Auxiliary Bishop of Perth acknowledges “the stewardship that Aboriginal people have had for this land for thousands of years”.
The Church here in Australia will not be the Church Jesus calls her to be until you have made your contribution and it has been joyfully received by others.’ St John Paul II
In a letter to all members of the WA Catholic community, Auxiliary Bishop of Perth, the Most Rev Donald Sproxton VG, acknowledged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday which will be held on July 1 as ”a day for us to acknowledge the stewardship that Aboriginal people have had for this land for thousands of years”.
“It is also an opportunity to celebrate their contribution to the life of our Church and community, as well as reflect on our relationship with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters, praying for the ongoing flourishing of their culture and our reconciliation as one people in Christ,” writes Bishop Don.
The special day is at the commencement of NAIDOC week celebrations which will be held across Australia from 8th-15th of July.
“This year’s theme- Because of Her, We Can, has a special focus on women” explains Identitywa CEO, Marina Re.
“It provides us with an important opportunity to take a minute to think about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and in particular the mothers of the people we support and their dedication to their children’s lives and happiness.
“I encourage all to read the Auxiliary Bishop’s Pastoral letter and to consider participating in the initiatives and events listed as part of the 2018 celebrations,” said Marina.
The Auxilliary Bishop’s letter is available to download here.
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