As noted by Dr Ireland earlier, our Opening College Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral was last week. The Mass was co-celebrated by Fr Kevin Bates, Fr Martin Maunsell and Fr Daniele Sollazzo. This special celebration of the Eucharist was to mark the commencement of a new academic year. As a Marist community, we welcomed and blessed the new staff of the College, who pledged to uphold our Marist values and our traditions. The mass also included a blessing of our new Year 7 students who received the badge of their House and were officially welcomed into the Marist Sisters’ College family. Our Year 11 students received the community’s blessings and their Senior badges; a symbol of their growing leadership roles at the College.
We were joined by a number of special guests that included, Sr Cath Lacey, Unit Leader Marist Sisters, Sr Marie Berise, Mr Michael Krawec, Regional Director, Inner West, Sydney Catholic Schools and Genevieve Cutler, Leader of Learning RE Secondary, Sydney Catholic Schools;
A large team of people poured their hearts into the organisation and formation of this celebration of the Eucharist. The splendour of our celebration was significantly enhanced by the magnificent College Choir led by Mrs Caroline Marsh. This group of young students, worked tirelessly in their preparation and everyone in attendance was in awe of the beauty of their harmonious sound.
I thank the College Student Leadership Team for their contribution to the Mass and in particular to our College Liturgy Captains who assisted with the organisation of the day, served on the day and were Ministers of the Word. The entire student body were fantastic in the way every student reverently and respectfully engaged with the occasion.
I would also like to thank the many parents that came to join in our celebration. Your presence added to the sense of community and it was lovely to have Mrs Gemma Metzker read our First Reading.
I’d like to personally thank the many members of staff that helped with the preparation and running of the special celebration. This was a significant team effort that highlighted to me the Marist Sisters’ College spirit. So thank you!