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Those distant from the Christian faith: July 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: Those distant from the Christian faith.

Text of July video:

'Let us never forget that our joy is Jesus Christ - his faithful and inexhaustible love. When a Christian becomes sad, it means that he has distanced himself from Jesus. But then we must not leave him alone! We should offer him Christian hope - with our words, yes, but more with our testimony, with our freedom, with our joy.

Let us pray that our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the beauty of the Christian life.'

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

Uluru Statement from the Heart: An Invitation to Reflect

During the last week in May 2017 over 250 delegates– a cross section of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from around Australia– gathered at the 2017 First Nations National Constitutional Convention and... made an historic statement from the heart in hopes of improving the lives of future generations.


"We, gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, coming from all points of the southern sky, make this statement from the heart:

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes were the first sovereign Nations of the Australian continent and its adjacent islands, and possessed it under our own laws and customs. This our ancestors did, according to the reckoning of our culture, from the Creation, according to the common law from ‘time immemorial’, and according to science more than 60,000 years ago.

This sovereignty is a spiritual notion: the ancestral tie between the land, or ‘mother nature’, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Is lander peoples who were born therefrom, remain attached thereto, and must one day return thither to be united with our ancestors. This link is the basis of the ownership of the soil, or better, of sovereignty. It has never been ceded or extinguished, and co- exists with the sovereignty of the Crown..."

In the Uluru Statement delegates invited all of us "to walk with [them] in a movement of the Australian people for a better future".

We, Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation, in our Chapter Statement have pledged to address violence and discrimination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, at personal, local and systemic levels. Accordingly, we welcome this invitation to journey and renew our commitment to join with others to create a better future for all Australians.

Read the Uluru Statement in full here

The full Statement will now inform and be issued through the Council’s report to the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition, which will be delivered on 30 June.

June Issue of the Bilum Now Available

‘Mercy Works’ is the name given to the organisation that supports the local and overseas relief and development activities that are part of the vision and mission of the four congregations of the Sisters of Mercy in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Across Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and Australia, Mercy Works supports communities as they seek to achieve meaningful positive change.

Twice each year, in June and December, Mercy Works publishes its magazine ‘The Bilum, to share the stories of the people, the projects and the efforts undertaken to transform lives by responding to local needs.

The June issue of ‘The Bilum' is now online. Among the inspiring stories in its pages is that of Tiana Gebrael, a Year 10 student at OLMC Parramatta who held a fundraiser after hearing about the hardship faced by people in developing countries. “I feel these people are so grateful for anything that comes their way, whereas we don’t always appreciate all the luxuries that we have. As a result, I really wanted to do something that could help to make their lives the slightest bit better”.

Read more about Tiana's fundraising efforts in the latest issue of the Bilum (PDF)

Mercy International Reflection Process (MIRP) Report Endorsed

The Members and Board of  Mercy International Association (MIA) have endorsed the Review of the Mercy International Reflection Process: What has been discovered? What has been revealed?

At their May 2017 meeting in Dublin, the Members and the Board of MIA endorsed the further exploration and development of Mercy Global Presence in all its rich and profound promise. Over the next months we will learn more about how we can become involved locally and connected globally in exploring the three dimensions of Mercy, Global and Presence.

Read the Endorsement here

Young Mercy Network 2017

All current Yr 12 and ex-students of OLMC Parramatta, OLMC Burraneer and Catherine McAuley Westmead, as well as young adults who have mercy in their lives are invited to attend our Young Mercy Network (YMN) Meetings.

YMN is a dynamic, social and enthusiastic group of young adults who share a common interest in being more informed on social justice issues and taking action.

As a part of the OLMC Parramatta, Catherine McAuley Westmead and OLMC Burraneer Alumni, Young Mercy Network is a great way to keep in touch with the values instilled in you at school… to retain your Mercy spirit.

There are 4 meetings planned for 2017. These are held on Wednesday evenings between 5.30 PM and 7.00 PM in the McAuley Room inside Sisters of Mercy Convent Parramatta. Enter via Victoria Road.

  • Wednesday, 22 March
  • Wednesday, 4 May
  • Wednesday, 23 August
  • Wednesday, 15 November (venue offsite, TBA)

Light supper served. Please RSVP for catering purposes to Gabrielle Scanlon.

More information about the Young Mercy Network can be found here.

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