Here are the Announcements from the bulletin for the Solemnity of our Lady of Mercy.
SOLEMNITY OF OUR LADY OF MERCY
The Proper Solemnity of Our Lady of Mercy, the Black Madonna is the 26th August. Due the our Shrine being a Diocescan Shrine, Bishop Peter Ingham, Emeritus Bishop of Wollongong granted the special indult allowing the celebrations of Our Lady to be celebrated on the Sunday closest to the actual Solemnities date. This has also since been endorsed and confirm by Bishop Brian Mascord, current Bishop of Wollongong.
Fr Richard and the community of Penrose Park would like to wish all Pilgrims a very Happy and Blessed Solemnity of Our Lady of Mercy. May the Black Madonna continue to intercede to her Son and may His Blessings be showered upon you all.
40th ANNIVERSARY OF THE SHRINE
Next year, We will be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the blessing and opening of the Shrine. Next week the calendar of events will be available outlining the various celebrations to mark this great milestone.
MORNING TEA AFTER MASS
It is planned to have a morning tea for pilgrims after the 8am Mass up at the Old Monastery on Sunday 17th September. IF anyone would like to help or donate some food please speak to Fr Richard.
Each year the Australian Province gathers together for the annual retreat. This year it will be in our Sister Shrine of Marian Valley, Canungra QLD. It will be held from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th October 2023. During that week there will be communion services and devotions at 11am and the Church will be open for private prayer.
MASS WITH THE BLESSING OF PETS/ANIMALS
In honour of St Francis of Assisi, there will be an outdoor Mass with the blessing of Pets / Animals on Sunday 15th October at 11am. For anyone one wanting to help on that day please speak to Fr Richard. More information will come out in the next couple of weeks.