Each year at around this time our parish post-primary schools wind up the Academic year with a Graduation Mass. It’s always a lovely occasion to see the young people, having completed their years of secondary schooling preparing to launch out into a new and highly significant phase of their lives. For the past few years I have had the privilege of celebrating the Mass for Coláiste Phadraig the former CBS boy’s school. There’s always a positive energy at these Masses, the school staff, the parents and the pupils gather to give thanks for what has been, and to look forward in anticipation to the next chapter in the unfolding stories of their lives. At age 17 or 18 the world does indeed look like your Oyster!
Next year Coláiste Phadraig will mark 50 years on the Lucan Educational scene. Since the early days when two prefabs were dropped into a field at the top of Roselawn the school has grown and developed and thousands of pupils have passed through its doors going on to do many and varied things. Together with St. Joseph’s Presentation Sisters School for girls these schools have served Lucan and its people well, and although the Brothers and Sisters are no longer involved in the day to day life of the schools they remain as trustees, and the ethos they fostered lives on.
Lucan is nowadays served by a great diversity of schools both primary and secondary all making an important contribution to the formation of our young people, reflecting the cultural and religious diversity of the population.
So I wish the Graduates of 2018 every happiness and success in the future. I know that the Leaving Cert looms large before them just now but even that will pass – and we wish you every success.
A Graduates Prayer
Help us to not look forward in fear
to the changes in life;
Rather, may we look to the future with full hope,
because as changes arise,
you will lead us safely through all things,
because we are your very own,
and when we cannot stand it,
You will carry us in Your arms.
we shall not fear what may happen tomorrow;
because you are the understanding Father
who cares for us today,
and who will care for us tomorrow and every day.
We have faith, O Lord,
That you will either shield us from suffering,
or give us unfailing strength to bear it.
Put us at peace,
and give us the grace
to put aside all anxious thoughts and images.
We pray in the name of Jesus Christ,
Your Son, and Our Lord. Amen
Fr. Philip Curran
Go into the world,
and do well
But more importantly,
go into the world and do good!
June 1, 2018 - 10:44am