With many local events not able to be held on July 5 to mark Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday, a national Mass will be livestreamed from St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral in Adelaide to celebrate the occasion. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council, like so many other groups, saw its plans have to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As a council, we prayed upon and discerned for many months as to the theme for this year’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday,” said chair John Lochowiak, a Wadi (initiated man) who has strong ties to the Pitjantjatjara, Kaurna, Ramindjeri and Arerrnte language groups.
“While there were many options discussed, the developing COVID-19 situation and its widespread effects and concerns throughout our communities, made our decision on the theme clear: ‘Together in the Spirit’.”
The decision was also made to livestream a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday Mass on July 5 – which will promote a sense of oneness, albeit at a distance.
Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE, chair of the Bishops Commission for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, said he and his fellow bishops would be adding their prayers to those offered in Adelaide.
“The Church is richly blessed by our First Nations Catholic brothers and sisters, who have been growing in number in recent years,” he said.