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Mercies Raise their Voices for Those Without a Voice

The Annual Palm Sunday Peace Rally, which is held in multiple cities around Australia, took the theme of “Declaring Peace on Refugees”, and drew support from a great variety of organisations and individuals. Many Women’s and Men’s Religious Orders were represented, along with representatives of other Christian and non-Christian Faith Traditions, Trade Unions, and Refugee Advocacy Groups, to name a few.

The Rally was addressed by a number of speakers. Mr Phil Glendenning of the Refugee Council of Australia and the Edmund Rice Centre, called on all present to provide the leadership on this issue, that our political leaders lack. He highlighted the many areas in which Australia’s current policies are at odds with our obligations under the United Nations Convention on Refugees, including the current detention of over 1,000 children.

Sr Susan Connelly, of the Sisters of St Joseph, also addressed the rally with passion and wisdom. She called for an end to the scapegoating of refugees and asylum seekers, and for all sides of politics to work together to stop the punishment of innocent victims seeking safety and security in Australia.

Following the address by speakers, the Sisters joined the thousands of others in attendance as they marched through the main streets of Sydney, raising their voices as they called “Say it loud, Say it Clear, Refugees are Welcome Here!”

Despite being drenched by the driving rain, the Sisters were determined to see the March through to the finish. The Sisters stand in solidarity with, and support of, those who have committed no crime but are detained in dehumanising conditions, having fled their homelands in search of safety and protection in Australia.

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.



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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.