On Friday , 10th March last a very special occasion took place in St John Paul 2 church Raheen.Monsignor Joe McGrath officiated over the Confirmation of 20 fifth and sixth class pupils. The children were prepared with care and dedication by Ms. Bernie Murray Ryan.
In his homily , Monsignor McGrath assured the children of the help of the Holy Spirit throughout their lives. He told them that ” their futures were not yet written ” and that it was up to each and everyone of them to use the gifts of the Holy Spirit to shape their own futures successfully.
The children were prepared with care and dedication by their teacher Ms. Bernie Murray Ryan.The first reading, read by Ella Furlong, preceded the Responsorial – sung by Mark Furlong, Sinéad Moore and Adam Cullen. The main choir was made up of children from Rang 3/4, who sang their hearts out with reditions of ” Tongues of Fire” ” Veni Creator Spiritus” and the very moving ” Child’s Prayer”.
The prayers of the Faithful were recited by Nell,Cameron, Liam , David and Ciara .The offertory was presented by Ben, Nathan ,Ellen, Grace, Cathal Dean, Claire, Ryan Jamie and Emily. A very effective Communion reflection was read by Philip Wickham, with the assistance of all his classmates.
Ms Marie Sinnott – parent- read a heartfelt vote of thanks on behalf of the parent body.She thanked Fr. Jimmy Moynihan for his help and preparation for the special day. Fr . Robert Nolan was also thanked for his presence.Flowers were presented to Ms. Bernie Murray Ryan and Ms Mary Howlett who compiled the ceremony booklet.
Congratulations once again to all the 2017 Confirmandi and their families!