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The Award in the Diocese of Achonry
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 Achonry 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:
Any student who takes part in at least a one day retreat will be eligible for an Award Top-Up.
Each year young people from the diocese travel to Lourdes. Travelling as part of this group or volunteering as a member of the pilgrimage team 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 Achonry Youth Ministry, The Presbytery, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon.
The Award handbook explains in detail how the Award is run and who is responsible for running the Award in your diocese.