Life changing, say pilgrims

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Life changing, say pilgrims

Mary MacKillop students Bailey and Darcy Wearne, and Kate Hyde, with sister Jessica Hyde, of St Joseph”s Primary School, Wonthaggi.

SOUTH Gippslanders who witnessed the canonisation of Mary MacKillop have spoken about the magic of the occasion.
Jill Carmody of Jetset Leongatha received messages from daughters Renae Littlejohn and Jacinta Johnston, who are escorting a pilgrimage tour on their parents’ behalf.
“They were saying the atmosphere was amazing. It was just a buzz of excitement. Renae said ‘Mum, this is life changing’,” Mrs Carmody said.
“They were just so overwhelmed by it.”
Mrs Carmody and her husband Ed, the founding principal of Mary MacKillop College in Leongatha, were to lead the tour of Catholics from the Sale Diocese, but ill health forced a change of plans.
Instead, the couple attended a Mass at the college, along with parishioners from Leongatha, Korumburra, Foster and Fish Creek.
Mary MacKillop College principal Michael Delaney texted the school from St Peter’s Square in the Vatican, on Sunday.
He commented on “excellent viewing” and “great atmosphere”.
St Joseph’s Parish Priest, Father Manny Lomagno, said the canonisation of Saint Mary MacKillop was a glorious day for all Australians, not just Catholics.
“Australians recognise the spirit of Mary MacKillop; her down to earth approach, her peaceful ways and her wisdom in dealing with the challenges she had to face,” he said.
Australia’s first Catholic saint will now be known as St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. The cross reference recognises Saint Mary’s observation of the cross as an important part of her spirituality and prayer.
Catholic churches around Australia, including South Gippsland, held a special Mary MacKillop Mass on Sunday, featuring dedicated prayers and readings.
“The readings presented the theme of the kind of woman that Mary MacKillop was and the prayers acknowledged the way she responded to the call of God in her life,” Father Lomagno said.
The college named in the saint’s honour marked the occasion with an expo of student art, music, dance, science, sporting and environmental work, followed by a Mass and direct telecast of the canonisation from Rome, Italy.
A piece of Saint Mary MacKillop’s coffin – and a nail from that coffin – is encased in glass and set within the altar in the college chapel. Founding college principal Ed Carmody secured the pieces during his term.
Acting college co-principal Sam Wright said: “We’ve juxtaposed the day with the canonisation, which is the work of Mary MacKillop and the expo, which is the recognition of the work of our students and staff.”

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