Diamond Jubilee Celebration Mass
21 September 2017
Aspire not for who you want to be but for who God wants you to be
These words are taken from the homily of our Archbishop, Malcolm McMahon preached during our 60th Anniversary Mass on Wednesday 20th September.
Over 1,200 students and staff, past and present, parents, grandparents and carers gathered in the magnificent surroundings of our Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King in Liverpool. We were also joined by civic dignitaries and friends of the school: The High Sheriff of Merseyside, Mr Stephen Burrows DL, Trustee of the Pilkington Family Trust, Lady Kirsty Pilkington, the Mayor and Mayoress of St Helens, Councillor and Mrs Pearson and our MP, Conor McGinn. We were delighted to also welcome Y6 pupils from our partner primaries: Holy Cross, Holy Spirit, St Anne's and St Theresa's.
The Mass took as its theme the icons of our school badge: our school chaplain and chair of governors, Fr Swanson spoke to us about the Pectoral Cross of St Cuthbert, the Book of the Gospels, the Cuddy or Eider Duck and the Bishop's Mitre.
We renewed our commitment to our school mission and watched and listened as the Archbishop blessed our new school flag which will be flown from the newly-erected flagpole at the front of school.
Before the final blessing and leaving the cathedral the school presented Archbishop Malcolm with gifts including a Mitre, a glass Pectoral Cross and a flag bearing his coat of arms.
The Archbishop then joined us for a breath-taking, whole-school photograph on the cathedral steps.
Mrs Twist would like to thank everyone involved in today's celebration.
"I don't think anyone really imagined how beautiful mass would be and how truly awesome our students would be.
From Y11, who waited so patiently (but were treated to the first coaches home) to Y7 who have only been with us from a few weeks but really stepped up to the St Cuthbert's way of celebrating an important occasion...and every single student in between.
A special thank you to our senior team and readers, those who carried the offertory gifts, our very special 'cantor' and the student council who met up with all the dignitaries and made them feel very welcome.
You are ALL a credit to yourselves, your families and St Cuthbert's. Of course, these events do not just happen...the planning for today has been over 12 months in the making and has involved many staff and I thank them all."
Here are the initial photographs of the event. More will be added over the coming days.
Photographs: Gabriella Csutor
Banner photograph: Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool