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 Reconciliation Week 2017


Each year National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.
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National Reconciliation week evolved from a Week of Prayer first organised in 1993. The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) advocates for over 120,000 Aboriginal and T orres Strait Islander Catholics in Australia and we are striving to build relationships between Indigenous and non Indigenous Catholics.
 
"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 contributtion has been joyfully received by others"  Saint John Paul II in Alice Springs 1986
Reconciliation Prayer
 
Holy Father, God of Love,
You are the Creator of all things.
 
We acknowledge the pain and shame of our history
and the sufferings of Our peoples,
and we ask your forgiveness.
We thank you for the survival of Indigenous cultures
 
Our hope is in you because you gave your Son Jesus
to reconcile the world to you.
We pray for your strength and grace to forgive, accept and love one another, as you love us and forgive and accept us in the sacrifice of your Son.
 
Give us the courage to accept the realities of our history so that we may build a better
future for our Nation.
Teach us to respect all cultures.
Teach us to care for our land and waters.
Help us to share justly the resources of this land. Help us to bring about spiritual and social change to improve the quality of life for all groups in our communities, especially the disadvantaged.
Help young people to find true dignity and self-esteem by your Spirit.
 
May your power and love be the foundations on which we build our families, our communities and our Nation, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(Wontulp Bi-Buya Indigenous Theology Working Group 13 March 1997 Brisbane, Qld).