First Feast Day for St Mary of The Cross MacKillop


St Mary of the Cross MacKillop
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.
Mary MacKillop Place in Mount Street North Sydney is throwing open its doors on Monday 8 August for the first Feast Day celebration of Mary MacKillop sincer her Canonisation in Rome last October.

Feast Day celebrations for the Solemnity of St Mary MacKillop will commence with an outdoor Mass on Glenroy Green at 8am.

Further Masses will take place at 10am and 1pm.

The chapel will be open for private prayer between 8.30am and 4pm, providing attendees with an opportunity to visit Mary’s tomb.

Also open to the public will be the Mary MacKillop Place Museum (free of charge until 4pm), allowing visitors to relive or learn about Mary MacKillop’s story and the story of the Sisters of St Joseph through the beautiful displays.

The museum is currently featuring an inspiring exhibition, which shares the links between the Sisters of St Joseph and their Irish counterparts, and explores Mary’s role in bringing those 15 women from Ireland to join the Sisters of St Joseph.

Director of Mary MacKillop Place, Sister Brigette Sipa says there is still much interest in Mary’s story, particularly in the lead up to the one year anniversary of the Canonisation in October.

“Mary remains a source of strength and hope to many Australians who have been inspired by her story, and as such we are expecting a strong turnout to the event on Monday,” Sr Brigette said.

The occasion will also mark the launch of a new pictorial souvenir book, which features a collection of images taken during the Canonisation celebrations in Rome. The book will be launched by Kerry Myers, editor of The Catholic Weekly, who took many of the photos featured in the book.
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