Entrusting Australia to Mary, Help of Christians


19 May 2020

Dear Friends in Christ,

In 1844, the Catholic bishops entrusted our country to the patronage of Mary, under her title Our Lady Help of Christians. 

This was renewed in 2001, the centenary of the Commonwealth of Australia. 

As we face together the dreadful blow of the current Covid 19 pandemic, let us once again pray for the intercession of our Mother.

At the conclusion of Mass this Ascension Sunday, on the eve of the feast of Mary, Help of Christians, I will unite with my brother bishops in the enclosed Act of Entrustment to her. I ask you to join your own prayers in this simple but solemn entreaty.

Yours in Christ,

+Michael McKenna
Bishop of Bathurst


The Entrustment Prayer is available to download HERE