Bishop honours long-serving volunteers at annual catechist Mass
November 18, 2019
Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Bishop Brian Mascord
Over 70 volunteer catechist teachers in government schools in the diocese were honoured by Bishop Brain Mascord on Saturday 16 November 2019 as part of the annual diocesan Catechist Mass.
Congratulations to the many amazing catechists who reached milestones in their training or years of service as volunteer Catholic Special Religious Education teachers in NSW public schools, including a number who received life membership of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) for 30 years of service.
Bishop Brian noted the massive impact that over 600 volunteers make teaching almost 8,500 young people in over 140 public schools stretching from Helensburgh to Ulladulla and Ingleburn to Moss Vale.
The diocesan director of CDD, Mr Jude Hennessy, applauded their enormous impact—providing a wonderful choice for parents in public schools, forming students in the faith of their family, and highlighting how they help them develop their knowledge of Jesus, the Church and God’s call for them to be agents of love in the world.
We thank God for all our catechists in the Diocese of Wollongong!
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.