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Christmas Artwork Contest

Local Christmas Artwork Contest Winner

The National Missionary Childhood Association sponsors an annual Christmas Artwork Contest for students, grades K-8, in Catholic Schools, parish Faith Formation programs, and Catholic Homeschool programs. The contest invites students to share their God-given artistic talents to proclaim the Good News of Jesus’ birth. More than 10,000 children enter; 24 winners are chosen from across the United States.

This year’s winner from the Archdiocese of Boston is Frederick Elhayek from Saint Catherine of Siena School in Norwood! In non-pandemic years, winners enjoy the privilege of having their artwork displayed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC. and are also honored at an Awards Mass and luncheon at the Shrine where they are given plaques of their artwork. Unfortunately, this was cancelled for 2020.

As a special gift from Boston’s Pontifical Mission Societies office, Freddy’s artwork was made into Christmas cards that were used as our own Christmas greetings. Freddy’s family and school received boxes of the cards as well!

Like Freddy, your students could see their artwork appear as Christmas e-greetings and displayed at the Shrine during Advent and Christmas, 2021 by entering this year’s contest.  Click here to download the entry form!

Please read the instructions carefully as some of the entry rules have changed!

In addition to the twenty four winners chosen two Grand Prize Winners also have their artwork made into a Christmas card that is used by Rev. Andrew Small, OMI, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the U.S., parent organization of the Missionary Childhood Association. The card is sent to the Societies’ benefactors and friends worldwide.