Join people from all across the Diocese of Wollongong for a Workshop on Saturday 11 June 2022 Xavier Conference Centre Wollongong (38 Harbour St), 9:30am – 2:30pm, presented by Sr Carmel Pilcher RSJ, PhD.
Lunch and Morning Tea provided. An opportunity to make a donation to assist in covering costs will be provided towards the end of the workshop.
At this workshop we will seek to understand what the early church understood by priestly participation in the liturgy. Namely that each of us, together with our sisters and brothers in Christ, bring to the celebration the joys and hopes, grief and anxieties of our week. Ritually we place these on the Eucharistic table along with bread and wine to become the mystery of Christ’s sacrifice. From the communion table we go to continue our priestly role as witnesses of Christ’s love.
This is a great opportunity for formation for anyone who wishes to deepen their appreciation of Eucharist.
Carmel Pilcher is an Australian Sister of St Joseph who has been engaged in liturgical education for most of her professional life in parishes and dioceses across Australia, and in seminaries, recently at the Pacific Regional Seminary in Suva, Fiji. Carmel’s studies are in religious education and sacramental theology that is deeply enriched by encounters with other seekers of faith. Her passion is to help people recognise that Sunday Eucharist is a celebration of their daily lives.
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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.