ATSI Sunday, 5 July - 'Together in the Spirit'
With many local events not able to be held on July 5 to mark Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday, a national Mass will be livestreamed from St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral in Adelaide to celebrate the occasion.
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC), like so many other groups, saw its plans have to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As a council, we prayed upon and discerned for many months as to the theme for this year’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday,” said chair John Lochowiak, a Wadi (initiated man) who has strong ties to the Pitjantjatjara, Kaurna, Ramindjeri and Arerrnte language groups.
“While there were many options discussed, the developing COVID-19 situation and its widespread effects and concerns throughout our communities, made our decision on the theme clear: ‘Together in the Spirit’.”
This year, the Council has modified the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday resources to work in a digital setting. The decision was also made to livestream a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday Mass on July 5 - which will promote a sense of oneness, albeit at a distance. ATSI Sunday Mass will be streamed online for the first time ever from the St Francis Xavier Cathedral in Adelaide from 11.30am EST. The livestream will be available from the NATSICC homepage availble HERE.
Everyone in Australia is invited to join together on 5 July 2020, as we come ‘Together in the Spirit’ to celebrate the gifts of spirituality and culture.
Access resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday HERE, including the virtual Acknowledgement of Country, homily notes, hymns and slide shows.