Bishop’s Annual Appeal to support two ministries this year
September 18, 2020
Bishop's Annual Appeal, Debbie Gates, Bishop Brian Mascord
The Bishop’s Annual appeal is being held in parishes over the next couple of weekends, and the scope of this year’s appeal has been extended to support two important ministries.
Caring for those who have cared for us – supporting the retirement and health of our clergy
It is the responsibility of our diocese to fund the support and care for the retirement and health of our diocesan clergy who have dedicated their lives in service of the Church. Each year, this support is partly funded by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. This year’s appeal continues to highlight the importance of:
The need for the diocese to look after 14 retired clergy (four of whom have retired in the past 12 months) and plan for the care of an additional four clergy who will retire over the next five years.
Continuing to offer valuable support led by our amazing clergy care coordinator, Sue Daniels.
Staying Connected during this time of pandemic – supporting local parish ministries
2020 has been a turbulent year and our parishes have responded to the important need of staying connected with their communities in new and exciting ways through the provision of online Masses, digital faith resources and greater connection via social media platforms.
Accordingly, this year, Bishop Brian has expanded the scope of the appeal to support local parish ministries—staying connected in 2020. Observing “the preferential option for the poor” principle, donations received for this ministry will be shared equally amongst participating parishes.
While Bishop Brian acknowledges the pressure that some households are facing at this time, he believes it is important to offer an opportunity to those individuals and families in a financial position to do so, the dignity of choosing if they would consider making a gift to support this appeal. Given that we are still limited to the number of people who can attend Mass and collections are being conducted differently, this year’s appeal has been moved to an online format.
To find out more information and to donate, please visit the Bishop’s Annual Appeal page:
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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.