What joy The Towers experienced on 6th June, when with Bishop Richard, our priests and deacons, pupils, staff, our Sisters from France and Ireland, and so many friends, Sister Mary Patrick and Sister Mary Margaret celebrated their Golden Jubilee, fifty years in God’s service.
After a ‘cup-cake’ break-time, celebrations began in earnest with the Mass of Corpus Christi, (a little late this year, but our very special feast.) To the strains of “You raise me up”, Sisters from France, England, Ireland, and Tanzania, processed with the flags of the countries where our Sisters are established: France, Italy, Brazil, England, Spain, Ireland and Tanzania. – always a very moving ceremony. Then as Bishop Richard and the clergy entered, the congregation raised the roof with Matt Redman’s “Bless the Lord”. Bishop Richard’s homily kept our little ones on their toes as he quizzed them on 50 plus 50 and questioned them on what of significance had been happening in the world 100 years ago. He spoke of the witness given by Sister Mary Patrick and Sister Mary Margaret over fifty years as they answered God’s call, and he urged our pupils never to forget God’s presence: “He is always with you,” he said, “caring for you, looking out for you, as a shepherd guarding his sheep.” This theme was taken up with the Offertory procession’ “Do not be afraid, I am with you”. Our pupils sang with all their hearts. After a beautiful rendering of “Taste and see” by some of our soloists at Holy Communion. Our amazing Mass concluded with “Thanks be to God” and our Juniors excelled as they sang the third verse on their own.
Indeed, there was so much to be thankful for. Mrs.Trelfa, our Headmistress, put our gratitude into words as she thanked our two Sisters for their lives of dedication and brought to mind the many years Sister Mary Patrick has cared for wounded limbs and especially wounded hearts!
A delicious roast lunch and mouth-watering desserts for our guests and staff followed, whilst our pupils enjoyed a picnic and ice cream on the lawn – Rosemary, our catering manager, and her staff had worked miracles as usual.
It was then time to assemble in the gym for a surprise concert based on the various countries where our Sisters are established. We enjoyed music, songs, dance, poetry, and speeches in English, Irish, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), and Tanzanian.
This was a day to remember- a day our pupils will never forget- and a huge thank you to all those who made it possible.