Fear not the future, weep not for the past

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Graduation Mass

“Fear not the future, weep not for the past”

Percy Bysshe Skelly

A brief candle; both ends burning

An endless mile; a bus wheel turning
A friend to share the lonesome time
A handshake and a sip of wine
So say it loud and let it ring
We are all a part of everything
The future, present and the past
Fly on proud bird
You’re free at last

Charles Daniels

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one Traveller, long I stood,

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth.
Robert Frost

Students arrive in secondary school, often ever before the teenage years begin, and leave as young adults. The five or six years in between has been a time of great change in your lives – you have, hopefully, learned the skills needed to tackle the next phase of your young lives.

Be assured that running through all the interactions, which you have with us, was an awareness of the need to enhance you in some way – whether it be in your learning, your esteem or your awareness. We won’t ask you to remember your school because you can’t forget your school days. We wish you the best of luck in the future. Don’t try to be too strong; as a human being you will feel very vulnerable and humble at times and that humility may be your real strength. Be assertive, not aggressive; be flexible, accommodating and open to learning. Keep in touch with your spiritual side and keep God in your life.

Met As Strangers…

Introduction: Symbols

The symbols we have chosen here in our opening procession represent our years in _____________ and describe the class of 2009.

________________ brings forward schoolbooks to symbolise all we have learned and will learn. It reminds us of all the work our teachers have put in for our benefit.
_______________ carries forward a bowl of seeds, this represents our first years here in ____________ and symbolises our hopes for the future.
_____________ carries forward a plant that symbolises the maturity and growth we have experienced over the years here in ______________.
______________ hold jerseys, which represent the sporting and leisure activities, which are an important part of our school life. Through these sports we have learnt in different ways the importance of recreation and teamwork, to represent the school.
_________________ carry candles, which symbolise the light that was shown to us by the teachers and all the staff through our years in _________________.
So in the presence of family, Friends and teachers let us look forward to our future and celebrate our past.
Entrance Song: Time: Pink Floyd
Welcoming Address:

________________: Chairperson of the Student’s Council

Introduction by the Celebrant: _____________________
Penitential Reflection:
Speaker; ____________

Holding a bowl containing salt;

Salt symbolises flavour. We ask forgiveness tonight for the times when we failed to bring flavour into each other’s lives and left them dull and tasteless.

Lord have Mercy

Response: Lord Have Mercy

Holding a stone:

The stone reminds us of the need to ask for forgiveness for the times when we threw hard and cruel words at each other

Christ have mercy

Response: Christ Have Mercy

Holding a plant;

This growing plant reminds us of our failure to take opportunities to grow in our lives. For this we ask forgiveness.

Lord, Have mercy

Response: Lord Have Mercy

Holding a feather:

This feather reminds us of air, freedom and spirit. We ask forgiveness tonight for the times when we curtailed other peoples freedom and spirit by our selfishness

Christ have mercy

Response: Christ Have Mercy

Service of Light

Sixth Year Student:

This evening marks a special time for us Sixth Year students in __________________. It is an ending, but it is also a beginning. We tell that story of ending and beginning now using the Easter light, the symbol of Christ, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.

___________ enters with the Easter Candle. All Candles are lit

School Principal:

On behalf of the staff of the school, I offer you the light of Wisdom. Carry this light from this place to a world that stands in need of wisdom, a world that faces decisions and choices never dreamt of in times past. Remember that everything you learnt in school was learnt in the company of others. Be open to the learning that is ahead of you. May you be a light of wisdom for others. May you grow in a wisdom that will inspire you to find the good and true. May this light of wisdom guide you during your exams and in your future life on the road ahead.


On behalf of all parents gathered here this evening I offer you the light of love. This is a light we lit for you a long time ago. It is the light you depended on in those early days, the light you ran to when things went wrong. The light that was left on for you because you were afraid of the dark. This is the light that waited up for you if you were late home. And the light that was always there even though sometimes, just sometimes, you wish it wasn’t! And when you find that the light is flickering, blown about by the troubles of life, remember that there will always be a light burning for you in that place called home.

First Year Student:

On behalf of all the students that you leave behind, we offer you the light of memory. When you are in Sixth Year, you say that the First Years are very young and very, very small! But when you are in First Year as we are, you Sixth Year students seem very old and very big. Five or six years ago seems a very long time. We will leave school in the year 2014. Where will you be then? Days pass by, and for you now, schooldays are over. Carry the light of those days with you. When you meet, tell again the stories of those years in the classroom and on the playing field. Remember the victories and the disappointments, the lost locker key, the exam success and perhaps the cooling off time outside the classroom door! We ask you to remember us who will continue the story of _______________ to the end of 2009 and beyond. Remember, us, we will remember you.

Board of Management Member:

On behalf of the Trustees and Management of this school, I offer you the light of faith. When you were a baby someone held this light for you and named you as a child of God. Over the years this flame has been fuelled by the example of those around you. Now you must carry that light for yourself. You will not find it an easy task; there may be a price to pay. The flame will flicker, it may even be extinguished for a time, but the most important thing about the flame of faith is that it is not yours alone. Be as God called you to be – as the stars in the night, as the sun in the sky – a source of light for all you will meet on the way. Be a light for the world.


First Reading Proverbs 3:10-20

A Reading from the Book of Proverbs

Don’t forget what I teach you. Always remember what I tell you to do. My teaching will give you a long and prosperous life. Never let go of loyalty and faithfulness. Tie them around your neck: write them on your heart. If you do this both God and People will be pleased with you. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do and he will show you the right way. Never let yourself think that you are wiser than you are: simply obey the Lord and refuse to do wrong. If you do, it will be like good medicine, healing your wounds and easing your pain.
This is the word of the Lord

Resp: Thanks Be to God

Psalm: Musical Piece

Second Reading:

A Reading from the Letter of St Paul to the Ephesians.

It is in Christ that we were claimed to as Gods own,

Chosen from the beginning

Under the predetermined plan of the one who guides all things

As he decides by his own will:

Chosen to be,

For his greater glory, the people who would put their hopes in Christ before he came.

Now you too, in him,

Have heard the message of the truth and the good news of your salvation,

And have believed it:

And you have been stamped with the seal of the holy spirit of promise,

The pledge of our inheritance, which brings freedom of those whom God has taken for his own,

To make his glory praised.

This is the word of the Lord
Resp: Thanks Be to God


A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark.

You are like salt for the entire human race. But if salt looses its saltiness there is no way to make it salty again. It has become worthless, so it is thrown out and people trample on it.

Food without the seasoning of salt is tasteless. Human relations likewise, without the seasoning of love, respect, fairplay, generosity are always unbearable, always hurtful”

You are like lights for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then hides it under a bowl, instead he puts it on the lamp stand, where is gives light for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your father in heaven.
For many of the people we meet, as we walk through life, we will be the only bible they will ever read. The example of our lives may be their only guide and support”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

R: Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ


Prayers of Faithful

1. Lord, we pray that we may do well in our Leaving Certificate Examinations and so get our foot on the first step of the ladder so that we can venture on the next stage of our journey through life. As we look to the future may all our hopes, dreams and aspirations become reality.

Lord hear us.

Lord Graciously hear us

2. Lord, we pray for our parents, families and teachers who have guided us through our school lives and we acknowledge their dedication to prepare us for our lives ahead. May they continue to show us the guiding light as we prepare ourselves for college.

Lord hear us

Lord Graciously hear us

3. Lord, Pray for all our classmates, and that the friendships that we have made during our five or six years in this school will be strengthened as we head our separate ways. We would like to ask you to bless all the students and staff that remain here may there time here be as rewarding and enjoyable as ours.

Lord hear us

Lord Graciously hear us

4. We pray for all our loved ones who have gone before us in faith. Look kindly on all those who have been good to the school and are now with you in Paradise. We ask our Lord to give both families and friends comfort and hope.

Lord hear us.

Lord Graciously hear us

5. Guimid agus iarraimid ort a Íosa, Prionsa na Síochána dúinn go léir, go mbeidh síocháin inár gcroíthe againn agus fíorshíocháin inár measc sa chomarsanacht seo, inár gcathair agus inár dtír.

A Íosa, éist linn.

A Íosa, be ceansa, agus éist linn.

6. Ce soir, nous pensons aux sans-abri dans notre pays, aux enfants delaisses et abandonnes qui errant dans les rues de nos itinerants qui ne demandent qu’a s’integrer dans notre societe

Seigneur, entendez-nous.

Seigneur, entendez-nous gracieusement

Song: Go Your Own Way: Fleetwood Mac
Offertory Procession
God, our Father, we bring our gifts before your altar, offering them in faith, hope and love. Take them as they symbolise our dreams for the future.

Class Cloth:

With the names of the entire Sixth year on this cloth we recall and mark the role we have all played in the school community over the past six years.
Chalk / Soccer Cup:

These are symbols of our school life and of our growth during our time here. The Soccer Cup reminds us of the success, which we have had outside of the class while chalk is remembered as a symbol of our schoolwork, and the teachers who worked hard to help us.

College Prospectus / CAO Handbook:

This is a symbol of our new life, which is starting. We need to work hard to acquire what we want from life. The CAO Handbook reminds us of the choices that face us over the next few weeks and months

Mobile Phone:

We bring to the altar, this mobile phone as a symbol of the communication we hope to keep with our friends in future years.


These are symbols of the fruit of the earth and of mans labour. This reminds us of the work and toil that life entails. But in and through Jesus we have the assurance that our toil will not be in vain.

Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Reader 1: _____________ & Reader 2: ____________

Reader 1: Our Father

Reader 2: A real person, who cares for and loves me

Reader 1: Who is in Heaven?

Reader 2: Living higher than I am, understanding more than I do.

Reader 1: Holy is your name

Reader 2: We honour and praise your holy name

Reader 1: Your Kingdom come

Reader 2: Come quickly, Lord Jesus, Live in our life.

Reader 1: Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Reader 2: You always know what is best for us.

Reader 1: Give us this day our daily bread

Reader 2: You always filled our needs

Reader 1: And forgive us our sins

Reader 2: In the name of Christ

Reader 1: As we forgive others

Reader 2: “Seventy times seven” times, Lord.

Reader 1: And lead us not into temptation

Reader 2: But deliver us from evil

Reader 1: When we fall, you come through

Reader 2: For yours is the kingdom

Reader 1: In which we share

Reader 2: And the power

Reader 1: Greater than anything we have ever known

Reader 2: And the Glory

Reader 1: And the Glory

Reader 2: Brighter than the sun

Reader 1: Forever

Reader 2: For all time to come

Both readers: Amen

Handshake of Peace
Make your Life the Best it can be……………..
Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The pen is in your hand, but the lines will not all be written the way you choose, some will come from the world and the circumstances that surround you.
The secret of life is in making your story as beautiful as it can be. Write the diary of your days and fill the pages with words that come from the heart. As the pages take you through time, you will discover paths that add to your happiness and your sorrows, but if you can do these things there will always be hope in your tomorrows.
Follow your dreams. Work Hard. Be Kind. This is all anyone can ask. Do what you can to make the door open on a day…..that is filled with beauty in some special way. Remember goodness will reward. Smiles will pay you back. Have fun. Don’t focus on the things you lack.
Realise that people are the treasures in Life - and happiness is the real wealth. Have a diary that describes how you did your best and

the rest will take care of its self.

Ceremony of Commitment
Parents, families, teachers and friends. We are privileged to be here tonight witnessing these young people begin another stage on their journey in life. You have helped them in so many ways to reach this stage so I ask you:
Q: Are you prepared to continue in support and encouragement of these young people in your actions and prayers?
Response: We Are

To All Sixth Years
We are gathered in thanksgiving and celebration of six years together, an ending and a beginning and so I ask you:

Q: Are you prepared for your life ahead with commitment and enthusiasm?

All: We are
Q: Do you promise to accept the opportunities of life with joy and energy?

All: We Are

You are God’s children, the children of God’s kingdom.

May each one of you grow in wisdom, strength and come to acknowledge of God who loves you

All: Amen

Concluding Prayer

Lord God, we ask your blessing on these young people as they begin their lives in the adult world. As we have committed ourselves to support them, we ask you to be at their sides, guiding their footsteps on the challenging road ahead. May they find friends who will walk beside them. And love that will comfort them in the darker moments of life’s journey.

Final Blessing

Lord Jesus as we say our good-byes to each other, we know that you are the one who binds us together. Give strength to us as we face the future. Bless us with the gifts we need to reach our full potential in life. May we know that you are always with us, as our friend and helper.

May the peace of God, which is beyond all understanding, keep your hearts and minds on the knowledge and love of God and of his son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Response: Amen

May the Lord bless you and keep you.

Response: Amen

May his face shine upon you and be gracious to you.

Response: Amen

May he look upon you with kindness and give us his peace.

Response: Amen

May almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Response: Amen
Song: All Along the Watch Over: Dave Matthews Band

(Bob Dylan)

Presentation of Scroll: ___________________
Song: Firebird: Lynard Skynard

Part as Friends………….


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