On Friday January 25th, 42 teenagers from Portlaoise Parish Youth Group traveled to The Seven Oaks Hotel in Carlow to receive their 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 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 is not just for learning, nor is it a list of rules, but that it is for living.