Fr Francis (left), dressed in white vestments, passes a golden chalice to Bishop John (right), also dressed in vestments, as they concelebrate Mass

Bishop leads school community in special celebration Mass

Wednesday 24th January 2024

Bishop John paid a visit to a Lancashire school this week to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its school chapel.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel RC High School held a special celebratory Mass on Tuesday 23 January, led by Bishop John and parish priest, Fr Francis Wadsworth.

The Mass was attended by staff, pupils, and governors of the school, as well as invited guests from the Hyndburn Catholic Partnership of primary schools and the Diocese of Salford.

During his visit, Bishop John blessed the chapel and the plaque that had been made to mark the occasion, before enjoying a tour of the school and meeting a number of pupils who shared details of some of their current projects and plans.

Bishop John sits in a circle with school students and a teacher in discussion in the library

Headteacher Mr Bowers was delighted to welcome Bishop John and guests to celebrate the event and the impact the chapel has had on school life over the past decade.

The school has described the chapel as “a quiet, peaceful sanctuary, and a valuable place for prayer and comfort where both pupils and staff can support each other”.

Helping to enhance and shape the Catholic life of the school, the chapel is not only a place to celebrate Mass and prepare the school community for important points in the liturgical calendar, but it also provides a space to meet and train chaplaincy and charity form representatives. It also provides a space for the YSVP group and anti-bullying ambassadors to meet and offers a safe, peaceful space for bereavement and mental health counselling to take place.

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