Difference between Medal and Patch

After a young person has completed one of the religious recognition programs, he or she may apply for the corresponding medal/patch as a sign of their hard work and accomplishment. This is definitely the culmination of the program.

The religious recognition medals are the official award for completing a program. The patches are not to be given in place of the medal but as a supplement. Many youth deeply cherish their medals, and as a result, are reluctant to wear them except on special occasions that require an official uniform. The religious recognition patches are designed with this in mind. They can be worn on camp uniforms, back of sashes or vest, or attached to tote bags.

Book Resources

A Woman Clothed with the Sun, John J Delaney

Book of Mary

Essentials for Christian Living

Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth

Catholic Youth Bible

Discover Jesus Christ, the Way

Hidden Women of the Gospels , Kathy Coffey

Living Justice, Proclaiming Peace

Mary in Song & in Prayer, George S. Brady

National Study of Youth and Religious Brief Summary

Our God, the Great I Am

Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry

Spirit of God: Source and Strength

The Complete Marian Prayer Book Collection of Prayers

The Miraculous Medal

Thirty-One Questions on Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Youth Update: Marian Packet

All of the books listed above are available from NFCYM’s Online Store

Video Resources

The Madonna 44 min

This video tells the story of Mary the Mother of Jesus in the Gospel, and the effect of her presence in the world, ancient and modern.

Miracle...Lourdes, Fatima, Knock, Guadalupe 60 min

Outstanding video explores Our Lady's apparitions and miracles at these four shrines.

The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima 102 Min

A beautiful, breathtaking tale in the tradition of the Song of Bernadette, it is a glorious tribute to the triumph of human faith.

The Song of Bernadette 156 min

Classic film that beautifully portrays the appearance and miracle of Our Lady of Lourdes and the life of the girl to whom Our Lady appeared