The Pope John Paul II Award enables young people to participate the life of the Church. The award encourages young people to take an active role in the life of their parish and community. It also enables young people 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 introduced into “Kildare and Leighlin” Diocese many years ago and since then thousands of young people have grown in faith through their engagement in the Award Programme.
How it works…
Young people are invited to commit to a certain amount of hours in service of their parish and community. Depending on the hours they commit to, they qualify for a Gold, Silver or Bronze Award. Having completed these hours they receive their Award from Bishop Denis Nulty at an annual Diocesan Awards Ceremony.
This year we have over 50 young people from our schools participating in the Award. They help out in the parish in many ways, such as; the First Communion Programme, Confirmation preparation, Welcome Ministry at Mass, collecting baskets at Mass, church cleaning, Amadeus Youth Group, Eucharistic Ministry, choirs, helping in the sacristy and many other activities.
The John Paul II Award is a faith based programme and the participants are expected to attend Mass as part of the Award. In particular they are invited to attend the special Taize Mass held in St. Conleth’s on the first Sunday of each month at 7pm.
On Sunday, 4th of November, we have the official launch of the 2018 Awards. The Award participants will receive a special blessing during the Mass. We look forward to seeing them all then and wish them every blessing on this special journey together!