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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

Prayer in the Season of Advent: Week Four

During the Season of Advent (3-24 December), the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation invite you to participate with us in prayer and reflection, joining with the Mercy community globally in praying these intercessions.

Prayer for Week Four: 24 December
God with us, in your coming we are redeemed. We await your birth and we cry out:
- Come and set us free

  • In every generation we long for you anew:
  • When we doubt ourselves and your love for us:
  • When our efforts toward justice are thwarted by our fears:
  • When the lure of consumerism masks the meaning of this season:
  • When we are able to endure our waiting for you no longer:
You might also like to post a prayer, thought or reflection in our prayer space

Source: Morning and Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy

OLMC Parramatta links past and future with new Alumnae Scholarship

Coinciding with the College’s 130th anniversary celebrations in 2019, a new Mercy Scholarship for Alumnae will be introduced to give daughters, granddaughters, or great granddaughters of OLMC ex-students the opportunity for a Mercy education at Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta.

The new Mercy Scholarship for Alumnae was announced at the annual Alumnae Reunion Day held in September this year. The OLMC Alumnae Association will fund one scholarship for a student entering the College in Year 7. The Scholarship will cover tuition fees for a six-year period from Year 7 to Year 12. The intention is to enable the daughter, granddaughter or great granddaughter of an OLMC Parramatta ex-student to be educated at the College. The ex-student applying for the Scholarship for their daughter/granddaughter/great granddaughter is required to be a registered member of the Alumnae Association. The College also offers a Mercy Scholarship for Academic Excellence and for Music Excellence.

OLMC Parramatta Alumnae Association President Christine Robertson says the Scholarship is a wonderful idea. “At the AGM, the assembled Alumnae were presented with the opportunity to endorse this exciting new partnership with the College. It was truly a momentous occasion when the proposal to establish and support a Mercy Scholarship for Alumnae was unanimously accepted.”

“The Scholarship establishes another genuine connection between the past, present and future of the College, linking our alumnae to future education at OLMC in the Mercy tradition.”

“This new initiative also recognises the strong tradition at OLMC of many generations of women from the same family attaining a Mercy education at OLMC Parramatta. This new scholarship serves to recognise and encourage the continuation of this rich tradition into the future,” said OLMC Parramatta Alumnae Association President Christine Robertson.

Principal Stephen Walsh said he was delighted with the new scholarship initiative and the opportunities it presents for recipients: “From my conversations with ex-students, I get a strong sense that a Mercy education is truly treasured. They often feel very privileged to have attended the College. This is a chance for ex-students to have their daughters, granddaughters or great granddaughters experience that excellent education that they received.”

Prayer in the Season of Advent: Week Three

During the Season of Advent (3-24 December), the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation invite you to participate with us in prayer and reflection, joining with the Mercy community globally in praying these intercessions.

Prayer for Week Two: 17-23 December

Long awaited One, we come before you seeking the way. We search for you in the daily happenings of our lives and pray to be ever aware of your presence

  • In times of uncertainty, give us courage to search for truth
  • In times of despair, help us to recognize your light
  • In times of illness, may we know you as our healer
  • In times of selfishnesss, may we be moved to generosity
  • In times of dullness, infuse us with your creative energy
You might also like to post a prayer, thought or reflection in our prayer space

Source: Morning and Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy

OLMC Parramatta HSC Class of 2017 Exemplifies Mercy Excellence

In the Year of Excellence at OLMC Parramatta, the Class of 2017 has achieved fantastic results in the HSC, truly embracing the College’s philosophy to expand beyond what we know we can be.

  • 76th school in NSW in Sydney Morning Herald’s top 100 schools list
  • Top ATAR of 99.90
  • First in State in Modern History
  • 8th highest ranked Catholic Independent Girls’ school in NSW in SMH top 100 schools list
  • 45% of the cohort achieved in the top band and 85% of the cohort achieved in the top two bands
  • Two OLMC students named on the All Rounders Achievers List for attaining marks of 90 and above in at least 10 units
  • 151 mentions on the Distinguished Achievers List.

There were 61 individual students who appeared on the Distinguished Achievers List. Principal Stephen Walsh said that the OLMC community is very proud that, as a non-selective school, the College ranked in the top 100 and climbed more than 20 places since last year: “At OLMC the growth mindset is central to all learning and this is undeniably reflected in this great result.”

The College was delighted to learn that Mercy Girl Yamema Esber came First in the State in Modern History and achieved an ATAR of 99.90. Yamema is humbled by this outstanding result: “My achievements, together with those of my fellow Mercy Girls, would not have been possible without the hard work, encouragement and dedication of our teachers. I am truly blessed to have had access to the academic opportunities provided by OLMC, as well as the ongoing support of my peers, without which our collective achievements would not have been possible.”

Principal Stephen Walsh says learning at OLMC is characterised by high expectations and a growth mindset: “Students embrace challenge as essential to learning. These characteristics have been embraced by the 2017 cohort and their outstanding results in the HSC reflect the growth these young women have made over six years at OLMC.”

Established in 1889, OLMC Parramatta is a leading independent Catholic girls’ school which provides contemporary learning and academic excellence in the rich Mercy tradition.

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