|His Excellency Giuseppe Lazzarotto, Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, reads the proclamation of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop as Patron of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta during the Silver Jubilee Mass of Thanksgiving.|
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PROCLAMATION: PATRON OF THE DIOCESE OF PARRAMATTA
Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop
Read by His Excellency Giuseppe Lazzarotto, Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, during the Mass of Thanksgiving for the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of Parramatta on Thursday 19 May 2011 in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta
The faithful people of the Diocese of Parramatta remember and continue to honour Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Virgin. She was born of Scottish parents who were immigrants to Australia. Although she lacked especially distinguished schooling, yet from her earliest youth she carried out a teaching task and at the same time cared for her family.
In performing her own special role she recognised the dire needs which were the lot of Catholic children, especially those children of country parents, without real benefit of religious or human formation.
So she began the Institute of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart, which has become so widely spread.
Wherefore His Lordship, the Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP, Bishop of Parramatta, has approved of those people recording the wishes of the community, in consultation with priests and people, to choose Saint Mary of the Cross, Virgin, as heavenly Patroness of the above-mentioned Diocese. Thus in a letter dated 4 February 2011, he earnestly asked that this choice and approval be confirmed according to the norms for appointing Patrons.
Henceforth the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, by the power of the faculty granted by His Holiness Benedict XVI, having considered the proposal, being convinced that the choice and approval have been carried out according to the canonical requirements, with great pleasure gives its consent to the wishes expressed, and confirm that they are in accord with all rubrical and liturgical laws. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary.
From the Office of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, 18 February 2011.
Antonius Card. Canizares Llovera, PrefectJosephus Augustinus Di Noia OP Archbishop