Bishop is wel­comed to cel­e­brate Mass

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Pupils and staff at Fern­hill School wel­comed a very spe­cial guest amongst them when Joseph Toal, Bishop of Mother­well Dio­cese, joined them to cel­e­brate Mass.

They held the Mass in hon­our of the Solem­nity of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion of Mary, the pa­tron saint of the school.

Fa­ther Alex Ste­wart, the school chap­lain, con­cel­e­brated the Mass, which was at­tended by the whole school.

Bishop Toal took the op­por­tu­nity to meet staff and pupils and en­joyed learn­ing about the many and var­ied ac­tiv­i­ties go­ing on within the school and its wider com­mu­nity.

The cel­e­bra­tion was made even more spe­cial for all in attendance by the fact that on that day eight years pre­vi­ously, the Bishop had cel­e­brated his Epis­co­pal Or­di­na­tion of Ar­gyll and The Isles.

Of his visit, Bishop Toal said: “It has been a great priv­i­lege to join pupils and staff on this spe­cial day in the school’s cal­en­dar and I look for­ward to join­ing you in the fu­ture.”

After Mass, Bishop Toal en­joyed lunch with the se­nior man­age­ment team and mem­bers of the litur­gi­cal group within the school.

Dr Laura Murphy, head teacher at Fern­hill School was de­lighted that Bishop Toal had taken time from his de­mand­ing sched­ule to join them for the day and said: “The spir­i­tual de­vel­op­ment of our pupils is of paramount im­por­tance to us at Fern­hill School and hav­ing Bishop Toal cel­e­brate our Pa­tronal Feast Day with us has en­hanced what is al­ways a very spe­cial day for us.

“We have sev­eral girls par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Car­i­tas pro­gram this year and it was won­der­ful for them to meet Bishop Toal and dis­cuss their progress so far and their plans for the re­main­der of the year.”

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