Holy Cross College, Ellenbrook
'I came that they may have life, and have it to the full' John 10:10

Year 6 Pilgrimage

The Year 6 students went on a pilgrimage on the May 4 to follow in the footsteps of our class patron, Sr Irene McCormack. To start the day, Year 6H and 6C caught a bus to Elizabeth Quay. It was a beautiful morning and luckily we had the best weather for walking. From there, we had recess and took the ferry to South Perth. We then walked to the Mary MacKillop Centre where we met Sr Maree who had prepared activities for the day. She showed us the Diorama Room which was filled with statues depicting the five main stages of Mary MacKillop’s life. It was incredible to learn about her selfless work and how she dedicated her life to helping those in need. It was truly an eye-opening experience and we learned that Mary MacKillop managed to set up schools and orphanages with extremely limited resources.
Sr Maree took us to a beautiful, colourful room where she told us all about Sr Irene McCormack’s life and her amazing missionary work. Irene McCormack was a teacher in Perth for 30 years before she decided to devote her life to helping the poor. She travelled to Peru where she dedicated her life to helping those in need, providing Caritas food parcels and setting up libraries. Did you know that the name Irene means peace?
To finish off our day at the Mary MacKillop Centre, a liturgy was held in the chapel. We lit candles and placed them on the Altar and reflected on the inspiring lives of Mary MacKillop and Irene McCormack. Before boarding the bus, we visited a beautiful rose garden where Irene McCormack’s clothes’ ashes were scattered under the rocks. We had such an amazing time and we are so thankful to have had the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of our class patron.
Kate and Sienna
Year 6 Students