St Thomas More Catholic

Primary School

Christ is the centre of our School community, where we live, love and learn together

Diamond Jubilee Mass Celebrated by Archbishop Bernard Longley

26 September 2013

As part of the school's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations Archbishop Bernard Longley celebrated Mass for the school community, parents, friends, parishioners and past members of pupils, staff and former school governors.

The theme of the Mass was 'Evangelisation' because for the last sixty years the school has been providing a Catholic Education for all the children where 'Christ is the centre of the school community where we live, love and learn together' and we hope that this provision will continue for future generations.

During the Opening Hymn of the Mass based on the School's Mission, children brought up items representing the school's history; an original school tie and school blazer, a prayer book, photographic albums and a whole school photograph of the present school community.

We thanked God for the many blessings that have been received over the last sixty years.

After Holy Communion Jennifer and Thomas acted out our Echo Story based on the Life of Blessed Dominic Barberi which involved the whole school community.

After Mass Archbishop Bernard blessed the new Prayer Garden and then joined us for refreshments. We were honoured to have the Archbishop with us for this special Mass and the memories of this day will live on in our hearts.

Waiting patiently for the Entrance Procession
Archbishop Bernard receiving memory books
Reading the introduction to our Mass thanking God
The First Reading.
'Yahweh is the God of my salvation'
Mr O'Toole reading the Second Reading
We prayed for our Pope Francis, Archbishop Bernard
Archbishop Bernard receiving the Offertory Gifts.
Acting out our Echo Story.
The story is based on the life of Blessed Dominic
Our Echo Story finished with 'This is the Faith,
Archbishop Bernard blesses our new Prayer Garden
School Governors past and present
Members of staff sharing a walk down memory lane
The cutting of the Jubilee Cake.
Our special cake for the occasion.
Presenting thank you letters to the Archbishop.
Archbishop Bernard talking to the Year 1 children.
One of our pupils talking to the Archbishop
Archbishop Bernard looking at our Year of Faith