John Paul II Awards

Pope John Paul II Award

The Church of the Most Precious Blood needs the contribution of young people. Our Church welcomes the contribution of young people. The Church will be enriched the more it welcomes the idealism and the generosity that are characteristic of the younger generation.

The Pope John Paul II Award offers young people the chance to learn the way of service and to develop the skills of Christian leadership. Christian service gives them the opportunity to think beyond themselves and their own needs and to reach out to others. The way of leadership based on knowing the person and the teachings of Jesus gives them the skills to use their talents with enthusiasm and energy for the benefit of all.

This award is dedicated to the memory of Pope John Paul II. He showed a great love of, and confidence in, young people. Even as he grew older, he reached out to them and presented to them the challenging message of Jesus Christ. At the many World Youth Days at which he presided, he constantly showed his belief in, and enthusiasm for young people. At the World Youth Day in Rome in the year 2000, he told over a million young people "If you are what you should be, you can set the world on fire".

Through the Pope John Paul II Award, young people in our Parish will be 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. This will enable young people to engage at a deep level with Christ, whose body the Church is. It will allow young people to understand that religion and faith are not just for learning, nor are they a list of rules, but that they are for living.

We currently have a group of young people from St. Declans CVS and St. Dominics College who are taking part in these awards. We wish them the best in the work that they are doing.