Christmas with St Mary of the Cross


St Mary of the Cross MacKillop
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.
From Canonisation E-News

If you are wishing to spend some time with St Mary of the Cross MacKillop this Christmas/New Year period by visiting her tomb or praying in the chapel, a list of Mary MacKillop Place opening hours is available online.

Director of Mary MacKillop Place Director Sr Brigette Sipa rsj said Christmas pilgrims to the North Sydney chapel, museum and gift shop would be most welcome, but people should check the opening hours before visiting to avoid disappointment.

On Christmas Eve, the chapel will be open from 7am to 4pm, with Mass celebrated at 8am. The museum will be open from 10am to 3pm and the gift shop and cafe from 8am to 3pm.

Christmas Day will be celebrated with a 10am Mass in the chapel and the chapel will be open from 8.30am until noon. The chapel will also be open on Boxing Day from 8.30am till noon, with a 10am Mass.

Sr Brigette said the museum, gift shop and cafe will be closed on Christmas Day as well as Boxing Day and the two public holidays which follow on Monday 27 December and Tuesday 28 December.

“This gives our valued staff and volunteers, who have had a truly massive year with all the Canonisation celebrations, time off to spend the Christmas period with their family and friends,” Sr Brigette said.

The chapel, museum, gift shop and cafe will all be open on 29, 30 and 31 December. (Please check the Mary MacKillop Place website for exact hours).

Mary MacKillop Place will celebrate the New Year and the Feast of Mary the Mother of God with a 9am Mass on New Year’s Day. The chapel will be open from 8am to 10am and the museum, gift shop and cafe will be closed for the public holiday.

Sr Brigette said that following the Christmas/New Year period, operating hours would return to normal and pilgrims are most welcome.

“Coming to Mary MacKillop Place is a great way to spend a day in the school holidays,” she said. “Kids love the museum with its life-like interactive displays, and it’s a wonderful way to show them the story of Australia’s first Saint in a fun and exciting way.”

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