MARY IN THE BIBLE: exploring Mary’s significance in Sacred Scripture (Wollongong)
Date: Friday 22 September, 2023
Venue: Xavier Centre Conference Rooms
Topic: Exploring Mary's significance in Sacred Scripture
The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) in the Diocese of Wollongong invites you to discover the unique role of Our Lady as the Ark of the Covenant, New Eve, and Queen Mother in an eye opening in-service presented by our very own CCD Faith Education Officer, Daniel Saliba, revealing the deep theological connections between Mary and her ancient biblical types.
Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the rich theological significance behind titles the Church has historically assigned to Our Lady and their implications for Mary’s relationship with Christ and the Church.
Whether you are a catechist, a devoted Catholic, or someone seeking to deepen their understanding of Mary’s role in salvation history, this talk will provide invaluable insights into the profound symbolism and theological depth of Catholic teaching on Mary. Join us on this spiritual journey as we uncover the beauty and significance of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the pages of Sacred Scripture.
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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.