Celebrating 140 Years of St Mary Star of the Sea in Gerringong
August 16, 2022
Liturgy, Prayer, Parish life
Parishioners and their friends attended St Mary Star of the Sea’s Gerringong yesterday (Sunday, 14 August) to celebrate 140 wonderful years of community worship in their “church on the hill”.
The theme was “Connecting to the history of our Church – St Mary’s”. After a Mass concelebrated by Bishop Brian, Fr Chris Roberts and Mgr Graham Schmitzer, all were invited to attend a walking tour of the church building and the grounds to commemorate the history of the Church, and a building that was built and donated by parishioners from the past and present. A shared brunch in the meeting room followed, which included the presentation of a commemorative gift for diocesan archives to Bishop Brian, and happy birthday wishes to Fr Chris and Mgr Graham, who will be celebrating milestone birthdays this month.
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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.