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Appreciation Post: UCC Family

Countdown to Graduation: 5 Days

And as I wait / I will rise up like the eagle / And I will soar with You / Your Spirit leads me on / In the Power of Your love”

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Welcome to Mass!

Dearest UCC Family,

Whenever I felt lost, hurt, confused, or I just needed some sort of support, this is where I found it. We started in InterFaith, but moved into our new home at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton. Even with the transitions the love the community had for one another never got lost or faded away. As I am preparing to end my journey at UCI, I couldn’t leave without acknowledge the community that made me so much love in so many ways.

When I started at UCI, I had already been aware of the University Catholic Community because I did my own research. While I would love to say that I looked it up because it was more for my faith, but my purpose had a bigger focus towards completing my Sacrament of Confirmation.

I was a consistent go-er for Sunday masses throughout my first and second year because I fell in love with the way mass was run at UCC — small knit, tight community at InterFaith that sang nearly half of mass. After all, why wouldn’t there be singing? We have an exceptional choir here.

I finally really invested into the Catholic Community when I started in the RCIA program, and here I gained a new family. I looked forward to my Wednesday nights where I saw my RCIA family, and my Sundays where I was serving in mass with fellow RCIA and the Core Leaders. In the year that, I grew in my spiritual faith. During this first year of my heavy investment with UCC, I was saved in more ways than one.

I had been going through A LOT with my personal life, and even more so with a baggage I was carrying for many years. For the first time in many years, that baggage was lifted off and I felt so much more free than I have ever felt before. It was all because of what I gained while I was part of the UCC family.

The year following, I became a Core Leader and it has been a truly rewarding experience being able to serve the community from Mass of the Holy Spirit (MOTP), communicating with other Community Leaders, helping out for Ash Wednesday and Holy Thursday, and now helping with our new Mass of the Holy Spirit traditions. In my year serving as a Core Leader, I had all the more reason to be able to share how much love there is in our community at UCC.

Graduation Mass Prayer:

Almighty God,
Thank you for your love
Thank you for the special days to come, and for all the students who will be walking the stage
May we feel a sense of achievement with the skills, qualifications, and abilities we have gained over the years
May we feel the great excitement for our future
Thank you for the skills and gifts that we are celebrating
May each one of us students be reminded of your presence in your lives
In the future, may we use what abilities we know in how we will praise your glory and your kingdom
In the end, may we continue to live our lives full of discovery, learning, and spreading the blessings we have received to those around us
Lord God,
Thank you for this special day to come
Be with us as we celebrate the achievements of our studies.
Thank you for this opportunity to learn and grow.
Be with us as we go on to weave more of your truth into our lives.
Thank you for the beautiful world you have created.
Come be with us as we go out and discover our place within it.
Thank you for your hope and grace.
May you be with us all, helping us each day to walk more closely with you.
We ask this prayer
through Jesus Christ Your Son
in the love of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.
Amen.

Prayer for the Continuing & Incoming LeadersAs our seniors graduate, it also means we have outgoing leaders. Since we’ve given a prayer for our outgoing leaders, I want to offer one for our incoming leaders too.

Loving God,
In Your love for us,
You sent Your Son
to be our Shepherd and Leader,
our Brother and our Lord.
You continue to show Your love for us by sending us health care leaders to care for Your people.
Bless the continuing and incoming leaders of the HOPE youth ministry, the Liwanag youth ministry, the Mustard Seeds youth ministry, and the Core Leaders as they take up their responsibilities as part of the University Catholic Community
Guide them in their work,
Fill them with patience and love,
and let your Spirit of wisdom and understanding be with them
and give them joy and peace in their heart.
We ask this prayer
through Jesus Christ Your Son
in the love of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.
Amen.

To Fr. Francis: Thank you for taking me into the UCC Family wholeheartedly and without hesitation. You have helped me learn and grow spiritually, and I am truly grateful for that. You helped me overcome the biggest challenge of forgiveness I was experiencing in my life and I could never thank you enough for that. You have guided me through all the challenges I have gone through and I am truly grateful for your patience and love.

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There are so many people in my UCC Family that I want to thank and tell you how much I love and appreciate each one of you, but then this post may never end. From the very first time I became a part of the UCC Family to ending my journey here, I have felt nothing but constant support and love from everyone here, and I would’ve have it any other way.

With all my love,

J-Mi

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