Our very first Opening Mass as Catherine McAuley College passed with the traditional reverence and spectacle. The transition to our new identity was beautifully illustrated during the Year 7 and Year 12 procession, with the Year 7s beginning their journey in the new CMC uniform side-by-side with Year 12s commencing their final year.
Close to two thousand people celebrated the Eucharist together, including our students staff, past students, together with family and friends. We were delighted to welcome as special guests our fellow educators, Sisters of Mercy from Bendigo and beyond and representatives of Mercy Education.
Bishop Leslie Tomlinson DD led the celebration of the Mass, concelebrating with priests from the Sandhurst parishes.
Beautiful music was a highlight of the Mass thanks to the combined College Choir of students and staff, instrumentalists and Mr John Hogan playing the organ.
Many students had an integral role in the celebration through readings, prayers and reflections.
Following communion there was a blessing of the student leaders, who were presented the College community. Year 7 students Samuel Pinder and Mikayla Bartolotto questioned the student leaders’ resolve who then declared their intention before all present to serve our community throughout 2018.