Special Liturgical resources for Mary MacKillop Canonisation Celebrations
Parishes, schools, religious communities, groups and movements will have access to a host of specially developed liturgical resources to help facilitate celebrations for the Canonisation of Mary MacKillop.
Chair of the Mary MacKillop Canonisation Committee for Liturgy, Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Liturgy Office Director Fr Peter Williams, said the committee was hard at work preparing a range of official materials for use by local communities.
"We are preparing a set of Masses which will focus on particular aspects of the life of Mary MacKillop, and which will be using the text from the New Missal," Fr Williams said. "We are also developing a special Office of Morning and Evening Prayer especially for use by religious communities."
Fr Williams said that a list of suitable hymns for Mary MacKillop celebrations would be developed.
"There has been a vast corpus of music written about Mary MacKillop and we’re identifying the most suitable, for use at these celebrations."
Prayer and liturgy guidelines for use in school celebrations are also being produced. Fr Williams said that the Bishops have resolved that the entire Church would transfer the Feast Day of Mary MacKillop from 8 August to 17 October for this year only in recognition of the canonisation. Consequently, parish celebrations on Sunday 17 October will use the Mass for Mary MacKillop’s feast day. The Dioceses of Brisbane and Wagga Wagga would retain the 8 August feast day because they are dioceses under the patronage of Blessed Mary MacKillop.
The Canonisation Committee for Liturgy will also develop the resources for use in Rome at the three key liturgical events being held to celebrate the canonisation.
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