In Catholic primary schools pupils are normally enrolled by the school to work towards the Pope Francis Faith Award, commencing in Primary 6 and completing the award in Primary 7. This decision should be taken after consultation with the parish priest.
In Catholic secondary schools, young people in their final year of secondary school are normally invited by teachers to participate in the Caritas Award. For most, this will be the ‘normal’ form of enrolment. However, where no Catholic secondary school is available in an area, parishes are encouraged to enrol young people for the award.
The parish may have some young people who are already involved in various parish activities through which they show a real faith commitment. Both Award schemes are designed to promote and recognise active faith witness. They are also designed to help young people to be more committed to their faith and to engage actively with the parish community. While some young people may not be regular attenders at Mass, it is hoped that these schemes will help them to see how on-going participation in parish life can enrich their lives.