Pope John Paul II Downloads

Click HERE to download the POPE JOHN PAUL II AWARD HANDBOOK

Cick HERE to download the APPLICATION FORM

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Click HERE to download the PAPAL CROSS RECORD CARD

Click HERE to download the GOLD AWARD RECORD CARD

Click HERE to download the SILVER AWARD RECORD CARD

Click HERE to download the BRONZE AWARD RECORD CARD

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Click HERE to download the RECORD CARDS GUIDELINES

Click HERE to download the PRESENTATION GUIDELINES

Click HERE to download the PRESENTATION TEMPLATE

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YOUTH PICS

THE PAPAL CROSS AWARD

Who is the Papal Cross Award for?

Students who have completed and received the Gold Award.

Papal Cross Award Requirements:

  • Parish Involvement: 1 hour per week x 26 weeks
  • Social Awareness: 1 hour per week x 26 weeks
  • Project: See below
  • Top-Ups: 7.5 hours

Parish Involvement

When we are baptised we become members of the Body of Christ. This means that we are called to be the presence of Christ in the world. As the Body of Christ, we belong to the community of the Church. We live out this belonging in our parish. For the Church, for the Body of Christ to be fully alive everybody needs to be actively involved. There are many things we can do in our parish.

Examples of activities in the parish that can be done for the Award are:

  • Reading at Mass
  • Altar Server
  • Eucharistic Minister
  • Member of choir/folk group
  • Church decoration
  • Collector
  • Composing prayers of the faithful
  • Preparing articles for the parish bulletin
  • 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.

Social Awareness

As members of the Body of Christ, through baptism, we make Christ present by the way we treat others. Our faith is lived out most fully in our actions, that is why it is important to be aware of the needs of others and to minister to their needs. That is why ‘Social Awareness’ is such an important aspect of this Award.

Examples of activities in the area of Social Awareness that you could do for your Award are:

  • Member of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Spread
  • Faith and Light
  • Working in a youth club
  • Ongoing fundraising
  • Regular visitation of residential homes
  • Faith Friends
  • 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.

Papal Cross Award Top-Ups – 7.5 hours

Award Top-Ups are given in recognition of the extra activities that young people are already involved in. Top-Ups will go towards the total number of hours an individual has to complete.

Top-Ups can be achieved in a number of ways, for example – helping with the sick pilgrims at Lourdes or working on behalf of Children in Crossfire. These activities will gain participants Award Top-Ups:
 Papal Cross: 7.5 hours

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. Participating Diocese may also have suggestions.

Project

On completion of the 26 hours in the parish involvement and social awareness strands, the young person completes a project. The nature of the project will be decided in consultation with the student, their school and the catechetical centre. The project will require a commitment level of 10-20 hours depending on the chosen activities. Through the project the young person will demonstrate on-going commitment to faith and good works.

Projects can be chosen from the following areas:

  • Pastoral – such as the promotion of good choices within school or parish context
  • Spiritual – Helping to facilitate retreats, liturgies and services through school or the centre
  • Peer Ministry – Working with younger pupils in school or at parish level to deliver faith based programmes such as GIFT or ‘Walk Tall’
  • Personal Skills Tasks – Art, Computer, Public Speaking, Music, Drama. Examples could be designing activities and ideas for group work at retreats, designing/making banners. Graphic design for a newsletter. Making a PowerPoint presentation or designing posters for Diocesan Events. Working with Diocesan Initiatives such as the youth choir or pilgrimages.

Evidence

The participant will complete a personal profile about their project that may contain photos and examples of work and must include a 300 word summary.

Click HERE to download the PAPAL CROSS RECORD CARD

Click HERE to download the RECORD CARDS GUIDELINES

Click HERE to download the PRESENTATION GUIDELINES

Click HERE to download the PRESENTATION TEMPLATE

THE GOLD AWARD

Who is the Gold Award for?

  • Students in Year 13 in Northern Ireland
  • Students in 4th Year in Republic of Ireland
  • Students in full-time education who have completed GCSEs or Junior Certificate
  • Students in Transition Year
  • Anyone between the age of 16 and 18, not in post-primary education
  • The award is non-competitive, flexible and voluntary and requires an ongoing commitment

Gold Award Requirements:

  • Parish Involvement: 1 hour per week x 20 weeks
  • Social Awareness: 1 hour per week x 20 weeks
  • Presentation: See below
  • Top-Ups: 6 hours

Parish Involvement

When we are baptised we become members of the Body of Christ. This means that we are called to be the presence of Christ in the world. As the Body of Christ, we belong to the community of the Church. We live out this belonging in our parish. For the Church, for the Body of Christ to be fully alive everybody needs to be actively involved. There are many things we can do in our parish.

Examples of activities in the parish that can be done for the Award are:

  • Reading at Mass
  • Altar Server
  • Eucharistic Minister
  • Member of choir/folk group
  • Church decoration
  • Collector
  • Composing prayers of the faithful
  • Preparing articles for the parish bulletin
  • 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.

Social Awareness

As members of the Body of Christ, through baptism, we make Christ present by the way we treat others. Our faith is lived out most fully in our actions, that is why it is important to be aware of the needs of others and to minister to their needs. That is why ‘Social Awareness’ is such an important aspect of this Award.

Examples of activities in the area of Social Awareness that you could do for your Award are:

  • Member of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Spread
  • Faith and Light
  • Working in a youth club
  • Ongoing fundraising
  • Regular visitation of residential homes
  • Faith Friends
  • 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.

Gold Award Top-Ups – 6 hours

Award Top-Ups are given in recognition of the extra activities that young people are already involved in. Top-Ups will go towards the total number of hours an individual has to complete.

Top-Ups can be achieved in a number of ways, for example – helping with the sick pilgrims at Lourdes or working on behalf of Children in Crossfire. These activities will gain participants Award Top-Ups:
Gold: 6 hours

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. Participating Diocese may also have suggestions.

Preparing the Presentation

When the participant completes the Parish Involvement and the Social Awareness sections of the Award he/she prepares a presentation. This presentation may be written (approx 1500 words) or through an interview (interview conducted by the Award leader, recorded, then transcribed).

The Presentation is to include:

  • An answer to the question – What does it mean to be a baptised member of the Church?
  • A personal reflection and evaluation on your parish involvement and social awareness work
  • Your reflection on how the teachings of Christ are relevant to your chosen activities
  • Conclusion

Through the Presentation, the participant will show a knowledge and understanding of what they did within the context of the Church. Their role within the Church will become more apparent. Click here to download a copy of the presentation guidelines.

Click HERE to download the GOLD AWARD RECORD CARD

Click HERE to download the RECORD CARDS GUIDELINES

Click HERE to download the PRESENTATION GUIDELINES

Click HERE to download the PRESENTATION TEMPLATE

 

THE SILVER AWARD

Who is the Silver Award for?

  • Students in Year 13 in Northern Ireland
  • Students in 4th Year in Republic of Ireland
  • Students in full-time education who have completed GCSEs or Junior Certificate
  • Students in Transition Year
  • Anyone between the age of 16 and 18, not in post-primary education
  • The award is non-competitive, flexible and voluntary and requires an ongoing commitment

Silver Award Requirements:

  • Parish Involvement: 1 hour per week x 14 weeks
  • Social Awareness: 1 hour per week x 14 weeks
  • Presentation: See below
  • Top-Ups: 4.5 hours

How do I enrol in the Award?

Download an application form from the site. You should then return the completed form with the enrolment fee to your Award leader in your school/parish.

Is there an enrolment fee?

Yes, there is an enrolment fee. Please refer to your Award leader.

What is the completion time?

16 months beginning in September.

What exactly do I do to earn an Award?

You earn your Award by taking part in activities through Parish Involvement and Social Awareness, and preparation of Presentation.

What happens next?

When your enrolment is processed you will receive your Record Card from your Award leader. You will decide with your Award leader what activity or activities you intend to carry out under the sections ‘Parish Involvement’ and ‘Social Awareness’. Please be sure that the named facilitator signs your Record Card each time. The presentation is to be completed at the end of the tasks.

How do I claim my Award?

On completion of the hours and the presentation, you should return your Record Card and presentation to the Award leader. These are ratified by the school principal and forwarded to the Pope John Paul II Award Committee.

Parish Involvement

When we are baptised we become members of the Body of Christ. This means that we are called to be the presence of Christ in the world. As the Body of Christ, we belong to the community of the Church. We live out this belonging in our parish. For the Church, for the Body of Christ to be fully alive everybody needs to be actively involved. There are many things we can do in our parish.

Examples of activities in the parish that can be done for the Award are:

  • Reading at Mass
  • Altar Server
  • Eucharistic Minister
  • Member of choir/folk group
  • Church decoration
  • Collector
  • Composing prayers of the faithful
  • Preparing articles for the parish bulletin
  • 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.

Social Awareness

As members of the Body of Christ, through baptism, we make Christ present by the way we treat others. Our faith is lived out most fully in our actions, that is why it is important to be aware of the needs of others and to minister to their needs. That is why ‘Social Awareness’ is such an important aspect of this Award.

Examples of activities in the area of Social Awareness that you could do for your Award are:

  • Member of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Spread
  • Faith and Light
  • Working in a youth club
  • Ongoing fundraising
  • Regular visitation of residential homes
  • Faith Friends
  • 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.

Silver Award Top-Ups – 4.5 hours

Award Top-Ups are given in recognition of the extra activities that young people are already involved in. Top-Ups will go towards the total number of hours an individual has to complete.

Top-Ups can be achieved in a number of ways, for example – helping with the sick pilgrims at Lourdes or working on behalf of Children in Crossfire. These activities will gain participants Award Top-Ups:
 Silver: 4.5 hours

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. Participating Diocese may also have suggestions.

Preparing the Presentation

When the participant completes the Parish Involvement and the Social Awareness sections of the Award he/she prepares a presentation. This presentation may be written (approx 1500 words) or through an interview (interview conducted by the Award leader, recorded, then transcribed).

The Presentation is to include:

  • An answer to the question – What does it mean to be a baptised member of the Church?
  • A personal reflection and evaluation on your parish involvement and social awareness work
  • Your reflection on how the teachings of Christ are relevant to your chosen activities
  • Conclusion

Through the Presentation, the participant will show a knowledge and understanding of what they did within the context of the Church. Their role within the Church will become more apparent. Click here to download a copy of the presentation guidelines.

Click HERE to download the SILVER AWARD RECORD CARD

Click HERE to download the RECORD CARDS GUIDELINES

Click HERE to download the PRESENTATION GUIDELINES

Click HERE to download the PRESENTATION TEMPLATE

THE BRONZE AWARD

Who is the Bronze Award for?

  • Students in Year 13 in Northern Ireland
  • Students in 4th Year in Republic of Ireland
  • Students in full-time education who have completed GCSEs or Junior Certificate
  • Students in Transition Year
  • Anyone between the age of 16 and 18, not in post-primary education
  • The award is non-competitive, flexible and voluntary and requires an ongoing commitment

Bronze Award Requirements:

  • Parish Involvement: 1 hour per week x 8 weeks
  • Social Awareness: 1 hour per week x 8 weeks
  • Presentation: See below
  • Top-Ups: 3 hours

How do I enrol in the Award?

Download an application form from the site. You should then return the completed form with the enrolment fee to your Award leader in your school/parish.

Is there an enrolment fee?

Yes, there is an enrolment fee. Please refer to your Award leader.

What is the completion time?

16 months beginning in September.

What exactly do I do to earn an Award?

You earn your Award by taking part in activities through Parish Involvement and Social Awareness, and preparation of Presentation.

What happens next?

When your enrolment is processed you will receive your Record Card from your Award leader. You will decide with your Award leader what activity or activities you intend to carry out under the sections ‘Parish Involvement’ and ‘Social Awareness’. Please be sure that the named facilitator signs your Record Card each time. The presentation is to be completed at the end of the tasks.

How do I claim my Award?

On completion of the hours and the presentation, you should return your Record Card and presentation to the Award leader. These are ratified by the school principal and forwarded to the Pope John Paul II Award Committee.

Parish Involvement

When we are baptised we become members of the Body of Christ. This means that we are called to be the presence of Christ in the world. As the Body of Christ, we belong to the community of the Church. We live out this belonging in our parish. For the Church, for the Body of Christ to be fully alive everybody needs to be actively involved. There are many things we can do in our parish.

Examples of activities in the parish that can be done for the Award are:

  • Reading at Mass
  • Altar Server
  • Eucharistic Minister
  • Member of choir/folk group
  • Church decoration
  • Collector
  • Composing prayers of the faithful
  • Preparing articles for the parish bulletin
  • 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.

Social Awareness

As members of the Body of Christ, through baptism, we make Christ present by the way we treat others. Our faith is lived out most fully in our actions, that is why it is important to be aware of the needs of others and to minister to their needs. That is why ‘Social Awareness’ is such an important aspect of this Award.

Examples of activities in the area of Social Awareness that you could do for your Award are:

  • Member of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Spread
  • Faith and Light
  • Working in a youth club
  • Ongoing fundraising
  • Regular visitation of residential homes
  • Faith Friends
  • 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.

 

Bronze Award Top-Ups – 3 hours

Award Top-Ups are given in recognition of the extra activities that young people are already involved in. Top-Ups will go towards the total number of hours an individual has to complete.

Top-Ups can be achieved in a number of ways, for example – helping with the sick pilgrims at Lourdes or working on behalf of Children in Crossfire. These activities will gain participants Award Top-Ups:
 Bronze: 3 hours

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. Participating Diocese may also have suggestions.

Preparing the Presentation

When the participant completes the Parish Involvement and the Social Awareness sections of the Award he/she prepares a presentation. This presentation may be written (approx 1500 words) or through an interview (interview conducted by the Award leader, recorded, then transcribed).

The Presentation is to include:

  • An answer to the question – What does it mean to be a baptised member of the Church?
  • A personal reflection and evaluation on your parish involvement and social awareness work
  • Your reflection on how the teachings of Christ are relevant to your chosen activities
  • Conclusion

Through the Presentation, the participant will show a knowledge and understanding of what they did within the context of the Church. Their role within the Church will become more apparent. Click here to download a copy of the presentation guidelines.

Click HERE to download the BRONZE AWARD RECORD CARD

Click HERE to download the RECORD CARDS GUIDELINES

Click HERE to download the PRESENTATION GUIDELINES

Click HERE to download the PRESENTATION TEMPLATE

Diocese of Ossory Top-Up Suggestions

Award Top-Ups are given in recognition of the extra activities that young people are already involved in. Top-Ups will go towards the total number of hours an individual has to complete.

Top-Ups:

Papal Cross: 7.5 hours

Gold: 6 hours

Silver: 4.5 hours

Bronze: 3 hours

Click HERE to download the POPE JOHN PAUL II AWARD HANDBOOK

Cick HERE to download the APPLICATION FORM

Ossory Diocesan Office James’s Street, Kilkenny Tel: 056-7762448 Fax: 056-7763753 E-mail: bishop@ossory.ie