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Our Lady Mary Help of Christians – Patroness of Australia

The Feast Day of Our Lady Mary Help of Christians has been celebrated in Australia since 1844 but the history to this day, dates back to the start of the 1800’s at a time when Napoleon Bonaparte had gaoled Pius VI (who also died in gaol). And later, when Pope Pius VII was elected he too was gaoled by Bonaparte, who kept him prisoner at Fontainebleau.

The Holy Father vowed to God that if he were restored to the Roman See, he would institute a special feast in honour of Mary.

The military eventually forced Bonaparte to release the Pope and on 24 May, 1814 Pius VII returned in triumph to Rome.

Twelve months later the Pope decreed that the Feast of Our Lady Mary Help of Christians be kept on 24 May.

The infant church in Australia had a special reason for turning to Mary. No priests were sent to the colony in its early days and Mass was not allowed except for one brief year until 1820. It was largely the Rosary in those early days that kept the faith alive.

The Australian Catholic community remained faithful to Mary and Australia was the first nation to choose her under the title, ‘Mary Help of Christians’ as principle Patroness.

Australia also became the first country to have a cathedral dedicated in Our Lady, Mary’s name. St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney was dedicated in her honor by the Irish pioneer priest, Fr John Therry who arrived in Sydney in 1820.

via Feast Day – 24 May Our Lady Mary Help of Christians.

Feast of the Queenship of Mary craft day

Last Friday we celebrated the Queenship of Mary. So after Holy Mass in which the homily was preached on the 4-fold reasons for Mary’s Queenship as explained by Pope Pius XII we met to make a simple candle craft and to crown Our Lady’s Statue with a crown of fresh flowers after a procession with Hymns in her honour.

In his 1954 encyclical Ad caeli reginam (“To the Queen of Heaven”), Pius XII points out that Mary deserves the title because she is Mother of God, because she is closely associated as the New Eve with Jesus’ redemptive work, because of her preeminent perfection and because of her intercessory power.[6] Ad caeli reginam states that the main principle on which the royal dignity of Mary rests is her Divine Motherhood. … So with complete justice St. John Damascene could write: “When she became Mother of the Creator, she truly became Queen of every creature.”.[7]

Instant Candles were made using the template in the Seton Art 1 For Young Catholics book and the paraffin wax beads and wicks and bases which are not easy to find were purchased from the Australian Wax Company in Sth Oakleigh, Melbourne

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From Fame to Catholic Faith – Eduardo Verastegui

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Hollywood actor, singer, model and film producer, Eduardo Verástegui, is coming to Australia in February 2013 to tell his story from fame to faith and to launch his latest film.  Do not miss the opportunity to meet Eduardo and hear his inspiring testimony.

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Date: Monday 25 February 2013
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: St Mary’s Cathedral School Hall. Cathedral St, Sydney near Cook & Phillip pool
Contact: Yvette Nehme | | 02 9701 4365
Date: Tuesday 26 February 2013
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Edmund Rice Performing Arts Centre. St Laurence’s College, 82 Stephen’s Rd, South Brisbane
Contact: Mark Lysaght | | 07 3623 7172
Date: Thursday 28 February 2013
Time: 8pm
Venue: ACU, Central Hall. 20 Brunswick St, Fitzroy.
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Not only has Eduardo Verástegui appeared on television, film & the stage, he has also worked behind the camera, producing award-winning films. Eduardo possesses a diverse range of creative talents, which he has showcased across the board in entertainment.

Born and raised in northern Mexico, Eduardo left home for Mexico City at the age of 18 to pursue a career in entertainment. Following many modelling engagements with prominent fashion organisations such as Versace and Calvin Klein, he toured the world with Latin pop sensation Kairo and is an acclaimed solo artist.

In 1997, he began acting in Mexican soap operas, and also appeared in several Spanish-speaking feature-length movies and music videos such as Jennifer Lopez’s Ain’t It Funny. He followed this success landing the lead role of Thomas Fuentes in Twentieth Century Fox’s film Chasing Papi. Additional credits include CSI:Miami and Charmed. He most recently starred in For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada.

Voted as one of the “most beautiful people in the world” and cited as “the fastest rising Latino star”, Eduardo changed his mind about his celebrity lifestyle after he discovered it was making him unhappy.

After Chasing Papi, Eduardo made the conscious decision to move away from his heart-throb image and concentrate on film roles which respect both men and women. “I had twelve years of a successful career under my belt, but I only experienced emptiness, lies and illusions until now,” he said. Turning down roles in movies which conflicted with his beliefs he co-founded the production company Metanoia Films, the Greek word for “conversion”. His first feature film, Bella, which he produced and starred in, won the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award.

Read More via Eduardo Verastegui – ACU Australian Catholic University.

Music for Advent: The Benedictines of Mary “Advent at Ephesus”


Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary 7th October


Today is the feast day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop

The 8th of August is the feast day of Australia’s first saint.

Prayer to St Mary

Ever generous God,
You inspired Saint Mary MacKillop
To live her life faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
and constant in bringing hope and encouragement
to those who were disheartened, lonely or needy.
With confidence in your generous providence
and through the intercession of Saint Mary MacKillop
We ask that you grant our request……………….
We ask that our faith and hope be fired afresh by the Holy Spirit
so that we too, like Mary MacKillop, may live with courage, trust and openness.
Ever generous God hear our prayer.
We ask this through Jesus Christ.

Feast of the Visitation 31st May

On this day we celebrate the Blessed Virgin visiting her cousin Elizabeth, and telling her about her conception of the Messiah. Watch this video from the people who bring you

May is Mary’s month

We Catholics think of May as Mary’s month, the month we decorate our May altars and rededicate ourselves to saying the daily Rosary. For many of us, May is the month we recall the wonderful apparitions of the Blessed Mother to the three children, Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco, in the year 1917 in Fatima, a village north of Lisbon, Portugal. The most fantastic miracle was the “dancing” of the sun, seen by thousands of people. There were three other visions in the sky at the sixth apparition which many saw, and there were many cures and healings.

Father Robert Fox, now deceased, was dedicated to promoting the prayers of the Rosary and to teaching about the apparitions of Fatima. For years, Father traveled with Catholics, especially teens, on pilgrimages to Fatima. In addition, he promoted Catholic homeschooling, and wrote the preface to my book, Catholic Home Schooling.

When Father Fox visited us some years ago in Front Royal on May 13, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, Father Fox spoke about the Blessed Mother’s promise for the conversion of Russia if people would pray and sacrifice, but especially to pray the Rosary. Father believed that the changes we have seen in Russia and Eastern Europe are the miraculous consequences of the mercy of Our Lord and Our Lady, especially in response to the many Rosaries being prayed by people all over the world.

Read the rest of the article via Our Lady of Fatima – Seton Home Study School.

The Immaculate Conception

Today is the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

It’s important to understand what the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is and what it is not. Some people think the term refers to Christ’s conception in Mary’s womb without the intervention of a human father; but that is the Virgin Birth. Others think the Immaculate Conception means Mary was conceived “by the power of the Holy Spirit,” in the way Jesus was, but that, too, is incorrect. The Immaculate Conception means that Mary, whose conception was brought about the normal way, was conceived without original sin or its stain—that’s what “immaculate” means: without stain. The essence of original sin consists in the deprivation of sanctifying grace, and its stain is a corrupt nature. Mary was preserved from these defects by God’s grace; from the first instant of her existence she was in the state of sanctifying grace and was free from the corrupt nature original sin brings.

When discussing the Immaculate Conception, an implicit reference may be found in the angel’s greeting to Mary. The angel Gabriel said, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you” (Luke 1:28). The phrase “full of grace” is a translation of the Greek word kecharitomene. It therefore expresses a characteristic quality of Mary.

The traditional translation, “full of grace,” is better than the one found in many recent versions of the New Testament, which give something along the lines of “highly favored daughter.” Mary was indeed a highly favored daughter of God, but the Greek implies more than that (and it never mentions the word for “daughter”). The grace given to Mary is at once permanent and of a unique kind.Kecharitomene is a perfect passive participle of charitoo, meaning “to fill or endow with grace.” Since this term is in the perfect tense, it indicates that Mary was graced in the past but with continuing effects in the present. So, the grace Mary enjoyed was not a result of the angel’s visit. In fact, Catholics hold, it extended over the whole of her life, from conception onward. She was in a state of sanctifying grace from the first moment of her existence.

via Immaculate Conception and Assumption | Catholic Answers.

Children of the Eucharist

“Ask your parents and teachers to enroll you in the ‘School’ of Our Lady’, so that she can teach you to be like the Little Shepherds, who tried to do whatever she asked them.” (Pope John Paul II – Beatification of the Little Shepherds)

Children of the Eucharist Clergy, Principals, Teachers and Parents, Children of the Eucharist is a spiritual program for the children and young people of your parish, school or family. It is a program which focuses on the message of Our Lady of Fatima, a message that is more relevant today than when it took place in 1917. It invites all to help enroll the children of the world into the “School of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” This school is not new. It is a ‘spiritual school’ of the saints “To Jesus through Mary.” IT ‘S AN EASY TO INTRODUCE AND EASY TO LIVE MESSAGE!

We have developed a program that will transform the souls of the children in your care with 5 simple steps! These steps can be easily implemented into the everyday lives of your students, in schools, religious educations progams, and families. It is a program for children, but also for family members of all ages, to join in and ‘answer the call’ of the Immaculate Heart of Mary to help transform our world into a place of peace and hope for all.

FIVE easy steps








via Children of the Eucharist.