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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
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 www.thebigissue.org.au.
We hope you enjoy the magazine!
The featured photograph of the Sisters will be sent with a letter to Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, urging him and the Government to act with compassion in the treatment of Asylum Seekers and Refugees, ending the detention of children, and offshore processing of asylum seekers.
What follows is an excerpt from the Sisters' letter to the Prime Minister:
On Saturday, February 20 2016 45 Sisters of Mercy in Parramatta met to discuss how mercy and compassion are needed in our world today and where we feel called to respond in this Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis.
One of many issues of concern to us is the situation facing the 267 vulnerable men, women and children, currently in Australia and being threatened with deportation back to Nauru or Manus Island.
You have said you wish to lead an Australia that is fair. It is not fair to condemn these people to a future of indefinite detention on tiny islands with no prospect of a decent life. They will be at serious risk of physical and sexual assault, mental and physical health issues and ongoing despair and loss of hope.
Please do not contribute any more to the trauma they have already suffered but let them stay......
This is the opportune moment to change our lives! This is the time to allow our hearts to be touched!.. it is the time to listen to the cry of innocent people who are deprived of their property, their dignity, their feelings, and even their very lives.
Pope Francis. Misericordiae Vultus 2015.
In an atmosphere of fun and frivolity, some serious funds were raised for cancer research with everyone looking "Pretty in Pink" at tonight's gathering.
The entry donation, plus some fairly competitive Trivia Quizzes and games of Heads and Tails raised over $1200 for womens' cancer research, while cancer survivors and supporters enjoyed a lovely meal on a balmy Sydney evening.
Everyone present had been touched in some way by Cancer, whether through a personal diagnosis, through that of family members or friends, and through many members of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who are touched by cancer at this time.
Mercy Sisters have supported on-line petitions, contacted their Local Members, and joined in the Various rallies held in capital cities appealing to Prime Minister Turnbull, and the Government to provide safe sanctuary in Australia.
In this Holy Year of Mercy, we call on the Government and the Opposition to heed the words of Pope Francis in his reflections on Love and Mercy:
Jesus ...urges each of us never to stop at the surface of things, especially when there is a person before us. We are called to look beyond, to focus on the heart, in order to see how much generosity everyone is capable of.
May our nation be a generous one - in providing sanctuary and safety "to those who come across the seas".
In Parramatta, on December 12th, 150 Sisters of Mercy and co-workers, gathered in the Mother Mary Clare Memorial Chapel for a Eucharistic Celebration to mark the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Mass was followed by lunch in the Edith Angel Hall in Our Lady of Mercy College, next door.
The music chosen for the Mass reflected the central themes of Mercy and the Care of Creation as articulated in Laudato Si. Musicians and singers, drawn from OLMC Parramatta current and former students, Sisters of Mercy, family and friends, themselves reflected the wonder of creation in their sharing of their gifts to enhance the liturgy with beautiful singing and music.
In his homily, Fr Peter Confeggi, reflected on the counter-cultural nature of Mercy - particularly in the present space in which the world community finds itself. He challenged us with both the Gospel imperative that is always before us, and the invitation this Year of Mercy offers to each of us, to be Mercy, to live Mercy, to give and receive Mercy, in a world which desperately needs Mercy.
Following lunch, all present joined in a ritual where our "Local Doors of Mercy" were opened, symbolic of our desire to open our hearts, homes and places of ministry to those seeking Mercy, and in so doing to receive the Mercy that we also need.
This celebration marks the beginning of a year of activities in which Sisters of Mercy, and our ministry and mission partners, will join with the Universal Church, in celebrating, reflecting on, and living Mercy.
One way in which the Sisters of Mercy and our ministry and mission partners, locally and Internationally, will focus on Mercy is through the Mercy International Reflection Process, which also began with the commencement of the Year of Mercy. Through this four Stage process, Sisters of Mercy and all those with whom we partner in ministry, will have the opportunity to engage in a process of theological reflection, which leads us to action grounded in, and in response to, the needs of our times and the demands of the Gospel.
The Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, as with other Sisters of Mercy around the world, will encourage, support and participate in small reflection groups drawn from our various communities and ministries.