Patronal Feast Day Mass 2011

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Report by Mrs Macfadyen

Our Patronal Feast Day Mass was held last Friday, 25th March, the closest Friday to the Feast of the Annunciation dedicated to Our Lady. The mass was presided over by the Right Reverend Bishop Joseph Devine and concelebrated by Fr Reilly, Fr Garwalinski, Fr Chromy, Canon Carey, Fr McGoldrick and our own School Chaplain, Fr Frank King.

The school was delighted to welcome Mrs Anne Donaldson and Mr Robert Dalzell from North Lanarkshire Council’s Learning and Leisure Services along with elected members, Councillor Nolan, Councillor Stewart and Councillor Ross, and former members of staff including Mr John White, Mr Raymond Lunny, Mr Jim Friel, Mrs Bridie Rynn and Mr Brian McCrossan.

After the service, staff and invited guests enjoyed a lunch prepared by the school Social Committee.

An enormous list of people helped this to be a successful and uplifting event:

  • our Performing Arts Faculty and Fr King, who selected some beautiful music appropriate to the event, magnificently performed by our school band and choir
  • all of the pupils and staff involved in the performance who worked so hard at rehearsals
  • our School Captains, Christopher Costello and Paula Jane Graham, for the readings
  • the pupils who assisted in the procession and as altar servers
  • janitors, administration and technical staff who organised all those behind the scenes preparations that make the day go so smoothly
  • our photography team, Lorna, Rachael and Scott,
  • and of course, the staff and pupils of Our Lady’s High School.
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Patronal Feast Day 2010

Report from Mrs Sinclair

The Patronal Feast Day mass took place last Thursday in honour of our Patron Our Lady on the Feast of the Annunciation.

The whole school celebrated a beautiful mass along with Bishop Devine, Canon Carey, Father King, our School Chaplain, Father Reilly, Father Chromy, Father McGoldrick, Father Quinn, Father Campbell and Father Garwolinski.

The invited guests included Mrs Christine Pollock, Executive Director of North Lanarkshire Council Learning and Leisure Services and Provost Tom Curley as well as number of elected members. A large number of a former staff and friends of the school came along to celebrate this great feast with our school community. Mrs Sherry and her son Martin were present to see the blessing of a new altar which they kindly donated to the school.

The packed games hall listened to the very interesting homily given by Bishop Devine and joined in with the choir singing a number of beautiful and uplifting hymns. The school band was in first class form as usual. A marvellous event!

Patron’s Day Mass

Report (mostly) by Kenneth MacDermid.

Our annual mass for Patron’s Day took place today.

The mass was presided over by the Right Reverend Bishop Joseph Devine and concelebrated by Fr. Chromy and our own Fr. Miller. The mass was celebrated as the Feast of the Annunciation in dedication to Our Lady – the school patron.

The bishop spoke of the great history that our school is steeped in, encouraging both staff and pupils to follow in the light of Christ.

Mr Love, in his vote of thanks, mentioned the school’s strong links with SCIAF and Kamwokya, and looked forward to two young people from the Kamwokya Community visiting the school for a week at the start of the new session.

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Many thanks to all the supporters of OLHS who came along to today’s ceremony:

Executive Director of Learning and Leisure Services, Christine Pollock and Education Officer, Anne Donaldson;

Headteachers from our associated primaries, Mrs Maureen McGhee, Mrs Maria Shields, Mrs Gwen Dickson, Mrs Sally Fraser and Mr Derek Hannan, Headteacher of Braidhurst High School;

Provost Tom Curley, Councillor Gordon Stewart and Councillor Kate Harmon;

Mrs Maureen Dunn and Mrs Suzanne Graham from the PTA and Parent Council;

Mr Ian Menzies from SCIAF;

former members of staff, Mrs Mary Boyle, Mr Brian McCrossan, Mr Brian Keown, Mr Jake Carlin, Mr John White, Mr John Boyle and Mr Raymond Lunny.

Grateful thanks must go to all musicians, readers, offertory processors and Eucharistic ministers for their assistance, as well as to all the staff who ensured the day ran smoothly, in particular Mr. Crossan!