A Unique Confirmation…..
Our former Sixth Class pupils were treated to a unique and very special Confirmation ceremony on Saturday. It was spiritual, intimate, relaxed, empowering and very moving. Just like God’s Holy Spirit would have wanted! (Please click the red tab ‘Read More’ here).
Fr Séan, Paddy Daly, Aoife Daly and Eileen Doyle had arranged and overseen all the major and minor details: the beautiful Liturgy, the charismatic music, the inviting, colourful altar and the welcoming Confirmation booklets at each family pew…. and much more. Ushers, all volunteers, kept a close eye, discreetly sanitizing everything as we exited into the evening sunshine. Thank you, all!
Catherine Galway and Conor Falvey, parents, read the readings eloquently to a captive congregation, followed by Fr Séan who gave a perfectly pitched, reassuring and engaging homily, sprinkled with humour, encouragement and philosophy. Our ‘Sixth Class Stars’ were attentive and respectful, as always, resplendent in their lovely smart new uniforms, representing seven Secondary schools! Bród! Those seven schools will be all the richer for enrolling such talented, unique , kind and enthusiastic students, not to mention their supportive parents, in their school communities. These ‘gifts’, from Caherleaheen NS, of whom we are so proud will be welcomed in the seven secondary schools, I have no doubt! We will miss them here in Caherleaheen NS…….
Seamount College, Kinvara
Coláiste Íde agus Iosaf, Abbeyfeale
Presentation Secondary, Milltown
Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí, Trá lí
Presentation Secondary, Tralee
The Green C.B.S., Tralee
Mercy Mounthawk, Tralee
The Confirmation Rite itself was like no other, thanks to the preparation, intimacy and powerful peacefulness. Fr Séan moved through the main aisle, anointing each candidate with the oil of Chrism, while Paddy and Aoife’s choice of background music held us all, mesmerized.
We exited, as directed, and managed to grab a few, quick photos and a chat outside, as best and as safely as we could. There are a few pupils missing from these lovely photos, unfortunately, due to time commitments, compliance and due care. That’s the hard part, these days!
However, anyone I spoke to was positive and only missing Caherleaheen a little or a lot! They had all grown a little bit more, in many ways, these last few months (again!) There was a really happy and energizing air as we bade farewell. The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit are in good hands!
I know I speak for all our parents, staff and the whole school community when I wish every single student the very best in their respective schools. Keep in touch. Take care and be kind to yourself and all others. Be brave and good.