Thursday, April 14, 2011
Feast of St Mary McKillop now Class I - August 8
The news is just in that the Vatican have approved making the feast of St Mary McKillop on August 8 a solemnity.
A saint's life as an example
Interestingly, for those concerned about the example provided by a certain other upcoming beatification (and those who claim that the only criterion is heroic virtue), the press release suggests that this reflects the great example the saint provides to Australians:
"This honour is a recognition that the story of and devotion to St Mary MacKillop has a prominent place in the Catholic community in Australia.
President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Archbishop Philip Wilson said that this honour is a recognition that the story of and devotion to St Mary MacKillop has a prominent place in the Catholic community in Australia.
“As Australia’s first Saint it is fitting that the liturgy of the Church in Australia on her feast day should reflect that by having the highest liturgical rank”, he said.
“Many of the Bishops of Australia and 8,000 of the faithful went to Rome last year, and many more celebrated in locations around Australia the Canonisation of our first Saint”
“For All Australians, whether Catholic or not, Mary MacKillop is seen as a woman of heroic virtue, and this goes a little further toward honouring her great example.”
It is expected that on 8 August this year, parishes around Australia will celebrate with special Masses to mark the occasion."