Retired diocesan priest, Fr Doug Rheinberger, recently celebrated his diamond jubilee (60 years) anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.
In this thanksgiving speech, Fr Doug said, “In my life as a priest, the greatest privilege was to be able to say the prayers at Mass which turned the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus so that he may continue live in and with us.” He also thanked his brother priests for their good example and encouragement which sustained him during the hard times
As we celebrate Fr Doug’s lifetime of sacrifice and service to the Church, we invite you to join in the following prayer:
We pray that Fr Doug be strengthened and healed by the power of the Eucharist he celebrates. May the Word he proclaims give us courage and wisdom.
We pray that all those he serves may see in him the love and care of Jesus, Our Eternal High Priest, who is Lord for ever and ever.
Mary, Mother of the Church, look tenderly upon your son, Fr Doug.
St Joseph, patron of the universal Church, pray for us all.
Thank you to all involved, especially to Fr Francis Tran OAM, Jenny Gibson (parish secretary) and the parish and school community of St John the Evangelist Catholic Parish Dapto for this memorable and joyous celebration.
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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.