Celebrating 40 years at All Hallows

Five hundred people gathered in the sports hall of All Hallows Catholic High School, Penwortham in Lancashire, to take part in a Mass of Thanksgiving for 40 years of education at the school.

The celebrant was Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, who was making his first visit to All Hallows. Among the concelebrants were Father Gerald Anders, Father Austin Griffin, Father Philip Inch, Father Jean-Paul Ilunga and Father John Moriarty.

Pupils from partner primary schools St Mary Magdalen's, St Oswald's, St Teresa's, and Our Lady and St Gerard’s also took part in the event as well as many current and former pupils. Former headteacher Mr Flynn was in attendance, along with members of the family of the school's first headteacher Mr Melling.

After the Eucharistic celebration, Archbishop Malcolm led a procession outside where he blessed the new Chapel windows, which were installed as lasting symbols of the 40th anniversary year.