Fatima Day in July (13th July 2021) will be celebrated in the Shrine church. As per the NSW Government’s guidelines we still are bound by the 1 per 2 square metre capacity limit which means we can only have 300 pilgrims inside the church. For that reason, bookings are essential.

If you intend to come, please register via email only: penrosepark@osppe.org.au by emailing your first and last name, first and last name of everyone coming with you and a contact phone number per every household (We are directed to collect your details for contact tracing purposes by the NSW Government’s Public Health (COVID-19 Gathering Restrictions) Order (No 2) 2021).

The celebrations will include – 10am - exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, 11am – Solemn Mass followed by the devotions

We will monitor the interest from the pilgrims and if there will be an exceeding number, we will organise a second celebration which will include – 1pm Solemn Mass followed by devotions.

The decision was made to make sure that the cold weather will not get in the way of the fruitful celebration of the day of Our Lady and the wellbeing and comfort of our pilgrims.

May God bless you abundantly.

Dear Pilgrims,

We would like to provide you the latest updates regarding our Shrine

Sunday Masses:

For the safety of our Pilgrims, and heeding government requirements for the sanitising of the church between the Holy Masses the Sunday Masses are as follows:

English Mass at 8am,
Polish Mass at 9:30am,
English Mass at 11am.

For these 3 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 penrosepark@osppe.org.au. You will need to supply your full name and phone number.

Weekday Masses:

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. 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. As we must adhere to the guidelines from NSW Health, our current limit for the church is 300. Bookings must be sent before the 12th of the Month.

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”.


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 – 8am and 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.


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.