Mass for Mary, Help of Christians
A procession of school banners opened the Mass
Fourteen hundred Years 10 and 11 students from 54 high schools in the Sydney Archdiocese went to St Mary’s Cathedral for Mass to honour the recent feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, Patroness of Australia.
The Archbishop of Sydney, Dr George Pell, has established the Mass as an annual event for students of the archdiocese.
Last year he celebrated the feast day Mass for primary school students.
This Mass, organised by the Catholic Education Office, Sydney, was again celebrated by the archbishop, with Fr Christopher Ford, principal of St John Bosco College, Engadine, and Fr Paul Smithers, of the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish, Sefton.
Archbishop Pell points to Mary as a role model for today’s young people.
“Mary, the teenage Jewish mother of Jesus, once had dreams and aspirations of her own. God had other plans which she embraced,” he says.
“She is a peacemaker in times of war and a model for refugees, for the poor and for sinners and a source of inspiration for all young people.”