Cath News report: Some 500 pilgrims have registered their interest to attend the Mary MacKillop canonisation celebration in South Australia's Penola, within the first week that bookings opened for the event.
The Catholic Church has engaged ticketing firm Venuetix to help it work out how many people will come for a celebratory Mass for Mary MacKillop in the town on October 17, so they can make sure everyone is comfortable. There is no charge to attend.
A mass, led by emeritus Archbishop Leonard Faulkner, will be held on an outdoor stage from 3pm (CST), preceded by a street procession.
Meanwhile, an attempt to convince Adelaide city councillors to help pay for banners promoting Mary MacKillop's canonisation has failed, reports the City Messenger.
Councillors this week voted against Cr Ralph Clarke's motion calling on Town Hall to spend $21,000 on banners.
Crs David Plumridge and Anne Moran told the chamber the money would be better spent on the city's homeless.