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Moments of struggle and grace: Video message from Archbishop Peter

Sunday 5 July 2020

Communications Office

Following last Sunday's Mass (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday), Archbishop Peter A Comensoli recorded a special message for the faithful from the forecourt of St Patrick's Cathedral, where an Aboriginal stone inlay depicts the Creator Spirit – the continuing source of life in both Aboriginal and Christian spiritual traditions. 

The cry for recognition (Homily, 14th Sunday OT)

Sunday 5 July 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
 
Our First Peoples of this Great Southland of the Holy Spirit have not marked their ancient presence in this land by establishing monuments or institutions. Their presence has indeed been a humble one, evident not in static structures but in the dynamics of family bonds, shared rituals and a common identity. These are the same markers which ought to show forth in a Christian people. Therefore, the cry for recognition from our Indigenous people should not be unfamiliar to God’s pilgrim people. We all desire to learn the way of simplicity and trust, and to be at home in our location. We all will find our deeper roots of identity in the parenthood of the one Creator, our Father, who invites us all to come under his yoke and to find rest in Him.

Together in the Spirit: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday

Wednesday 1 July 2020

Communications Office
 
This coming Sunday 5 July, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday will be celebrated with a theme chosen to respond to the current challenges we face as a community – Together in the Spirit. Australian Catholics and parishes are invited to come ‘Together in the Spirit’, united by our faith, to celebrate the gifts of Indigenous spirituality and culture in our Church and wider community. 

 

Getting started: Intentionally living the ‘Great Commission’ in our parishes today

Wednesday 1 July 2020

Mission Team

Before he ascended, Jesus gave us his vision for the church: ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you’ (Matthew 28:19–20). This ‘Great Commission’ was given to a group of people who had no influence in the business, religious or political circles of the time, and who were feeling demoralised and uncertain about their future. It was an inauspicious beginning. 

 


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