Prayers for good weather were answered on 25th September at Farnborough Hill when an open air Mass was held in the school’s grounds, to mark the start of the school year as well its 125th anniversary. The Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Richard Moth, Bishop of the Forces, and by Father Tony Sultana, the school’s Priest Chaplain and long-time friend, who was also celebrating his 40th anniversary of ordination this week.
Headteacher, Sarah Buckle, was joined by the Sisters, staff, guests including Mr Ged Owens, the new Head of Salesian College, and all the students. The altar was decorated with a new altar frontal cloth, designed and made by Mrs Bond in the Art Department with contributions from all the students and staff. The school choir led the singing at Mass against the rural backdrop of swaying trees. The service included the presentation of special 125th commemorative brooches to all the new students. After the final blessing, Mrs Buckle made a presentation to Father Tony which included gifts from the school to mark his personal 40th anniversary.
Sarah Buckle was delighted with the success of this event. She said: “Our open air Mass, the first since 2000, was a huge success and a fitting way to mark our 125th Anniversary. Many thanks go to Miss Sheila Farmer, our chaplain and all those who worked so hard to prepare for this event. I am sure all those present will remember it for many years to come as the very special occasion it proved to be.”