Musical Collaboration Celebrates Faith in the Future

17 Jun 2021

By Contributor

Head of Music and eight students from the Sacred Heart College.
Head of Music at Sacred Heart College Mark Martino, fourth from left, with students who performed a song composed for the 200th anniversary of Catholic Education in Australia by Fr Rob Galea. Photo: Supplied.

As Catholic schools across Australia continue to mark 200 years since the first Catholic school in Australia was established, Catholic Education Western Australia has also been closely involved with the promotion of the bicentennial events and the coordination of students in Western Australia to take up the opportunity to be part of the celebrations.

Students from Sacred Heart College led the way earlier this year when they first performed “Faith in the Future” – a song composed for the 200th anniversary by Fr Rob Galea.

Coming together for another exciting project, talented musicians, and choral members from Catholic schools in the Perth Archdiocese participated in the production of a national music video featuring students from across Australia. 

The music clip was filmed at iconic Western Australian locations for inclusion in the National Catholic Education Commission compilation of the “Faith in the Future” arrangement. 

In addition to the lead vocalists and band from Sacred Heart College, students from Mercy College and Aquinas College spent a morning at a sound recording studio, working with music directors and sound mixers who have worked with many world-famous musicians and song artists.

Head of Music at Sacred Heart College, Mark Martino said, “It really was such a beneficial experience and lots of fun.

Students from Sacred Heart College perform “Faith in the Future”, a song composed for the 200th anniversary of Catholic Education in Australia by Fr Rob Galea. Photo: Supplied.

“It was a great highlight to get the opportunity to work with music producers in a professional environment to record Faith in the Future.

“We feel honoured to be a part of this great milestone for 200 years of Catholic Education”.

The collective Catholic school video compilation was released at a national Mass to commemorate the 200th anniversary on Monday 24 May, as well as being included in the line-up for the Catholic Arts Festival in September this year.

CEWA has also supported the 200-year celebrations with the introduction of the “On This Day” social media content that highlights milestones and achievements throughout the history of Catholic education as well as the promotion of the NCEC National Mass on 24 May and other significant events in the bicentennial calendar.

Masses will be held at schools and parishes in dioceses across Australia. Live streaming of some Masses will also be available for school communities who cannot attend a Mass in-person.

For further information and resources, you can visit the 200 Years of Catholic Education website at: