Remembering a Loved Teacher
Mass for Sr. Mary Murphy RSC. R.I.P.
On Monday 6th November 2017, 32 past pupils of St. Winifred’s School, gathered in St. Werburgh’s Church Birkenhead, for midday Mass to celebrate the life of Sister Mary Murphy R.I.P. who had been their Headmistress for many years. They had wanted to remember and give thanks for Sr. Mary who had died last May. Canon Hoban who had been the School Chaplain in Sr. Mary’s time, celebrated the Mass and spoke of the memories he had of Sister. He said that she had contributed greatly to education in Birkenhead. The music was provided by Fr. Ray Burke, Parish Priest, who is a gifted musician.
Two of the pupils had come to the Convent the previous week and put together a short Tribute, and some Prayers of Intercession.
One of the past pupils read a tribute and another did the Prayers of Intercession.
In the Tribute they said:
“Today we are gathered to give thanks for the years Sister Mary spent here in Birkenhead, as Headmistress of St. Winifred’s Girls School, Prenton. We, who are past pupils, all have different memories of our time at St. Winifred’s, and we will have an opportunity to share these later in the Hall over a cup of tea. Also on the Staff at that time were Sister Agnes and Sister Monica both also deceased R.I.P”
As well as other Parishioners, Sr. Frances and Sr. Teresa, Sr. Mary Brennan and Sr. Brigid were present.
After Mass refreshments were served in the adjoining Parish Hall, all of which had been prepared by three of the past pupils. It was a time of great re-unions. Leaflets of Venerable Mary Aikenhead were distributed to all so the Charism of the Religious Sisters of Charity continues to spread.