The Pope John Paul II Award
Since the establishment of Living Youth in Sept 2012 more then 1600 young people have been involved in the PJPII Award. The award is designed for young people aged 16/17 and requires volunteering in the parish and in the community over a 14 month period.
The Award offers young people the opportunity to meet other young people from across the Diocese, to have fun, to challenge themselves, to use their talents, to learn new skills and to learn more about their faith and the importance of social justice.
For some young people who are already actively involved in their church and in their local community, the Award will support and celebrate their commitment and enthusiasm, it will also provide the opportunity for them to challenge themselves further and to reflect on their involvement. For those young people not involved in their parish and community, the Award offers them the opportunity.
The Award also offers each parish community the opportunity to invite young people to be more involved and to appreciate their efforts and commitment. Across our diocese we want to acknowledge the importance of our Young Church and all that they bring to our parish communities. We want young people to be involved in every area of parish life and to bring energy, enthusiasm love, respect and hope in a way that only they can.
For the Award young people may do some of the following as part of their volunteering in the parish:
- reading at Mass
- singing in choir/folk group
- being an altar server
- helping with special liturgies
- helping with the Parish GIFT programme
Their volunteering in the community might include:
- raising money for charity
- taking part in faith programmes
- attending summer pilgrimage or World Youth Day
- working with Habitat for Humanity
- helping with school/community projects
- coaching, peer mentoring, buddying
In 2015 our John Paul II Award Ceremony, was held in St. Mary’s Church and was attended by more then 400 people. More than 200 young people received the Award, presented by Bishop Farquhar.
We now have 39 Award Centres, 27 schools and 12 parishes, with young people volunteering in 82 of our 88 parishes. Our target is to have every parish and every post primary school involved in the Award.
If you would like to find out more about starting the Award in your school or parish, please contact us, by phone, email or Facebook.