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The Lenten Journey: Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday signals the start of Lent, the Season of the Year when we have the opportunity to change, to begin again, to renew ourselves.  We are all invited by Pope Francis in his message for Lent 2018 'to take up the Lenten journey with enthusiasm', sustained by the traditional practices of almsgiving, fasting and prayer.

During the Season of Lent (14 February-29 March 2018 ), the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation invite you to join with us and with the Mercy community globally in praying these intercessions:

  • In a world of violence and denial of basic human dignity, may we be lights in the darkness:
  • Create in us new hearts, O God
  • In a world of abundance which allows children to go hungry, may we work to banish famine and malnutrition:
  • Create in us new hearts, O God
  • In a world which places ambition and the quest for wealth and power above the values of family and faith, may we stand as witnesses that you are the source of all true happiness:
  • Create in us new hearts, O God
  • In a world where disagreements and longstanding enmities are resolved by war and civil disruption, may we be reconcilers and unifiers:
  • Create in us new hearts, O God
  • In a world created through your love and charged with your presence, may we teach others to see your face in all people and all creation:
  • Create in us new hearts, O God
  • In a world which hungers for meaning and searches for you, may we accompany those journeying to Baptism and support them through our prayer and witness:
  • Create in us new hearts, O God

You might also like to post a prayer, thought or reflection in our prayer space
Resources to aid your Lenten preparation can be found here

Source: Morning and Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy

Mercy Sisters Welcome and Affirm Pope Francis' Call for Global Action on Climate Change

In "Laudato Si (Praise be to You)," addressing "every person living on this planet", Pope Francis wishes to "enter into dialogue with all people about our common home".

In the same way, the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta through our 4th Vow Social Justice Group and our Ecology Group, strive to promote dialogue, advocacy and action to respond to the many issues facing our planet today.

We also welcome the response of Caritas Australia in promoting a Global Catholic Climate Movement petition which will be presented to world leaders, including Australian Prime Minister, at the Global Climate Negotiations in December 2015.

To find out more and to sign the petition, Click Here

A Good Cup of Tea delivers Funds for Village Heath Project in PNG

The event was a fundraiser for the Mercy Works' Village Health Project in Kiunga, Papua New Guinea.

The OLMC Chamber Ensemble greeted guests as they arrived with beautiful selection of music. The OLMC Year 11 Hospitality class prepared a delicious menu under the guidance of their teacher, Ms Marcia Jaimes.

Sr Ailsa Mackinnon and Mrs Margaret Coulter from Mercy Works were thrilled with the generosity of those in attendance, who contributed $1400 to the Kiunga Project.

Bright Future for Excellence In Music at OLMC Parramatta

From the very first days of Our Lady Of Mercy College, the Sisters of Mercy established a tradition of excellence in music which has endured to the present day.

Celebrating and building on this heritage, the Mercy Music and Performance Arts Academy will provide vocal and instrumental lessons, as well as workshops. It also offers the opportunity for past, and present OLMC students and members of the wider community to participate in The Academy Orchestra and Singers, who will prepare music to perform.

For more information on The Academy or to make an enquiry, click here.

Host and Guest - Hospitality Explored

Margery was very much appreciated by the crowd who attended this talk with its scholarly foundation and excellent flow into the challenge to be hospitable in our everyday lives. She led the group in a reflection on Hospitality as 'Host' and 'Guest' and looked at this concept through the lens of Scripture.

As one participant commented:

I found the session very challenging in a positive way. It has given me much food for thought. I really appreciated the way Margery told the story of the Canaanite woman - so powerful! There was so much that I want to say thank you for - the whole session was inspirational. And yes! I too could answer NO (to the challenging questions of my involvement) and feel a bit guilty - but it is good to be challenged and try to stay open to learning and new ways of living.

This session will be repeated on Monday 18 May from 10:30am to 12 noon in the Catherine McAuley Rooms, Mercy Congregation Centre, 6 Victoria Rd, Parramatta

The third session will focus on 'compassion' and will be presented by Claire Thomas, the Director of Mission at OLMC Parramatta. Claire will investigate whether we are born with compassion or whether it is a learned skill. That will lead on to reflecting on how, as local, national and international communities, we become more compassionate towards those in need.

The evening session on 'Compassion' will be held on Thursday, 4 June from 6pm to 7:30pm. It will be repeated on Tuesday, 23 June from 10:30am to 12 noon.

RSVP: mercyfuture@hotkey.net.au<mailto:mercyfuture@hotkey.net.au> OR phone: 02 9683 2555 (please indicate which session). Light refreshments will be served.

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