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Mercy Day Celebrations Ring Out Around the World

Sisters of Mercy gathered in Parramatta with Ministry Partners, Colleagues and Friends to celebrate the feast Of Our Lady of Mercy ("Mercy Day") and join the International celebrations taking place in Mercy International Centre  (MIC) in Baggot St, Dublin.

September 24th marks the day all Sisters of Mercy throughout the world, and all those associated with us and our ministries, celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Mercy and the Opening of the House of Mercy in Baggot St, Dublin in 1831 by Catherine McAuley and her companions.

This year, Celebrations held a special significance as the Mercy World also commemorated the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Mercy International Association (MIA) and Mercy International Centre in the refurbished original House of Mercy in 1994.

As part of the week of celebrations, which are being streamed live via the Mercy International Association Website, Sisters, Ministry Partners, Colleagues and Friends, have gathered from around the world to commemorate the past 20 years of Mercy International and to look to the future of Mercy in our fragile and fractured world.

The Sisters of Mercy Parramatta have scheduled three gatherings to participate in the International celebrations, the first of which was held on Mercy Day. At today's gathering, we commenced with a "high tea" and much conversation before we viewed the Official Opening and Ritual of the week's celebrations which had occurred at 5.00pm (Irish Time) on September 23rd. The ritual - "Telling the Story" was prepared by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, and recalled the story of the creation of MIC in word, music and song. Subsequent gatherings scheduled for Friday and Monday next week, will also incorporate the various rituals of the coming days in MIA.

On this special day, the Sisters of Mercy extend our warmest Mercy Day Greetings to all the members of the Mercy family around the Globe, and pray with gratitude for all that has been over the past 183 years and for that which is yet to come.



Promotion of World Peace: 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: Promotion of World Peace.

We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote together peace and justice in the world.

Text of the video:

In a divided and fragmented world, I want to invite all believers, and also all people of good will, to reconciliation and fraternity.
Our faith leads us to spread the values of peace and mutual understanding, of the common good.
We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote together peace and justice in the world.
Thank you.

Pope Francis, January 2020

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

Prayer Intention: Australia's Devastating Bushfires

We pray

for the safety of the firefighters, remembering particularly the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives or been injured in their efforts to protect the citizens and properties in their local communities;

for strength for those who have lost their homes and belongings and those who have lost their crops, animals and landholdings; 

for the communities under severe threat from devastating bushfires burning across the country; 

We continue our prayers for the end of drought gripping Australia. We pray that the rains will come to quell the fires, soak the parched Earth, fill the dams and restore hope in the farming communities.

We invite you to post your prayer in our online prayer space

Mercy Girls Shine in the 2019 HSC

In the Year of Service at OLMC Parramatta, the Class of 2019 has achieved all-round excellence in their HSC results, embracing the College’s philosophy to expand beyond what we know we can be.

Aarushi Nambissan attained the top ATAR with 97.95 and will be awarded DUX for 2019.

The College was very proud to discover Anchal Sachdeva achieved 13th place for Business Studies. She hopes to study a double degree in Business and Science at the University of Technology, Sydney.

“I am relieved and very happy. My ranking in Business Studies is a testament to my teachers at OLMC. They encouraged me to always strive for more. Providing feedback and working collaboratively with the students is something that they did exceptionally well.”

 Carla Ayoub (ATAR 96.6) attributes much of her success to OLMC and the support she received. “The teachers were an amazing resource. They were always available to provide help and encouragement on both the learning side, as well as from a pastoral perspective.

Carla has her heart set on being a Mathematics teacher. “I love Maths and I am so passionate about teaching! I would like to share my gift with others and teach future generations. There is no limit to what you can learn in the subject and I am constantly discovering things that I never thought were possible.”

Principal (Acting) Marie Wood said this year the graduating class demonstrated a breadth and depth of talent with outstanding results in multiple subjects.

“I am so proud of the girls’ achievements. They are a direct result of their hard work, the guidance of their teachers and the support provided by their parents. These factors have enabled them to perform to the best of their ability, expanding what we know we can be.”
OLMC also achieved the following results:
 • 39 Distinguished Achievers
 • 13th in the State in Business Studies
 • 2 students selected for Encore Performance and Art Express exhibitions
 • 16% achieved at ATAR above 90

 Established in 1889, OLMC Parramatta is a leading independent Catholic girls’ school which provides contemporary learning and academic excellence in the rich Mercy tradition.