The root of social justice ministries is the call to justice and charity. In the Gospel according to Luke (4:18), Jesus began his public life by reading a passage from Isaiah that introduced his ministry and the mission of every parish. The parish must proclaim the transcendent message of the gospel and help:
Bring “good news to the poor” in a society where millions lack the necessities of life;
Bring “liberty to captives” when so many are enslaved by poverty, addiction, ignorance, discrimination, violence or disabling conditions;
Bring “new sight to the blind” in a culture where the excessive pursuit of power or pleasure can spiritually blind us to the dignity and right of others; and
“Set the downtrodden free” in communities where economic and moral forces leave people without real hope.
The term “social justice” embraces the seven principles of Catholic social teaching:
Has been meeting for over 15 years in Kiama focusing on issues that arise out of group discernment using Catholic Social Justice Teaching as a guide, and addressing a felt need in the local area or in the wider world
Places skilled volunteers in remote communities around the world with the objective to facilitate people cooperating across cultures to achieve a just, sustainable, interdependent and peaceful world free of poverty.
Established to provide a forum and support for reconciliation in the Macarthur Region. The group organises a number of events and participates in reconciliation activities for the Appin Massacre Memorial, Sorry Day, Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week.
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.