Bishop Kieran, Jacqueline Lance (Head Teacher) and Mary Reynolds (Diocesan Director of Schools).
Monday, 14 July 2014
St. Bernadette’s Primary School Brighton Celebrates
Bishop Kieran Conry celebrated with the community of St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School in Brighton as they marked the 40th Anniversary of their school.
St Bernadette’s opened in 1974 after Lourdes Convent left the site and amalgamated with other local Catholic secondary schools to establish Cardinal Newman Catholic Comprehensive School.
Bishop Kieran was joined by the Rev. Mgr. John Hull, Father Bruno Witchalls, Mrs Mary Reynolds, the Director of Catholic Schools for Arundel and Brighton, as well as former head teachers, deanery head teachers, staff, governors, parents and children.
St Bernadette’s is blessed with beautiful grounds and the Liturgy took place within them. The pupils contributed to the occasion with hymns, a celebration song, liturgical dance and prayers. The psalm was read in English and ten different languages to reflect and celebrate the diversity of the school. Past and present pupils shared what St. Bernadette’s meant to them. A Year 1 pupil revealed that the school felt ‘like home’. In his address, the bishop spoke about the palpable sense of family within Catholic schools and how the people within them cared for and looked out for each other
At the end of the liturgy, Bishop Kieran blessed three commemorative trees, which will be planted in the school’s new Ruby Jubilee Garden and a selection of healing plants, which will be added to the garden of the Sacrament of the Sick.
After the Liturgy the guests were invited to enjoy an Afternoon Tea.