Blessing & Commissioning of New School Principal at Catherine McAuley Westmead
Ms Mary Refalo, the 11th Principal in the history of Catherine McAuley Westmead, was commissioned at the Opening School Mass held on Friday, 14th February 2020.
Ms Refalo was commissioned in front of the whole school community and invited guests, including representatives from the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta and past Principal, Ms Teash Richmond.
The Opening School Year Mass was celebrated by Fr Walter Fogarty, Coordinating Pastor for the Catholic Education Precinct Westmead. During the commissioning Ms Refalo was presented with a bible symbolizing the importance of scripture within the Catherine McAuley community and our two school captains presented her with a Catherine McAuley candle which had been lit from the school candle, a symbol of taking the light of Christ into the world as Ms Refalo continues her journey at Catherine McAuley.
Our immediate former Principal, Ms Richmond, presented Ms Refalo with the Irish Crystal from the House of Catherine McAuley, symbolizing the passing on of the Catherine McAuley story and tradition and Sr Maria Lawton, Vicar of Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, presented Ms Refalo with a cross.