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Call for an Inclusive and Sustainable Australian Economy

 'We will open our hearts to the cries of the poor'
                                                                                               


Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation welcome the call to Australians to work for an economy that is based on principles of justice and equity – one that is at the service of all, particularly the most vulnerable and marginalised.

The call from Bishop Long OFM Conv. came at the launch of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ 2017–2018 Social Justice Statement, entitled Everyone’s Business: Developing an inclusive and sustainable economy.

The Statement highlights that although Australia has enjoyed a quarter-century of uninterrupted growth, the benefits have not been spread evenly. The top 20 per cent of households have received far greater increases in wealth than the poorest 20 per cent and nearly three million Australians, including 730,000 children, are living in poverty.
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Drawing on the teachings of the Gospel and more than 120 years of Catholic social teaching, the Statement sets out five principles that could form the foundations of a just and inclusive economy:
• People and nature are not mere tools of production.
• Economic growth alone cannot ensure inclusive and sustainable development.
• Social equity must be built into the heart of the economy.
• Businesses must benefit all society, not just shareholders.
• The excluded and vulnerable must be included in decision-making.

Download the Statement here (20pps; PDF)

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.

From the Postulator to the Mercy Family Worldwide

The Mercy Family has been asked by the Postulator for the Cause of Catherine McAuley's Canonisation, Sr Brenda Dolphin, for continued support of prayers for a diocesan inquiry into an alleged miracle of healing through Catherine’s intercession. The task of the Postulator is to guide the case (cause) for canonisation through the processes required.

In October a diocesan process of inquiry will begin in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA to gather materials about an alleged healing through Catherine’s intercession. It is hoped that the proceedings will be finished in November.

Sr Brenda writes: 'This is the first time we have proceeded to a diocesan inquiry and while we cannot be certain that this will lead to beatification we continue to keep faith and trust in the power of God and the intercessory power of Catherine McAuley.'

She then continues: 'We are very grateful to each and every one of you for the constant support of your prayers and for the marvellous way by which you give witness to Catherine McAuley’s fame for holiness which is very evident and continues to spread to so many places throughout the world.'

The Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation thank you for the support of your prayers for this inquiry. We invite you to post a prayer in our prayer space.

Mercy Day Greetings

The Sisters of Mercy, Parramatta, Australia and all our partners in ministry wish you a very happy Mercy Day.

We hope that wherever you are in our world you will have the opportunity to gather and give thanks for the wonderful gift of Mercy that is our legacy to share with our world and with all people. Happy Mercy Day!

-The Leadership Team, Parramatta: Mary-Louise Petro, Maria Lawton, Patricia Bolster, Margaret Sheppard and Margaret Jones

Parishes at the service of mission: September 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: Parishes at the service of mission.



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

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