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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.

103rd World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Pope Francis has chosen the theme, “Child Migrants, the Vulnerable and the Voiceless”, for the 103rd World Day of Migrants and Refugees, commemorated in Australia on the last Sunday of August 2017, part of Migrant and Refugee week (21-27 August).

According to figures released by the UNICEF twelve months ago, across the globe nearly 50 million children have been uprooted – 28 million of them driven from their homes by conflicts not of their making, and millions more migrating in the hope of finding a better, safer life, including 10 million child refugees; 1 million asylum-seekers whose refugee status has not yet been determined; and an estimated 17 million children displaced within their own countries – children in dire need of humanitarian assistance and access to critical services.

More and more children are crossing borders on their own. In 2015, over 100,000 unaccompanied minors applied for asylum in 78 countries – triple the number in 2014. Unaccompanied children are among those at the highest risk of exploitation and abuse, including by smugglers and raffickers. UNICEF's May 2017 report reveals the number of refugee and migrant children travelling alone has reached a record high.The number of unaccompanied children has increased by nearly five times since 2010 to at least three hundred thousand.

On Migrant and Refugee Sunday, Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, who himself arrived in Australia as a "boat person" will launch a year-long Diocesan campaign “Walking with Refugees and People Seeking Protection”. The aim of the Journey is to galvanise a Diocesan-wide, faith-filled urge to bring about a community and political culture that values fair and compassionate treatment of people seeking refuge and protection in Australia.

Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation welcome the opportunity to join this journey.


Preparing for the Season of Creation (1 September - 4 October)

We will enjoy and celebrate
Earth's beauty and bounty and her
many species. We will honour our
duty to love and care for her and
add to her well-being wherever possible
(Chapter Statement)

In 2015 Pope Francis designated 1 September as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in the Catholic Church, encouraging all members of the Catholic community to 'rediscover in our own rich spiritual patrimony [heritage] the deepest motivations for our concern for the care of creation'.

The Season of Creation was a significant period during the Mercy International Reflection Process (2016) where we heard 'the cry of Earth and the cry of the Poor' in a new way. Members of the Mercy network are encouraged to participate once again in the Season of Creation which offers us all a time for prayer and reflection and an opportunity for commitment and action.

Mercy International Association (MIA) of which Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation is a member, has developed a number of resources, including a calendar and posters, that can be used to mark the Season of Creation. Access these here.

Mercy Futures – Responding in Mercy to Refugees and People Seeking Asylum

On Wednesday July 26, 2017, Mercy Futures held their third ‘Responding in Mercy’ session on the topic 'Responding in Mercy to Refugees and People Seeking Asylum' in the Catherine McAuley Room at Mercy Congregation Centre.

Country Director of Jesuit Refugee Service, Ms Carolina Gottardo, Manager of the Arrupe Project Ms Maeve Brown and Casework Team Leader, Sarah Puls sgs, shared with those present moving and diverse perspectives on responding more mercifully towards people seeking refuge and asylum in our nation.

The Parramatta Sisters of Mercy and Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta (OLMC) have been working in partnership with Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in many areas and will continue to do so in the spirit of justice and hospitality.

The fourth Mercy Futures session is titled ‘Responding in Mercy to Domestic Violence’ and will be held on Wednesday November 22 at 7pm. Further details will be posted in this news section of our site once these have been confirmed.

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

Each year on 9 August, since 1994, the international community has come together to celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, paying tribute to indigenous communities.

Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation recognises the importance of this day in celebrating the unique cultural contributions made by Indigenous Peoples and what we can learn from them about ways of relating to each other and appreciating and caring for the environment.

According to the United Nations, there are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. They make up less than 5 per cent of the world's population, but account for 15 per cent of the poorest. They speak an overwhelming majority of the world's estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures.

2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP),.

The Declaration is considered to be 'the most comprehensive international instrument on the rights of indigenous peoples. It embodies global consensus on the rights of indigenous peoples and establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for their survival, dignity and well-being. It elaborates on existing human rights standards and fundamental freedoms, as they apply to the specific situation of indigenous peoples.'

More about this year's observance can be found here (PDF)

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