Matthew Lund, a third grader at Annunciation School was awarded First Place for the "Try Prayer, It Works" contest Tuesday. Sponsored by the Holy Cross Family Ministry, the contest awarded a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each grade K-12. All Catholic schools throughout North America are eligible to participate.
A certificate and a check for $100 was presented to Matt on Tuesday afternoon by Father Steve Gibson, from the Holy Cross Family Ministry, after he celebrated mass at the Annunciation Church. Father Steve works at the Fatima Retreat Center in Notre Dame, Ind., and represented Notre Dame University.
Youngsters may submit a creative piece of their choice including art, poetry, prose, videos and music.
"I drove 400 miles to give Matt a handshake and a check," Father Steve said, smiling down at the cherub faced 9-year-old.
"I was thinking of lighting up people's day," Matt said when asked how he thought up the idea for his drawing. "We always plant with my grandma every year. We go to the nursing home every year to sing Christmas carols and make cards. And I always go to church with my family and friends and we pray together."
The thoughtful, talented youngster also won gifts for his school. Annunciation School received $200 and a video on how to pray the Rosary.
Father Steve explained the function of the contest.
"The purpose is to try to help young people realize the importance of prayer."