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5.e Liturgical Life of the School: End of the School Year Celebration/Graduation - Elementary Sample
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Description of Activity

  • Mass to celebrate Closing of the School Year

SMART Goal Design - Is this goal...

  • Specific?
  • Measurable?
  • Attainable?
  • Result-oriented?
  • Time-bound?

Goal/Expected Result

  • The principal will work with staff, students and clergy to prepare the Eucharistic celebration to mark the closing of the school year/graduation


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  • Catholic Book of Worship III
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  • Rise Up and Sing (Cassettes/CD’s with music book)
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  • Children’s Daily Prayer

Relevant Catholic Theme(s)

  • Faith
  • Community and the Common Good
  • Hope
  • Dignity of the Human Person


  • CGE3b Creates, adapts, evaluates, new ideas in light of the common good
  • CGE3e Adopts a holistic approach to life by integrating learning from various subject areas and experience

How will success be determined?

  • The community will gather to celebrate the Eucharist on the designated day
Contributors Tasks
School Administration
  • Gather a Pastoral Team from among the staff together to prepare the liturgy
  • Invite a member of the clergy to assist Pastoral Team in preparation of liturgy and to preside at the celebration
  • Ask secretary to complete related tasks
School Staff: Teachers, Education Assistants
  • Provide art to decorate the gym
  • Suggest names of students to act as Ministers of the Word
  • Invite qualified staff to volunteer to be Eucharistic Ministers
  • Participate in the overall preparation of the liturgy as determined by their teachers leadership
Process Stages Details and Considerations

Mid May

  • Gather the Pastoral Team from among the staff together to prepare the liturgy
  • Discuss the reasons that we celebrate the end of the school year and/or graduation to determine focus for décor, etc.
  • Invite a member of the clergy to preside at the liturgy
Early June
  • Meet with pastoral team to assist with preparation of the liturgy
  • Prepare the liturgy
Mid June
  • Teachers to involve students in preparation of art work consistent with the liturgical season to be used in the celebration
  • Teachers identify students who will be ministers of the Word
  • Eucharistic Ministers are identified
End of June
  • Immediate preparation to include practicing music and readings
  • Celebration of the End of Year Mass/Graduation

Effectiveness (degree to which goal has been achieved)

  • Teachers will engage students in a reflection on the liturgy after it has been celebrated. The purpose of this will be to reflect on the school year theme etc.

Follow Up/Next Steps

  • Pastoral Team meets with principal to review liturgy
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