Special Linlithgow Mass to mark 
50 years

Pictured: Father Paul (L) and Archbishop Cushley (R) with the school. St Joseph's RC Primary School celebrates it's 50th anniversary of the school with Archbishop Leo Cushley with a special mass. St Joseph's RC Primary School, Linlithgow, Scotland, 8th November 2013. Image: Jonathan Faulds
Pictured: Father Paul (L) and Archbishop Cushley (R) with the school. St Joseph's RC Primary School celebrates it's 50th anniversary of the school with Archbishop Leo Cushley with a special mass. St Joseph's RC Primary School, Linlithgow, Scotland, 8th November 2013. Image: Jonathan Faulds

St Joseph’s Primary School in Linlithgow celebrated its 50th anniversary in style last week with a special Mass taken by Archbishop Leo Cushley.

Last Friday, the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh chose St Joseph’s on Preston Road as his first school to visit in the diocese.

He joined dignitaries, former and current staff, and pupils from all years to mark the half century since the school moved to its present site on Preston Road in 1963.

Parent Judy Vickers said the event was a great success.

She added: “It went really well. All the pupils in the school attended, and staff as well as those who used to work there came along. There were also parents who have been involved with the school that were there.

“The archbishop was lovely and he spoke well to the children. This was his first school address as an archbishop, and he was talking about prayer - being still and taking some time out to be thankful for things.

‘‘He asked the children what they should be thankful for, and they came up with joy, love and family - it was like they’d been trained! The children were great and the choir sang well.

“It was a great honour for the school and a very special occasion.”

Last Sunday, the 11.30am Mass at St Michael’s RC church on Blackness Road was also dedicated to the school to celebrate the milestone, with photos on display from the school’s past.

Commemorative booklets are also on sale from the school, and ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ and ‘A Wee Mindin’ on Linlithgow High Street.