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World Day of Social Justice

'We will protect the  rights of the natural world...We will open our hearts to the cries of the poor' ( Chapter Statement)

20 February is World Day of Social Justice, a day specifically designated by the United Nations for member states and territories and their citizens as an occasion for awareness and action on issues requiring our attention and response. 

For Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation, there are many social justice issues requiring attention and action, but we have identified the needs of Earth, Indigenous communities, refugees and asylum seekers, homelessness, the impact of poverty on women and those affected by injustice within the Church as among the most urgent.

We have identified these needs and our commitment to addressing these 'at personal, local and systemic levels through friendship, direct assistance, advocacy and research and by joining networks or partnerships with groups that have similar values and goals' in our Chapter Statement and in our participation in the Mercy International Reflection Process (MIRP). Together with Sisters of Mercy globally we have committed  to action under two key themes that emerged from MIRP: (i) displacement of persons, and (ii) degradation of Earth.

'The Mercy world has heard “the cry of Earth and the cry of the Poor” in a new way. It will respond by seeing Mercy in a new way and by daring Mercy in a new way' (MIRP Report p19)

  • Read our Chapter Statement here
  • Read the MIRP Report here

Prayer in the Season of Advent: Week Two

During the Season of Advent (3-24 December), the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation invite you toparticipate with us in prayer and reflection, joining with the Mercy community globally in praying these intercessions.

Prayer for Week Two: 10-16 December

God our Creator, we pray especially for those persons who hunger and thirst for justice

  • For those without safe shelter or adequate housing
  • For immigrants and refugees and all displaced persons
  • For migrant workers and their families
  • For prisoners of conscience and those who are falsely accused
  • For those awaiting trial and for their judges, advocates and juries
  • For legislators, economists, relief workers, and all who work for a more just world order
  • For all Sisters of Mercy as they strive to witness to your mercy and justice
You might also like to post a prayer, thought or reflection in our prayer space

Source: Morning and Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy

For the Elderly: December 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 the Elderly.

Text of the December video:
'A people that does not take care of grandparents, that does not treat them well has no future! The elderly have wisdom. They are entrusted with a great responsibility: to transmit their life experience, their family history, the history of a community, of a people. Let us keep in mind our elders, so that sustained by families and institutions, may with their wisdom and experience collaborate in the education of new generations.'



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

Prayer in the Season of Advent: Week One

During the Season of Advent (3-24 December), the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation invite you toparticipate with us in prayer and reflection, joining with the Mercy community globally in praying these intercessions.

Prayer for Week One: 3-9 December

Light of the World, we celebrate this Advent with hearts full of longing for your coming

  • In the darkness of our world, give us courage to search for truth
  • In the darkness of our world, give us humility to acknowledge what keeps us from you
  • In the darkness of our world, give us insight to recognise the needs of our neighbours
  • In the darkness of our world, give us passion to create a more just society
  • In the darkness of our world, help us to bring hope to those who despair
You might also like to post a prayer, thought or reflection in our prayer space


Source: Morning and Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy

16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence

 'We will open our hearts to the cries of the poor using our energies, gifts and resources to address violence and discrimination especially for women and children...'

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence is a global campaign to raise awareness about violence against women and its impact on a woman’s well-being. It commences on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and concludes on 10 December, Human Rights Day.


This year, the UNiTE Campaign has the overarching theme, “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls”— reflecting the core principle of the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Mercy International Association-Mercy Global Action (MIA-MGA) is producing a series of leaflets, one for each day of the campaign, on 16 different issues, all of which impact on women and girls. These range from human trafficking, cyber bullying to women's vulnerability to climate change.

The pamplets can be read online or downloaded and circulated here

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