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Our Lady Help of Christians

The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, in collaboration with Sydney Catholic Schools, annually celebrates the historical Australian feast day – Our Lady Help of Christians – by encouraging students to donate a gold coin to support our charity, the Charitable Works Fund (CWF).

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An annual Mufti Day inviting all Sydney Catholic Schools to help our Local Catholic Charities through the
Charitable Works Fund (CFW) as inspired by Our Lady Help of Christians.

Our Lady Help of Christians

Our Lady Help of Christians plays an important role in Australian Catholicism as she is considered the Patroness of Australia. She is our "spiritual" mother and takes care of the sick and dying, and those who are experiencing difficulties and hardship.
Today, many people experience poverty and homelessness, in addition to mental health issues and disabilities. Mary, like any other mother, wants to help.

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Charitable Works Fund

The Charitable Works Fund (CWF) is responsible for collecting funds for the purpose of supporting the charitable and pastoral works of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

It is your charity, the charity of the Sydney Catholic community and your local parish.

Support the Charitable Works Fund

Watch the video below and support the Charitable Works Fund.


The services provided by the following agencies are helping thousands of people every year - they offer comfort to people in crisis, provide advocacy, training and better access for the disadvantaged, support people in their faith development and train our future priests.

Mass for Aboriginal Catholic Ministry and First Holy Communion at Philip Bay

Aboriginal Catholic Ministry

The Aboriginal Catholic Ministry (ACM) promotes reconciliation and mutual understanding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities. It also looks after the pastoral care of the Catholic Aborigines and supports them in the living of their faith. The ACM provides interface between indigenous people and the Catholic Church.

CatholicCare - HOPE Program


CatholicCare stands in the Catholic tradition of compassion and concern for social justice. Its role is to facilitate the development of individuals, families and communities most in need through quality services, research and advocacy. It offers programs to cover counselling, accommodation, employment assistance, migrant support, aged care and family support.


Chaplaincy Services

Catholic Chaplaincy Services provide pastoral care and spiritual guidance throughout the Archdiocese of Sydney, covering aged care facilities, universities and hospitals. They are a source of comfort and friendship to people in need, minister to the sick and help foster a Catholic culture at university campuses.


Confraternity of Christian Doctrine

The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) provides religious education and Christian formation for Catholic children in public schools. The CCD is currently responsible for the training and support of around 2,000 volunteers who teach Special Religious Education classes each week to around 30,000 Catholic School Children in public schools. 


Ephpheta Centre

The Ephpheta Centre provides services to the deaf and hard of hearing communities in the dioceses of Sydney, Parramatta and Broken Bay, including Sunday Mass in sign language, sacramental preparation for both children and adults, pastoral care and community support, outreach to families with young deaf children, advocacy services, spiritual development and leadership.



The Seminary of the Good Shepherd (Homebush) and the Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary of the Neocatechumenal Way (Chester Hill) aim to provide an environment that nurtures the calling that a man experiences for service in the priesthood, looking at their character development, pastoral skills and academic training to enable them to carry out their mission in the Church.


To learn more about these ministries please watch the videos below.