Australia’s first saint makes it on to iTunes
The song written for Mary MacKillop’s canonisation, ‘Saint Mary MacKillop’ by ARIA award winner Gary Pinto, is being launched today and is now available for download on iTunes.
The song will have its first public performance at a free lunchtime concert today, Tuesday 13 July, at Martin Place at 12:15pm as part of the Archdiocese of Sydney’s SCENE Week (Sydney Congress Embracing the New Evangelisation).
Spokesperson for the Sisters of St Joseph, Sister Mary Mercer, says the Sisters hope the song and its corresponding video clip will inspire all Australians, including those heading to Rome for the canonisation, as well as those planning to celebrate at home all over Australia.
“The song ‘Saint Mary MacKillop’ is sure to stir a sense of enthusiasm and passion amongst Australians for our first saint,” says Sister Mary.
“We’re hoping that the canonisation will draw people together and give them an opportunity to consider what it is that makes Mary MacKillop a saint for all Australians, and how her goodness can inspire and be applied in the context of Australia today.”
Singer and songwriter of ‘Saint Mary MacKillop’, Gary Pinto, who was also co-writer of the official World Youth Day song, says that he wrote the song as a tribute to Mary with the hope that it would reach all generations.
“About four months ago a friend suggested I write a song for the canonisation, so my wife and I prayed that we would find the right lyrics and melody to represent Mary MacKillop, because I had to get this just right,” says Gary.
“It was an incredible song-writing experience because the words and melody just came so easily and quickly; I knew then that my prayer had been answered.
“Through the lyrics of ‘Saint Mary MacKillop’, I wanted to share with people that there is hope for everyone, no matter their circumstances, and to educate people about Mary MacKillop’s life, her love for God, and her devotion to the community.”
‘Saint Mary MacKillop’ is available for purchase on iTunes, the video clip can be viewed on YouTube, and the Sisters of St Joseph have made the sheet music available on the official Mary MacKillop website at no cost.
Sheet music: http://www.marymackillop.org.au (under ‘Canonisation’)
“Gary has already begun teaching the song in schools around the country, so that come October, we will have choirs from far and wide across Australia who will be able to join in and sing during the canonisation,” says Sister Mary.
Proceeds from the sale of the song will go towards the Canonisation Appeal.
Source: Melbourne Catholic Archdiocese