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MELVILLE ISLAND PARISH


Our Lady of Victories Church, Pirlangimpi (Garden Point),
St Monica's Church, Milikapiti (Snake Bay).

 

This island  forms part of  the traditional Tiwi Aboriginal Lands.  The population is about eight hundred people.  The church became formally established in 1940 with the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.  With this spirituality the church has grown and found rich soil in the Tiwi Culture.  The story of faith has also had its sorrows that are recorded  at the statue of Our Lady of Victories, Pirlangimpi (Garden Point):
 

"The Garden Point Association wishes to acknowledge all part Aboriginal children who were  removed  from  their  families  to the  care of  the  Garden  Point  Catholic  Mission  during  the 1940's-1960's."

The first annual National Sorry day fell during the Plenary meeting of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference on the 26th of May, 1998.  An official statement was released by the Bishops’ Conference and a ‘Sorry Book’ was signed by members of the Conference in remembrance of the day.  Bishops seek forgiveness from the "Stolen Generation" on National Sorry Day

 

 


PEOPLE

Fr. Tan Van Nguyen MSC– Priest in Charge

 

 


CELEBRATING THE EUCHARIST

Mass Times – Our Lady of Victories, Pirlangimpi:

Saturday (fortnightly):   8.00a.m.

Sunday (fortnightly):      9.00a.m.

 

Mass times – St. Monica’s Church – Milikapiti:

Sunday (fortnightly):   5.30pm


CONTACT US

Postal Address: Our Lady of Victories Catholic Presbytery, Pirlangimpi, Melville Island, NT 0822

Ph:  (08) 8978 3867

Email: victories_gpn@yahoo.ca