Report by Mrs Sinclair
The Annual War Memorial Mass took place last Thursday. Seventy family and friends of young men from Our Lady’s and St Joseph’s, who died in the Second World War, came along to our beautiful Chapel to remember them.
Bishop Devine concelebrated the Mass with the school Chaplain, Fr Frank King and Father Jim McGarry, SDS, whose uncle was one of those who died. Pupils from the school were involved in the Mass, which was planned by Mr Mathieson. Rebecca Salemi, Martin Ward and Katie McElhinney read out the names of the deceased in a very moving ceremony.
Friends and family were then invited to the staffroom, where they were served refreshments by one of the Personal Development classes. Guests were once again moved by a very interesting presentation on a recent trip to Auschwitz- Birkenau by Collette Maguire and Andrew Dunn. Their photographic presentation captured the atmosphere of the camps and delivered a very important message.
The AGM of the War Memorial Chapel Trustees was held after the reception.
Our Lady’s High War Memorial Chapel was built to commemorate former staff and pupils of Our Lady’s and St Joseph’s High Schools who lost their lives during the Second World War. Funds to build the original Chapel were raised by parents, staff, and pupils of the school and by the local community.
Each November, Right Rev. Joseph Devine, Bishop of Motherwell, celebrates a Memorial Mass in the Chapel, attended by relatives of those who are commemorated there. The Chapel also continues to play an important role in the daily religious and spiritual life of the school.
The dedication of The War Memorial Chapel, on its original site in the former Our Lady’s High School buildings in Airbles Street, took place on the 14th June 1949. As the 60th anniversary of the War Memorial Chapel approaches, we would like to produce an updated account of the Chapel, tracing its history from its establishment to the present day.
If you have anything you can contribute to this story, whether in documentary, photographic or other forms, we would really like to hear from you. Please contact Headteacher, Mr Bernard Love if you can help in any way.
The school’s annual War Memorial Mass was held in the War Memorial Chapel on the 27th November. Each year, the Mass is attended by several generations of relatives of the eighty former pupils and staff of Our Lady’s and St Joseph’s High Schools who lost their lives during World War II. In his address, Bishop Joseph Devine also drew attention to the continuing toll of loss and suffering in other world conflicts.
Also during the Mass, the school Roll of Honour, which records the names of those who gave their lives during the Second World War, was read out by school captains Cairan McCarroll and Nicholas Murphy.