Welcome to Marian Valley
The beautiful Stations of the Cross, imported from Vietnam, are a masterpiece of art, and portray faithfully the sufferings of Christ during His Holy Passion. They are placed along a half-kilometre walk way, surrounded by luscious vegetation, a true attraction for the whole family.
Marian Valley is Situated in the beautiful surroundings of Witheren, it's a place for the whole family, where the Holy Mass and the Sacraments are available, together with picnic grounds, and a general tranquil atmosphere.
The Pauline Fathers serve the people of God all over the world, not only in Europe, but in Oceania and Africa also. The Pauline Fathers have been in existence since 1250 and were founded in Hungary.
The International Chapels are the result of building projects of various Ethnic Communities from around Brisbane, who have dedicated their time and resources to building a chapel at Marian Valley that represents their particular Devotions. Yearly celebrations are often observed by these communities, where fellowship and community events take place.
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.
November is dedicated to the Souls in Purgatory.
By tradition, the Catholic Church dedicates each month of the year to a certain devotion. In November, it is the Holy Souls in Purgatory, those faithful Christians who have died and gone before us but who still must atone for their sins. The time they spend in Purgatory cleanses them so that they may enter Heaven free from all effects of sin.
Praying for the dead, especially for those we have known, is a requirement of Christian charity. Our own prayers and sacrifices can be offered up to relieve their suffering. Some or all of the following prayers can be incorporated into our daily prayers during this month.
Eternal Rest (Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them)
One of the most commonly recited of Catholic prayers in times past, this prayer has fallen into disuse in the last few decades. Prayer for the dead, however, is one of the greatest acts of charity we can perform, to help them during their time in Purgatory, so that they can enter more quickly into the fullness of heaven.
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The Shrine is open daily, with Mass, the Rosary and Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Mementos of your visit to Marian Valley are available at the Piety Shop together with the bi-annual newsletter Mary's Rose.
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