Welcome to the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry for Victoria Website.

I’m sure you will find the site very resourceful, educative and interesting.

The website offers historical and present story of struggle and survival of a small group of Aboriginal Catholics.

Responding to the Holy Father’s challenge in 1986: ‘And the Church herself in Australia will not be fully the Church that Jesus wants her to be until you have made your contribution to her life and until that contribution has been joyfully received by others’.

Sit back, browse the options and enter into our journey.

Sherry Balcombe

ACMV Masses for 2016 

  • February 21st
  • March 20th
  • April 17th   
  • May 15th Pentecost
  • June 19th 
  • July 10th NAIDOC Mass St Francis Church Melbourne 
  • August 21st
  • September 18th
  • October 16th
  • November20th All Souls
  • December 4th or 11th Christmas Mass notices to follow.


Please note all masses begin at 11am, Please join us bring a salad or sweet to share after mass, all welcome

Volunteering at the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry 

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Volunteers to drill gumnuts

Upcoming events 

Yingadi Immersion 2016
Monday 29th August to Friday 2nd September 2016
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Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Victoria Mass
Please join us, all welcome
19th June 2016, 11am
434 St Georges Rd, Thornbury
Followed by a shared lunch - bring a salad or sweets to share.
Stay and enjoy this special time with all at the Ministry
(Please note all Masses start at 11 am and are held on the 3rd Sunday of each month)


The artwork represents the Aboriginal community all coming together under the Catholic Church, represented by the cross above them. This cross then branches out linking in with our spiritual ancestors, while the coolamon is there to cradle our community and bring our culture to the Catholic Church.

Artwork by Reanna Bono, Wiradjuri and Wemba Wemba.


Grapevine news Dec 2016 

A Message from Pope Francis to Aboriginal People in the lead up to the 30th Anniversary of St Pope John Paul II visit to Alice Springs thanks Sherry Balcombe Co-ordinator Aboriginal Catholic Ministry - Read here 
4th Assembly, Ramingining, 14-15/08/15
Uniting Church asknowledges Madayin Law and Gives Support for a Treaty for Arnhem Land, UCA National Assembly Proposal 65, passed by consensus 17/07/15

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Book Release

A FRESH approach to the ancient practice of praying the rosary has resulted in a new book, released at the weekend by Aboriginal Catholic Ministry for Victoria.


NEW Resources

Adopt a Totem Reconciliation Project / River Dreaming
“…there are several ways to find your totem animal. You can
have an animal given to you by an elder, you can discover it yourself or
it will one day somehow find you and open the doors for you to learn
other things about yourself.” Richard Franklin