Members of the Richard Challoner School community enjoyed an emotive Mass at St George’s Cathedral in Southwark last week as part of the school’s tradition to mark the birthday of the school’s founder, Bishop Richard Challoner.
Over 1,300 students, staff, families travelled up to London to participate in the annual celebratory Mass. The Principal Celebrant was Fr Tom Lynch, assisted by Fr Kevan Hayden of St Matthias Church in Worcester Park, who celebrates Mass every Friday morning in the school’s Chapel. The special Mass was enhanced with powerful music performed by students and staff including ‘Glory to God in the highest’ from Handel’s Messiah, ‘The Lord’s My Shepherd’ to the tune of Crimond, and concluded with the students’ hallmark hymn ‘Non Nobis Domine’ by Roger Quilter. The choir and orchestra enjoyed the largest participation to date and included former students of the school.
The unique event was the first for Mr Maher, in his position as the school’s new Headmaster, and was organised with meticulous attention to detail at every stage, ensuring that all students, irrespective of any additional difficulties they may have, were adequately supported by high levels of staff in their journey.
Reflecting on the special event, Mr D’Aguiar, Head of Spirituality at Richard Challoner, said: “We received significant positive feedback from those who attended, all of whom noted the exceptional behaviour of our students throughout the event. We are extremely proud of our school community, and commemorating the birthday of our Founder, Bishop Richard Challoner, is a heartfelt and fitting way to start our new academic year”.