Centenary Remembrance Weekend – Spinkhill Remembers 1918 - 2018
This year's Remembrance Day events were of particular significance as the school marked 100 years since Armistice Day. This was a big moment in the life of Mount St Mary’s College and especially in the history of our Memorial Chapel, itself built to commemorate those from the Mount who gave their lives for others and in the hope of peace.
The Centenary Remembrance Day proceedings commenced on Saturday 10th November with a very special Requiem Mass celebrated by Fr Michael Beattie SJ (OM46) in the Memorial Chapel. In attendance were staff, pupils, parents, Old Mountaineers and guests from Spinkhill village. The Mount Senior School Choir sang from the organ loft and performed a breath taking recital of Fauré’s Requiem. The Chapel was beautifully decorated with poppies at the entrance, the altar and on the windows sills. All were moved by this solemn mass of remembrance.
Following Mass the Blessed Sacrament was placed in the Holbeck Monstrance and displayed on the altar, remaining there throughout the night. One hundred candles were lit in front of the altar by staff and pupils to burn throughout the vigil that took place overnight in the Chapel. During the vigil prayers were said and all were invited to sit in quiet reflection to remember the 98 brave Old Mountaineers that gave their lives for their country and for the families who grieved for them. The vigil finished Benediction at 8.30am.
On Sunday 11th November at 10.30am, all reassembled in the Memorial Chapel for a solemn service of Remembrance and Parade led by a full colour party. At 11am The Last Post was sounded, followed by two minutes of silence.
A Parade of 130 Army and RAF Cadets marched through the village of Spinkhill, to the war memorial in the cemetery of the Church of the Immaculate Conception. The parade was received along the route by members of the local community. At the church the wreath bearers laid their wreaths at the War Memorial and crosses were placed on the graves of Colonel MacDonald Walker, Flying Officer Waring, Able Seaman Royles and Pilot Officer Chubb. The Parade then led guests back to the main school building, passing trees shrouded with poppies.
Led by Headmaster, Pupils, Staff, Parents, Old Mountaineers and Guests ensured that this centenary memorial weekend will itself be remembered as a time when all connected with the Mount played their part in honouring those who went before them.
For more moving images of this important event, please see the Gallery section of the website.
“Pie Jesu Domaine dona eis requiem sempiternam”
Sancta Maria ad Montem ora pro nobis