Paula Anne Gallant’s 100th Day Ceremony

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

 

On behalf of Lynn, Lana and our families we would like to thank you for coming to Paula’s One Hundredth Day Ceremony.

 

Each year, as an educator, Paula celebrated with her students, the “100 days of school” milestone.  It is a way to engage the students in activities and lessons that provide opportunities for them to practice math and sharpen their observational skills.  She would encourage her students to gather 100 items and bring them to the classroom for a day of fun and learning.

 

As we gather here today, on the hundredth day of her death, may we reflect on our memories of Paula and ask that God bless us with continued strength, courage and hope.  May he hear our prayers for justice and may he allow us to someday have closure on this horrific tragedy and one day feel solace in our souls.

 

Please begin to light Paula’s 100 candles of Hope, Justice and Peace.

 

Opening Poem by Lynn MacEachern and read by Lynn Gallant-Blackburn

 

Paula

When day is finally ended

And the sun has again been placed,

We will remember your laughter

Once again, we will see your face.

 

For your presence will not be forgotten

Nor your gentle loving way,

Forever will your beautiful spirit

Guide us on your way.

 

On this earth each one is placed

To serve a greater end,

To carry on without you here

Is our burden, dear friend.

 

So speak to us in whispers

Found in the morning breeze,

Remind us of your passion

For all that you did see.

 

Reach out your hand to touch ours

In your grasp please hold it tight,

Gentle guide us in our journey

Walk us out into the light.


 

Please begin to read our 100 prayers for Paula.  We will read the next 10 prayers 10 times starting with the first prayer and reading in order to the last and then starting from the first prayer again.

 

Dear Paula, please see the light of these 100 candles burning and know we love you, are proud of your strength and pray for you.  Please, with God’s help, guide the police to the truth and give us the “gift of Anna”.  Amen

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Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

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Hail Mary,
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of death. Amen

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Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

when there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

and where there is sadness, joy.

Grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand,
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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O Saint Anthony, Saint of Miracles, Saint of Help. I also have need of your assistance; I have need of this special favor (silently ask your favor).Therefore, console me in my present necessity and grant me the help that, with full confidence, I hope for. Amen ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Angel of God, my Guardian dear,

To whom God's love commits me here,
Ever this day be at my side
To light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen
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St. Therese, the Little Flower,

Please pick me a Rose form the Heavenly Garden

And send it to me with a message of Love.

Ask God to grant me the favor I Thee implore and tell Him

I will Love Him each day more and more. Amen

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O God, who has taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the
Holy Spirit, grant that by the gift of the same Spirit we may be always
truly wise and ever rejoice in his consolation, through Christ our Lord. Amen
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Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

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May the road rise up to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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Closing Poem read by Lana Kenny

 

In closing, we remember a life today and all that made her who she was –

All that delighted her,

That made her laugh or moved her to tears,

Calling to mind her story,

And the many lives she touched along the way.

 

We honor a life today – her outlook,

Her inner strength and all the things that she believed in –

Recognizing her goodness,

Her uniqueness, her own special gifts shared generously

With the rest of the world.

 

We celebrate a life today and her connections with family and friends

And all who loved her –

Feeling enriched for having known her, for the way

……. she affected us

….…..inspired us

…..…and affirmed for us that this is how a beautiful life should be lived.

 

Let us release these 100 messages of hope into the beautiful skies of St. Margaret’s Bay so the world, God, Paula and all those who have died before us will hear our prayers of hope, justice and peace.  God Bless you all and thank you for sharing in Paula’s 100th day.