Father Robert Greenup osa and Deacon Ralph Madigan, from Indigenous Connections, concelebrated the Mass, which began on the Church steps with the traditional "smoking ceremony". The procession into Mass of priest, deacon, altar servers and altar servers was led by the playing of the didgeridoo and slapsticks.
Students from Mount Saint Bernard College in Herberton who attended participated by dressing the altar.
Following Mass morning tea was held on the Reconciliation Lawn adjacent to the church.
This year's guest speaker was Sister Mary Garnier, a Torres Strait Islander who has worked in education for many years. Sister spoke of her life and ministry as a Religious Sister within the Handmaidens of Our Lord,
This was the twenty-first annual Aboriginal Culture Mass at St Thomas’s Church, Mareeba.
A digital image included here (above) shows a painting and a cross. The painting is by a Mareeba artist, Lillian Fourmile and is entitled "Reconciliation". The Cross was hand-printed by an Arrernte woman from Santa Teresa Catholic Mission in Central Australia. They are hanging on the side wall of St Thomas’s Church.