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Fond memories for Bishop McGee as school celebrates its diamond jubilee

There was a day of celebration for a Catholic primary school in Port Glasgow last week, as they marked 60 years of learning, Faith and community — By RYAN MCDOUGALL

St Michael’s Primary School in Port Glasgow held their 60th anniversary Mass on Monday May 21, where they were joined by Bishops John Keenan of Paisley and Brian McGee of Argyll and the Isles. It was a welcome return for Bishop McGee and a chance for all to relive fond memories, as he is the Paisley Diocese primary school’s former chaplain.

All pupils and staff gathered together in the school for the special Mass, joined by parents and other members of the community.

Bishop McGee delivered the homily, while pupils brought the gifts to the altar during the offertory procession and read the bidding prayers.

Afterwards the celebrations continued, as the school’s oldest and youngest pupils, along with school chaplain Canon David Cotter, cut a cake made specially to mark the occasion. The school even had prayers for them all the way in Italy, as a former pupil—who is now a seminarian—remembered them.

Ryan Black, a student priest at the Scots College in Rome, offered his ‘prayerful congratulations to my first alma mater’ on their diamond jubilee.

“I was thinking about you at the top of Castel Sant’ Angelo this week,” the seminarian wrote on Twitter. “St Michael, pray for us!”

Headteacher of St Michael’s, Colette Wallace, spoke of her pride in the occasion and thanked all involved. “Not sure where to begin!” she wrote online. “We had a joyous day celebrating our diamond jubilee. Very proud to be the headteacher of St Michael’s as we celebrate this very special occasion.

“Thank you to everyone who joined us today and to everyone who sent us good wishes. God bless you all.”

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