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Celebrating International Women's Day

The women who pack The Big Issue for distribution to subscribers have now dispatched 500,000 copies of the magazine through the Women’s Subscription Enterprise (WSE).

The theme of this International Women’s Day is Be Bold for Change and we are proud to support the WSE and help provide opportunities for women to positively change their lives.

We have just begun supporting the WSE since with 59 subscriptions across the year, as Birthday gifts to our sisters.

The initiative is designed to offer a safe and viable work opportunity for vulnerable women, as an alternative to selling The Big Issue on
the street.

WSE employees hand-pack subscription copies of the magazine, giving them an income and helping them gain new skills and career pathways for the future.

Some of you may already be familiar with the fortnightly magazine, which is sold on the streets around the country. Since 1996, more than 6500 people have sold the magazine, putting more than $24 million into the pockets of homeless and disadvantaged men and women.

If you would like to find out more about The Big Issue or subscribe for $12.40 per month, visit

We hope you enjoy the magazine!

Mercy International Launches "Voices Microsite"

Encouraged and informed by the Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si, and in the context of the Year of Mercy, the Mercy International Reflection Process, has seen small groups reflect, identify and name issues facing our world today which they wish to further explore.

Having undertaken the step of informing themselves more fully on their chosen issue, the next stage in the process is to broaden the context in which the groups' considerations are further explored, to include the scriptures, theology and our Mercy Tradition to name a few.

To enhance this process, the Voices Microsite, which provides access to video interviews with theologians, scholars and experts from across the globe has been created to share insights and knowledge to broaden the context of the group reflections. To read more about the launch of the microsite and its background via Mercy E-News, please click here.

To read more about the Mercy International Theological Reflection Process please click here.

Top visit the Voices Microsite, please click here.

Celebrating Refugee Week June 19-25

The Inner West Refugee Hub, is largely the result of the former Leichhardt Council’s constant lobbying of government to provide this amenity, with the initiative being taken forward by the Inner West Council (created through the recent forced amalgamations of former Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville Councils), which was confirmed as a "Refugee Welcome Zone" at the event. Click here to read more.

The theme of Refugee Week 2016 is With Courage Let Us All Combine, draws on the Australian National anthem (Verse 2), and recognises not only the enormous contribution to Australian society by refugees, but also the courage of those who speak out against injustice. To find our more about refugee Week and the various events taking place, please click here

There a many events taking place across the week to celebrate this contribution. Including some presented by our partners in ministry:



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.

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