Group aims to keep Christ in Christmas

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We all get sent those mass-produced and impersonalized Christmas cards in the mail when the holiday season rolls around. Airdrie’s Knights of Columbus is trying to change that by selling Christmas cards it said are a little more personal.

“We do a poster contest each year in the (Catholic) schools with the theme ‘keep Christ in Christmas,’” said Wayne MacGillivary, Knight of the Year with the Airdrie Knights of Columbus.

The winning posters are then made into Christmas cards that are sold in support of various charitable ventures sponsored by the Knights of Coloumbus throughout the year.

This year’s cards contain a holiday message and hand painted art work from two local students.

“The cards have a beautiful Christmas message on the inside written by our Bishop William T. McGrattan,” MacGillivary said. “He contributed, as well, the biblical verse for the card.”

Hope Jacyk from St. Martin de Porres High School and Kaily Feliciano from Our Lady Queen of Peace Elementary School won last year’s poster contest.

“This is a chance to show their artwork and what they’re able to create, so it’s important to recognize the students as well,” MacGillivary said.

If students are kicking themselves for missing out on showcasing their art, there is good news.

“Right now, we have this year’s contest already underway in the schools,” said MacGillivary. “So depending on the sales of the cards, we hope to do it again.”

Any child who wants to participate can submit art work with the theme “Keep Christ in Christmas” at St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Cards are sold in packages of 10 for $15 or two packages for $25.

Christmas cards can be purchased at Good Shepherd School, Our Lady Queen of Peace, St. Martin de Porres and St. Paul’s Catholic Church.

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