The Pope John Paul II Award encourages you to go beyond your comfort zone on a journey of self-discovery. It challenges you to give of your time, your talents, your intellect, and your social skills for the well-being of others and for the Glory of God.”
Message from the Bishop of Clonfert
In an Apostolic Letter some years ago Pope John Paul II wrote "The future of the world and of the Church belongs to the younger generation, to those who will reach maturity in the first century of the new millennium. Christ expects great things from young people, as he did from the young man who asked him: "What good deed must I do, to have eternal life? (Mt 19:16). ... Young people in every situation, in every region of the world do not cease to put questions to Christ: they meet him and they keep searching for him."
Following his identification of the importance of young people, it is only natural that the plan to promote the role of young people in the Catholic Church should be called after Pope John Paul II. The aim is to promote for our young people a lifestyle that is based on the person of Jesus Christ, who came to proclaim life to the full.
The Pope John Paul II Award is designed to help young people to get involved in their local parishes for their benefit and for the benefit of the parishes. It provides a practical way of encouraging them to develop the Gifts of the Holy Spirit associated with the sacrament of Confirmation: Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Right Judgement, Courage, Reverence and Wonder & Awe in God's Presence. The liturgy of the sacrament invites people to “Be active members of the church, alive in Jesus Christ”. The Pope John Paul II Award provides a very practical way of implementing that challenge.
I also hope that the Award will help our priests and our parishes to grow in awareness of the faith needs of young people and of the spiritual gifts and energies that they bring. This is a great idea and it deserves to succeed.
+ Bishop John Kirby
Bishop of Clonfert
The Award in the Diocese of Clonfert
There are 4 Awards - Gold, Silver, Bronze & Papal Cross
Each Award is completed over a 16 month period beginning at the start of the academic year. Awards are earned by taking part in parish and social activities – 1 hour per week over 8, 14, 20 or 26 weeks.
Those that have completed the Gold Award have a further option of completing the Papal Cross Award.Gold AwardSilver AwardBronze AwardPapal Cross Award
Diocese of Clonfert Award Top-Up Suggestions
Award Top-Ups are given in recognition of the extra activities that Award participants are already involved in.
Top-Ups will go towards the total number of hours an individual has to complete.
Gold: 6 hours
Silver: 4.5 hours
Bronze: 3 hoursTop-Ups can be achieved in a number of ways, for example:
Many parishes organise pilgrimages, either specifically for young people, or for the wider parish community, but open to young people. Participation in this type of activity can be part of the Pope John Paul II Award.
Diocesan Youth Activities
On a number of occasions during the year, the Diocesan Youth Ministry Team may organise youth activities such as participation in the diocesan pilgrimage to Knock, Youth Retreat Days, Youth 2000 retreats or other pilgrimage activities. Participation in these activities can be part of the Pope John Paul II Award.
During the year, parishes may extend an invitation for young people to participate in training programmes. These training events can also be part of the Pope John Paul II Award.
Trips lasting 4 days or more to work on specific projects, such as orphanages in Romania or home building in Africa. The Immersion Projects which bring young people to Zambia or other areas to work in a voluntary capacity in schools and communities can also be part of the Pope John Paul II Award.
There may be other activities that you are involved in that are not included here but may be relevant, if so please contact the Pope John Paul II Award Committee for approval.
The Award handbook explains in detail how the Award is run and who is responsible for running the Award in your diocese.