Rising from the Ashes—Shoalhaven bushfire recovery outdoor family event
Date: Saturday 29 February, 2020
Venue: Ulladulla Civic Centre grounds
Our Shoalhaven communities, along with other Australian communities, have suffered greatly from the recent bushfires. We cannot undo the devastation that has befallen our people, their homes and other properties, our fauna and flora. However, we can support, bring comfort to, and engage with those who are already regaining their spirits and planning for a preferred future.
St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Parish in Milton is coordinating the Rising from the Ashes family outdoor event on the grounds of the Ulladulla Civic Centre in collaboration with various volunteer organisations, community service groups, local clubs, businesses, schools and churches.
Everyone is invited to come along as neighbours, as families and as a community from 12:00pm–4:00pm on Saturday 29 February 2020. There will be lots of music, entertainment, food, arts and crafts, market stalls, as well as rides and activities for the children. There will also be a healing and renewal blessing between 1:00pm–1:30pm. Pet friendly—bring a chair/rug and spend the afternoon with us!
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.