Bishop Paul blesses the altar in our new School Chapel

Bishop Paul Hendricks blessed the altar in our new oratory-style school chapel at a special Mass on Tuesday, 16th January. The chapel. which has been re-established after several years absence, is situated at the heart of the school and will allow the sacrament of Mass to be held for tutor groups and RE classes on a regular basis. It will also be a focal point for liturgies and quiet reflection in our busy school environment.

The simple oratory-style chapel has been enhanced by the addition of the new altar, along with an icon of The Immaculate Heart of Mary, as a gift from Fr. Michael Scanlon, on behalf of our local parish church; and a special ‘Mercy Cross’ - a gift from Sr. Patricia Bell in commemoration of the long standing relationship our school has with the Sisters of Mercy. In addition, a ‘Lampedusa Cross’ has been placed in the chapel, from CAFOD, as a reminder of the significant role the school has played in supporting refugees in recent years.

SMHS Chapel Pic8bFollowing the Mass Bishop Paul and the invited guests met, for over an hour, with students and staff. The guests included: Prof. Francis Campbell, Vice-Chancellor at St Mary’s University and former British Ambassador to the Holy See; Cllr. Toni Letts OBE, Mayor of Croydon; Rt. Hon. Sarah Jones, MP Croydon Central; Msgr. Hugh Connolly, Irish College Paris; Sr. Patricia Bell, Sisters of Mercy; Sr. Patricia Devine, Salesian Sisters; Dr. Maureen Glackin, Head of School of Education, St Mary’s University; Mr. David Butler, Director of Education and Youth Engagement, Croydon Council; Kate Ambrosi, Head of Economic Engagement, Croydon Council: Mr. Pat Winston, Principal of St Paul’s Academy; and Barbara Ring, Chaplaincy Advisor at the Education Commission.

To view a gallery of photographs from the event click on the image below: