The Southern Cross : May 2010
Page 4 May 2010 The Southern Cross www.adelaide.catholic.org.au news Unknown to his family, Gaetano De Pasquale has been praying to Mar y MacKillop for strength during his battle with cancer. The 64-year-old concreter from Lockleys, while a religious man, is not openly devout. He is now planning a pilgrimage later this month to Penola, where Mar y MacKillop began her ministr y to educate the poor. He is hoping a speedy recover y might also see him and his wife Flavia on a plane to Rome in October to witness the canonisation of Mar y MacKillop at St Peter's Square. The Adelaide couple would be among the thousands of faithful who have already booked packages for the October 17 canonisation of Australia's first saint. "I didn't even know he was devoted to Mar y MacKillop until a friend (and fellow cancer suf ferer Nadia Viscarillo) came to visit us and she said 'I am devoting you to Mar y MacKillop' and Gaetano said 'but I have been praying to Mar y MacKillop'," said Mrs De Pasquale. "That was huge because he is not one to be spiritually open about prayer," she said. "I've seen him go through heaps, soforhimtowanttodoa spiritual pilgrimage is huge. Belief is so power ful." PRAYER VIGIL: Cancer sufferers Nadia Viscarillo (left) and Gaetano De Pasquale (centre), with his wife Flavia (right), pray to Mary MacKillop. Photo: Christian Le Ray By Jenny Brinkworth Plans for the celebration of Mar y MacKillop's canonisation on October 17 are stepping up with Penola, Adelaide and the Por t Pirie Diocese developing an exciting program of activities around the television coverage of the Rome event. The Adelaide Archdiocese is proposing a procession, led by multicultural communities, from Kensington to Mar y MacKillop Plaza the afternoon of Sunday October 17. Enter tainment will be provided in the plaza where there will be a giant screen for viewing the historic Rome event. Large screens will also be placed inside St Francis Xavier's Cathedral. A major event involving South Australian Catholic school students is proposed for Monday, October 18. In Penola, celebrations will commence at 11am in St Joseph's Church with hymns and speakers on Mar y MacKillop's life, followed by a procession to the Mar y MacKillop School oval where Emeritus Archbishop Leonard Faulkner, Monsignor David Cappo and Father Peter Fountain will celebrate Mass at 2pm. The Mass will include a greeting to a Dar win Aboriginal group from local Aborigines with students and community groups involved in the liturgy and singing. A concer t will enter tain people as they await the television broadcast at approx. 6pm. The Por t Pirie Diocese has established a committee to organise events in key centres throughout the diocese where Mar y established numerous schools and convents. Following the return of senior clergy and Sisters of St Joseph from Rome, a thanksgiving Mass will be held on the morning of Sunday October 31 in Adelaide with a youth festival planned for that evening. Chair of the Mar y MacKillop Canonisation Committee, Chancellor Cathy Whewell, said the canonisation was a unique oppor tunity for South Australians to celebrate their faith and honour an "ordinar y woman whose trust in God gave her the strength to do extraordinar y things". "We want this to be an occasion that goes down in histor y as a time of great joy for all Australians," she said. "Here in South Australia, where Mar y established the Sisters of St Joseph and laid the foundation for our Catholic education system, we have more reason than anyone to celebrate." While many people were planning to attend the canonisation event in Rome, Ms Whewell said it was impor tant for local communities to feel par t of the historic event. She said the next step would be to explore par tnerships and sponsorship oppor tunities for the proposed activities. Meanwhile, two South Australian women are playing a big par t in the staging of events before and after the canonisation ceremony in Rome. Italian-speaking Sr Lil Girardi from the Sisters of St Joseph at Kensington, has flown to Rome to assist the postulator Sr Maria Casey in organising the canonisation events and Jenny O'Brien from the Office of Worship has been commissioned to prepare the liturgy for the Vigil ser vices on October 16. She has already commenced working on the liturgy and music for the ser vice, which includes a concer t, and will go to Rome on October 12 to help on the ground. The canonisation ceremony will bestow sainthood on five "blesseds". Those being canonised with St Mar y of the Cross MacKillop are: -- Stanislao Soltys, called Kazimierczyk, Polish professed religious of the Order of Canons Regular Lateranense (1433-1489); -- Andre Bessette (ne Alfred), Canadian professed religious of the Congregation of the Holy Cross (1845-1937); -- Candida Maria de Jesus Cipitria y Barriola (nee Juana Josefa), Spanish founder of the Congregation of the Daughters of Jesus (1845-1912); -- Giulia Salzano, Italian foundress of the Congregation of Sisters Catechists of the Sacred Hear t (1846-1929). -- Battista da Varano (nee Camilla), professed nun of the Order of Poor Clares and foundress of the monaster y of St Clare in the Italian town of Camerino (1458-1524). ❒ Anyone organising local or parish-based events to celebrate the canonisation should contact the Catholic Communications office on 8210 8117 or email email@example.com SA celebrations planned Praying for pilgrimage to Rome 316 Portrush Road, Marryatville South Australia 5068 T 08 8334 4200 E enrolments loreto sa edu au www.loreto.sa.edu.au A Catholic day & boarding school for girls from Early Learning to Year 12 Come and feel the Loreto difference... 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