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First AnnualChrist is AliveEssay Contest

Your parish and/or school is invited to participate in Christ Is Alive! National Essay Contest. The contest is open to children in grades 3 through 8 who are enrolled in a Catholic school or in a parish religious education program. We will select two winners in each grade from across the United States.

“Christ is alive and he wants you to be alive!
He is in you, he is with you and he never abandons you.”

– Pope Francis, Christus Vivit

Essay Topic

Describe a moment when you felt close to God.

For example, it could have been when you were praying, on a retreat or at Mass. Or it could have been in an answer to one of your prayers, on in the mercy or kindness of someone you know.

God is at work in the world all the time. He is close to his people in their daily lives, in all their joys and sorrows. He comforts us, heals us and help us. That's the good news: God is with us! For this essay, think of a time when you felt God was with you and write about it.

Contest Awards

$100 + ANY BIBLE
Each student winner will receive $100 and any Bible from
Each student winner's class will receive $100 to be used for a class celebration.
$100 + $100 CREDIT
The religion teacher of each student winner will receive $100 and a $100 credit at
$200 + $200 CREDIT
The parish or school of each student winner will receive $200 and a $200 credit at

Family Participation

This contest provides a wonderful opportunity for families to talk about times when they have experienced God in their lives.


Printable Contest Materials

Entire Info Packet (8 pages)

Contest Details
Student Invitation
Essay Cover Sheet
Color Flyer
Black & White Flyer
Customizable Color Flyer