On 12th July Cardinal Vincent celebrated a Special Mass at Our Lady and St Vincent Parish, Potters Bar for the 50th Anniversary of the Pope Paul Catholic Primary School. The Church was filled with over 400 people in attendance. The congregation was made up of pupils, parents and staff of the school, past governors, past and present members of the FOPPS (Friends of Pope Paul School). Mass was concelebrated by current Parish Priest Fr Timothy O’Connor and previous PP Fr Bill Wilby, with Deacon Don Hopkins serving.
The homily focused on the school’s mission prayer ‘We are learning in the light of Christ’ with the Cardinal encouraging pupils and staff to live this prayer out in their daily living. ‘’We are all God’s handy work,’ he said.
The Pope Paul choir (above) led the singing, with the little shining stars decked in their light yellow uniform singing the praises of God. Since Fr Timothy will soon be retiring from active ministry at the beginning of September, Cardinal Vincent took the opportunity to thank him for the last 15 years of service at Potter’s Bar.
After Mass, there was time to enjoy a walk around the new International Garden and to admire the mosaic in the reception area (pictured below), made especially for the 50th anniversary.