6th Year Graduation Liturgy Was Full Of Hope
What can you expect when a group of talented, generous, intelligent young men and women get together to organise a liturgical celebration to give thanks for their years together and pray for their futures? You expect what they have always produced- a meaningful and thoughtful celebration. On Thursday the Leaving Cert students celebrated their graduation liturgy and chose “Hope” as their theme. In the words of Chief Celebrant Fr. Tony Lambe hope is what will sustain them if they are ever tempted to give up. He urged them to enjoy life and to dance and to sing. Fr. Derry Quirke who Con –celebrated invoked God’s blessing on each student and prayed that they would always maintain their hope in a God who loves them.
In the words of St Augustine “To sing is to pray twice” and the students selected very meaningful and spiritual hymns for their celebration. Accompanied by Aoibhlinn Delany and Katie Doheny on guitar with Colum Fullbrook on drums the class group and soloists Marie Lyons, Caoilfhinn Ivors, Jane Prendergast and Sarah Condon certainly prayed twice. Instrumentalists Jamie Strappe and Conor O’ Mahony added to the atmosphere with their soulful and meaningful pieces. Head Girl Marie Lyons together with Head Boy James Buckley paid tribute to the staff and made a number of presentations. They thanked Mrs. Cahill Principal and Deputy Principal Mr. Dowling and in her address Mrs. Cahill congratulated the class of 2013 on their very meaningful Liturgy and she also thanked them for being an outstanding group of individuals who have given so much to the school and more importantly for being an exemplary class group where the academically strong had a huge influence. Year head Ms. Helena Bourke delivered an inspiring message to the class.
She said it had been a privilege for her to work with a group of people who represented all that is positive in human nature. She stressed their generous nature, their inclusiveness, their willingness to help each other- qualities which reflected the spirit of Nano Nagle. She urged them to search out their own path and be open-minded and reminded them that life is such an interesting journey. In the words of John O’ Donoghue she added, “I would love to live like a river, carried by the surprise of its unfolding.” She concluded by recalling how she too walked the same corridors, sat in the same desks and how proud she is to call herself a presentation Ballingarry past pupil. She appealed to the students to never forget who they are and to carry with them the values and spirit of Presentation Ballingarry . We wish each one of them the success and happiness they deserve.