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World Day of the Poor

On Sunday, 19 November,  we shall be commemorating the first World Day of the Poor, announced by Pope Francis at the end of his 2015-16 Jubilee Year of Mercy in the document Misericordia et Misera (#MM 21).

His purpose for creating this day, Pope Francis said in his message for the first World Day of the Poor, 'Let us love, not with words but with deeds' is to give witness: "so that throughout the world Christian communities can become an ever greater sign of Christ’s charity for the least and those most in need".

Across the globe, in the 40+ countries where Sisters of Mercy minister, we have been preparing for this day by praying Catherine McAuley's prayer for the poor that we might continue to respond to need.

We invite you, wherever you are, to join us on 19 November in praying this prayer, for those in your neighbourhood and in our world who are experiencing poverty in one of its many forms: financial, spiritual, emotional, political, material.

You might like to post a prayer, thought or reflection in our prayer space

Sisters Join Call to "Let Them Stay"

Mercy Sisters have supported on-line petitions, contacted their Local Members, and joined in the Various rallies held in capital cities appealing to Prime Minister Turnbull, and the Government to provide safe sanctuary in Australia.

In this Holy Year of Mercy, we call on the Government and the Opposition to heed the words of  Pope Francis in his reflections on Love and Mercy:

Jesus ...urges each of us never to stop at the surface of things, especially when there is a person before us. We are called to look beyond, to focus on the heart, in order to see how much generosity everyone is capable of.


May our nation be a generous one - in providing sanctuary and safety "to those who come across the seas".

Jubilee Year of Mercy Begins

In Parramatta, on December 12th, 150 Sisters of Mercy and co-workers, gathered in the Mother Mary Clare Memorial Chapel for a Eucharistic Celebration to mark the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Mass was followed by lunch in the Edith Angel Hall in Our Lady of Mercy College, next door.

The music chosen for the Mass reflected the central themes of Mercy and the Care of Creation as articulated in Laudato Si. Musicians and singers, drawn from OLMC Parramatta current and former students, Sisters of Mercy, family and friends, themselves reflected the wonder of creation in their sharing of their gifts to enhance the liturgy with beautiful singing and music.

In his homily, Fr Peter Confeggi, reflected on the counter-cultural nature of Mercy - particularly in the present space in which the world community finds itself.  He challenged us with both the Gospel imperative that is always before us, and the invitation this Year of Mercy offers to each of us, to be Mercy, to live Mercy, to give and receive Mercy, in a world which desperately needs Mercy.

Following lunch, all present joined in a ritual where our "Local Doors of Mercy" were opened, symbolic of our desire to open our hearts, homes and places of ministry to those seeking Mercy, and in so doing to receive the Mercy that we also need.

This celebration marks the beginning of a year of activities in which Sisters of Mercy, and our ministry and mission partners, will join with the Universal Church, in celebrating, reflecting on, and living Mercy.

One way in which the Sisters of Mercy and our ministry and mission partners, locally and Internationally, will focus on Mercy is through the Mercy International Reflection Process, which also began with the commencement of the Year of Mercy. Through this four Stage process, Sisters of Mercy and all those with whom we partner in ministry, will have the opportunity to engage in a process of theological reflection, which leads us to action grounded in, and in response to, the needs of our times and the demands of the Gospel.

The Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, as with other Sisters of Mercy around the world, will encourage, support and participate in small reflection groups drawn from our various communities and ministries.

New app assists daily reflection during the Year of Mercy

The ‘Mercy-ing’ app provides users a morning inspiration and an evening reflection to frame their day and to be attentive to the events, interactions, relationships and circumstances of each day within the context of ‘being Mercy’.

Content for the app has been drawn from a wide selection of sources including scripture, the Mercy tradition, contemporary theologians, activists and thinkers. The app includes the daily repetition of a consistent mercy ‘mantra’, as well as an inbuilt timer to assist with the reflective process. Each month there is a focus on one of the Spiritual or Corporal Works of Mercy.

The title of the app has a direct connection with Pope Francis who, when seeking to translate his motto from Latin to Spanish, coined the word misericordiando which in English translates to the word “Mercy-ing”. By expressing Mercy as a verb, it captures the sense of movement inherent in the heart of Mercy, which includes hearing the cry of all creation for mercy and responding.

The app has been funded by the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea and developed with the support of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, and Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa, Sisters of Mercy New Zealand.

To download the free app, visit the link below. Reflections and content for the app commenced from December 1, and will conclude at the end of November 2016 in alignment with Jubilee Year.

Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play

New Catherine McAuley Leaders Visit Starting Point

The young women of mercy shared with the sisters their areas of Leadership Responsibility and their hopes and goals for this coming 12 months of Leadership within the school.

Sister Catherine Ryan, Congregation Leader, shared some of the stories from the writings of the Foundation Sisters, and some of the significant historical aspects of the various buildings on site, and how these early days of the Congregation and Schools related to the development of Catherine McAuley High School.

Following a tour of the Chapel, an opportunity to visit the Archives and a viewing of the collected artworks of one of the Sisters who had been a teacher at Catherine McAuley, the student leaders shared in morning tea with the Sisters in the convent garden.

In the spirit of Catherine McAuley, who believed "there should be a piano in every community house", there was an impromptu concert of piano and singing by the students and sisters, before the student leaders returned to school.

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