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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.

Call for an Inclusive and Sustainable Australian Economy

 'We will open our hearts to the cries of the poor'

Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation welcome the call to Australians to work for an economy that is based on principles of justice and equity – one that is at the service of all, particularly the most vulnerable and marginalised.

The call from Bishop Long OFM Conv. came at the launch of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ 2017–2018 Social Justice Statement, entitled Everyone’s Business: Developing an inclusive and sustainable economy.

The Statement highlights that although Australia has enjoyed a quarter-century of uninterrupted growth, the benefits have not been spread evenly. The top 20 per cent of households have received far greater increases in wealth than the poorest 20 per cent and nearly three million Australians, including 730,000 children, are living in poverty.

Drawing on the teachings of the Gospel and more than 120 years of Catholic social teaching, the Statement sets out five principles that could form the foundations of a just and inclusive economy:
• People and nature are not mere tools of production.
• Economic growth alone cannot ensure inclusive and sustainable development.
• Social equity must be built into the heart of the economy.
• Businesses must benefit all society, not just shareholders.
• The excluded and vulnerable must be included in decision-making.

Download the Statement here (20pps; PDF)

Fresh Mercy Paths

St Michael’s Family Centre Baulkham Hills has had, over many years, a recognised history for providing care and support for women and children who are at risk of homelessness as a result of domestic violence.

With the changing face of the Congregation, St Michael’s became unable to continue to provide direct assistance as in the past, so in early 2016 an ‘Invited Grants Program’ was inaugurated and titled ‘St Michael’s Fund’.

Through the work of a small committee comprising of two Mercy colleagues (Kerry Walshaw and Carol Harding) and two Sisters of Mercy (Margaret Harper and Margaret Sheppard), three organisations each year have been recipients of grants ranging from $A9,000 to $A20,000 to assist in their provision of direct services to women and children at risk and who live within the Greater Western Sydney and Hills District’s regions.

On August 11, 2017, three organisations received cheques to support their work which reached out in diverse ways to meet needs: Cumberland Women’s Health Centre Houses to Homes (Catherine’s Villa) and The Sanctuary, The Hills Women’s Community Shelter (Women’s Community Shelters). The presentation of cheques was incorporated into a celebratory morning tea, and each representative of the organisations spoke to her program with enthusiasm and appreciation.

It is envisaged that St Michael’s Fund will continue reaching out with arms of Mercy to women and children at risk in the spirit of Catherine McAuley and St Michael’s Family Centre tradition.

OLMC Parramatta hosts Inaugural Women in Leadership Forum

Four inspirational forum speakers challenged women to embrace all opportunities and to back themselves at the inaugural OLMC Women in Leadership Forum on Wednesday August 23, 2017 in the Ailsa Mackinnon Community Centre at Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta.

Linda Burney MP, Shadow Minister for Human Services and Labor Member for Barton, and Samantha Armytage, Media Personality and co-host of Channel Seven’s Sunrise, were joined by Author Felicity Castagna and Dr Yijiao Jiang, Senior Lecturer at MQ Energy and Environmental Contaminants Research Centre, on a panel that explored the challenges and opportunities faced by women today.

Mercy Girls and their families, representatives from the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, students and staff from seven other Sydney schools and staff and friends of OLMC listened to the speakers’ addresses before joining in the conversation through a Q&A session and a live Twitter and SMS Feed.

Principal Stephen Walsh says that, in many ways, this event goes to the heart of what OLMC Parramatta is about; “For almost 130 years, OLMC has been equipping women to push the boundaries and at the forum, we heard personal experiences and insights from four outstanding women who do this well in their respective fields. We are passionate about giving our girls access to strong female role models and this is one of the reasons we initiated the annual OLMC Women in Leadership Forum. Every day at the College, through events like this, but also through smaller conversations, it is made abundantly clear that the OLMC story is about strong women of Mercy making an impact.”

The Forum speakers shared heartfelt advice, both from a practical and big picture perspective. Linda Burney MP told the audience that we all have something remarkable to share as women and it is important to remind yourself of what makes you who you are. She shared her seven ‘Ls’ of advice to Listen, Learn, Lose well, have Limits, demonstrate Loyalty, Live well and to think of life as a journey, a Long game. Samantha Armytage encouraged girls to identify and hold onto their values and to get to know themselves and treat themselves kindly. She challenged girls to be open to opportunities, brave, resilient, to work hard and seek out mentors.

A key theme that came through from each speaker, according to OLMC Deputy Principal Marie Wood, was the importance of being true to yourself – of being authentic; “Their wonderful stories were funny and inspiring and reminded us all to never give up believing in yourself and to live your life with courage and confidence.”

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Report on 'Our Climate Future' Seminar

Professor Tim Flannery was a compelling speaker on Our Climate Future at the CCJP Sunday Seminar on 16 July 2017 at the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta.

He spoke of the damage to the planet and the wilfulness that dismisses the science and data that underpin climate change targets.

Professor Flannery also provided hopeful information on the development of carbon negative technologies and their role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions to halt global warming.

The transcript of the address and discussion can be downloaded from the Catholics in Coalition for Justice and Peace  (CCJP) website here

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