Divine Mercy Sunday & veneration of the first class relic of St Faustina
Date: Sunday 24 April, 2022
Time: 9:00 am
Venue: Divine Retreat Centre, Sombersby
Bishop Anthony Randazzo has a formal approval by a decree for the public veneration of the First Class Relic of St Faustina at Divine Retreat Centre at Somersby. This Centre is given the status of a shrine of St Faustina by the same decree. The Divine Retreat Centre will be celebrating the 9th anniversary on the same day.
Kids, childrens and teenagers ministry is available. Everyone is most welcome.
Additionally, The Residential Divine Mercy Growth Retreat starts on 22 April at 5.30pm to 24th at 4.00pm. Booking is required for this retreat.
This is not a diocesan event and is not sponsored or administered by the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong. While the diocese endeavours to only associate with events that it understands to be appropriate for the people of God in the diocese, promotion by the diocese of a non-diocesan event should not necessarily be considered as an endorsement of the event.
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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.