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The parish of Sacred Heart, Westmead came into being on February 1, 1951, when Rev James Collins was appointed parish priest.

From the outset, Mass was celebrated in Westmead Boys' Home until a church was built and opened on March 28, 1954.

The need for a parish was largely due to a large Housing Project which had begun immediately after World War II.

The parish purchased a house adjacent in 1956. In 1975 the permanent school was built and opened with the help of a Government Grant. The basement of the church was also used for classrooms.

Rev Leo Mahon followed Rev Collins in 1963 as the second parish priest.

In 1964, the plans for building regional secondary boys and girls' schools in Westmead were commenced, as well as the building of a monastery for the Marist Brothers in 1966. The Mercy Nuns came from Parramatta each day to staff Catherine McAuley College. The Brothers conduct Marist High.

In 1999 the primary school was extended and improved by the Catholic Education Office, increasing the enrolment of the school to over 200 students.

In recent years, a large part of parish pastoral work has been the care of patients in Westmead General and Westmead Children's Hospitals. Also included is care of patients in Westmead Private Hospital, Cabrini Nursing Home, Mayflower Nursing Home and Westmead Rehabilitation Centre.

In December 2002, the care of both the parish and the hospitals was transferred to the Camillians (Ministers of the Infirm). 

PARISH PRIESTS & Administrators
Rev James Collins 1951 - 1963
Rev Leo Mahon 1963 - 1974
Rev Ian Abbott 1974 - 1977
Rev Peter Harrington 1977 - 1985
Rev John Boyle 1985 - 1991
Rev Dominic Arcamone 1991 - 1996
Rev Peter Lamont 1996 - 1998
Rev David Maguire (Administrator)
Rev Brian Rooney 1999 - 2002
Rev Efren Balistoy 2002 - 2003
Rev Giulio Ghezzi MI 2003 - 2007
Rev Diosdado Haber MI 2007 - 2013
Rev Jose Eloja MI 2013 - present

(source: http://www.parra.catholic.org.au)

Parish Priest Chaplain Children's Hospital Westmead Chaplain for Italian Community
Fr. Jose P. Eloja, MI Fr. Marcello Pamintuan, MI Fr. Giulio Ghezzi, MI
Nepean Hospital Chaplain Chaplain Blacktown Hospital Chaplain Westmead Public Hospital
Fr. Remegio Jamorabon, MI Fr. Diosdado Haber, MI Fr. Domingo Barawid, MI
Parish Secretary Head, Sacramental Team
Yvette Takchi Mary Harb