MASS FOR RETIREMENT (Word Doc)
Prayers for a Retirement Service
Today, we pray for ___ who has been an outstanding witness to the Mission Statement of our school. May God grant him/her health and happiness in his/her retirement.
Beginning A New Life
I am beginning a new way of life.
It’s a step forward
Into the uncertain and the unknown.
It asks for far more trust than I have
And Lord, I am afraid.
Give me courage and openness
To go forward in trust and loyalty and love
Into Your world which is also mine.
During your time here you have upheld the Catholic ethos of the school very honourably. In doing so, you have welcomed other faith traditions to our school and have drawn a lot of wisdom from them. We would like to offer you some blessings from the faith traditions of the student body for your journey ahead.
FROM AN ANCIENT TIBETAN BUDDHIST BLESSING
May you be filled with loving kindness.
May you be well.
May you be peaceful and at ease.
May you be happy.
FROM THE UNITY CHURCH
The light of God surrounds us;
The love of God enfolds us;
The power of God protects us;
The presence of God watches over us.
Wherever we are, God is.
And all is well.
FROM A GREAT CHRISTIAN SAINT AND AN INSPIRING WOMAN, St. Teresa of Avila
Let nothing disturb thee;
Let nothing dismay thee;
All things pass:
God never changes.
All that it strives for.
He who has God
Lacks for nothing:
God alone suffices.
A DIVINE BLESSING FROM THE HINDU TRADITION
Almighty Lord, if we offer you a devoted mind and heart, you will offer to us every blessing on earth and in heaven.
You grant our deepest wishes. You give food to the body and peace to the soul. You look upon us with the love of a mother for her children.
You created this beautiful earth all around us. And in every plant and animal, every tree and bird, your spirit dwells.
You have revealed yourself to me, infusing my soul with the knowledge that you are the source of all blessing.