On Thursday 24 November, 2016 the diocese of Elphin held their Annual Pope John Paul II Award ... read more
The Pope John Paul II Award
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.”
A message from the Bishop of Elphin
The Pope John Paul II Award engages young people in the social, pastoral and liturgical life of the parish and invites them eventually to provide a written account of their activities.
Our Catholic Church in Ireland today faces ongoing challenges from forces with huge resources. Our prayer life and our participation in the life of the Church will bring us the power of the Holy Spirit - the greatest resource of all. With the power of the Holy Spirit we can confront any challenge and cope with any cross.
I also wish to put on record the gratitude of Elphin Diocese and indeed of the Irish Church to the Knights of St. Columbanus for this inspired initiative. The Knights are covering all the associated costs.
Bishop of Elphin
The Award in the Diocese of Elphin
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.
Diocese of Elphin Award Top-Up Suggestions
Top-Ups will go towards the total number of hours an individual has to complete.
Gold: 6 hours
Silver: 4.5 hours
Bronze: 3 hours
Top-Ups can be achieved in a number of ways, for example:
Each year many people from the Dublin Archdiocese travel to Lourdes in September with sick people from the dioceses. These people need special care while in Lourdes and volunteers are always needed to give them that care. It may be pushing their wheelchair or just accompanying them. Working in Lourdes with the diocesan groups can be part of this Award.
On a number of occasions during the year, the Office of Youth Ministry will organise youth activities such as participation in the diocesan pilgrimage to Knock, Knock Youth Summer Festival, other regional and national Catholic Youth Events, Youth Retreat Days or other pilgrimage activities. Participation in these activities can be part of the Pope John Paul II Award.
Many third level students undertake humanitarian trips to Third World countries during their summer break. These trips can also provide an opportunity for Top-Ups for the Pope John Paul II Award.
World Youth Day
World Youth Day is an international festival of Catholic faith organised every three years. Young people who travel to this wonderful event and participate in the preparation programme will be eligible for an Award Top-Up.
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 at Elphin Youth Ministry, St. Mary’s, Temple Street, Sligo.
The Award handbook explains in detail how the Award is run and who is responsible for running the Award in your diocese.