Rain clears in time for liturgy
MARY MacKillop, who became Australia's only saint yesterday, may have been watching over the Fraser Coast on Saturday.
Father Paul Kelly from St Mary's Catholic Church in Maryborough said “cyclonic” conditions overnight had given way to almost perfect weather in time for the graveside liturgy at old Maryborough Cemetery at 1pm.
“It was raining heavily Friday night and was very blowy, almost cyclonic, on Saturday morning but by 1 o'clock it was cool and not too windy – just beautiful.”
Fr Kelly said the 77 people who attended the graveside liturgy and everyone at masses across the Fraser Coast over the weekend were “so happy and excited”.
The parish of St Mary's Maryborough had a close connection with Mary MacKillop through her order of Josephite nuns who staffed the parish school from 1870 to 1880.
“I'm told it was visited personally by Mary MacKillop in 1875 and again in 1880,” he said.
Masses were held at St Mary's church, Tiaro's Sacred Heart church and St Joseph's church in Pialba.