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Big crowds expected this year at Mary MacKillop Place

Blessed Mary MacKillop
Blessed Mary MacKillop.
The traditional feast day of Blessed Mary MacKillop will be celebrated on Sunday 8 August at key sites around Australia, including Mary MacKillop Place at North Sydney.

While the official feast day in most dioceses has been moved to the canonisation day of 17 October for this year only, significant crowds of pilgrims are expected to observe the traditional feast day on 8 August.

Sr Brigette Sipa RSJ, Director of Mary MacKillop Place, said arrangements were in place to accommodate and welcome the large number of pilgrims expected to visit the North Sydney site where Mary’s tomb is located in the chapel.

There will be four open-air Masses celebrated on Glen Roy Green at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm. The Chapel will be open for private prayer and visitation from 8.30am to 5pm. Pedestrian entry to Mary MacKillop Place will be via 80 William Street.

A Diocesan Celebration for the canonisation will be held on the afternoon of Sunday 31 October when Bishop Anthony Fisher OP will be the principal celebrant for a special Mass.

The venue is the Morley Centre in the Westmead Catholic Education Precinct, Darcy Street, Westmead (opp. Westmead Hospital). Everyone is welcome. See the September issue of Catholic Outlook for full details.

Other news

  • ARIA Award winner Gary Pinto has launched his new song, Saint Mary MacKillop, which he wrote especially for Mary’s canonisation to share the message that there is hope for everyone, no matter what their circumstances.

Saint Mary MacKillop is available for purchase on iTunes. Proceeds from the sale of the song will go towards the Canonisation Appeal. The video clip can be viewed on YouTube, and the sheet music is available on the official Mary MacKillop website at no cost.

  • The Catholic community can help to ensure that the canonisation is a celebration for all by contributing to the final Canonisation Appeal on 8 August.

Proceeds will go towards the planning, logistics and coordination of celebratory events in Rome, the development and distribution of school educational materials, and will assist in involving a contingent of youth and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives from across all dioceses to attend the canonisation in Rome.

  • The Diocese of Parramatta website has a section dedicated to the canonisation. This section will include stories from people across the Diocese whose lives have been touched by Mary.

If you have a special connection to Mary that you would like to share, click here.

  • More than 250 auditions have been held for roles in MacKillop the Musical with people travelling to Sydney from as far away as Adelaide to audition. An announcement on the lead roles will be made soon. MacKillop will be staged in October in Sydney by Artes Christi.
For all your canonisation online news from the Diocese of Parramatta, click here.

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