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Welcome

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 2019 

All Massses begin at 11am at 434 St Georges Rd Thornbury.

Please bring a Sweet or Salad to share

All are welcome come and join the team and our friends for mass followed by a shared meal.

Please RSVP for catering purposes: 9926 5751 Sherry 
sherry.balcombe@cam.org.au

OUR SURVIVAL JOURNEY: Art instillation Launch

Location: Aboriginal Catholic Ministry
               434 St Georges Road THORNBURY 3071
Date: 18 November 2018

ACM Chapel Booklet 

Aboriginal Stations of the Cross Card Set - Form

Volunteering at the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry 

Download here 
Volunteers to drill gumnuts

Upcoming events 

 

Gift Catalog 2018 - 2019 

Aboriginal Stations of The Cross Prayer cards for $15.00 - Click here to order and browses the catalog
 
 
 
 
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)

artwork-home

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.

 
Recently there has been a high level of media coverage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues within the Church media so I have collated some of the articles and attached them to this email and also below. 

News 

Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) - 17 July 2019
In a Pastoral Letter released last weekend, Victoria’s Catholic Bishops have reminded the Victorian Catholic community that the new Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD), which passes into law this Wednesday, 19 June, brings “a new and deeply troubling chapter of health care in Victoria”.

Archbishop of Melbourne, Peter Comensoli, was joined in this letter by the Bishops of Sandhurst, Ballarat and Sale insisting that no animosity is held for “those with whom we disagree”. The Bishops invited people to take Christ as their model who said “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”.

The letter from the four Victorian Bishops recalls for Catholics that Pope Francis has encouraged them to resist euthanasia and to protect the old, the young and the vulnerable from being cast aside in a “throw-away culture”.

The concept of conscientious objection is linked in the letter to the courageous acts of two twentieth-century saints who were “called by the Lord to witness to the dignity of human life despite great personal cost”.

Catholic hospitals and residential care organisations have committed to resist calls to be involved in VAD.

To read the letter and the related document We Care, click here.

Enquiries to Shane Healy: 0417 928 588.
 
 
Bookends Project: Aboriginal faith and culture
The Australian Jesuit Province’s Bookends Project is inviting staff to deepen their understanding of topics related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and refugees – the two groups caught in Australia’s ‘bookends of rejection’. In this video, we explore how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholics bring faith and culture together. Sherry Balcombe takes us on a tour of some of the important symbols and spaces at the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Centre in Melbourne.
https://youtu.be/eNLcN3-ij_A


Bookends Project: Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Melbourne Mission Statement
The Australian Jesuit Province’s Bookends Project is inviting staff to deepen their understanding of topics related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and refugees – the two groups caught in Australia’s ‘bookends of rejection’. In this video, Sherry Balcombe from Aboriginal Catholic Ministry in Melbourne shares the mission of the organisation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=822V-H46Yfg&feature=youtu.be


Bookends Project: Uluru Statement from the Heart
The Australian Jesuit Province’s Bookends Project is inviting staff to deepen their understanding of topics related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and refugees – the two groups caught in Australia’s ‘bookends of rejection’. In this video, Sherry Balcombe from Aboriginal Catholic Ministry in Melbourne reads out the Uluru Statement, which was signed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders last year, calling for the establishment of a 'First Nations Voice' in the Australian Constitution and a 'Makarrata Commission' to supervise a process of 'agreement-making' and 'truth-telling' between governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HI0ikFuPB4g&feature=youtu.be
 

 
A gentle warrior for reconciliation
PETER BANNAN
30 Nov 2017,. 
 
  
Join us for a special Mass to celebrate Sr Joan Hamilton’s over 30 year journey with the ACMV - February 19th from 11.00am. (Download Flyer
 
Yingadi Immersion 2017 - 2018 - Download Flyer
 
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

Download information sheet

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.

Read more...

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