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St. Mary’s 4th Annual Mass for Graduates

by Father Mark Coiro
June 23, 2017

For the past several years St. Mary’s has set aside one of her regular Sunday Masses to honor and pray for our parishioners graduating from High School. 

For the past several years St. Mary’s has set aside one of her regular Sunday Masses to honor and pray for our parishioners graduating from High School.  This year’s Mass for the Class of 2017 took place at 11:30 AM on Sunday, May 21.

Graduates from several  different schools took on ministry roles at the celebration:  Haley Hanstad (Holliston High) led the Psalm Prayer, and  Tommy Harvey (Medway High) offered the Old Testament Reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sam Ratcliffe (Holliston High) offered the New Testament Reading, and Nathalie Falcao (Montrose School) led the Prayers of the Faithful.  As always, it was beautiful to see students from different towns and schools all united by their shared parish and Catholic faith.  Fr. Mark spoke to the Graduates about how God will be wherever they are now going. 

Student Class Speaker Jake Obid addressed the congregation at the start of Mass, thanking St. Mary’s for the difference our parish has made in the lives of the Class of 2017, and sharing some of the ways he has come to experience the Holy Spirit.  

During the Mass, all present received Prayer Cards in Loving Memory of Tim O’Connell.  “Tim’s Prayer” was prayed by everyone to conclude the Prayers of the Faithful.   

Timothy O’Connell Tribute

A special part of this year’s Mass for Graduates was the presentation of a gift from the Class of 2017 to the family of their classmate Tim O’Connell, who went home to God on Sept. 9, 2008.  The presentation was made by Tim’s good friend, Michael McKenna.  Mike’s words follow:

“Good Morning.  My name is Mike McKenna, and I am here to recognize one member of our Class who is absent today, a friend to me, and many others - Tim O’Connell.  Tim was the kindest and friendliest person I have ever met. Tim showed me that life wasn’t all that bad, and when life got tough, he showed me how to have courage, strength, and faith. Tim kept strong, and his faith became stronger when he needed it most.  I, along with anyone and everyone who met him, saw his kind heart, and will miss him forever.

Today we, Tim’s Class, would like to honor him, and his family, with a gift.  In our Catholic tradition, the light of candles is used to represent the light of faith and hope - especially the hope of the Resurrection that Jesus won for us on Easter Day.  Burning on the altar today is a very special candle.  It was custom made in memory of Tim.  It has a gold and green Celtic Cross, in honor of Tim's Irish heritage.  There is also a wax number 7 - Tim's number as an honorary captain of the Holliston Panthers Football Team.  The candle bears the words:  ‘Timothy T. O'Connell, Class of 2017, Forever In Our Hearts.’  And he will be.  At this time, on behalf of the Graduating Class of 2017, I present this memorial candle to the O'Connell Family.”

 

Joanne O'Connell, Michael, and Kevin O'Connell after Mass.

TOP ROW LEFT TO RIGHT:

Nick Romano ~ Belmont University

Henry Smith ~ Fordham University

Brendan Malone ~ Wentworth Institute of Technology

Zachary Jacobs ~ Marist College

Jake Obid ~ Clark University

Thomas Harvey ~ Northeastern University

Michael McKenna ~ University of Delaware

Tim Troland ~ Perdue University

Benjamin Salley ~ Syracuse University

Brian Powell ~ Providence College

Jack Barrett ~ Trinity College

 

CENTER ROW LEFT TO RIGHT:

James Denman ~ Massachusetts College of Art

Thomas Hovsepian ~ Boston College

Chad Cordani ~ University of Mass., Amherst

Sam Ratcliffe ~ Hamilton College

Nathalie Falcao ~ University of Pennsylvania

Patrick Quinn ~ Xavier University

Ryan Paradie ~ Roger Williams University

Kathleen McShane ~ American University

Michael Bajdek ~ Nichols College

Ryan Vazza ~ University of Notre Dame

 

BOTTOM ROW LEFT TO RIGHT:

Jack Inman ~ University of Delaware

Carly Fisher ~ Roger Williams University

Katherine Zinck ~ Bridgewater Sate University

KD Larche ~ University of Mass., Amherst

Haley Hanstad ~ College of the Holy Cross

Camille Jean ~ University of Mass., Amherst

Elizabeth O’Neill ~ University of New Haven

Erica Chipman ~ Roger Williams University

Casey Prendergast ~ University of Mass., Amherst

Gabrielle Vazza ~ St. Mary’s College

Jenna Calabrese ~ Sacred Heart University

Emma Guccione ~ Bentley University

Owen Savage ~ University of Maine

 

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