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The Pope John Paul II Award Explained…
The Pope John Paul II Award enables participants to take an active part in the life of their Church – in the life of their community and society. It enables young people to become more aware of the teaching and role of the Catholic Church in the world and to engage at a deep level with Christ.
The Award was created to commemorate the late Pope John Paul II who was so committed to young people and who had such belief and confidence in them. The Award was launched by the Papal Nuncio to Ireland. His Excellency Most Rev Dr Giuseppe Lazzarotto on 7th November 2006 in the Dicoese of Derry, Ireland.
Making young people visible in their Church, community & society
The Award is committed to helping young people enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development through participation in school, Parish, and community activities. As well as the feeling of personal achievement that a participant will gain from taking part in the Award, participation will help demonstrate the young person’s commitment to a task and goal.
Who is the Award for?
The Pope John Paul II Award is for anyone from the age of 16 and young adults. The Award is run by the Diocese and is suitable for:
- Students in 4th, 5th and 6th year
- Anyone from the age of 16 not in post-primary education
- Young adults
The Award is non-competitive, flexible and voluntary and requires an ongoing commitment. Awards are earned by taking part in Parish and social activities – 1 hour per week over 8, 14 or 20 weeks. There are 4 Awards – Gold, Silver, Bronze and Papal Cross. Only those that have completed the Gold Award have the option of completing the Papal Cross Award.
Awards – Bronze, Silver, Gold & Papal Cross
Awards are earned by taking part in Parish and social activities – 1 hour per week over 8, 14, 20 or 26 weeks. There are 3 Award levels – Gold, Silver and Bronze.
To find out more or if you would like to get involved, please contact us in the Parish Office on 045 879 730.