Tomorrow is the Feast Day of St Mary Mackillop of the Cross. Mary Mackillop is Australia’s first saint. Mary was born in Victoria to Scottish immigrants. She was the eldest of eight children and spent her early years working to support her family. At the age of 24 she dedicated her life to God and took the name of ‘Mary of the Cross’. Along with Fr Julian Tenison-Woods, Mary opened a school in a disused stable in Penola, South Australia. Her vision was to provide education for underprivileged children. Many other women came to join her there and Mary and Julian founded Australia’s first religious order: The Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. Mary and the Sisters were committed to serving the poor – to going where the need was and living amongst those in need. This took Mary all over Australia to many rural areas. Mary was a model of forgiveness, insisting no ill be spoken of those who wronged her, while also remaining resolute in her convictions. Mary was canonised as Australia’s first saint on the 17th October 2010. The Sisters of St Joseph started St Mary’s School and it is on the charism of Mary Mackillop that our school is built.
Thank you to Mrs McDonald and Year 5/6 who led us in a lovely liturgy on Mary Mackillop of the Cross this morning. Despite the cold weather, the students read and sang beautifully - painting for us a picture of who Mary Mackillop was. Thank you to the parents who joined us for the liturgy and to Fr Andrew for his great homily.