Mary Mackillop Feast Day

Feast Day for our first Australian Saint – 8 August 2005

On August 8, Australians will celebrate the Feast Day of Blessed Mary
MacKillop. The focus of the celebrations will be at Mary MacKillop Place
at Mount Street, North Sydney, where Mary MacKillop died on August 8,

The celebration of Mary MacKillop’s life calls us at this time to be
people of hope in our broken and fragmented world. The celebration of
her Feast Day challenges each Australian to know the God who is with us,
to embrace with a compassionate heart those who travel the journey with
us and to believe that each person can and does make a difference in our

On August 8 this year, Masses will be celebrated at Mary MacKillop
Place at 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.00pm, 2.00pm and 7.30pm.

As has been the custom, Mary MacKillop Memorial Chapel will be open all
day (9.00am to 8.00pm) to allow the public to visit Mary MacKillop’s
Tomb. School students will provide entertainment from 10.30am in the
grounds, food and refreshments will be available, and Mary MacKillop
Place Museum and Shop will be open from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Sr Katrina Brill RSJ, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Saint
Joseph, says that, “Mary’s Feast Day provides all Australians with
an opportunity to stop and reflect on the meaning of life. Mary
MacKillop, an Australian by birth, stands out as one of our Australian
heroes. Her life story embodies characteristics which are integral to
the Australian identity: a sense of a fair go for everyone, her
willingness to stand on the side of people who are vulnerable, her
pioneering spirit and her ability to respect people from across all
beliefs and cultures. Mary would look for the good in others and assist
children and people to feel good about themselves. She avoided being
judgmental and cynical no matter what the situation and tried always to
be ‘big hearted’ and be ‘with’ the people in their

“Mary’s innate goodness and her down to earth approach to life, her
ability to bring hope and purpose in the midst of suffering, has given
Australians a freedom to be spiritual. Mary is not a Saint to be
admired from afar. She is a person who truly understands the everyday
life of people, their struggles and their joys. She stands as a person
who reflects to the Australian people the compassionate heart of God.
Amongst her great qualities are her sense of integrity and kindness, her
being loyal to friends and forgiving of enemies, her pragmatism in all
areas as well as her genuine holiness.”