The next day as John stood there again with two of his disciples, Jesus went past, and John looked towards his and said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God.’ And the two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned around, saw them following and said, ‘What do you want?’ They answered, ‘Rabbi’ – which means Teacher – ‘where do you live?’ He replied, ‘Come and see’; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him that day. It was about the tenth hour.
John 1:35 -39

There are over 23,400 young people in the Derry diocese attending Catholic Post primary schools. These young people are called to give leadership in the Church and in society today. To enable them to grow in their relationship with Jesus as members of the Church the Catechetical Centre supports the Faith Formation programme and the Catholic ethos of the schools.

It does this in very practical ways by offering on going support for teachers and school staff. Reflection days are offered to staff. This affords a time for schools to pause and contemplate what it means to be a Catholic School and what it means to work in a Catholic School.

The following resources are provided

• Training days are offered to teachers giving them an opportunity to share resources and to learn from one another.
• Retreats are offered for young people attending Catholic Schools.
• The Pope John Paul II Award is available for young people between the ages of 16 and 18. Each school has an award leader to facilitate the smooth running of the award.
• The facility for school inspections for RE and the Catholic Ethos is offered.
• Support is offered to any school that needs particular help eg organising liturgies for special celebration.
• Talks are provided for students studying specific areas of Catholic religion.
• Resources are provided to mark the liturgical year.

The Pope John Paul II Award www.thepopejohnpauliiaward.com 

Point of Contact Rev Paul Farren, Director