St Columbkille’s Retreat Afternoon – St Michael the Archangel
Date: Saturday 1 April, 2023
Venue: St Columbkille's Parish Centre and Church
Topic: St Michael the Archangel
Fr Patrick Vaughan hosts a retreat afternoon on the first Saturday of every month, where people can come together for prayer and fellowship. Everyone is welcome to join.
During the retreat, a film will be shown each month featuring Our Lady or one of the Saints. After the movie, there will be an afternoon tea before moving on to devotions in the Church. Participants will have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Anointing and Reconciliation before attending the Vigil Mass with the Corrimal parish community.
Start – St Michael the Archangel & Novena
Afternoon Tea (please bring a plate to share if possible)
International Rosary, Exposition & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament & Anointing of the Sick
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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.