The Mary MacKillop Memorial Chapel
Please click here to see the latest COVID-19 update with regards to the Mary MacKillop Memorial Chapel.
For the moment we will not be celebrating Mass in the Chapel.
From June 1, up to 50 people will be allowed to attend Mass or private prayer in a church.
Unlike a parish Church, people who come to our Chapel do so from the various dioceses of Sydney. The number of people wishing to participate in Mass in our Chapel is unpredictable and so this makes it difficult for us to plan and monitor well.
We wish to exercise due care for all who come, especially those who are vulnerable, and to continue to abide by the health advice given by the Chief Health Officer. Hence our decision to continue to make the Chapel available for private prayer only.
This decision will be reviewed as time goes on and further restrictions are lifted.
Feast of Mary MacKillop: Saturday 8 August 2020
Please note for Mary MacKillop’s Feast day on Saturday 8 August 2020, the Mary MacKillop Memorial Chapel will be closed.
There will be a live stream of Mass from the Chapel. Please read the notice letter provided here to find out more.
Limited Opening Time for Private Prayer
The Chapel is open Monday to Friday from 9.00am – 1.00pm.
Social distancing is being observed and Government directives being adhered to (48 people in the Chapel at one time as we have 2 people on duty making the 50).
Saturday and Sunday we are still closed. All the Masses are still cancelled.
The Chapel was built in 1913 at the instigation of Mother Baptista Molloy in memory of Mary MacKillop. The land was donated in memory of the Daly family. The Chapel was dedicated by the Very Rev Michael Kelly, Archbishop of Sydney on 18 January 1914.
On 28 January 1914, Mary’s remains were moved from Gore Hill Cemetery, her original resting place, and reinterred in front of Our Lady’s altar in the vault donated by Mary’s long-time friend, Johanna Barr-Smith.
In 1994, Mary’s remains were moved to what was the original vestry of the Chapel. The Chapel was used by the Sisters of Saint Joseph for many years but since Mary’s beatification in 1995, has become a place of pilgrimage for thousands of people who come to pray and reflect at her tomb now in its own special place.
Due to COVID-19, temporary changes have been made to the opening hours and mass times Mary MacKillop Memorial Chapel. As a result, all masses are cancelled and the chapel is now open Monday to Friday 9am-1pm for private prayer.
|Monday to Friday||CANCELLED|
|8th of July||CANCELLED|
|8th of August||CHAPEL CLOSED
MASS TO BE LIVE STREAMED (please see letter above)
The Chapel is open at the following times:
|Monday to Friday||9am – 1pm (please read above)
The Sacrament of Anointing is celebrated at 11:30am on Tuesday of every second month.
From the earliest of times the Church showed by laying on of hands and anointing with oil that Jesus Christ was present to the sick among them, as he has been to so many who were sick during his ministry on earth.
The Anointing of the Sick remains central to the church’s pastoral care of the sick. Through faith it sustains those who are in the midst of their illness. The ritual celebration of this sacrament gathers in and focuses the many ways in which God’s healing love is provided by the community through their concern, prayer, visits and eucharistic ministry.
Dates for 2020:
|Tuesday 11th||August (cancelled)|
|Tuesday 13th||October (cancelled)|
|Tuesday 15th||December (cancelled)|
The Chapel is located in the grounds of Mary MacKillop Place with street access via 7 Mount Street.
Wheelchair access via 7 Mount Street.
All Pastoral Care enquiries and prayer requests:
T: 02 8912 4890