Today we celebrate National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Weekend
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
NATSICC SUNDAY
5th July
 
Firstly, what does NATSICC stand for?
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council.
How many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholics?
130,000 and the numbers are growing.
NATSICC ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
 
We acknowledge the continued deep spiritual attachment and relationship of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to this country and commit ourselves to the ongoing journey of reconciliation.
OPENING HYMN      “RAINBOW
 
OPENING PRAYER
 
Let us pray.
Lord God,
open our eyes to the needs of others.
Help us to show comfort to those who labour and are heavily burdened. As a Church may we stand as a living witness to truth and freedom, justice and peace.
We pray this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
FIRST READING                    The Prophet Zechariah 9: 9-10    The Lord cares for us all.
 
RESPONSORIAL PSALM       Psalm 145
 
Response: I will praise your name for ever; my king and my God.
I will give you glory,
O God my King,
I will bless your name for ever.
I will bless you day after day and praise your name for ever. R
The Lord is kind and full of compassion,
slow to anger,
abounding in love.
How good is the Lord to all,
compassionate to all his creatures. R
All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord,
and your friends shall repeat their blessing. They shall speak of the glory of your reign and declare your might,
O God. R
The Lord is faithful in all his words and loving in all his deeds.
The Lord supports all who fall and raises all who are bowed down. R

ALLELUIA

GOSPEL READING                Matthew 11: 25-30     
                          Part of the mystery of the reign of God is the wonder of God’s love where we can find rest.
 
Fr Gerry’s Homily

BECOMING – AN ABORIGINAL CREED
 
 I believe in God the Father of all of us,
 who has given the earth to all people.
 And I believe in people as the image of God.
 
 I believe in Jesus Christ,
 who came to encourage us and to heal us,
 to proclaim the peace of God to humankind.
 
 I believe in the Spirit of God,
 who works in every man and woman.
 
 I believe in the Church,
 moved by the Spirit to serve all people.
 
 I believe in Australians in their courage and spirit of adventure –
 in their perseverance and hard work –
 in their ordinariness and at-home-ness –
 in their black Aboriginal beauty –
 in their migrant struggles –
 in their search for identity.
 
 I believe in our responsibility for creation –
 the trust of every mountain range –
 of every forest –
 of every harbour –
 of every city –
 of every plan to build a future.
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I do not believe in the fight of the strongest,
nor the power of the oppressors.
I do not believe that I can fight oppression far away if I tolerate injustice here.
 
I do believe,
always and in spite or everything in a new humanity;
in God’s own dream of a new heaven and a new earth where justice will flourish,
and peace will reign in our land, in our world.
 
Amen.
PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
 
Introduction
Sisters and Brothers, let us pray for the needs of our world, especially the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples during this challenging time.
 
The Response this week is: Lord, hear our prayer.
 
We pray for Pope Francis, our Bishops and all the clergy, religious and laity. May they be faithful to Christ’s teaching of truth, justice and peace. R
 
We pray for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. That all will recognise the Creator Spirit in their culture and the cultures of all newcomers which will allow all Australians to live fully, grow strong and be proud of their heritage. R
 
We pray for all families, Communities and Nations that are struggling with the coronavirus and restrictions. That the Holy Spirit will bring comfort and that they may feel the blessing of God’s love for them. R
 
We pray for all young people, particularly in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities. That the Holy Spirit, and the Blessed Virgin Mary will walk with them and touch their lives as they make their contribution to God, the Church and society. R
 
We pray for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and all people in the world. That their young and old will be a source of hope and rebirth as they walk in solidarity with each other and the Church. R
 
We pray for our First Nations Christians. That they be empowered to take up leadership roles to enable them to share their gifts of faith, spirituality and culture within the Catholic Church in Australia. R
 
We pray for all who seek to promote peace in the world. That the gifts of the Holy Spirit will foster a spirit of forgiveness and harmony in our communities. R
 
We pray for all who have passed from this life. That they will rest peacefully in God’s loving care. R
 
Conclusion
Lord of heaven and earth, gathered in faith and in response to your Word we ask you to accept the prayers we make, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
ABORIGINAL OUR FATHER
 
FINAL PRAYER 
 
Gather us or scatter us,
O Lord;
According to your will.
Build us into one church:
A church with open doors and large windows,
A church which takes the world seriously,
Ready to work and to suffer,
And even to bleed for it.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
 
FINAL  HYMN              “Plenty of Bread”   Was this song written for the panic buyers in our hotspots? 

 
 
BECOMING – AN ABORIGINAL CREED
 
I believe in God the Father of all of us,
who has given the earth to all people.
And I believe in people as the image of God.
 
I believe in Jesus Christ,
who came to encourage us and to heal us,
to proclaim the peace of God to humankind.
 
I believe in the Spirit of God,
who works in every man and woman.
 
I believe in the Church,
moved by the Spirit to serve all people.
 
I believe in Australians in their courage and spirit of adventure –
in their perseverance and hard work –
in their ordinariness and at-home-ness –
in their black Aboriginal beauty –
in their migrant struggles –
in their search for identity.
 
I believe in our responsibility for creation –
the trust of every mountain range –
of every forest –
of every harbour –
of every city –
of every plan to build a future.
 
I do not believe in the fight of the strongest,
nor the power of the oppressors.
I do not believe that I can fight oppression far away if I tolerate injustice here.
 
I do not believe that conflict and hunger are inevitable and peace unattainable.
 
I do believe,
always and in spite or everything in a new humanity;
in God’s own dream of a new heaven and a new earth where justice will flourish,
and peace will reign in our land, in our world. Amen.
BECOMING – AN ABORIGINAL CREED
 
I believe in God the Father of all of us,
who has given the earth to all people.
And I believe in people as the image of God.
 
I believe in Jesus Christ,
who came to encourage us and to heal us,
to proclaim the peace of God to humankind.
 
I believe in the Spirit of God,
who works in every man and woman.
 
I believe in the Church,
moved by the Spirit to serve all people.
 
I believe in Australians in their courage and spirit of adventure –
in their perseverance and hard work –
in their ordinariness and at-home-ness –
in their black Aboriginal beauty –
in their migrant struggles –
in their search for identity.
 
I believe in our responsibility for creation –
the trust of every mountain range –
of every forest –
of every harbour –
of every city –
of every plan to build a future.
 
I do not believe in the fight of the strongest,
nor the power of the oppressors.
I do not believe that I can fight oppression far away if I tolerate injustice here.
 
I do not believe that conflict and hunger are inevitable and peace unattainable.
 
I do believe,
always and in spite or everything in a new humanity;
in God’s own dream of a new heaven and a new earth where justice will flourish,
and peace will reign in our land, in our world. Amen.