Bishop Brian welcomes the relics of St Therese and her parents in Varroville
January 25, 2020
Catholic Mission, Bishop Brian Mascord
It was a full house at today’s beautiful Welcoming Mass of the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Varroville.
Bishop Brian Mascord and parish priest, Fr Shane Kelleher OCD, were the principal celebrants, joined by hundreds of parishioners, clergy and religious from the Carmel of Mary and Joseph in Varroville.
Everyone had the opportunity to welcome and venerate St Therese, and in a wonderful twist of providence, St Therese’s parents, Ss Louis and Marie-Azelie (Zelie) arrived in the early afternoon.
The parish truly outdid itself with an abundance of food and refreshments for lunch after Mass for all in attendance. What an amazing parish community! It was like the Wedding Feast at Cana! A big thank you to all who assisted with hospitality.
The relics will remain in the Varroville community until Saturday 1 February before returning to the diocese on 19 March. So, there’s plenty of time for you to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event. Click here for the full diocesan interinary.
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.