9-week course on Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love)
Start Date: Wednesday 27 April, 2022
End Date: Wednesday 22 June, 2022
Venue: St Francis Xavier Cathedral (Monsignor Rigney Meeting Room)
Speaker: Fr Bernard Gordon and James Arblaster
Topic: Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”)
Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”) on love in the family was published after the conclusion of a two-year synod process discussing both the beauty and challenges of family life today. The 2015 Synod’s theme was the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the modern world.
Fr Bernard Gordon and James Arblaster will be presenting a nine week course on Amoris Laetitia commencing Wednesday 27 April 2022, 7pm at St Francis Xavier Cathedral in the Monsignor Rigney Meeting Room. To follow the talk, please purchase a copy of Amoris Laetitia from St Pauls Publications or from the parish office.
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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.