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Bishop marks 50th anniversary at school

On Wednesday 1st May a special Mass was held at Blessed William Howard Catholic High School in Stafford, timed to be exactly 50 years to the hour since the first Mass was celebrated in May 1963.

All 830 pupils, as well as staff, governors, parents and invited guests attended the Mass which was performed by Bishop David McGough with Canon Michael Neylon, Fr James Mealy, Fr Petroc Howell and Fr Michael Dolman.

The Right Reverend David McGough is an auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Birmingham, serving the northern pastoral area, from Dudley up to North Staffordshire.

 Following the Mass, a special rededication service was performed by Bishop McGough to mark the completion of the re-ordering of the school chapel.  This anniversary project was undertaken to ensure that the chapel better meets the needs of the students by improving accessibility and providing a suitable environment for worship and quiet reflection.

 “Our school has touched the lives of many of the people of Stafford over the last 50 years.  We wish to celebrate our contribution to both the Catholic community and that of the whole town.  We look forward to Blessed William Howard Catholic High School continuing to play a prominent role in Stafford’s future; making it a great place to live and succeed,” commented Phil Smith, Headteacher.

Other anniversary celebrations include a special ‘5 Decades’ school disco featuring DJ Stuart Haycock from Stafford FM which is open to families of past and present students on  Friday 17th May at 8pm and a family fun day open to all on 6th July 1.30 – 5pm.


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Canon Michael Neylon, Fr Petroc Howell, Bishop David McGough, Fr James Mealy, Phil Smith and Fr Michael Dolman.