We had a lovely whole school Mass to celebrate the official opening of the newly expanded building. Bishop Robert Byrne concelebrated Mass in the Hall with Canon David Cousins (Governor at St Joseph’s for 38 years), Father Michael Ho , Father Neil Bayliss (Chair of the Board for the STJPIIMAC) and Deacon Daniel Hurd (ex pupil of St Joseph’s).
On Wednesday morning, the New Building and the Prayer Room were blessed by Bishop Byrne before Mass. The children were joined by many ex-staff and governors: Margaret McDermott, David Linehan, Wendy Cooke, Val Hobday, Yvonne Bailey, Mel Lane, Mary Wakefield, Tina McFadyen, Margaret McConnell, Mary Dickenson and Ann Neenan as well as many parents, Academy Committee members, Directors from the MAC and the 3 Principals from the other schools; Mr Emery, Miss Cotter and Mr Farrell. All commented on how mature the children were, how wonderfully they read and sang during the Mass.
We are blessed to have such a beautiful school, but even more so for the wonderful children, families and staff. Everyone rose to the occasion and made St Joseph’s a place to be proud of.