Update (August 2013): It is now almost three years since St Mary of the Cross was canonised as Australia’s first saint. Since then, the feast of St Mary has also been elevated in Australia to the rank of Solemnity, giving it greater importance and significance.
Our original post on the then Feast of Blessed Mary MacKillop from 2009 is below. The link to the approved texts for Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours has been updated, as the texts have been revised and relocated since here canonisation and the revision of the Roman Missal. The texts for Mass are also now included in the Missal itself, in the Proper of Saints under 8 August.
Today (8 August) marks the Feast of Blessed Mary MacKillop (Blessed Mary of the Cross). In Australia and New Zealand, this marks a departure from the calendar of the rest of the Catholic Church, who today celebrate the feast of St. Dominic (St. Dominic is celebrated here on 5 August to accommodate Bl. Mary’s feast). Bl. Mary MacKillop is the only Australian-born person to be beatified, and is thus the only Australian in the liturgical calendar. As such, she was also named as a patron for last year’s World Youth Day Sydney 2008.
This year is one for particular celebration as it is the Centenary of Bl. Mary MacKillop’s death.
Our parish community celebrated Mass this morning to mark the Feast and the anniversary, with the choir in attendance to lead the assembly in song.
The approved texts for Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours can be found on the website of the Liturgical Commission, Archdiocese of Brisbane (the publishers of the texts). The Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart (which she founded) have also offered texts for the Prayer of the Faithful.
The cause for Bl. Mary MacKillop’s canonisation continues, with pleasing progress made. We pray that she will soon be declared as Australia’s first saint.