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Join us in Celebrating 190 Years Since the Opening of First House of Mercy in Dublin

Mercy Day celebrations at Baggot Street this year will mark 190 years to the day since the opening of the first House of Mercy, Baggot Street Dublin, now Mercy International Centre.

Mass will be live-streamed on this page from the Baggot Street Chapel. You can check the time the livestream will start in your area by clicking here, or watch it later, if the streaming occurs at an inconvenient hour for you.

The Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation wish you a very happy Mercy Day.

Stella Maris Aged Care Cronulla Receives Perfect Score

As an approved provider of a Residential Aged Care Facility, Stella Maris is required to comply with Accreditation Standards which are articulated in the Quality of Care Principles 2014.

These Quality of Care Principles, are comprised of 4 Standards, 4 Principles and 44 expected outcomes. The 4 standards are:

  • Management systems, staffing and organisational development
  • Health and Personal Care
  • Care recipient lifestyle
  • Physical environment and safe systems

In assessing the compliance of Stella Maris with these Accreditation Standards, the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency visited the Facility over a period of 2-3 days this week, inspecting the facility itself, as well as reviewing documentation, policies, procedures and practice. There are also opportunities for Staff, residents and their families to provide feedback to the Assessors.

For each of the 44 expected outcomes which flow from the 4 standards and 4 principles, Stella Maris was not only found to be fully compliant, but there were no recommendations for improvement.

Stella Maris has a long history of delivering compassionate, high quality, residential care to the frail, elderly members of Cronulla and surrounding areas. The Sisters of Mercy are delighted that this Accreditation outcome, again reflects the dedication and commitment of our the wonderful Stella Maris Staff, Board, and the management provided by St Vincent's Health Australia.

To learn more about Stella Maris Aged Care Facility, Cronulla, please click here

Contemplating Compassion - Autumn Series' Final Note

Ms Claire Thomas, Director of Mission at OLMC Parramatta, led participants in a reflection on Compassion informed by Mercy Sister Breege O'Neill's article Called to Compassion.

Drawing on the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, the words of Pope Francis, Thomas Merton, and depictions of compassion in classical and contemporary art Claire challenged all present to consider our personal response to people and situations which call for a compassionate response.

This final seminar, concluded the Autumn Series of the Wake Up The World To Mercy Program.

The next series of seminars will begin in Spring.

First Sod Turned for Sr Ailsa Mackinnon Community Centre - OLMC Parramatta

The centre, a state of the art building, will provide a multipurpose gathering space large enough to accommodate the whole school community, as well as indoor and rooftop sporting facilities and classrooms.

Artwork commissioned specifically for the building, and reflective of the Mercy Values at the heart of the College's life and mission will adorn the external façade.

Today's ceremony, saw College Principal, Mr Stephen Walsh, joined by immediate past Principal, Mrs Kitty Guerin, Sr Ailsa Mackinnon last Sister of Mercy to serve as Principal, and Former Deputy Principal Mrs Maria Pearson.

Also present were current and former members of college executive and staff, Sr Maria Lawton representing the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, representatives for the Building architects, and appointed builders Reitsma Constructions.

To Learn more of developments in all aspects of the life of the College, Click Here.

Our Great Work-Caring for Country

The theme for the gathering was “Our Great Work-Caring for Country”. A task that requires commitment and action from people in all walks of life e.g. science, politics, philosophy, ethics, religion, economics and education.
 
John Butcher President of the Cooks River Valley Association shared how the Cooks River People are caring for country in the Cooks River Valley and how they see their relationship to the river and its surrounds. His talk was entitled “Walking the Talk-Caring for an Endangered Ecological Community”.


In the presentation we were taken on a journey. In the course of this journey, we discovered how groups of people connected to the river have improved not only the water quality of the river but also the diversity of life along the river. The river has come alive with festivals celebrating times when people swam in the river and places where ‘Sorry Day’ and other celebrations have and still take place.

We watched a video of the children from the local public school being educated into the life of the river. The Cooks River Valley Association wrote a unit on the Cooks River for Primary and Secondary School. Through the connections they have made they will take pride in looking after it.

Our next speaker, D Michelle Maloney, an environmental lawyer and co-founder of Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) posed the question, “What have Law, Governance and Ethics got to do with the Great Work?”

She went on to tell us how a network of lawyers in Australia and abroad are contributing to the “Great Work” through efforts in the area of Earth Jurisprudence. They are working towards making the current Western legal system more earth-centred and less exploitive of the natural world.


Michelle shared some of the beliefs, ideology and ethics underlying the group’s approach to Earth Jurisprudence, including the belief of Thomas Berry that “Ecology is not part of Law rather Law is an extension of Ecology”.

She mentioned also the interconnection of the earth community and the view that the “Great Laws-“-laws of the natural world -are to be respected as basic and higher than human law.

Michelle shared how Members of AELA are critiquing current law, governance, and the overall worldview and practices of industrial society from the point of view of Earth. She told us ways in which AELA members are advocating alternative law and governance structures that support the rights of nature and ecological limits as well as human rights.
 
Click here for further information regarding AELA.

Many participants expressed appreciation of the input and sharing.

Our next gathering is Saturday Morning, August 29, 2015, when Professor Ray Norris and Cilla Norris will speak on “The World’s First Astronomers: Astronomy and navigation in Australian Aboriginal Traditions and Cultural heritage”. All are welcome.
 
Marie Butcher and Valda Dickinson 
 

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