Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday falls this year on Sunday 7 July 2019 and is a significant celebration in our Church’s calendar. Whilst providing us with an opportunity to acknowledge our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters, the celebration also signifies that we are united as one in God’s love and care. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholics number over 130,000 and are a growing demographic in our Church today. We must continue to reach out and provide opportunities where we may be enriched and nourished by their deep spirituality, culture and love for Jesus Christ, by opening the doors to our hearts and our homes.
In the Gospel of the day Jesus says “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Just as Jesus did, we must meet people where they are and walk alongside our First Nation’s peoples on their journey to reconciliation and justice.
As Catholics we can set an example for the rest of Australia to follow by coming together as equals and friends in our Schools, Parishes and Organisations in the name of Jesus Christ and in the spirit of mutual respect and unity as one people.
Most Rev Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE Chairman Bishops Commission for Relations with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.
Fr Frank is recuperating. We do not expect Fr Frank back in the parish before early September. As more information comes to hand it will be printed in the parish newsletter. Please keep him in your prayers.