Bishop Brian celebrates St Joseph’s Day with the kids at St Joseph’s Bulli
March 19, 2021
Year of St Joseph, School life, Bishop Brian Mascord
The sun may not have been out this St Joseph’s Day, but that didn’t stop the students of St Joseph’s Catholic Parish Primary School, Bulli, from shining as they gathered with Bishop Brian Mascord to celebrate the feast day of their patron saint.
For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the entire school was able to come together to celebrate a special liturgy to mark the day. Students from every year helped honour St Joseph through reading, singing and role playing.
During the liturgy, students brought forward symbols that represented the various aspects of St Joseph’s life as Worker, Teacher, Father, Husband, Man of Faith, Protector and Refugee.
The symbols were placed in a wooden toolbox that was presented to Bishop Brian, so he could continue to share the celebration of St Joseph with schools across the diocese during this Year of St Joseph.
In his homily, Bishop Brian told the students that each of us is called to do our best, just like St Joseph did.
“Joseph, Mary and Jesus were a family just like many of ours,” said Bishop Brian. “Sometimes they struggled, sometimes they celebrated. Sometimes things were wonderful, sometimes they were tough.”
But through it all they had something really special: a beautiful relationship with God. He was part of their lives, just like he is part of your life. That’s why today we are giving thanks to God for the gift of St Joseph, who gives us a wonderful example.”
The liturgy closed with a prayer that Pope Francis shared with the Church when he proclaimed this year the Year of St Joseph:
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man. Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life. Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage, and defend us from every evil. Amen.
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Our diocesan logo is theologically rich and very succinct. As a hand, it depicts our mission as a diocese and as individuals within the diocese, of bearing (bringing, carrying) Christ’s love to one another and to the world around us. In this, we are the hand of Jesus Christ, and we are offering ourselves to him so that he might work through us.
We can be the bearers of his love only as a response to his call and in the strength of his grace. We are reminded of this in two ways—through the symbol of the dove (the Holy Spirit) also present in the logo, and by the incorporation of the cross that segments the logo. The presence of the cross is a reminder that bearing the love of Christ will inevitably cost us if we live it authentically. However, in the way that the Cross is the portent of redemption and life—an echo of the tree of life in the book of Genesis—so becoming bearers of the love of Christ will also bring us to life.
The four fingers of the hand also represent the four regions of our diocese. The first is bluerepresenting the beautiful water of the Shoalhaven. The second is a blue and green combination representing the waters and escarpment of the Illawarra. The third is greendepicting the hills and plains of the Macarthur. The fourth is dark green illustrating the forests of the Southern Highlands.