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Stella Maris Cronulla Celebrates New Era

The Sisters of Mercy Parramatta were joined by the staff, volunteers, ministry partners, residents, friends and supporters of Stella Maris Aged Care Facility as they gathered to celebrate the successful completion of the refurbishment of the facility and grounds, and to mark the beginning of the next stage in the long history of compassionate and professional care to the frail and aged in this place.

The site upon which the present Stella Maris ("Star of the Sea") stands, has long been a place of compassion and mercy. Initially purchased by the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta in the 1920's as a convent for sisters working in local schools, the site has been home to a number of the sisters' ministries including a primary school, a girls high school (the original OLMC Cronulla before it relocated to Burraneer Bay), and a convalescent home for sisters, before the present purpose built residential aged care facility was opened in 1987.

In 2011, Stella Maris was incorporated and a Board appointed, a short time later, the Board entered into a management agreement with St Vincent's Health Australia to provide the day-to-day management of the facility.

In September 2012, works commenced on the complete refurbishment of the facility, including the conversion of the top floor to increase the number of available beds from 55 to 72, and the installation of sprinkler systems and other fire and safety upgrades throughout the facility.

In her address at the commencement of yesterday's ritual, Sr Catherine Ryan, Congregation Leader, acknowledged the extraordinary efforts of the staff, especially Ms Melanie Grace, Facility manager, in continuing to provide care of the highest quality to residents throughout the refurbishment process. Residents and their families were also thanked for their patience and resilience in living through the building process.

Representatives of St Vincent's Health Australia, including Ms Helen Millar, General Manager St Vincent's Care Services NSW, participated in the ritual along with representatives of the Project Managers Midson group and Builders, Stephen Edwards Constructions.

Chair of the Board, Mr William Walker, spoke with enthusiasm of the important mission and ministry of Stella Maris. The completion of the refurbishment marks the beginning, not the end, of the Board's vision for the future of Stella Maris in which compassionate, professional care respecting the dignity of each individual is provided in a distinctly Christian environment.

Following the blessing of various sections of the buildings, guest were invited to move to the activities room for refreshments and the cutting of the cake by Facility Manager Ms Melanie Grace and Sr Claire Coyle, former Inaugural Administrator and continuing pastoral carer for the sisters in residence. 

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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

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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.

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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.