On Friday, 9 March, the children of Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Hillsborough, came together to celebrate a very special Mass. It was the 50th Anniversary of the ordination of Fr Shaun Smith, their Parish Priest. Fr Shaun was due to retire on 1 April so the Mass was a wonderful opportunity for the children and staff to thank Fr Shaun and to let him know what a much-loved part of Sacred Heart Parish and community he had been for over 20 years.
Mass was celebrated by Bishop Ralph with school governors, parents and many former members of staff attending, including two previous Head Teachers, Sue Pilkiw and Margaret Bowers.
At the end of the Mass, the children presented Fr Shaun with a variety of gifts they had made for him, including a special, framed picture of a heart on which every child in school had put their fingerprint. Refreshments were served afterwards for invited guests, followed by a shared lunch with existing staff and governors. It was a wonderful day of celebration.