Mary MacKillop makes it to iTunes & YouTube

14/07/2010

The song written for Mary MacKillop’s canonisation, ‘Saint Mary MacKillop’ by ARIA award winner Gary Pinto, is now available for download on iTunes.

The ‘Saint Mary MacKillop’ video clip is also on YouTube.

Sisters of St Joseph spokesperson Sister Mary Mercer says the Sisters hope the song will inspire all Australians, including those heading to Rome for the canonisation, as well as those planning to celebrate at home all over Australia.

“The song ‘Saint Mary MacKillop’ is sure to stir a sense of enthusiasm and passion amongst Australians for our first saint,” Sr Mary said.

“We’re hoping that the canonisation will draw people together and give them an opportunity to consider what it is that makes Mary MacKillop a saint for all Australians, and how her goodness can inspire and be applied in the context of Australia today.”

Singer and songwriter of ‘Saint Mary MacKillop’, Gary Pinto, who was also co-writer of the official World Youth Day song, says that he wrote the song as a tribute to Mary with the hope that it would reach all generations.

“About four months ago a friend suggested I write a song for the canonisation, so my wife and I prayed that we would find the right lyrics and melody to represent Mary MacKillop, because I had to get this just right,” Gary said.

“It was an incredible song-writing experience because the words and melody just came so easily and quickly; I knew then that my prayer had been answered.

“Through the lyrics of ‘Saint Mary MacKillop’, I wanted to share with people that there is hope for everyone, no matter their circumstances, and to educate people about Mary MacKillop’s life, her love for God, and her devotion to the community.”

The first public performance of  ‘Saint Mary MacKillop’ was held on Tuesday 13 June in Martin Place, as part of the Archdiocese of Sydney’s SCENE Week (Sydney Congress Embracing the New Evangelisation).

Gary has already started teaching the song in schools around the country, so that come October,  choirs across Australia will be able to join in and sing during the canonisation.

As well as being on iTnues and YouTube, the Sisters of St Joseph have made the sheet music available on the official Mary MacKillop website at no cost.

Proceeds from the sale of the song will go towards the Canonisation Appeal.

Donations to the Canonisation Appeal can be made at any time through local parishes, by phoning the national call centre on 1800 753 959 or online at http://www.marymackillop.org.au/

Links

‘Saint Mary MacKillop’ on iTunes

‘Saint Mary MacKillop’ on YouTube

‘Saint Mary MacKillop’ Sheet Music

Go to Diocese of Parramatta Mary MacKillop pages


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