We would like to provide you the latest updates regarding our Shrine
For the safety of our Pilgrims, and heeding government requirements for the sanitising of the church between the Holy Masses, we have made the decision to move the Sunday Masses as follows: Polish Mass at 9:30am, the English Mass at 11am. For these 2 Masses bookings are compulsory as per the directives from NSW Health. Bookings can be made by contacting the Monastery by Friday before the Sunday you wish to attend, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 4878 9192. You will need to supply your full name, email address or phone number.
The latest Public Health Order (No. 4) has allowed us to open our grounds for the pilgrims to visit, however, as per the guidelines of the Diocese of Wollongong, our Shrine Church is being opened only for the celebration of the Holy Mass. Weekday Masses are celebrated at 11am, the church is opened at 10.45am and once the congregation has left, the church is locked and disinfected. As per the compulsory contact tracing names and contact details will be taken on arrival.
Fatima Days: 13th of the Month
Fatima Day is a special feature of our Shrine, for more than 30 years pilgrims gather to celebrate and commemorate the Apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima in 1917. The time of pandemic has dramatically changed the life of the Shrine, so with pain and a heavy heart, after extensive pastoral, legal and civil consultations, the decision has been made to keep the Shrine closed on Fatima Days, until further notice (i.e. the church, chapels and all the grounds.) Knowing how popular our Fatima Days are, we would never be able to adhere to the directive of the Public Health Order and the Diocesan guidelines in regard to limits and social distancing (the maximum allowed in our church at this time is 150). Because our pilgrims come from many places, some travelling even from interstate, we do not wish to disappoint those who would not be allowed to enter once the limit is reached.
Please pray for an end to the pandemic and for our Shrine, so that we can fully open for you soon.
We will live stream the Mass at 11am through our Facebook page “Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy-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 – 11am (in the Shrine Church)
Polish – 9:30am (in the Shrine Church)
Spanish – 1pm (Last Sunday of each month)
|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.