John Paul II Award
Our Year 14 pupils attended a prayerful Faith Awards Ceremony in Armagh Cathedral to collect their John Paul II Award. Archbishop Eamon Martin presided over the ceremony which recognises and celebrates the participation of youth in the faith life of Armagh Diocese.
Our Year 14 students successfully completed Bronze, Silver and Gold in the John Paul II Award which enables them to play an active role in the life of their Church - in the life of their community and society. These young people completed social and parish activities in their own time which included reading at school and parish masses, singing in youth choirs, volunteering in parish centres, coaching young people in GAA and rugby clubs.
The Pope John Paul II Award encourages our young people to go beyond their comfort zone on a journey of self-discovery. It challenges them to give of their time, their talents, their intellect, and their social skills for the well-being of others and for the Glory of God.
Their dedication and commitment to the Award was exemplary and their enthusiasm for their faith deserved commendation
Their dedication and commitment to the Award was exemplary and their enthusiasm for their faith deserved commendation- and this ceremony was a fitting celebration. In his message to our young people at the ceremony, Archbishop Eamon Martin reiterated the words of Pope Saint John Paul II who on his visit to Ireland in 1979 said ‘Believe in Youth’. Our students who completed this Award are positive young Christian role models who have and continue to live out the Gospel message to ‘Go and serve.’ They are excellent ambassadors for our school community and living examples of faith in action.