John Paul II Awards

The John Paul II Awards is dedicated to the memory of the late Pope John Paul II who was so committed to young people and who had such belief and confidence in them. The award began in Derry in 2007 and has spread to fourteen dioceses since then.
The purpose of the award is to recognise and affirm the good work that young people are doing in their parish and in their community. It is based on the understanding that religion and faith is for living. The participant experiences a sense of personal achievement and fulfilment that comes from serving others, especially those in need.
The award is non- competitive, flexible and voluntary
The award is earned through Parish Involvement and Social Awareness and the preparation of a 1500 word presentation.T

Parish Involvement.
Reading at Mass
Eucharistic Minister
Member of choir/folk group
Pray and Play with young children

Social Awareness.
Member of St. Vincent de Paul
Regular visits to residental homes
Working in a youth club
Ongoing fundraising

There are 4 levels of the Award
Papal Cross
Gold Award
Silver Award
Bronze Award

The John Paul II Awards is offered to transition year students in Colaiste Muire.
Since 2014 students have successfully engaged with the awards process and have received their awards.