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Mercy Formation Program for Staff Members Benefits Students

As students returned to schooling on site after their time doing remote learning they were all given a bookmark to remind them both of the Mercy value of ‘Hospitality’ and to follow in Venerable Catherine McAuley’s words to ‘Strive to do ordinary things extraordinarily well”.

The bookmarks were designed by teachers Ms Allen and Ms Nakhoul as part of their project for the Mercy Formation Program. This program sees two staff members from each of the six Mercy schools in Sydney (Catherine McAuley, Westmead; Mercy College, Chatswood; Monte Sant' Angelo, North Sydney; Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta; Our Lady of Mercy College, Burraneer and Emmaus College, Kemps Creek) participate after being nominated by their school principal. The staff involved chose a project to work on which will deepen staff understanding of the Mercy charism.

As part of the project undertaken by Ms Allen and Ms Nakhoul, they also designed tea cups and postcards to be gifted to Year 12 students as a graduation gift and to new staff members.


'To the pandemic of the virus we want to respond with the universality of prayer, of compassion, of tenderness'

 —Pope Francis

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Let us all pray together for the sick, for the people who are suffering.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas — we who are put to the test — and deliver us from every danger. O glorious and blessed Virgin.
I thank all Christians, all the men and women of good will who pray at this moment, in unison, whichever religious tradition they belong to.

 —Pope Francis, March 2020

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Prayer in Response to COVID- 19

Join the Global Mercy Family in Prayer in Response to COVID-19

God of Love and Mercy

We pray for our world - for all of us, each one now in some way impacted by COVID-19: but especially for those persons who are ill, those who have lost loved ones and those whose personal and work lives have been severely disrupted by the reach of this virus.

We give thanks for the tender care of the sick by doctors, nurses and health care workers, for the generous and willing service of volunteers and for the imagination and dedication of researchers seeking a cure.

We are grateful for those who share wise advice with us; those whose work creates healthy environments for us; those who put our needs before theirs, our safety before theirs, our well-being before theirs.

May we each be supportive of one another, considerate of one another and generous to one another in this difficult and uncertain time.


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Listening with Australian Ears to the Voices of the Amazonian Synod

The following reflection is a response to the Documents of the Synod, the input of Mark O’Çonnor fms and conversations with friends

On Saturday March 7, at the Earthkin gathering in Parramatta, Mark O’Connor fms shared his reflections on the Amazonian Synod. (October 6-27, 2019). Mark was present in Rome during the Synod and was privy to much of the dynamics behind the sessions and commentary during these weeks.

Being attentive to what was written in the Preparatory, Final and Post-Synodal Documents can help generate potential for renewal of Christian community. It can awaken the whole Church to know and actively support the struggles, longings and faith of the peoples in the lands of Amazonia as they endeavor to protect their environment, live the Catholic faith and practice ministries in culturally appropriate ways.

 Simultaneously it can enable the Amazonian people to know that they are not alone or totally powerless in the face of destructive forces. The Universal Church has heard their cries and is on their side. I imagine that the exchange of knowledge about each other like this would have created a sense of communion among the early Christians and prompted the local churches to assist each other. It is what Vatican 11 endeavoured to reactivate...

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Catholics in China: March 2020 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: the Church in China. 

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Today, the Church in Chinal looks to the future with hope.
The Church wants Chinese Christians to be truly Christians, and to be good citizens.
They should promote the Gospel, but without engaging in proselytism, and they need to achieve the unity of the divided Catholic community.
Let us pray together that the church in China may persevere in its faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity.
Thank you.

Pope Francis, March 2020

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