Saint Mary of the Cross Mackillop Feast Day

Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop Feast Day

Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Australia’s first has been honoured like no other Australian with her feast day now named as a solemnity. Annually on 8 August, the ‘feast day’ of Mary MacKillop has traditionally been marked in parishes and a special Mass is often said, particularly in places where the Sisters of St Joseph have a presence. This honour is a recognition that the story of and devotion to St Mary of the Cross MacKillop has a prominent place in the Catholic community in Australia.

Come to the Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop Feast day where there will be a Mass in St Joseph’s Church at 8:30am. All those in attendance will then be invited to the Mary MacKillop Centre where refreshments will be provided free of charge all day. Saint Mary of the Cross will be celebrated in the Mary Mackillop Penola Centre all day for those who would like to attend.

Mary MacKillop, an outstanding young teacher, and Julian Tenison Woods, a priest and brilliant scientist, founded in 1866 the uniquely Australian Sisters of St Joseph in Penola. They provided a free Catholic education, initially for the isolated bush children of Penola, enriching the lives of all who attended.

“For All Australians, whether Catholic or not, Mary MacKillop is seen as a woman of heroic virtue, and this goes a little further toward honouring her great example.”

 

Services:

Mass in St Joseph’s Church at 8:30am

Refreshments in the Mary Mackillop Penola Centre all da

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