St Mary MacKillop College celebrated its Opening Mass on Wednesday 11 March at the Tuggeranong Basketball Stadium.
Father Luke Verrell and Deacon Vince Barclay led the Mass, which took place in March to coincide with the 2015 Catholic Schools Week.
At the Opening Mass, the College unveiled its 2015 Liturgical Theme, 'Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.' Fr Luke's Homily called the MacKillop community to use the theme, which was a quote from St Catherine of Siena, as inspiration for the 2015 school year.
The College's choir and band helped set the scene with music that was reflective, warm, thoughtful, and empowering.
The Basketball Stadium was packed with over 2000 people as the College welcomed a number of guests, including families, school representatives, friends, ex-students, ACU teachers, and the Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann.
As always, the student body deserves high commendation for their reverent behaviour and sincerity. The celebration of Eucharist in such a huge community setting was truly enhanced by the dignity and maturity that the College brought to the Mass.
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