1,500 expected for Diocesan Canonisation Celebrations


St Mary of the Cross MacKillop
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.
More than 1,500 people are expected to join Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, the Bishop of Parramatta, for a Eucharistic Celebration for the Canonisation of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Australia’s first Catholic saint.

The program begins at 1.30pm with music, dance and testimony by young people from the Diocese of Parramatta.

Music and dance will be provided by Captivate, the creative and performing arts initiative for primary and secondary Catholic schools in the Diocese of Parramatta.

In the Captivate Choir will be students from five Catholic schools: Catherine McAuley Westmead; St Paul’s College, Greystanes; Patrician Brothers’ College, Blacktown; Nagle College, Blacktown South; and St Joseph’s College, Kingswood.

Special guests include: Sr Josephine Mitchell RSJ, Director of Mary MacKillop East Timor mission at St Marys; and Laura Wonson, a Year 6 student from St Nicholas of Myra Primary in Penrith. Both journeyed to Rome for the Canonisation and will share their experience of being in St Peter's Square for this historic event.

Bishop Anthony Fisher OP will be the principal celebrant at the Mass, which commences at 2.30pm. Music in the Mass will include hymns written by Australian composers specifically for Mary MacKillop. Afternoon tea will follow.

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