Dominican Mass for the Deceased 2017

On Sunday 26th November Dominican sisters, staff, parents, governors, pupils and friends gathered as a school family in St Mary’s Star of the Sea to remember those members of our school community who have passed away.

In a beautiful and moving Mass, Fr. Raymond McCullagh, our school chaplain, reflected on the Feast of Christ the King in his homily and challenged us to think of all those who have inspired us the way that Jesus did via one solitary life.

Fr. Raymond explained how as a thirty- year old man Christ did not have many of the attributes of a leader; he worked as a carpenter and had travelled less than two hundred miles from home and concluded with the reflection:

All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that were ever built, all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as that one solitary life.

Fr. Raymond prayed for all those members of our school community and in particular those who have died in the past year and those dear dead departed members of our wider school family who we still continue to mourn and love.

In a moving post-communion reflection Mrs Kate Murphy read a poem by John O’Donohue entitled On the Death of a Beloved beginning with the lines:

Though we need to weep your loss,
You dwell in that safe place in our hearts,
Where no storm or night or pain can reach you.

Your love was like the dawn
Brightening over our lives
Awakening beneath the dark
A further adventure of colour…..

May you continue to inspire us:
To enter each day with a generous heart.
To serve the call of courage and love
Until we see your beautiful face again
In that land where there is no separation,
Where all tears will be wiped from our mind,
And where we will never lose you again.

The beautiful liturgy was accompanied by the usual high standards of singing from members of our senior choir with a beautiful rendition of The Cloud’s Veil and On Eagles’ Wings ( Soloist Jasmine Gardiner) haunting highlights. Special mention must go to Amy North and Mollie Byrne for their superb playing on the harp and violin. The final hymn was the traditional Dominican Magnificat.

In her closing words Ms Ronan thanked the Dominican sisters for their presence and for the legacy they have left. She thanked the RE and the Music departments for their work, the senior choir for their wonderful singing. Ms Ronan thanked Fr. Raymond and Fr. Austin and the local parish for their continued support for the school.

Following the Mass members of the congregation returned to the school and we were delighted to welcome back to the school several of our distinguished sisters, Sr. Lucina Montagu, Sr. Bridghe O’Kane, Sr. Patricia St George and Sr. Liz Smyth.

Our Mass for the deceased was the penultimate Centenary celebration and we will gather again as a school community on the evening of Wednesday 20th December to draw the year of Dominican College Centenary celebrations to a close in our Christmas Carol Service.