One tradition which has endured till the present time is the Maria Annunziata Association’s connection with the St Kieran Parish and School. The Maria Annunziata Association consists of a group of people who come from Raccuia in the province of Messina in Italy. Most villages in Southern Italy honour Our Lady as their Patron.
This group continued this tradition, which meant so much to them, in their new homeland of Osborne Park and in honour of Our Lady had a statue made in Italy and placed it in the St Kieran Church. The statue arrived from Italy in 1971.
The Maria Annunziata committee was formed and the statue was blessed on the 25th July at the Italian Mass. Each year, on the feast day of Maria Annunziata, a procession, Benediction and social gathering is held to commemorate the feast day of Our Lady.
The Maria Annunziatia shrine has large leadlight windows in an abstract design in brilliant blue in the background. The Association began its connections with the Parish and in later years, extended it by supporting the St Kieran School.
The Association inaugurated a scholarship award to a student at St Kieran school who displayed Christian values within the school community. A perpetual trophy was established and is awarded to the chosen student together with a years tuition fees.