Holyrood Secondary School showed their strong support for Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) by turning out in force for the Stella Maris Mass in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow held on September 21.
Pupils from the renowned school, which is the largest state Secondary in Europe, were joined by teacher Margaret Leyden in the short journey across the River Clyde to join in proceedings which were led by Archbishop Phillip Tartaglia.
AoS are the school’s nominated ‘Link Charity’ to their Fairtrade Fortnight and the bond was further strengthened by their attendance at the Mass which was celebrated by Archbishop Tartaglia, along with Fr Tim Curti from St Aloysius Garnethill, Fr Ambrose Ohene from St Columba, Glasgow and AoS port chaplain for Clydeport Deacon, Joe O’Donnell.
Ms Leyden said, "It’s an honour for Holyrood to be part of such a special occasion. The children have really absorbed AoS’ message on their visits to our school. Now it’s nice to support them in return.
"I remember the days of Stella Maris in Glasgow and it’s wonderful how that has expanded into a truly international charity."
Archbishop Tartaglia saluted the remaining crew of the Malaviya Seven who travelled down to the city with AoS Aberdeen and Northeast Scotland port chaplain, Doug Duncan.
He said, "It’s great to know you have won your case after spending so long away from home. It’s been such a hard time but now you can begin to look forward to seeing your families again."
Afterwards, supporters, parish contacts and ship visitors alike enjoyed light refreshments in the Eyre Hall where they were thanked for all their on-going efforts.
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