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Issue 1248 – Special Mass to mark St. Paul’s golden jubilee

March 6, 2017

A special Mass of Thanksgiving, as part of the golden jubilee celebrations of St. Paul’s High School, Bessbrook, was held in the school on Tuesday last.
Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland, Eamon Martin, was the main celebrant while invited guests included former principals, chaplains and staff and pupils from 1966 when the school first open its doors.
The liturgy was enhanced by musical contribution from the school choirs under the direction of Mr Colm Murphy, Ms Bridie McEvoy and Mr Peter Slane.
School Principal, Jarlath Burns, thanked everyone who contributed to the ceremony and had a special welcome for three former principals – Mr Francis Duffy, Mr Michael Warde and Mr Oliver Mooney – whose hard work and effort, he said, has helped the school attain the excellent reputation it enjoys today.
In remembering those members of staff and pupils who have passed away during the last 50 years, Mr Burns said the school community holds them “in a special place in their hearts”.
Welcoming principals from neighbouring schools, Mr Burns said St. Paul’s enjoys excellent relations with all its partner schools, adding that everyone involved in such a momentous day should feel proud of what St. Paul’s stands for, what it has achieved and that the future was bright for a school that is so close to the hearts of the people of south Armagh.
In his address to the congregation, Archbishop Martin praised the generations of people who “have made St. Paul’s the great school that it is, proud of its fine tradition of faith and culture”.
“This school has become a beacon of education that is open to all and challenging for all, education that appreciates the wide range of talents and abilities of young people, challenging them all to excellence – not just academically or in sport and music (although St Paul’s does that so well) but also in values like kindness, friendship, generosity, Christian charity and awareness of others,” he added.
The special celebration concluded with a delicious lunch for all who attended the Mass.
The series of events to mark the golden jubilee of St. Paul’s High School will culminate with a Gala Ball to be held in the Carrickdale Hotel on 5th May.

A special Mass of Thanksgiving, as part of the golden jubilee celebrations of St. Paul’s High School, Bessbrook, was held in the school on Tuesday last.Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland, Eamon Martin, was the main celebrant while invited guests included former principals, chaplains and staff and pupils from 1966 when the school first open its doors.The liturgy was enhanced by musical contribution from the school choirs under the direction of Mr Colm Murphy, Ms Bridie McEvoy and Mr Peter Slane.School Principal, Jarlath Burns, thanked everyone who contributed to the ceremony and had a special welcome for three former principals – Mr Francis Duffy, Mr Michael Warde and Mr Oliver Mooney – whose hard work and effort, he said, has helped the school attain the excellent reputation it enjoys today.In remembering those members of staff and pupils who have passed away during the last 50 years, Mr Burns said the school community holds them “in a special place in their hearts”.Welcoming principals from neighbouring schools, Mr Burns said St. Paul’s enjoys excellent relations with all its partner schools, adding that everyone involved in such a momentous day should feel proud of what St. Paul’s stands for, what it has achieved and that the future was bright for a school that is so close to the hearts of the people of south Armagh. In his address to the congregation, Archbishop Martin praised the generations of people who “have made St. Paul’s the great school that it is, proud of its fine tradition of faith and culture”.“This school has become a beacon of education that is open to all and challenging for all, education that appreciates the wide range of talents and abilities of young people, challenging them all to excellence – not just academically or in sport and music (although St Paul’s does that so well) but also in values like kindness, friendship, generosity, Christian charity and awareness of others,” he added.The special celebration concluded with a delicious lunch for all who attended the Mass.The series of events to mark the golden jubilee of St. Paul’s High School will culminate with a Gala Ball to be held in the Carrickdale Hotel on 5th May.

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