Print | Share | Calendar | Diocesan Locator
|   No Spanish version at this time
FOLLOW US  Click to go to Facebook.  Click to go to Twitter.  Click to go to YouTube.   TEXT SIZE Click to make text small. Click for medium-sized text. Click to make text large.  

Advent Giveaway Official Rules


Agreement for Entry of Artwork

By submitting an image (referred to in this Agreement as “Artwork”) Contestant agrees (a) to abide by the Art Contest Guidelines listed below this Agreement and which Guidelines are incorporated in this Agreement, (b) that Contestant grants to USCCB the nonexclusive rights throughout the world to use, reproduce, publicly display and distribute the Artwork in whole or in part in any and all media of any nature whatsoever, whether now known or hereafter devised, including but not limited to the right to blur, modify, alter, use in composite form or process to create a finished product (c) to indemnify and hold harmless USCCB from and against any and all claims, suits and costs which USCCB may incur arising from the Artwork, USCCB’s use of the Artwork (and any element of the Artwork), and Contestant’s preparation of the Artwork, and (d) that USCCB may assign, license or otherwise transfer its rights under this Agreement and that this Agreement shall inure to the benefit of USCCB’s assigns, successors and licensees.  

Official Contest Rules

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR CHRISTMAS? Contest


Eligibility.  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, 18 years or older.  Not open to employees or immediate family members (spouses, domestic partners, parents, grandparents, siblings, children and grandchildren).  

No Purchase Necessary.  Entrant’s proof of submission does not constitute proof of receipt by Sponsor.  Sponsor is not responsible for lost, misdirected, late, incomplete, illegible or unintelligible entries or for inaccurate entry information, whether caused by participant or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this sweepstakes, or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of entries.  Incomplete, duplicate, mechanically reproduced or automated entries are not permitted and will be deemed void.  

How to Enter.  Snap a picture showing us how you prepare for Christmas and submit it on the USCCB Facebook page ( or the USCCB website (, through the Woobox Photo Contest app.  Emailed entries will also be accepted, send your picture along with your name and email address to  

When to Enter.  Contest entries will be accepted beginning at 12:00AM EST on December 1st, 2013 and ending at 11:59PM PST on December 24th, 2013.  Sponsor’s servers and clock shall be deemed the official clock for this contest.  

Selection of Winners.  Winners will be selected at random from the entries received.  The daily winners will be notified via email provided and announced on at 12 p.m. EST each day between December 2nd  through December 24th. The grand prize winner will be announced on December 25th, 2013 at 12 p.m. EST.

Prizes.  Twenty three (23) daily prizes will be awarded each day between December 2nd through December 24th. The prize consists of the two volumes contained in the Simple Wisdom of Pope Francis book series (Hold on to Hope and The Joy of Evangelization). Please allow two weeks for shipping. Approximate retail value of the daily prize is $11.95 plus shipping and handling.

One (1) Grand Prize package will be awarded, consisting of a coupon code for $200 off any order placed on USCCB’s bookstore, located on the web at Coupon can only be used once and is valid through 12/25/2014.  

Winners may be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release.  Winners will be notified by email.

Odds of Winning.  Odds of winning depend on the number of participants who are participating in this contest.

Additional Terms
To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to change these rules or cancel this contest at any time, or to modify, terminate, or suspend this contest should viruses, worms, bugs, unauthorized human intervention or other causes beyond sponsor’s control corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play of this contest.  Sponsor is not responsible for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission related to this contest, nor is it responsible for technical, network, telephone, computer, hardware or software, malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of, or failure to receive any attempted prize or attempted game coupon redemption on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site.  Sponsor is not responsible for injury or damage to any participant’s or any other computer resulting from downloading any materials in connection with this contest.  Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual found to be tampering with the operation of this contest or web site; to be acting in violation of these rules; or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.  Any use of robotic, automatic, programmed or similar methods while participating in this contest will void all such attempts to participate in this contest.  In the event of a dispute as to redemptions submitted by multiple users having the same e-mail account, the authorized subscriber of the e-mail account used to participate in the contest at the actual time of play will be deemed to be the participant and must comply with these rules.  The authorized account subscriber is deemed to be the natural person who is assigned an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domains associated with the submitted e-mail addresses.  Only the number of prizes stated herein will be awarded.  In the event any technical errors occur in the selection of winners and more prizes are claimed than the number of prizes being awarded as provided herein, sponsor reserves the right to award the prizes by random drawing from among all eligible claimants.

The content of your entry and any supporting materials must be acceptable for all viewing audiences. We will automatically disqualify any entrant that submits any entry or supporting materials that contain text, sound or images that we, in our sole opinion and for any reason, find vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate for public viewing, or that presents us in a negative light. By submitting an entry in this contest, you confirm that, to the best of your knowledge your entry meets the requirements set forth above and in the applicable Contest Rules; and the entirety of the entry is your original work.

Miscellaneous:This contest is governed by the laws of the United States.  This contest and all accompanying materials are copyright ©2013 by USCCB and/or its affiliates.  All rights reserved.  By entering, participants agree to be bound by these rules.  No transfer, assignment, cash redemption or substitution of prizes is permitted except by sponsor due to prize availability and then with a prize of equal or greater value.  By accepting a prize, each winner agrees (for himself or herself and his or her heirs) that sponsor and its affiliates and agents will have no liability, and will be held harmless by such winner for any liability, loss, injury or damage to property or to person, including death, and reasonable attorney’s fees and court costs, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by reason of the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize or participation in this contest, even if caused or contributed to by the negligence of sponsor.  Participants agree that the decisions of sponsor related to this contest are final.  By participating in this contest, winners consent to the use of their names, photographs and/or likenesses in any manner and in any medium for promotional purposes without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law.

Winners’ List:  For identification of the winners, send an e-mail request to by May 31, 2014.

Sponsor:  USCCB 3211 Fourth Street NE, Washington, DC 20017-1194.

Privacy Notice:  All information submitted in connection with this contest will be treated in accordance with these Official Rules and the Privacy Policy for USCCB (

By accepting this message, you will be leaving the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This link is provided solely for the user's convenience. By providing this link, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops assumes no responsibility for, nor does it necessarily endorse, the website, its content, or sponsoring organizations.

cancel  continue