Monday, October 4, 2010


Cath News report:
The Sisters of St Joseph are planning a live broadcast from Rome to six screens at North Sydney's Mary MacKillop Place on October 17.
About 2000 people are expected to attend the free-ticketed live screening, which will start at about 6.30pm, with the official canonisation expected to happen at about 7pm Australian time, said a report in The Mosman Daily.
During the day, three masses will be held at the Glen Roy Green at 10am, 12pm and 3pm.
"Everyone's really excited," Sister Brigette Sipa said. "We have been planning frantically for the past 12 months and it's hard to believe that we are now only about three weeks away. It's very exciting."
There are about 500 tickets left for the screening. Sister Sipa said only people who had signed up for the free tickets and had been given a wristband would be allowed into the screenings.
The sisters are also trying to find a North Sydney building where they would be allowed to let off fireworks at 9.30pm.
"We haven't found one yet that would let us but we will keep trying," Sister Sipa said.
The sisters at Mary MacKillop Place are also planning a prayer each night at 5.30pm up until the canonisation, starting on October 8.
A musical tribute to Mother Mary will be held in the auditorium on October 10 from 2pm-4pm.
Meanwhile, the ABC reports that repairs would be completed on time at the Penola schoolhouse where Mary MacKillop first taught had its roof repaired after a tornado ripped it off in late July.
The chairwoman of the Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre, Clare Larkin, says the historic building should be open for tourists by October 14 and says the challenge now is dealing with the number of pilgrims that are expected to swamp the town.
"We'll have to limit the building to 50 people probably at a time," she said.

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