Ben Calf Robe School
2003 Year End Celebration

Special Moments In Time…

"Whenever God closes a door…He opens a window"
Looking Back at our Past…
Dreaming Ahead for our Future

Thursday, June 26, 2003

Processional Hymn: (on intercom) We Walk In Beauty

Opening Hymn:
We Are Gathered In the Light of God

Verse #1 – We are Gathered in the Light of God

Verse #2 – We are Sharing in the Light of God

Verse #3 – We are Praising in the Light of God

Verse #4 – We are Dreaming in the Light of God

Opening Message: Mr. McGuinness
Today, the Ben Calf Robe School Family of 2002-2003, are gathered together one final time, to celebrate the closing of another successful school year.

The end of another school year…always means change…of one kind or another. Sometimes these changes are welcome and wanted…but sometimes change hurts, and is hard to do.

As is always the truth…the family we are today, will never be the same again…as some of us will not be returning with us in the Fall.

We have students who are graduating or will be moving on to different and higher heights… We have staff that will be leaving us for new challenges and opportunities…

But no matter where you go, or what you go on and do…Ben Calf Robe will always be a part of you…and a part of your heart.

Today we look back at the many special times we’ve shared together at Ben Calf Robe School, the many special people who have come into our lives, the people we’ve come to know, work and grow with, and most of all the special ways we have all made this year, such a successful and memorable one.

We must not look at the close of this school year as a sad time…but rather as a chance for new hope and new life.

Like our Celebration theme says…
“Every time God closes a door…He opens a window.”

Even though we will all be facing changes of one kind or another…we must remember to take the time to give thanks for all the many blessings we have already been given. We must use the experiences we have had together at Ben Calf Robe School, to go on and become even better, stronger and more giving people…to all those who we have yet to meet …on the journey of learning and of life.

Let us begin our Celebration…in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit…Amen

First Reading: Mrs. Bolton
A reading from Psalm 119: 105-112, 114-117

Your word is a lamp onto my feet and a light to my path.
I have sworn and I will confirm it, that I will keep your righteous ordinances.
I am exceedingly afflicted; Revive me, O Lord, and teach me your ordinances.
My life is continually in my hand, yet I do not forget Your law.
The wicked have laid a snare for me, yet I have not gone astray from your precepts.
I have inherited your testimonies forever, for they are the joy of my heart.
I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes Forever, even to the end.
You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Your word.
Depart from me evildoers, that I may observe the commandments of my God.
Sustain me according to Your word that I may live; And do not let me be ashamed of my hope.
Uphold me that I may be safe, that I may regard your statutes continually.

This is the word of the Lord,
Thanks be to God

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia

Gospel: Father Jim
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark 4: 24-32
Glory to You Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear! The same rules you use to judge others will be used by God to judge you – but with even greater severity.

The person with something will be given more, and the person who has nothing will have taken away from him even the little he has.”

Jesus went on to say, “The Kingdom of God is like this. A man scatters seed in his field. He sleeps at night, is up about during the day, and all the while the seeds are sprouting and growing. Yet he does not know how it happens. The soil itself makes the plants grow and bear fruit; first the tender stalk appears, then the ear, and finally the ear is full of corn. When the corn is ripe, the man starts cutting it with a sickle, because harvest time has come.

What shall we say the Kingdom of God is like?” asked Jesus. “What parable shall we use to explain it?

It is like this. A man takes a mustard seed, the smallest seed in the world, and plants it in the ground. After a while it grows up and becomes the biggest of all plants. It puts out such large branches that the birds come and make their nests in its shade.”

Jesus preached his message to the people, using many other parables like these; he told them as much as they could understand.

This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ

Hymn: Seeds Scattered and Sown

Response – Creator hear us and bless us.

That all who are in the Ben Calf Robe School Family will continue to be blessed with good health, much happiness, and never-ending success in life.
We pray to the Creator

That all who are in the Ben Calf Robe School Family will always remember to be grateful to the Creator, by showing respect and love for themselves and others…especially remembering and giving thanks to those who have touched our lives at BCR, this past year.
We pray to the Creator

That all who are in the Ben Calf Robe School Family will have a safe, relaxing and rejuvenating summer break, with their families and friends, and come back ready to begin an even more successful year at Ben Calf Robe School, for the 2003-2004 school term.
We pray to the Creator

That those who are not returning to Ben Calf Robe School in the Fall, will never forget that we are in their hearts…and they in ours…and that they continue to be blessed richly by the Creator.
We pray to the Creator

That all who are in the Ben Calf Robe School Family will go on to make a positive difference in other’s lives, by doing important and generous deeds, that make themselves, the BCR Family and most of all …the Creator …proud of them.
We pray to the Creator

That the dreams and wishes that the Ben Calf Robe School Family make in our prayers today…will be heard in the heavens…and all of our futures will be blessed with hope, strength and faith…
We pray to the Creator

Symbolic Gesture:
At this point in the celebration we are going to look ahead to our future…the future that awaits us all.

You have been asked to make a dream or a wish, that you want to come true.

This dream could be one that you are going to work hard to accomplish, or that you really want the Creator, Mary and all the Heavenly Hosts to help make come true for you.

As we sing our next hymn, a member from each class will come forward and present the dreams and wishes of our Ben Calf Robe School family.

Hymn: I Have A Dream

Special Presentations:
As we mentioned earlier, some of us will not be returning to the Ben Calf Robe School Family in the Fall.

At this time we would like to honour those members of our family who are going on to new challenges and different places.

These people have been very special to us, and we will now present them with special gifts of LOVE.

(*Each ‘Special Person’ acknowledged, will be presented with the ‘heart’ cards from the school) At the end of the presentations…the Grade 1’s will sing: Friends Are Like Flowers

Closing Prayer: Mr. McGuinness
Creator, we have come together today, to give thanks for the many ways each of us has learned, grown, shared and been enriched, by the experiences of our year together.

We praise You and each other, for the many successes we have accomplished with each others’ help and support.

We celebrate our friendships and our memories…and we pray for continued blessings on all our Ben Calf Robe School Family…wherever they may be, from now on.

We ask You, Creator, to be close to us and continue to help us make wise choices that show everyone that we are in Your family, and we will strive to make You proud of us, and always worthy of Your LOVE.

May we all be the mustard seed that flourishes, and may we use the special powers, talents and blessings we have been given, to make our lives, our school, and Mother Earth a more beautiful place for everyone to be.

This we pray………………… in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit……..Amen

Now to end our Celebration…and our year together…we will have our PowerPoint presentation (assorted photos memories from the 2002-2003 school year set to music).

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