Whether through participating in Alpha, Lenten or Advent groups, people have realised the joy and fruitfulness of journeying in faith with people they have come to know, love and trust. All the evidence shows that living and growing in our faith is best done as part of a small group—turning rows into circles!
As the use of Alpha continues to grow in our diocese, people are asking, “What next?” Below are a few post-Alpha DVD resources for continuing to build and develop strong community and faith relationships. Many parishes already enjoy using these resources to assist people grow deeper in their faith and life as disciples.
Chosen: This Is Your Catholic Faith takes you on a journey through the entire Catholic faith—in all its richness and vitality—in a simple and easy to understand style. Through this series, participants are taken on the journey from Creation all the way through salvation history. They will come to see how the sacraments, prayer and discipleship are the keys to a happy life. The goal of this 24-lesson program is nothing short of winning over the hearts of people and making them lifelong disciples of Christ.
Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible
The This engaging journey through Salvation History provides the easiest way to understand the Bible. Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible makes the complex, simple. It helps you uncover the story woven throughout Scripture so that you can get the “big picture” of the Bible and understand what it is all about. The Bible is a story about the Father’s unfailing love for you—a love that you are now called to share with others.
Journey around the world and deep into the Catholic Faith in all its richness, history, beauty, goodness and truth. With creator and host, Bishop Robert Barron, this series takes you more deeply into what Catholics believe through immersion in the art, architecture, literature, beliefs and practices of the Catholic tradition. The Catholicism series brings the beauty, goodness and truth of the Church to life so that you can better understand and share your faith.
All DVD resources are available at the following two locations:
CCD Resource Centre Micah House
35a Cordeaux Street
Campbelltown NSW 2560
Diocesan Resource Centre
Wollongong NSW 2500
Wondering how to get started in developing small groups? Need some assistance in promoting and using this material? Looking for other presenters and speakers for faith formation events? We’re here to help and support you in assisting people grow in their faith and discipleship.
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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.