Celebrating the feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop
|Students from St Nicholas of Myra joined Mary MacKillop Primary in their celebrations|
|Fr John encouraged students to be inspired by the actions of St Mary MacKillop|
On Wednesday 8 August, Mary MacKillop Primary, Penrith South celebrated the solemnity of Australia’s first saint with a special mass and social justice activities espousing St Mary MacKillop’s creed to ‘never see a need without doing something about it’.
Celebrating his last mass with the school community, Fr John Watkins, who will soon move onto St Bernadette’s parish in Castle Hiil, reminded the students to show love and respect for one another and to be inspired by the work of St Mary MacKillop.
‘The reason Mary MacKillop became a saint is because she helped others,’ said Fr John. ‘God wants all of you to be saints, just like Mary MacKillop, and your parents, teachers and friends are all here to help you to be little saints in the world spreading love, joy and peace.’
Years 5 and 6 students from Mary MacKillop’s neighbouring school, St Nicholas of Myra Primary, Penrith joined in the day’s celebrations which included a special farewell morning tea for Fr John and activities centred around social justice.
|Students from Kindergarten to Year 2 were visited by the St Vincent de Paul society who explained how their generous donations of warm clothing would be distributed|
|The celebrations were focused on St Mary MacKillop's creed to 'never see a need without doing something about it'|
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