National Sorry Day 2018

Today, we acknowledge the unique place of Aboriginal culture from a world perspective and within the diverse community that calls Australia “home”. We also recognise the conflict and injustices that marked the first contact and continue to affect relationships today.

In 1986, St John Paul II urged Catholics to “joyfully receive” the contribution of Aboriginal people to the life of the Church. Our Bishop encourages us to build bridges of friendship and reconciliation too. One way is to celebrate important events in Australian Aboriginal history. 

Saturday 26 May is Sorry Day, a tradition which started in 1998 following the publication of Bring Them Home report on Stolen Generations in the previous year. This day gives people the chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities. Stolen generations refer to Indigenous Australians who were forcibly removed from their families and communities.

Parishes are invited to take this opportunity to pray for Aboriginal people and connect where possible.

Diocesan Pastoral Council Working Group
for Indigenous Catholics