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Faith in Action

In St. Mary’s, pupils do not only learn their faith but are encouraged to live their faith.

Pupils have opportunities to demonstrate a living faith through:

  • School Participation
  • Parish and Community Involvement
  • Charity and Social Justice Campaigns

St. Mary’s offers two programmes which promote faith in action among its young people – the Muiredach Cross Award and the Pope John Paul II Award.


The Muiredach Cross Award is open to pupils in Year 11. It is a faith development award of the Archdiocese of Armagh. Its primary aim is to create opportunities for young people to put their faith into action. By developing their leadership skills, the programme aims to enable young people to become a positive influence on the spirit or ethos of their school, parish and community. Students working towards the Muiredach Cross Award must complete one project in each of the following areas:

  • General School Ethos
  • School Faith Based Project
  • Parish/Community Faith Based Project
  • Justice Based Project


The Pope John Paul II Award is open to pupils in Year 12. It was created to commemorate the late Pope John Paul II who was so committed to young people and who had such belief and confidence in them. Through the Pope John Paul II Award, young people are enabled to take an active part in the life of their Church, in the life of their community and society and also become more aware of the teaching and role of the Catholic Church in the world. Participation in the programme enables young people to engage at a deep level with Christ.