Under the direction of Sister Bosco Costigan and Mother Eucharia Keane, 60 years ago this week, a small group of children stated their Catholic education at Haverfordwest. On January 15th 1957, the first ever lesson of the newly established school of Mary Immaculate took place. Deo Gratias!
That event was to change the direction of Catholic Schooling in Pembrokeshire because the County Town now had is own Catholic School perched on the edge of Merlin’s Hill. Originally housed in the Convent of the Sisters of Mercy, the newly established school started to grow and additional buildings were built. The number of students on the roll increased and not before too long, a thriving community was established.
As time has passed there have been many successes recorded for the school, but also some setbacks too. Nevertheless, in all things God’s providence has given time for growth and development. Who can forget the tears when the sisters left and returned to Ireland, the joy and pride of the school band when they played for the Pope in Rome and the stunned despair when buildings were burnt down and work went up in smoke.
And yet today, pupils, parents and staff, both past and present, came together to celebrate our common heritage of all that has been and to usher in, with God’s blessing, all that will be.
As we look to the past history of Mary Immaculate School, may we be inspired with confidence to continue our mission together of “living and learning in the light of Christ.”
Happy New Year to you and all your families! With every good wish and blessing for 2015!
Fr Owen, Fr Liam and Deacon Tony would like to say thank you for all the many messages of good wishes, cards, boxes of chocolates, bottles of wine and financial gifts you have given us over this Christmas season. You have been very kind and most generous to us all, and we keep you very much in our prayers. Thank you.
In order to support our students who hope to attend the World Youth Day with Pope Francis in 2016, the parish is now running a bonus ball lotto linked to the nation lotto. For more details click here or click the ‘Groups’ heading of the menu bar above.
The latest newsletter for our parish young adults and teenagers is published here! Please do take a moment to have a look through it.
Today in Haverfordwest a stone memorial and four trees were dedicated to the lives of 420 babies who were buried in unmarked graves.
(Councillor Huw George, Cabinet Member for Environmental and Regulatory Services, and Pat James at the Memorial in City Road Cemetery)
The stillborn babies were born between 1928 and 1975 when it was common practice to take them from their mothers without any ritual. Now the babies will be permanently remembered at City Road Cemetery in Haverfordwest, where most of the babies were buried. The memorial is the culmination of years of campaigning by Pat James, crematorium assistant at Parc Gwyn in Narberth. The memorial was dedicated by the chaplains of Withybush Hospital, Canon Geoffrey Gwyther, Rev. Geoffrey Eynon and Fr Liam Bradley.
A radio interview with Pat James may be found here.
Pictured at Monday’s service are (L-R): Rev Geoffrey Eynon; James Allen, Superintendent and Registrar; Shane Morgan of Tom Newing & Son; Canon Geoffrey Gwyther; Robin Folland of Roy Folland & Son; Elfyn Evans, former gravedigger City Road Cemetery; Pat James and Father Liam Bradley.
With only 18 days to go to ‘J-day’ I’m pleased to report that, so far, £684.00 has been pledged from our parish to the Menevia Jubilee Appeal. Of that, £340.00 has already been collected! Well done to you all, but let’s keep going – if you know anyone who would be able to donate, please ask them and let them know that their donation can be gift aided. I’m told that other parishes in the diocese are doing just as well too!