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Mercy Sisters Provide a Home for Jesuit Refugee Service Shelter Project in Parramatta

The Sisters of Mercy Parramatta are delighted to be able to provide a cottage to Jesuit Refugee Service for use as a Drop In Centre for Refugees and Asylum Seekers who live in the Western Suburbs.

The work of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is to accompany, serve and advocate for Refugees and Asylum Seekers and persons who have been forcibly displaced in over 50 countries.

The Shelter Project, was established in 2007, by Jesuit Refugee Service in partnership with the Sisters of Charity and the Good Samaritan Sisters, to assist Asylum seekers and refugees who were at risk of  financial destitution and homelessness while living in the community. The service continues to provide temporary accommodation, financial support and casework services to  refugees and asylum seekers.

Recognising that many refugees and asylum seekers in the community are located in the Western Suburbs of Sydney, and that access to and the costs of, transport can impact on their ability to access services, JRS with the assistance of the Sisters of Charity, the Good Samaritan Sisters and the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta have established a new Shelter Project Drop in Centre - Arrupe Place - at 4 Victoria Rd, Parramatta.

The Centre will be open Monday to Thursday from 10am - 4.00pm. Fridays will be reserved for free legal services provided by RACS.

For full information on the services available through the centre, please click here.

The Priests' Way of Life: June 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: The Priests' Way of Life.

Let us pray that priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively, above all, to solidarity with those who are most poor.



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I would like to ask you to look at the priests who work in our communities.
They are not perfect, but many give it their all until the very end, offering themselves with humility and joy.
They are priests who are close to the people, ready to work hard for everyone.
Let us be thankful for their example and testimony. Let us pray that priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively, above all, to solidarity with those who are most poor.

 - Pope Francis, June 2019

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

Fourth Anniversary of Encyclical letter Laudato Si'

We will live simply, in a way that takes into account the fragility of  Mother Earth by using her resources more sparingly and,where possible, living with less. (Chapter Statement 2016)

On 18 June 2015, Pope Francis released his encyclical letter Laudato Si' (Praised Be), a passionate call to every person living on the planet  'to regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it' (para. 229). Since that letter was released there have been numerous media reports of extreme weather events including drought, floods and tornadoes and their impact on millions of people. Eight months ago we learned from leading climate scientists that there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C.

This anniversary offers each one of us the opportunity to reflect on how we have responded to the Pope's call in Laudato Si' and to recommit to action.

A starting point could be to visit the website of the Global Catholic Climate Movement which works within the Catholic Church to better care for our common home and to which Sisters of Mercy belong. It provides resources for learning about Laudato Si' and suggestions for protecting all creation.

Refugee Week 2019

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

Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation, together with all members of Mercy International Association, accompany, advocate, educate and collaborate with others, for and on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers .

The theme for Refugee Week (16-22 June 2019) #WithRefugees is the continuing 3 year theme in Australia with the focus ‘Share a Meal, Share a Story’ to celebrate refugee stories.

 View the stories of Australia's Refugee Week Ambassadors.



Every refugee has their own story to tell. 
Whose story will you seek out and listen to this week?

Read the Bilum and Find Out about Local Mercy and Overseas Relief and Development Activities

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 needs.

The June 2019 issue is out now. This edition focusses on the power of the voice and language, responding to the UN declaration of 2019 as the Year of Indigenous Languages

Read it here