Mary MacKillop Feast Day is held every August 8th, in honour of the revered Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop.
She was the first Saint of Australia, and her influence in the country has spread far and wide. She is recognised for her commitment to the poor, helping those who needed it the most in any way she could.
Mary MacKillop Feast Day 2021 Celebration Dates & Service Time, Penola
However, if you are nowhere near Sydney and on the Limestone Coast, there are events occurring in Penola, where Mary MacKillop taught schoolchildren. There is free all day at the Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre (Cnr of Petticoat Lane & Portland Street, Penola) and there is mass held 9.15am, 12pm and evening prayer at 5pm at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church next door.
After mass, many people enjoy morning tea at the Mary MacKillop Centre and visitors drop in during the day to share a day of celebration in honour of Australia’s first saint of the Catholic Church.
For visitors who would like to honour Mary MacKillop Feast Day but are unable to make it to her site, there are other things that you can do. One is to read up on her projects around Australia, and donate at least $20 to become an Independent Spirit of Mary MacKillop Today.
You can also pay tribute to her by purchasing fair trade products which would go a long way for families and artisans. Anytime you support Australian communities and farmers as well, you are honouring Australia’s very first Saint.