In June, 2003, as part of its mandate to evangelize, Catholic Doors Ministry created the "Catholic Children's Awards Program" with two goals in mind:
1. To encourage Catholic children to learn about their faith.
2. To recognize the efforts of Catholic children who are moving forward in their spiritual growth.
How can these two goals be achieved? They can be achieved through an Awards Program that progressively recognizes the spiritual growth of Catholic children.
It is believed that by using a "rewards system," children will strive to learn their prayers in order to obtain the Award associated with each newly learned prayer. Therefore, the more prayers that a child learns, the more Awards he receives to reflect his personal efforts.
THE FRUIT OF THE CHILD
Resulting from this program, a child may show his Awards to another child(ren) who in turn may wish to learn his prayers in order to receive his own personal Award(s) for his achievement. Through this action, it can be said that a child, who promotes the program to another child, is evangelizing in the name of the Lord Jesus through his good works.
QUALIFYING FOR AN AWARD
This Awards Program has been set up for the children who are 100% successful in memorizing the subject that applies to each particular Award. For example, before the child can receive the "Hail Mary" Award, he must be able to recite the "Hail Mary," from memory and without error.
THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE AWARDS
While parents are encouraged to print and distribute these Awards to their children as they qualify for them (weekly, monthly), the Program is not limited to parents. It would be nice if once a month, after the celebration of the Holy Mass, the Parish priest would call the children up front in the Church to hand out the Awards on a one-to-one basis and congratulate them regarding their achieved personal spiritual growth.
THE SIGNING OF THE AWARDS
Who should sign the Awards? A parent, a guardian, a priest or even a religious instructor. By the word "Guardian" on the Award, it is meant the child's "spiritual Guardian." A priest is considered a spiritual guardian because he is responsible for the souls that have been placed under his authority. The same can be said about a religious instructor.
THE CUTTING OF THE AWARDS
To facilitate the cutting of a straight line on the sheet of paper on which is printed the Award, 2 "hard returns" (lines) have been added, one above the Award and one below the Award. Simply cut along those lines.
THE RESIZING OF THE AWARDS
The Awards have been created while using Internet Explorer. To properly view them and print them, your "text" size must be set at "medium."
Instructions: Go to "view" on your browser. Click on "text size." Click on "medium." Click on "Refresh" on your browser to see the changes.
THE PRINTING OF THE AWARDS
While the Awards can be printed on regular computer paper, those who wish to achieve a higher quality of Award may wish to print them on heavier paper or light cardboard. Use a little imagination and see what you can achieve.
PRINTING THE BACKGROUND OF THE AWARDS
As a general rule, when you print a webpage, it never prints the background. Therefore, since the background command has been used to created the frame of the Award, it is necessary to turn your "background printing" capability to "on" before your print.
Instructions: Go to "tools." Click on "internet options." A new window will open up. Click on "advance" on the top right. Locate the heading that says "Printing." Click on the box on the left beside "Print background colors and images." Then click on "ok" on the bottom. (Once your printing is completed, you must turn off the background printing so it will not affect your future printing of other material.)
THE COLLECTING OF THE AWARDS
Parents/guardians may wish to provide their children with binders and sheet protectors to save their Awards, protecting them from damage.
FEEDBACKIf you have any feedback, suggestions, comments, regarding this program, please feel free to contact Catholic Doors Ministry.