We all need help—help to overcome the challenges we might face in life, help to make sense of the world, help to find our true purpose. Accepting our need for help and being willing to receive it are signs of true wisdom and humility. But where do we look for the help we need?

Yesterday was the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, and this Saturday Catholics around the country are invited to join in a Nationwide Rosary, an initiative that was launched last year by two women who are passionate about promoting the power of the Rosary. One of them, Yvette Kaminski, talks with us about the crucial help that praying the Rosary can provide.

This week is also National Palliative Care Week. VMCH share with us the moving story of Liz and Ian Tantau, and of Ian’s last weeks at O'Neill House, where the sensitive and specialised palliative care he received was as much about helping him to live his ‘best life possible’ as it was about helping him to die well.

This year the partnership parishes of Northcote and Thornbury, in Melbourne’s inner north, mark 100 years since the foundation of St Mary’s Thornbury. As well as bringing parishioners together in a spirit of joy and thanksgiving, a year-long series of celebrations has been providing opportunities to reach out to the broader community with the joy of the Gospel.

As we approach the feast of Pentecost this Sunday, may we be helped and guided by the Holy Spirit, who kindles the fire of God’s love in us and renews the face of the earth.

Fruits of the rosary ‘essential’ for our times, says founder of Nationwide Rosary
On Saturday 27 May, Catholics around the country are being invited to join in the second annual Australian Nationwide Rosary to Our Lady Help of Christians. Yvette Kaminski, one of the women behind this initiative, speaks to us about the fruits of the Rosary and how they can help us face the challenges of today.
A ‘year of celebrations’ brings people together in Northcote and Thornbury
This year, the partnership parishes of Northcote and Thornbury are marking 100 years since the foundation of St Mary’s Parish Thornbury. This significant milestone has inspired a year of celebrations aimed at reaching out to the local community and bringing people together in a spirit of joy and thanksgiving.
Palliative care—living and dying well
Written by: VMCH
To mark National Palliative Care Week (21–27 May), we hear the story of Liz Tantau, whose beloved husband Ian spent his precious final weeks at O'Neill House, an award-winning end-of-life comfort care centre run by VCMH. She’s determined to help people understand the significance of the end-of-life journey.
Our Lady around the World (Part 8): Help of Christians
In the 16th century, as Europe faced the threat of approaching Ottoman naval forces, Pope Pius V called upon Catholics to pray the Rosary and invoke the Blessed Virgin with the title ‘Help of Christians’. We learn about the battle of Lepanto and take a look at a couple of shrines dedicated to Our Lady Help of Christians—one of them right here in Australia.
‘You can’t go to the shop and buy courage or persistence or patience of perseverance, or faith or hope or love. You can’t buy those things … [But they are] essential to survive the challenges of our times.’
Yvette Kaminski, co-founder of the Nationwide Rosary to Our Lady Help of Christians
on the fruits of praying the Rosary
Upcoming events
Nationwide Rosary to Our Lady Help of Christians
Saturday 27 May 2023
2.00pm–4.00pm
Join parishes across the archdiocese in a nationwide Rosary to Our Lady Help of Christians, Patroness of Australia. Our Lady has been a protector of the poor and oppressed. In the early days of the Australian colonies, her powerful protection was invoked by praying the Rosary for the preservation of...
‘Awaken’: Pentecost 2023
Saturday 27 May 2023
1.00pm–4.30pm
Celebrate Pentecost at this regional gathering of our Church, drawing close to the presence and power of God. There will be worship, prayer, talks and workshops, with special guest Rob Falzon from MenALIVE (Brisbane) Schedule: 12.30pm: doors open1pm: rally2pm: workshops and afternoon tea3.15pm: closing rally Free entry, but registration is...
Engaging Your Faith: The women in the Gospel of Matthew with Dr Rosemary Canavan
Monday 29 May 2023
7.00pm–8.30pm
Beginning with the five women included in the genealogy of Jesus, this session will explore Matthew’s inclusion of women in the life and ministry of Jesus and the implications for today. Engaging Your Faith is a series of short online presentations that invite participants to reflect on what it means...
St Patrick’s Cathedral concert: celebrity organ recital featuring Colin Andrews
Friday 2 June 2023
6.00pm–7.00pm
International recipient of many awards, and with a distinguished performing career globally, British organist Colin Andrews will visit St Patrick’s Cathedral to present a virtuosic program spanning the centuries, employing the full resources of the Cathedral organ. A specialist in the music of Messiaen, Andrews is only one of four...
Understanding Divine Mercy with Fr Chris Alar MIC
Friday 2 June 2023
7.00pm–9.30pm
Mentored by the world’s leading experts in Divine Mercy and author of the bestselling books Understanding Divine Mercy and After Suicide: There’s Hope for Them and for You, Fr Chris Alar MIC is a former wrestler and engineer with a Master’s in Business Administration, and the current Provincial Superior of...
Xavier Social Justice Network Dinner to support Jesuit Refugee Service
Thursday 9 June 2022
6.30pm–10.30pm
The Xavier Social Justice Network invites the community to the 2023 Xavier Social Justice Network Dinner in support of Jesuit Refugee Service. Speakers for the evening include Director of JRS, Tamara Domicelj, and JRS’ Policy, Advocacy and Communication Head, Shuja Jamal, with the evening moderated by Chris Runciman (Old Xaverian)...
The Archbishop’s Dinner: an initiative of the Knights of the Southern Cross Victoria
Friday 1 September 2023
7.00pm–9.00pm
Join the Knights of the Southern Cross Victoria to celebrate the 23rd annual Archbishop’s Dinner. The dinner is held each year to raise funds for the Priests Support and Education Fund. This fund was established by the Knights of the Southern Cross to assist in the funding and education of...

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