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Newman Catholic College celebrates canonisation of patron

Newman Catholic College has celebrated the canonisation of its school patron, St John Henry Newman, in a number of creative ways. In Art lessons, students created their very own portraits of St John Henry Newman.

Teachers and staff also contributed their talents to help mark the occasion. When the school held a competition to design a new badge in honour of the canonisation, the winning design was put forward by the Head of Art, Miss Farrell. The school’s chaplain, Mr Roche, created a Newman prayer card.

In addition to these creative projects, Newman Catholic College marked the canonisation of its patron saint in a more traditional manner with a series of special Masses and a trip to Rome. On 9th October 2019, students celebrated the feast day of John Henry Newman. Years 7 to 11 travelled to the Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden for Mass celebrated by Fr Andrew Jaxa-Chamiec.

The Sixth Form marked the feast day back at school with a Mass led by celebrant Fr Marcelin Blai, who shared ten lessons from the work and example of John Henry Newman. On 13th October 2019, Newman Catholic College was represented at the canonisation Mass of St John Henry Newman in St Peter’s Square by headteacher Mr Coyle.

The celebrations continued back at home on 30th October with a Mass of thanksgiving. The school welcomed past pupils and friends of the school for the Mass, which was celebrated by Bishop John Sherrington, assisted by the Dean of Brent, Fr Stephen Willis. The Mass was also attended by Cllr Ernest Ezeajughi, the Mayor of Brent, Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, Paul O’Shea, Chair of Governors, Paul Stubbings, Headmaster of Cardinal Vaughan and Andrew O’Neill, Headteacher of All Saints Catholic College.

Published: 5th November 2019