Pope John Paul II Award - February 2016
Well done to St Patrick’s Academy Post 16 pupils Jennifer Gillan and Donard Breadon who were recently awarded with the Pope John Paul II Gold Award for their dedication to becoming more actively involved in their Parish and local community.
Jennifer explains how she first heard about the Award “I first heard about the opportunity to take part in the award within my school environment, my Religion teacher informed me of the details and the commitment involved. My teacher supported me in the decision of what level of the award I should take, as there are three different options, I chose Gold. For this award it required me to take part in Parish involvements for one hour per week for 20 weeks and Social awareness involvement for one hour per week for 20 weeks.”
Some work that both Jennifer and Donard were involved in included cleaning the church, offertory procession, reading at mass, serving tea/coffee and cakes at events in the local parish hall and selling ballet tickets for parish draws. Both pupils also helped out in local primary schools where they worked and encouraged younger children to develop their skills.
Donard had this to say about his award “The experience was very enjoyable as not only did I learn more about my faith but I made many new friends who were on the same journey as me. I would highly recommend for other pupils to take part in this award as you meet many new people and you get to feel a sense of happiness when you know you have done something good for someone else.”
Both Jennifer and Donard now look forward to the Millennium Award which will take place in March of 2016.