ATSI Sunday_2nd July & NAIDOC Week_2nd to 9th July 2023

A new life in Christ……

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday Resources

2 July 2023

Every year, on the first Sunday in July, Catholics come together across Australia to acknowledge and celebrate the gifts of Australia’s First Peoples in the Catholic Church. As we approach the Indigenous Voice to Parliament , it has never been more important for Catholics to come together and listen to Australia;s First Peoples.

In Australia we are blessed to be home to the world’s oldest continuing Culture and the resources that we have created and collated will assist you to celebrate this very important day on our Liturgical Calendar.


Jesus the Living Water by Troy Mardigan (Daly River)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday Resource Booklet


The 24 page, full colour booklet for 2023 has been designed to help Schools, Parishes and organisations celebrate the gifts of First Australian Catholics.

The NATSICC Liturgy team has compiled prayers, Liturgy suggestions, homily notes and statistics that will enhance and enrich your celebration.

Additionally, there is a practical activity that calls for Catholics around Australia to knit / crochet blankets for the NATSICC Palliative Care package program.

Booklet download   – Web Version |  Print Ready


Click on the image (left) to download a high resolution version of the 2023 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday Poster featuring artwork by Troy Mardigan (Daly River)

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Happy NAIDOC Week 2023! 

From 2 – 9 July communities across these lands celebrate NAIDOC Week as an important week for all peoples of all cultures across these lands to come together to celebrate and recognise the contributions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This NAIDOC Week, as we focus on the theme For Our Elders,  we are excited to celebrate and honour our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders for being our cultural knowledge holders, community builders, teachers, leaders, advocates, and trailblazers paving the way through their love, strength, wisdom, courage, knowledge and guidance.  

We invite you to watch a beautiful message from our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people for their Elders below.

Safina Stewart, Common Grace’s Relationships and Storytelling Coordinator, has also shared a special message as we come together to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2023. Watch this here.

School and Church Resources

Common Grace has developed key resources to help you engage children and young people around this year’s NAIDOC Week theme ‘For Our Elders’, including creative activities and video resources. Explore further resources here.

Attend Events

NAIDOC Week is your perfect opportunity to get out in your local community and celebrate together. Many local communities, big and small, have NAIDOC Week celebrations. Support and attend NAIDOC Week events in your local area. Find out about NAIDOC Week community events in every capital city here.


Join us in prayer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice this NAIDOC Week. Explore prayer resources here.

We would love to hear how you’re celebrating NAIDOC Week 2023. Share your photos and stores with us at or tag us @commongraceaus

Thank you for joining us as we celebrate NAIDOC Week 2023!

Yours in friendship,

Bianca, Safina and the Common Grace team


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We Acknowledge the Traditional Custodians who have walked upon and cared for this land for thousands of years.

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.


Prayer of the Aboriginal People

Father of All, You gave us the dreaming, You have spoken to us through our beliefs, You then made Your love clear to us in the person of Jesus.

We thank you for your care. You own us you are our hope.

Make us strong as we face the problems of change. We ask you to help the people of Australia to listen to us and respect our culture.

Make the knowledge of you grow strong in all people, So that you can be at home in us and we can make a home for everyone in our land.