Dear pilgrims,
In compliance with the directives of the Australian Federal Government and the Diocese of Wollongong regarding Places of Worship during the period of the COVID-19 Pandemic, that until further notice, all public Masses and devotions in the Shrine are suspended, all events in the foreseeable future are cancelled and we are not accepting visitors or pilgrims to the shrine or monastery except for essential staff. 
We look forward to a time when we can see you all again soon.
The Pauline Fathers and Brothers


The World Health Organisation has declared the COVID-19 virus outbreak a pandemic on the global scale. In regards to religious gatherings - our bishops are constantly in touch with the health dept. and are making decisions out of care and love for us. “The glory of God is man fully alive” St Irenaeus.

It is an unprecedented and an evolving situation, so each day we are learning new things. As of 18 March NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has made an Order under section 7 of the Public Health Act 2010 to force the immediate cancellation of indoor events with more than 100 people - WITH A HEAVY HEART TO COMPLY WITH ALL THE GUIDELINES NOW IN FORCE WE NEED TO CANCEL THE RE-ENACTMENT OF THE LORD'S PASSION ON GOOD FRIDAY, 10 April 2020.

Please pray for the end of this pandemic, for the victims of the novel coronavirus, for those who are isolated and taking it very hard. Let's pray also for scientists to find a cure for it.

May God bless you abundantly.

Looking forward to Passion Play 2021.

13th April Fatima Day 2020 is also cancelled.


The Icon of the Black Madonna in the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mercy.

The Shrine Church of our Lady Help of Mercy.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chapel, one of the many International Chapels that pilgrims have built at Penrose Park.


Weekday Mass Times

English – Daily at 11.00 a.m.

Confessions before Mass and at any time at request

Sunday Mass Times
English – 9am & 11am (in the Shrine Church)
Polish – 10am (in the Old Monastery - w starym klasztorze)
Spanish – 12.15pm (Last Sunday of each month)
First Friday Mass Times First Saturday Mass Times
English – 11am

Followed by the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Renewal of Faith — Learning in the Immaculate Heart of Mary

11am – Mass

Full Program
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
First Friday – After the 11am Mass
Every Saturday – After the 11am Mass
Fatima Day – Family Sunday
The third Sunday of each month
Holy Eucharist with the renewal of wedding vows followed by exposition and individual blessing of families with the Most Blessed Sacrament - 11am
Divine Mercy Devotion
The first Sunday of each month
Holy Eucharist – 11am followed by Devotions to the Divine Mercy (Chaplet and Litany of the Divine Mercy, veneration of relics of St. Faustina)
Passion Play - Good Friday
Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ re-enactment (starts at the entrance of the property) – 11am
Liturgy & devotions in shrine church – 3pm
Welcome at all times through the year.

Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy

Fr. Augustine Lazur, who arrived in Australia in 1981, established the shrine of our Lady of Mercy in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales in 1984.  The Shire is dedicated to Our Lady under the title of Our Lady of Mercy as represented by a replica of the icon of the Black Madonna.  The original icon of the Black Madonna has been under the custodianship of the of the Pauline Fathers since 1382, and they promote devotion to her where ever they go.  So naturally when building a new shrine she become the centre of devotion.

But the Shrine has grown much since its founding, and now has many other smaller shrines build by pilgrims and devoted to the best loved saints of all over the world.  People of many different nationalities come to Penrose Park to visit their shrines for days of prayer.

The shrine has a number of days when many pilgrims come to visit the shrine.  Particularly popular is the Fatima Day devotions, on the 13th of Every Month, which sometimes draws crowds of over a thousand pilgrims.  Visit our events page to see more about what happens at the Shrine.

Pauline Fathers - Order of St. Paul the First Hermit

The Order of St. Paul the First Hermit, commonly know as the Pauline Fathers, was established around 1250 in Hugury by Blessed Eusebius.  The Pauline Fathers spread rapidly to many of the neighbouring countries and soon had thousands of monks.  A highlight in the Order's history took place in 1382 when they became the custodians of the miraculous picture of Our Lady, known as the Black Madonna, believed to be painted by St Luke the Evangelist.  It is now in their mother house at Jasna Góra in Poland.  The Pauline Fathers, who arrived in Australia in 1981, now have 2 monasteries and 4 parishes.


Penrose Park needs funds to be able to continue the work done for the good of pilgrims who visit the Shrine to provide with with a place for prayer and worship as well as to have a nice day out. Please visit our donations page to see how you can donate, or you can go directly to our Online Donations page.

Time of Mercy Newsletter

The Shrine publishes a biannual called Time of Mercy which you are invited to download.


How to Find Us

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Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy, commonly known as Penrose Park (located in the Southern Highlands, NSW) is a renowned place of veneration of the replica of the Icon of Our Lady of Jasna Góra, known as the Black Madonna.  The Shrine is ministered by the Order of St. Paul the First Hermit known as the Pauline Fathers, who are the custodians of the original Icon of the Black Madonna for more than 630 years.