Mary Help of Christians
In 1844 the first provincial synod held in Sydney, appointed Mary Help of Christians as the Patroness of Australia. This was approved by the Holy See in 1852. Since then the Catholic people of Australia have acknowledged Mary, Help of Christians as our special protectress.
On Sunday the 10th April 1988, during the Marian Year, the Bishops of Australia again assembled at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney to repeat that first synods trust in the Mother of God. Before a large crowd in the Basilica, specially dedicated to Mary Help of Christians, Cardinal Clancy led the Bishops of Australia to rededicate Australia to Mary Help of Christians.
The Confraternity of Mary Help of Christians
- To pray three "Hail Marys" each day in honour of Mary Help of Christians followed by the invocation "Mary Help of Christians pray for us" after each Hail Mary.
- To recite the solemn act of entrustment of ourselves and our families to Mary Help of Christians on Her feast day, the 24th of May.
Aims and Objectives
To promote and spread devotion to Mary Help of Christians, Patroness of Australia throughout the length and breadth of Australia.To promote prayer to Mary Help of Christians, asking Her intercession for God's peace and protection for our Country, our Church and our families.
Prayer of Entrustment to Mary Help of Christians to be recited on Her Feast Day, the 24th May.
Mary Help of Christians Patroness of Australia, Mother of Mercy, Queen of Heaven and earth, refuge of sinners.
To you we entrust our country, our families, our hearts, our souls and all that we have.
And in order that this entrustment may be truly effective and lasting, we renew today the promises of our Baptism and Confirmation; and we undertake to live as good Christians — faithful to God, the Church, our own Bishop and the Holy Father.
We desire each day to honour you under the title, Help of Christians by reciting three "Hail Marys" asking your intercession for God's peace and protection for our country and our families.
Mary Help of Christians pray for us.
Membership is open to all who wish to accept Mary Help of Christians as their special Patroness and place themselves under Her maternal love and care. Members are expected to try and keep their promise to recite three "Hail Mary's" each day. However this promise is not binding under sin.
Membership is free and on joining your name will be entered in the Remembrance Book at the Chapel of Our Lady Help of Christians, Marian Valley, Canungra. Fifty Masses are offered each year for the spiritual and temporal welfare of all the members living and deceased.