Marian Valley - Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians
The Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians is situated at 2541 Beechmont Rd, 10km from Canungra and south of Brisbane in the Gold Coast Hinterland.
At Marian Valley there are many beautiful chapels, donated by generous benefactors including different ethnic communities. Many of them were assisted in the construction by Marian Valley volunteers. All who have contributed to the presence of these chapels give witness to their faith, devotion and love for God and for Our Lady.
The main Chapel is known as the Black Madonna Chapel. It houses a true copy of the Miraculous Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa. The Chapel seats approximately 500 pilgrims.
One of the most beautiful and inspiring aspects of Marian Valley are the outdoor Stations of the Cross with their lifesize figures that move you to humility, devotion and prayer.
St Joseph's Hermitage Retreat Centre at the Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians provides an opportunity for extended solitude, prayer and spiritual renewal. Accommodation (self-contained) available for small groups, couples, families and individuals.
Throughout the year there is an active schedule of special feasts on the Calendar. Many ethnic groups make annual pilgrimages to Marian Valley, some of these coincide with celebrations throughout the liturgical year.
The month of November is dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. The Church commemorates all her faithful children who have departed from this life, but have not yet attained the joys of heaven. St. Paul warns us that we must not be ignorant concerning the dead, nor sorrowful, "even as others who have no hope ... For the Lord Himself shall come down from heaven ... and the dead who are in Christ shall rise..
Excerpted from Liturgical Meditations, The Sisters of St. Dominic
Mementos of your visit to Marian Valley are available at the Piety Shop together with the bi-annual newsletter Mary's Rose.