available in the Office for the Missions for a small donation.

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