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World Refugee Day, 20 June 2018

'We will open our hearts to the cries of the poor...' (Chapter Statement)

The theme for Refugee Week (17-23 June 2018) #WithRefugees emphasises the need for the safety and rights of all refugees to be protected.

The international campaign continues until a global compact on refugees is signed later this year. UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, is asking us all of us to help them send a clear message to governments that they must act with solidarity and shared responsibility by signing the #With Refugees Petition.

Join Sisters of Mercy and people across the globe on World Refugee Day in praying this prayer 'A Moment for Grace' composed by Catholic Relief Services USA.

God of our Wandering Ancestors,
Long have we known
That your heart is with the refugee:
That you were born into time
In a family of refugees
Fleeing violence in their homeland,
Who then gathered up their hungry child
And fled into alien country.

Their cry, your cry, resounds through the ages: “Will you let me in?”
Give us hearts that break open

When our brothers and sisters turn to us
          with that same cry.
Then surely all these things will follow:
     Ears will no longer turn deaf to their voices.
     Eyes will see a moment for grace instead of a threat.
    Tongues will not be silenced but will instead advocate.
And hands will reach out—
working for peace in their homeland,
working for justice in the lands where they seek safe haven.
Lord, protect all refugees in their travels.
May they find a friend in me
And so make me worthy
Of the refuge I have found in you.


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    Sisters of Mercy Increase Support in New Parramatta Mission Partnership

    For a number of years, the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta have provided an annual donation to the Meals Plus program to mark the birthdays of our sisters through giving a gift to those in need. From this month, the Sisters have formalised their support with a commitment to increased funding of the program with a $10,000 donation each year for three years.

    The Sisters see the work of Parramatta Mission's Meal Plus program as akin to the work of the Sisters in Parramatta who since arriving in 1888, provided meals at the Convent door to those in need. Over the years, Sisters also volunteered with services which provided food and support to those in need or crisis. In supporting the work of Parramatta Mission, we see a continuity in the ministry of those many sisters across our 128  year history in Parramatta.

    On June 1st, aside from the cheque presentation, the Sponsored Lunch allowed the Mercy Sisters and staff to lend a hand with set-up, meal preparation and meal service, thereby assisting the incredible staff and volunteers who provide nutritious meals to those in need in Parramatta and surrounding areas, 5 days a week.

    To read more about the Parramatta Mission Meals Plus program and our partnership please click here.

    St Berndatte's Farewells a Faithful Servant

    In acknowledging the significant contribution Sr Judy has made to the Parish over the years, Parish Priest, Monsignor John Boyle stated that the list of activities undertaken by Sr Judy in the Parish extended to more than three pages in his endeavours to outline the role for any future applicant. This list, and Sr Judy's dedication and commitment to the parish, lead him to conclude that Sr Judy is simply "irreplaceable".

    In addressing the Congregation at Masses across the weekend, Sr Judy spoke of the many ways her ministry in the Parish had enriched her life: through her sharing in the stories of so many parishioners; through their acceptance and inclusion of her within their homes and community; through their sharing in the sacramental life of the parish and building of the parish community together.

    Sr Judy emphasised her sense of always being "amongst friends" as she engaged in her ministry as Pastoral Associate. She expressed deep gratitude to Parish Priest, Monsignor John Boyle, to the members of the Parish Office and Team, but most especially to all the Parishioners of St Bernadette's who had given her such a warm and genuine welcome on arrival, and support throughout her years in the Parish.

    Harmony Day March 21st 2016

    From the First Peoples of this land, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, whose rich cultural heritage enriches our nation, to the unique cultures  of all "those who have come across the seas" since, we have much to celebrate and honour.

    This Harmony Day, our Congregation Centre staff and sisters will celebrate the cultural diversity of our workplace which includes Members with cultural links to Ireland, Malta, China, England, and Liberia.

    To read more about Harmony Day 2016, please visit the Harmony Day Website.

    Join us on Palm Sunday - Welcome Refugees Rally

    Representatives of numerous religious and social justice advocacy groups as well as individual members of the Australian Community will gather at the Palm Sunday Welcome Refugees Rally this Sunday, March 20th, commencing at 1.00pm in Belmore Park, opposite Central Railway station.

    A number of speakers will address the rally, including:

    • Joel Shakespeare (former Save the Children worker on Nauru)
    • Jessica Walker (Queensland Teachers Union, Yeronga High School & Save Mojgan campaign)
    • Dr Sue Wareham (Medical Association for Prevention of War)
    • Faith speakers including: Rev John Barr (President, NSW Ecumenical Council) Ms Wies Schuiringa (Religious Society of Friends – Quakers) Rev Myung Hwa Park (Uniting Synod NSW/ACT)
      Fr Shenouda Mansour (Coptic Orthodox Church) Rabbi Jacki Ninio (Emanuel Synagogue) Rabbi Gad Krebs (Kehillat Masada Synagogue)
    • Ian Rintoul (Refugee Action Coalition)
    • Shokufa Tahiri (Afghan refugee)

    Following the rally, those present will march to Victoria Park (Cnr City Road and Broadway).

    For more information about the Rally, please download the flyer below, prepared by the Refugee Action Coalition, or visit their website by clicking here.

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    The information above was taken from the Refugee Action Coalition Website.

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