St Mary of the Cross Chapel Blessing and Project Ten Launch
The newly unveiled St Mary of the Cross Chapel at St Patrick’s Cathedral Parramatta was blessed by the Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, following the Solemn Mass on Sunday 17 March.
The new shrine, located to the right of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in St Patrick’s Cathedral, is in honour of the Patron of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta.
The Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Emeritus, Most Rev Kevin Manning DD. Special guests included Sr Anne Derwin RSJ (Congregational Leader of the Sisters of St Joseph), Sr Maria Casey RSJ (Postulator of Mary’s cause), Sr Susan Ward RSJ (Pastoral Associate at St Patrick’s Cathedral) and Veronica Hopson (the first miracle attributed to Mary’s intercession).
David and Colleen Macintosh, who donated the life-size statue of Mary MacKillop as part of the original Cathedral Arts Program, were also among the special guests. The statue’s sculptor was Melbourne artist Peter Corlett.
“Our Diocesan Patron, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, was a woman of deep faith, abiding hope and, above all, a woman of love. Hers was a practical compassion, summed up by her adage: ‘Never see a need without doing something about it’,” Bishop Anthony said.
“In this Year of Faith may we all be inspired by her extraordinary trust in God and in His loving providence to hold on to our faith amidst uncertainties, to our hope amidst anxieties and to respond to every need with love.”
Further adornment of new St Patrick’s
The ceremony also saw Bishop Anthony announce the launch of Project Ten – ten years after the dedication of the rebuilt St Patrick’s Cathedral.
“Project Ten is a program that will fund endeavours such as the St Mary of the Cross Chapel, which was left incomplete after the terrible fire that destroyed old St Patrick’s,” Bishop Anthony said.
“It will also fund the continuing further adornment of new St Patrick’s and thereby enhance our future celebrations.
“During the course of the year, the Diocese of Parramatta will host a number of fundraising and social events. The proceeds will enable us to commission a statue of Blessed John Paul II – who established and visited our Diocese in 1986 – for the Cathedral forecourt and a beautiful Marian image for the main Cathedral space, which presently lacks one.”
Project Ten will culminate with a special Mass commemorating the 10th anniversary of the dedication of the new St Patrick’s on 29 November.
Bishop Anthony said benefactors and supporters of Project Ten are most welcome.
“In what promises to be an exciting year, I invite you to participate in this project by supporting the events or making a direct donation,” he said.
Go to St Mary of the Cross Chapel Blessing & Project Ten Launch Photo Gallery
Listen to Bishop Anthony’s Homily for Sunday 17 March
Listen to this Homily at Bishop Anthony’s podcasts
Listen at iTunes Download an audio file of this Homily
« Return to news list