Pope John Paul II Award

The Award 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 in the Hexham and Newcastle Diocese 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.

Encouraging Parish Awareness


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 that can be done for your Award in the parish are:


  • Reading at Mass
  • Altar Server
  • Eucharistic Minister
  • Member of choir/music group
  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word
  • Composing prayers of the faithful
  • Welcomer at Mass
  • Helping with sacramental preparation
  • Preparing articles for the parish bulletin
  • Church decoration/flower arranging/church cleaning

Encouraging 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, which 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
  • Young leader for CAFOD
  • Young leader at parish youth group
  • Running a fair trade stall
  • Fundraising for a charity
  • Regular visitation of residential homes
  • Supporting a residential retreat for young people
  • Working with the homeless
  • Raising awareness of the needs of others
  • Volunteering on a parish or community project to support the vulnerable, e.g. Justice and Peace

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 through your Parish or School Co-ordinator, for approval.

New 2018 Handbook - £15 Registration Fee
Application Form Activities/Safeguarding
New - Registration Guide 'Origami' Record Card

Instruction Video on how to fold the 'Origami' Record Card

A 3-minute instructional video on to how to fold your 'origami' Pope John Paul II Award Record Card for the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.

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