Richmond Parish shares blessed moment with MacKillop Cross


Mary MacKillop Cross at St Monica's Richmond Parish
St Monica's Parish Fr Walter Fogarty leads the Litany of Mary MacKillop during the pilgrimage of the Cross through Richmond.
The Parishioners of St Monica's Richmond will share in a special moment as the Festival of Faith at St Mary's Cathedral gets underway at midday on Sunday 17 October, marking the start of the city's celebrations of Blessed Mary's Canonisation in Rome later that evening.

St Monica's Richmond was privileged to be the only Parish in the Catholic Parramatta Diocese to welcome the Mary MacKillop Cross - the centrepiece of the Festival of Faith - on its pilgrimage throughout the Eastern States and South Australia over the last two months.

The large cross - which features pieces of timber from the floor of the first Mary MacKillop-Julian Tenison Woods school house in Penola, South Australia - was brought to Richmond on Monday 6 September by Members of the Knights of the Southern Cross (KSC), sponsors of the pilgrimage and hosts of the Festival of Faith.

About 60 Parishioners and people from surrounding areas gathered at St Monica’s Church for the blessed event, welcoming the Cross and joining in a a special time of prayer.

Parish Priest Fr Walter Fogarty said the Cross was carried into the Richmond church by three generations of the local Micallef family.

"Among the congregation also were our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults candidates, who have just commenced their time of enquiry," Fr Walter said. "They were very moved by the experience."

Fr Walter led the prayer which included the Litany of Mary MacKillop. There was time for reflection with a special PowerPoint presentation recalling Mary’s sayings and also the work of the Sisters of St Joseph. During the quiet time, people came forward and prayed at the foot of the Cross.

"We feel very blessed to have shared in this sacred moment and connected to the wider church as the Cross continued its pilgrimage," Fr Walter said.

Festival of Faith

The Faith at St Mary's Cathedral will run from midday to 5pm on Sunday, showcasing catechesis, cultural and artistic events and a whole host of family day activities  in honour of KSC's National Patroness, Mary Help of Christians.

For more information, visit the Sydney Archdiocese site

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