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Participate in the Season of Creation, 1 September - 4 October 2018

We will enjoy and celebrate
Earth's beauty and bounty and her
many species. We will honour our
duty to love and care for her and
add to her well-being wherever possible
(Chapter Statement)

In 2015 Pope Francis designated 1 September as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in the Catholic Church, encouraging all members of the Catholic community to 'rediscover in our own rich spiritual patrimony [heritage] the deepest motivations for our concern for the care of creation'.

The Season of Creation offers us all a time for enjoyment of the beauty of our world and all its inhabitants, human and other-than-human.

Mercy International Association (MIA) of which Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation is a member, has developed a number of resources, including a calendar and posters, that can be used to mark the Season of Creation. Access these here.

St Berndatte's Farewells a Faithful Servant

In acknowledging the significant contribution Sr Judy has made to the Parish over the years, Parish Priest, Monsignor John Boyle stated that the list of activities undertaken by Sr Judy in the Parish extended to more than three pages in his endeavours to outline the role for any future applicant. This list, and Sr Judy's dedication and commitment to the parish, lead him to conclude that Sr Judy is simply "irreplaceable".

In addressing the Congregation at Masses across the weekend, Sr Judy spoke of the many ways her ministry in the Parish had enriched her life: through her sharing in the stories of so many parishioners; through their acceptance and inclusion of her within their homes and community; through their sharing in the sacramental life of the parish and building of the parish community together.

Sr Judy emphasised her sense of always being "amongst friends" as she engaged in her ministry as Pastoral Associate. She expressed deep gratitude to Parish Priest, Monsignor John Boyle, to the members of the Parish Office and Team, but most especially to all the Parishioners of St Bernadette's who had given her such a warm and genuine welcome on arrival, and support throughout her years in the Parish.

Harmony Day March 21st 2016

From the First Peoples of this land, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, whose rich cultural heritage enriches our nation, to the unique cultures  of all "those who have come across the seas" since, we have much to celebrate and honour.

This Harmony Day, our Congregation Centre staff and sisters will celebrate the cultural diversity of our workplace which includes Members with cultural links to Ireland, Malta, China, England, and Liberia.

To read more about Harmony Day 2016, please visit the Harmony Day Website.

Join us on Palm Sunday - Welcome Refugees Rally

Representatives of numerous religious and social justice advocacy groups as well as individual members of the Australian Community will gather at the Palm Sunday Welcome Refugees Rally this Sunday, March 20th, commencing at 1.00pm in Belmore Park, opposite Central Railway station.

A number of speakers will address the rally, including:

  • Joel Shakespeare (former Save the Children worker on Nauru)
  • Jessica Walker (Queensland Teachers Union, Yeronga High School & Save Mojgan campaign)
  • Dr Sue Wareham (Medical Association for Prevention of War)
  • Faith speakers including: Rev John Barr (President, NSW Ecumenical Council) Ms Wies Schuiringa (Religious Society of Friends – Quakers) Rev Myung Hwa Park (Uniting Synod NSW/ACT)
    Fr Shenouda Mansour (Coptic Orthodox Church) Rabbi Jacki Ninio (Emanuel Synagogue) Rabbi Gad Krebs (Kehillat Masada Synagogue)
  • Ian Rintoul (Refugee Action Coalition)
  • Shokufa Tahiri (Afghan refugee)

Following the rally, those present will march to Victoria Park (Cnr City Road and Broadway).

For more information about the Rally, please download the flyer below, prepared by the Refugee Action Coalition, or visit their website by clicking here.

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The information above was taken from the Refugee Action Coalition Website.

International Women's Day 2016

There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities:
violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable.

Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General

From our inception, the Sisters of Mercy worldwide, have had a particular focus on women and children, with Catherine McAuley recognising the significant role women play in shaping society and future generations.

In addition to our traditional ministries of education and protection of women through the provision of housing, and other opportunities for independence, today the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta work directly, or support others who work, in a variety of settings to protect, support and empower women. To read more about, or support, the work of these entities, please click the links below:

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women has five focus areas for its efforts, click on the relevant link to learn more about how you can give your support:


To read more about the particular International Women's Day programmes of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women within our region, click on the following Fact Sheet.

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