St Edmund Arrowsmith pupils put faith into action

'Students have responded with confidence and passion'

Pupils from St Edmund Arrowsmith High School had plenty to celebrate at last month's Catholic Youth Ministry Federation (CYMFed) Faith in Action awards.

Four girls from the Ashton-in-Makerfield school – Chloe Stowell, Robyn Lind, Rachel Thorpe and Rachel Chesworth – won gold awards for their charitable work in the school community and beyond. Archbishop Malcom McMahon presented badges and certificates to the winners at a ceremony attended by over 750 people at St Mary's, Lowe House, St Helens on 2 July.

In total, 14 pupils from St Edmund Arrowsmith received awards for their involvement in the Faith in Action project run by Father Simon Gore and his Animate Youth Ministries team. As well as carrying out good works, the pupils served at Masses and helped in the writing of the liturgies.

Maria Johnson, the St Edmund Arrowsmith school chaplain, said: 'It's been such a joy to witness these young people grow and recognise the importance of putting that faith into action and in turn learn that that is what being a Catholic is all about. It takes a lot of courage for a young person to be an active and visible Catholic presence but the students have responded with confidence and passion.'

St Edward's College was another school whose pupils had reason to feel proud as four students from Year 7 received their bronze award, one pupil from Year 8 earned silver and four achieved gold for their active service in schools and parishes. Overall, 763 pupils nationwide participated in this year's scheme, with 27 picking up the gold award.