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Grade 8 Farewell Mass

St. Michael Community School

June 15, 2017
6:30 PM

Theme: Psalm 147: 4: “He counts the stars and calls them all by name”

Student Greeting: Trisha Baylosis

Good evening! This evening, as we celebrate our Grade 8 Farewell, we think back
over the past nine years at the successes we have met to date, and we know we
haven’t made our journey alone. We have had a lot of support of our mothers,
fathers, teachers and fellow students.

In a sense, all of us here are sharing in the joy of this farewell tonight. However, this
is not just a night to remember and feel pride. It is also a threshold of a new journey
into high school, a journey where our book begins. The amazing adventures we
have in our future will make us stronger as we experience success, failures, joys and
laughter. Whether it is at school or at home, we will continue building a foundation
of learning experiences where we find nourishment in soul and body.

This evening, in both our mass and our program, we wish to focus upon our farewell
but also on our future. We want to acknowledge the journey we have traveled
together so far. We celebrate and praise God, thanking God for these past nine years
of school and for our families. We pray for future success as we take the next step on
our journey.

Reader: Ms. Baumgartner

As we reflect on our years at St. Michael School, there is much to be thankful for.
Today at our Farewell Mass, we wish to offer to God these blessings, gifts,
achievements, and acts of service. Each of these is a sign of God’s love for us.

The response to the prayers is: Lord, your love is with us.

1. Candle Ms. Baumgartner

We offer this candle as a symbol of Christ who is our friend and our guide. Let us
pray to the Lord…

2. Bible Sai
We offer a Bible.
Jesus is our brother, our friend and our God. We ask that our relationship with
Jesus might grow stronger as we enter high school. As we continue to proclaim
the Good News let us offer ‘The Word of God’ as a sign of God’s love. Let us pray
to the Lord….
3. Flag Gianmari
We offer our Canadian flag as a sign of our freedom and love of our country. We
truly admire our cultural diversity and the beauty of our land. Let us pray to the

4. Basketball & uniform Tanner

These sports have taught us fitness, good sportsmanship and team cooperation.
We offer our sports uniform as a sign of our Love of sports. We showed that we
were willing to take the time and effort for practices and games and it reminds
us that patience and hard work do pay off. Let us pray to the Lord……

5. Textbooks Chesca
We offer these textbooks as a sign of our Love of knowledge, our ability to learn
and our work habits we’ve developed. Let us pray to the Lord….

6. Musical Instrument Mark

We offer this instrument as a sign of our Love of music. We have unique talents
in the arts – our ability to sing, dance, play instruments, draw, act and be
creative. Let us pray to the Lord…..

7. Report Card: Erica

This report card is a sign of our academic progress. It represents all the hard
work and commitment we have shown to gain new knowledge and skills in our
subject areas. Let us pray to the Lord….

8. Class picture Diane

Thank you God for our friends in our Grade 8 class. We wish them success in
their future endeavors. Let us pray to the Lord….

9. Picture of Grade 8’s with Little Buddies: Service to Others:

This picture represents our service to others. By following Jesus, we are
expected to assist those in need. This was evident this year when we spent time
with our little buddies, supporting and helping them with many activities
throughout the year.

Koby: We ask that God will help us to continue to notice those who need us. Let
us pray to the Lord…..

10. Globe Veronica

Our futures will probably lead us all to various parts of this great country and some
of us even to other countries of the world. Help us to appreciate Canada and its
opportunities and to understand and cooperate with those from other cultures.
Ms. Baumgartner:

Please bow your head in prayer…..

“Lord, come into our lives and help us be the persons You want us to be. May we
continue to grow in age, wisdom, and grace, and may we live our lives in a way that is
pleasing to You. Thank you for what you have made us and for the things you have
given to us. Thank you especially for the gift of faith that guides us to believe in

And now, with a sense of joy and thanks, let us welcome Father James and the
opening procession. Our opening song is Unto God. Please sing along with us.

Opening Hymn: Unto God

Opening Prayer: Father James

Lord our God, we pray that you will make us worthy of your call, and fulfill by your
power the hopes, dreams and adventures we have for the future. Grant us the
strength and wisdom necessary to hold onto our faith through Jesus Christ our Lord.

First Reading: Sirach 4: 20-28 Mrs. Sayer

A Reading from the book of Sirach

Take advantage of opportunities, but guard yourself against evil. Don’t underrate
yourself. Humility deserves honour and respect, but a low opinion of yourself leads
to sin. Do not let others have their way at your expense; do not bring on your own
ruin by giving up your rights. Never hesitate to speak out when the occasion calls for
it. Don’t hide your wisdom. Your wisdom and education can be known only by what
you say. Do not, however, go against truth, and remembers that you do not know
everything. Don’t be ashamed to confess your sins; there’s no point in trying to stop
a river from flowing. Don’t allow yourself to be dominated by someone who is
stupid or show partiality to influential people. Stand up for what is right, even if it
costs you your life; the Lord God be fighting on your side.

The word of the Lord.

Response: Thanks be to God.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM - Psalm 25 Javanice

The response is “Lord, make me know Your ways”

1. Lord, make me know your ways

Lord, teach me your paths,
Make me walk in your truth, and teach me,
For you are God my savior. R.

2. Remember your mercy, Lord

And the love you have shown from of old
In your love remember me,
Because of your goodness, O Lord. R.

3. The Lord is good and upright,

He shows the path to those who stray,
He guides the humble in the right path,
He teaches his way to the poor. R.

Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 9: 6-15 Mr. Schwebius

A Reading from Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians:

Remember that the person who sews few seeds will have a small crop and the one
who sows many seeds will have a large crop. Each of you must give as you have
made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful
giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by
always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.
As it is written, ‘He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures
for ever.’

He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your
seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched
in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God
through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the
saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. Through the testing of
this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of
Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, while
they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he
has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

The word of the Lord.

Response: Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, give the glory and the honour to
the Lord.

Gospel: Matthew 5:13-16 Father James

‘You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be
restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after
lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light
to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may
see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Response: Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

Homily: - Theme: Psalm 147: 4: “He counts the stars and calls them all by
-The place of the Lord in our hopes and accomplishments.

Prayers of the Faithful:

God gave us talents, graces and gifts to be developed during our journey of life.
Today we ask God to listen to our prayers.

Response: Lord hear our prayer

1. Mark: For our classmates in whom we glimpse the face of God. Let us pray to
the Lord…..

2. Kien: For our planet, that one day we will realize the wheat in the desert and
the flowers rather than the pollution. Let us pray to the Lord…

3. Erica: For all people, that they will know they are the greatest of God’s
earthly creatures, unique and valued. Let us pray to the Lord…..

4. Diane: That one day, we will be free like Jesus and that in freedom; we are
able to help others. Let us pray to the Lord…

5. Tanner: For our teachers, parents and priests who have used their talents to
help us learn and grow and dream our dreams. Let us pray to the Lord…

6. Sai.: That each one of us in Grade 8, can use our unique skills, abilities and
talents given to us by the love of God. Let us pray to the Lord…

Offertory Gifts: Veronica & Koby

Prayer over the gifts: Father James

Father, accept our gifts, the signs and symbols of our continuing dreams. May we
all enjoy the gift of your love, share it with others and spread it everywhere. We
ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.

Offertory Hymn: We Fall Down

Liturgy of the Eucharist


Memorial Acclamation

Doxology & Great Amen:

Lamb of God:

Communion Hymn: We are One Body

Closing Prayer: Ms. Laursen

God our Father, we thank you for all that you have given us. Thank you for
granting us our years at St. Michael School. Thank you for all those who have
helped us achieve in our elementary school years; our parents, teachers, church
community and our fellow classmates.
God, our Father, thank you for our future, and all you will grant us in the years to
come. Help us to strive to do our very best in all our endeavors. We put our trust
in You, knowing that You will always be with us to guide, comfort, and love us

Please give us the strength to live our lives to the fullest… to do the right thing, to
love goodness, to proclaim your Word, to walk humbly with You, our God.


Final Blessing: Father James

Let us pray:

Heavenly Father, we thank you for all your gifts to us: for making us, for saving
us in Christ, for calling us to be your people.
As we come to the end of the school year, we give you thanks for all the good
things you have done in us. We thank you for all who have shared in the work of
our school this year, and ask you to bless us all in your love.
We offer this prayer, Father, through Christ, our brother and our Lord. Amen
Closing Hymn: How Great is Our God

After completion of the mass:

 Presentation of diplomas & “gift bag” – includes farewell pics, flash drive,
class composition signed by peers & school gift)
 Tribute to class (Therese), Tribute to parents (Genny), Tribute to teachers
(Christian S. & Melody)
 Slideshow (prepared by Landen/Mark/Kien)
 Refreshments and dainties to follow (Students will have their stars set up
around the gym).