The end of the month of June marked the end of the third full year of the national Catholic Faith in Action award scheme. It is a scheme which seems to have captured the essence of what it means to be a Catholic in our Archdiocese, and, moreover, what it means to be a young Catholic in the world today.
As many readers will already be aware, the scheme rewards young people for putting their faith into action in society. They are responding to the call of the Holy Father to go the peripheries and take the good news and joy of the Lord to those they encounter.
In the first year of the award we had over 400 young people put themselves forward, while in the second year we had over 700. This year, we were delighted to see 1,040 young people from across the Diocese receive their awards at two different ceremonies.
The numbers involved were so large that we had to arrange ceremonies in both the north and the south of the diocese: one in Leyland, the other at Liverpool Hope University. The Archbishop was able to attend both events and meet all the young award recipients, presenting them with their certificates and badges.
Both evenings were a fantastic celebration of a lived faith, and to see so many young people putting their faith into action is something that we, as a diocese, should be proud of. I would like to thank all the parish and school co-ordinators who led the awards throughout the year, as well as all those who volunteered to moderate this year’s work. A particular word of thanks must go to the young people who gave of themselves and acted in service to others through this scheme.
Many of these young people will have done their awards at primary school this year so I hope you will keep them in your prayers as they move to secondary school in September. And for those already in the seniors, please remember them that they might use the award as a further stepping stone on their journeys of faith.
If you are interested in knowing more about the award, please go to animateyouth.org (see the ‘Faith in Action’ tab at the top of the page) or to faithinactionaward.co.uk/. We are hosting a training evening for anyone that might like to run the award in their parish or school on 24 September from 5.30–7pm here at Lowe House. You are very welcome to come along to find out more about the scheme.