Diocese of Parramatta Release:
Blessing of the Chapel of Saint Mary MacKillop and official opening of St Pauls Books and Gifts Centre in Parramatta
|Photo: Alfred Boudib, Visualeyes Photography|
The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, blessed the new Chapel of Saint Mary MacKillop and officially opened the St Pauls Books and Gifts Centre in collaboration with the Society of St Paul on Friday 21 June.
Saint Mary MacKillop is Australia’s first recognised saint and the patron of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta. She was canonised by Pope Benedict XVI on 17 October 2010.
Bishop Anthony said Mary MacKillop was a woman of God and deep faith, of courage and perseverance, of compassion and action. “She knew that to build a new country and to lift people out of poverty, the key was education. And she made that happen for tens of thousands of people."
Mary MacKillop’s nuns, called the Sisters of Saint Joseph, still live and work in Western Sydney in education, with Aboriginal people, spirituality, in parishes, pastoral care, prison ministry, healthcare, and in retirement.
St Pauls Books and Gifts Centre
|Photo: Alfred Boudib|
The Society of St Paul is a Catholic religious congregation of priests and brothers engaged in the apostolate of proclaiming the Gospel through the media of social communications.
Fr Ruben C Areno SSP said the Society of St Paul was pleased to collaborate with the Diocese of Parramatta in the opening of the Chapel of Saint Mary MacKillop and the St Pauls Books and Gifts Centre.
“Following the exhortation of Blessed James Alberione, the founder of the Pauline Family, through this book centre, we wish to bring the Christian message at the ‘marketplace’ of ordinary life – near the offices, the schools, the homes, and in the street corners,” Fr Ruben said.
Chapel Mass times
The Chapel of Saint Mary MacKillop is located on the first floor of the St Pauls Centre. Mass will be celebrated on weekdays at 1pm.
St Pauls Books and Gifts Centre opening hours
Monday to Friday – 9.30am to 5pm; Saturday – 10am to 2pm.
Address: 238 Church Street, Parramatta. Tel: (02) 9126 8912.