Concluding our Thanksgivings 4/5 December 2010

The final Diocesan celebration to honour St Mary of the Cross MacKillop was held in the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Palmerston North on Saturday 4 December. 


Bishop Peter Cullinane was the chief celebrant of the Mass of Thanksgiving, and he was joined by clergy from around the diocese. 
The congregation was welcomed by Sister Catherine Shelton, following a karanga to welcome the icon of Mary MacKillop as it was carried into the cathedral.  Catherine spoke of Mary’s visit with the Josephite community in Palmerston North, a fact that was picked up by Bishop Peter Cullinane in his homily.  He spoke of the sainthood which Mary attained in her way of life and of the same calling for Josephites and all present to live out in their ‘ordinary’ lives.  
Sisters Marlene Dunn and Colleen Keeble shared of their experiences in Rome for the Canonisation.
The beautiful music and rousing singing of the liturgy was enhanced with Richard Puanaki and whanau from Wairoa singing his new hymn ‘Meri Makiripi, in honour of our new saint.
Following the Mass, the winners of the art competition for the Josephite schools were presented with their prizes.  The congregation of clergy, local and diocesan parishioners, friends, former pupils, and family then joined the Sisters for lunch.

Mass at Kaiwhaiki
The day after the Diocesan celebration some of the Sisters joined the Kaiwhaiki whanau for their monthly Mass on the marae.  This was a special occasion – a contrast to the previous day’s Mass in the Cathedral as it was held outdoors, outside the tiny chapel.


The altar and surrounds had been beautifully prepared, and once again the icon of St Mary MacKillop took pride of place. 
Sister Makareta and Wipaki Peeti welcomed all to the homely celebration and Fr Steve Hancy presided.
Sister Catherine Shelton spoke of the icon, and Kaumatua Morvin Simo0n followed on with a few words.
Karen Erueti, who had represented the tangata whenua at the Canonisation in Rome, gave an account of her time there and some of the highlights of her pilgrimage. 
Following the Mass all were treated to a special luncheon in the Kohanga Reo building.

Further photos can be seen in GALLERY

Gallery / Whakaahua

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