Year 14 Leavers’ Mass 17



 On the evening of Wednesday 10th May our school chaplain, Fr. Raymond McCullagh, led our Year 14 pupils and their parents in a special Leavers’ mass as our class of 2017 began their study leave ahead of their A level examinations and begin to contemplate life beyond the walls of DCP.

Fr. Raymond welcomed pupils and parents together for the first time since September 2010 to celebrate the culmination of the journey that had begun and to appreciate the fine young Dominican men and women they had become. He encouraged pupils to remain an integral part of the Dominican family – this message was reiterated by the friends association who recruited our class of 2017 as members of our recently established Friends of Dominican College association. To commemorate the class of 2017 as our centenary leavers each pupil was given a special centenary badge.

In a special ceremony of light pupils and parents passed on the gifts of faith, justice, wisdom and truth and learned that every ending is a new beginning; pupils also reflected on how everything they learned was learned in the company of others.

Using the famous image of Christ washing the feet of his disciples, Fr. Raymond reflected on his own time in Ethiopia meeting with lepers. He told the class of 2017 that they had to go out into the world and see that there are no “untouchables” and that they must love all equally as we are all loved equally by God. He challenged our U6 to live out this example of unconditional love and to show the C21st the vision of St Dominic and St Catherine, and as opposed to people who “use their feet to trample over others”, he urged our U6 to see that: “with your feet firmly planted in the ground you can do great things with humility, faith and love”.

Reflecting on his own ordination 24 years ago and his own leave taking of St Malachy’s 30 years ago, Fr. Raymond concluded by asking our U6 pupils to be all that God calls them to be and to “always come back to DCP as we always love to hear your stories and see where the road ahead leads you”.

Ms Ronan thanked all those who had made the evening such a success, especially the Music and RE departments who had helped lead the pupils in word and song.

Concluding the service Ms Ronan spoke of the honour and privilege of working with such a fabulous year group in this our centenary year and thanked parents for “entrusting us with your most special gifts- your children”.

She encouraged our class of 2017 to always see themselves as members of the Dominican family and encouraged then to remain in close contact with the school through groups like the Friends association.

The school library is open each day throughout the exam period for our leavers to study.

Pupils are reminded that they must be in school uniform for all study sessions and for all exams.

Good luck to all our Year 14 pupils over the coming weeks and every success in their work and life beyond DCP.

Below are some images from Wednesday’s service.