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Moving from Denial to Sustainability via Wonder

Environmental scientist and writer Haydn Washington believes that we will not solve the environmental crisis unless we change our worldview and ethics, and to do so we must rejuvenate our sense of wonder at nature.

Our goal should be to look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted.
Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; to be spiritual is to be constantly amazed
Rabbi Abraham Herschel

About Haydn

Haydn has degrees in Ecology, Eco-toxicology (MSc) and Social Ecology (PhD).
He has worked as an Investigations Scientist in the CSIRO, as Director of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW and as an environmental consultant.
Haydn has conducted many flora surveys as plant ecologist (e.g. in the Gardens of Stone and Wollemi National Parks).
He has been a councillor on the Australian Conservation Foundation and a media officer for the Wilderness Society.
Haydn was Director of Sustainability at Willoughby City Council from 2007 to 2009, and wrote the first Sustainability Charter of any Council in Australia.

Date: Saturday May 25, 2019
Time: 9.30am-12.30pm.
Place: Catherine McAuley Room 6 Victoria Road, Parramatta, NSW, 2150
Parking: In grounds or church parking area opposite

Everyday I see or hear something which kills me with delight
- Mary Oliver

8 February 2019 - World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking

Pope Francis has declared the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, which is celebrated each year on 8th February to be the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking. St Josephine Bakhita is the patron saint of victims of slavery and of Sudan. Australians are being urged to work together, through grass roots action and corporate governance, to end slavery around the world.

Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH), Catholic Religious Australia (CRA—) of which the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation is a member— and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) join the call for a fourfold commitment to: slavery prevention, victim protection, legal prosecution of perpetrators, and partnerships for change. This commitment begins with awareness raising and action to eliminate slavery in all its forms at a diocesan, parish, school, family and personal level.

“This special day gives us an opportunity to reflect on what we do and what we buy and if necessary, to commit to act differently in order to work towards the elimination of slavery,”

Read the News release and consider what steps you can take to contribute to slavery prevention.

Your Invitation to the 5th Australian Catherine McAuley Symposium

The Catherine McAuley Symposium is an initiative of the office of the Vice-Postulator for the Canonisation of Catherine McAuley.

The Symposium is funded and sponsored by the Leaders of the Mercy Congregations of Brisbane, North Sydney, Parramatta and the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG). Its purpose is to engage participants in exploring the relevance of Catherine's founding inspiration for our own time and place.

We invite you to join us to hear Sr Mary Pat Garvin RSM (Americas) present 'Catherine McAuley - Social Mystic'

Date: Saturday, 9 March
Time: 10.00am - 3.30pm
Venue: Catherine McAuley Rooms, Convent of Mercy, 6 Victoria Road, Parramatta
RSVP: no later than 22 February with your name and the word "Parramatta" to
Parking: in grounds or chuch parking opposite

The Symposium is being held in four locations: Parramatta (9 March), Melbourne (16 March), Adelaide (19 March), Brisbane (23 March).
Details of the venues - any of which you are welcome to attend- can be found here (PDF)

Christmas Greetings & Blessings

May Christmas awaken in you
the Wonder and Beauty of our Cosmos,
revealing the indwelling of Mystery
and the oneness of God in you and you in God.

May you embrace the New Year
filled with the Presence of the New Born
bringing to our world
Extravagant Love, Heartfelt Kindness and Courageous Action.

In the Service of the Transmission of Faith: December 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: In the Service of the Transmission of Faith.

Let us pray that people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.

Text of the video:
If you want to share your faith through the word, you have to listen much and carefully.
Let us imitate the style of Jesus, who adapted himself to the people He had in front of Him so as to bring God’s love to them.
Let us pray that people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time, in their dialogue with people’s hearts, and above all, by listening much.

- Pope Francis, December 2018


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