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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.

OLMC Women in Leadership Forum

An invitation to attend the inaugural OLMC Women in Leadership Forum on Wednesday August 23, 2017.

This is an opportunity to be inspired by four renowned women from a variety of fields, as they share their perspectives on women in leadership and discuss how each of us can boldly expand beyond what we know we can be.

Date: Wednesday, 23 August, 2017
Time: Light refreshments from 5.30pm.
          Panel Presentation and Q&A session from 6pm.
Audience: Years 10, 11 and 12 and family and friends of OLMC Parramatta.
Venue: Ailsa Mackinnon Community Centre, Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta

RSVP: Jennifer Felkin, Executive Assistant, by August 16, 2017.

To learn more about the presenters, download the flyer here (PDF)

For Artists: August 2017 Prayer intention of Pope Francis

We are all invited to join with Pope Francis and his worldwide prayer network in praying this month's intention: For Artists.

Text of the August video:

'The arts give expression to the beauty of the faith and proclaim the Gospel message of the grandeur of God’s creation.

When we admire a work of art or a marvel of nature, we discover how everything speaks to us of Him and of His love.

That artists of our time, through their creativity, may help us discover the beauty of creation.'

We invite you to post a prayer or reflection in our prayer space

Gospel Leadership in Times of Chaos: the Hope of Pope Francis

In the past year alone, communities around the world have been grappling with momentous socio-political change and uncertainty.

Examples include the rise of fundamentalism, the growing violence and displacement of peoples in the Middle East, the election of numerous populist leaders such as Presidents Trump in the USA and Duterte in the Philippines, Britain’s historic vote to leave the European Union, whilst Nationalist parties across the EU achieve electoral success through promoting xenophobic policies of division.

Pope Francis represents the hope of many people in these times of uncertainty: his message talks about belonging, dialogue, social justice, and mercy in a way that is both a challenge and inspiration for the world and the church.

At this year’s eConference, prominent international and national speakers and panellists will reflect upon these turbulent times and discuss them in the context of Pope Francis’ unique style of leadership.

The 13th Annual National eConference will be held on Thursday 10 August 2017 from 10:30am-2:45pm (AEST).

The program, presenters' details and registered sites where you can participate - should you wish to do so with a group - can be found here on the organiser's website

Fourth World Day Against Trafficking in Humans

Sunday, 30 July 2017 is the fourth United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Humans, defined by the United Nations as 'a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex'. Mercy International Association (MIA) of which Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation is a member is fully committed to working with the global network of all those dedicated to eradicating this heinous crime. The origin of Mercy's commitment to the victims of human trafficking can be traced to Catherine McAuley's outreach to distressed women.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that Almost 21 million people are victims of forced labour – 11.4 million women and girls and 9.5 million men and boys.

Human trafficking is a crime fuelled by a number of factors including global poverty, inadequate education and opportunity, ethnic discrimination and societal gender inequity, and by the demand for cheap labour and cheap sex. It is a crime that transcends cultures, class and geography. Trafficking is linked to prostitution, drug use, homelessness and marginalisation. Migrant workers and indigenous people are particularly vulnerable to forced labour. As the 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report illustrates, virtually every country in the world is affected by this crime, whether as an origin, transit or destination country for smuggled migrants by profit-seeking criminals.

5 simple actions we can all take to address this issue:

  • Use ethical shopping guides so your purchases help ensure producers in the developing world receive fairer prices and better working conditions
  • Consult the Country Narratives section of the 2017 TIP Report to find out how well Australia is doing in its efforts to address the issue of human trafficking
  • Read the monthly Stop Trafficking Newsletter to educate yourself about this important social issue
  • Purchase FAIRTRADE, Rainforest Alliance or UTZ certified chocolate to ensures that no slave labour has been used in the chocolate’s production.
  • Pray for the release of victims of human trafficking and for their captors to have a change of heart.

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