CARITAS AWARD pupils are expected to participate in at least 4 Gathering Points which prompt them read more
Love – caritas – is an extraordinary force . . .
Pope Benedict XVI, Westminster Cathedral, 17th September 2010
The Pope Benedict XVI CARITAS AWARD encourages and promotes the ongoing faith journey of young people. It recognises that some are already active and committed within their homes, schools, parishes and dioceses and it invites others to respond to God’s call of love. It supports and celebrates the faith witness which young people give within their communities.
Introduced in 2011, as part of a legacy of the UK visit of Pope Benedict XVI in September 2010, this award asks young people to use their faith learning as a starting point for further faith reflection, leading to actions which show their faith witness. Participants in the Caritas Award will be supported in deciding how they can develop and use their gifts in a way that witnesses to God’s love (“Caritas”) in their communities.
Any pupil in their final year of school can be enrolled to participate in the CARITAS AWARD. Parishes may nominate young people for the award, where no Catholic school is available to do so. The award is designed to be inclusive of all young people and is open to all pupils who can meet the succes criteria for the award. Pupils can choose how they would like to record and share their learning, reflection and witness from a number of formats. Pupils studying at all levels will be able to achieve the requirements for the award.
(Each year schools are required to send details of pupils who have been assessed by the school, as successfully gaining the CARITAS AWARD, to SCES by February 28th. Verification visits will take place during March and confirmation of the award will be sent to schools by April 30th)