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Opening Mass 2023

Joining together in celebration

St Mary MacKillop College celebrated the start of the 2023 school year with the Opening Mass on Friday 3 March.

Students and staff of the College were joined in Eucharist at the Tuggeranong Basketball Stadium by College Chaplain Fr James Antony, Director of Catholic Education Ross Fox, representatives from several schools, former students, parents, politicians, Board members, and a number of past staff members. We were particularly grateful to have the College’s foundation principal, Sr Noelene Quinane, in attendance. 

This was MacKillop’s first full-school Opening Mass since 2020, with COVID restrictions impacting the event over the past two years.

The Mass introduced the 2023 Liturgical Theme, “See and be grateful” (Mary MacKillop, 1884). This theme calls the community to reflect on and give thanks for MacKillop’s history as we celebrate our 25-year anniversary.

As usual, the quality of the music and choir created a special atmosphere and helped transform the basketball stadium into a place of reflection and prayer.

The College thanks its new Assistant Principal for Faith, Mission and Religious Education, Mrs Clare Kinnane, for her leadership and organisation of the event. 

Congratulations also to the large team who created such a deeply moving community celebration of Eucharist and congratulations to the students for the solemnity and willing participation they brought to the occasion.

3 March, 2023

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Acknowledgement of Country

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop made the statement: “We are but travellers here, so while we are here we should do as much good as we can and live in peace with each other.”

With this in mind, the College respectfully acknowledges the Ngunnawal people who are the Traditional Custodians and First People of the land on which we gather each day. The College also pays its respects to the Elders past, present and emerging, and any other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples living and working in the MacKillop community.

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