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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 2018 

All Massses begin at 11am at 434 St Georges Rd Thornbury.
  • February 18th
  • March 18th
  • April 15th Easter Celebrations   
  • May 20th
  • June 17th 
  • July 8th NAIDOC Mass at St Francis in CBD
  • August 19th
  • September 16th
  • October 21st
  • November 18th Launch of the Aboriginal "Stations of the Cross"
  • December 9th Christmas Celebration Mass

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

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 2017 - 2018 

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 

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