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National Day of Sorrow and Promise.

Members of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, our Staff and Partners in Ministry, gathered at our Congregation Centre on Sunday December 2nd, to participate in the National Day of Sorrow and Promise which has emerged through Catholic Religious Australia to acknowledge survivors of abuse within the Catholic Church and all those who have been hurt by that abuse. 

The liturgy, which included the testimony of survivors and their family members, acknowledged the tragedy of Institutional child sexual abuse, its devastating and life long effects on survivors and their family and friends, and was underpinned by a promise to ensure such crimes can never happen again, and that the safety of all children and vulnerable adults under the care of the Catholic Church, Catholic Religious Congregations and out ministries, is ensured.

The Liturgy concluded with the following Statement of Promise, made by all Sisters of Mercy who were present or who participated in smaller gatherings in local communities:

As Catholic Religious of Australia, we are stirred by sorrow for the failings of the past. We encounter the depth of pain endured within our midst.
WE promise to listen to and support those who have been harmed by abuse
WE promise to act to prevent abuse, respond with compassion and justice and put the protection of children and the vulnerable at the heart of all our ministries
WE promise to support all those walking courageously with the abused and those working fearlessly for the prevention of abuse
WE promise to work tirelessly and humbly to build a culture in our Church which is loving and answerable to the wider community
WE promise to partner with those who have been abused, with governments, civil agencies and society at large to continue to learn and work towards a safer, more respectful and accountable Church
WE promise to be people of action, to embed prevention and safeguarding practices and governance reforms throughout our Church
WE promise to remember and to be forever changed

2 December 2018

Statements by the Leaders of many Religious Congregations can be found here

2018-2019 Social Justice Statement Released

We will open our hearts to the cries of the poor using our energies, gifts and resources to address violence and discrimination especially for women and children, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, displaced persons, minority groups, the homeless... (Chapter Statement)

In Australia, the last Sunday in September is 'Social Justice Sunday'. Each year on this day the Bishops issue a major statement of focus for the coming year. The 2018-2019 Social Justice Statement is titled: ‘A Place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land'. 

The Bishops consider the extent of our housing crisis and Australia’s falling rates of home ownership. They focus especially on those in our society who are most vulnerable to housing insecurity and homelessness. We are reminded that safe and secure housing is a human right, asserted both by the Church’s social teaching and by the Declaration of Human Rights.

The Statement confronts the growing challenge of homelessness and housing insecurity in Australia. It challenges each one of us to ask ourselves how we might contribute to the solution.

The Statement can be read here (PDF)


Young People in Africa: September Prayer Intention of Pope Francis

We will use our gifts as educators in all our ministries to assist those in need of support in their learning.(Chapter Statement)

We are all invited to join with Pope Francis and his worldwide prayer network in praying this month's intention: Young People in Africa.

Let us pray that young people in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries.

Text of the September 2018 video:

'Africa is a wealthy continent, and its greatest, most valuable resource is its young people. They should be able to choose between letting themselves be overcome by difficulty or transforming the difficulty into an opportunity. The most effective way to help them in this choice is to invest in their education. If young people don't have the possibility of education, what future can they have? Let us pray that young people in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries.'

We invite you to post a prayer or reflection in our prayer space

Rosemary Goldie, the Parramatta Girl in the Vatican

The most senior laywoman in the Vatican in the 20th century was a little known woman from Parramatta, Rosemary Goldie.

The story of this personal friend of multiple Popes, Jacques Maritain and Cardinal Cardijn has an unlikely beginning, when she was raised by her devout grandmother, who sent Rosemary to Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta. Rosemary’s mother had turned to a bohemian lifestyle in Sydney’s Kings Cross, wearing a leopard skin and writing provocative novels.

Today [11 September] the Australian Embassy to the Holy See honours her legacy with the Rosemary Goldie Room, opened in early 2018 by Senator the Honourable Marise Payne, Minister for Defence.

The biannual Rosemary Goldie Lecture in Sydney likewise commemorates her and this year’s lecture features renowned Catholic journalist John L. Allen as the speaker.

Read the complete story in Catholic Outlook.

Women share pathway to success

On August 29, Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta hosted its annual Women in Leadership Forum. A panel of inspiring women shared their experiences of the challenges they faced along their pathway to success. Mercy Girls and their families, Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, students from other schools and OLMC staff listened to addresses by speakers: Marina Go (Chair of Wests Tigers NRL Club), Justice Julia Lonergan (NSW Supreme Court Judge), Amanda Farrugia (Captain of the AFLW GWS Giants) and Carol Salloum (Restaurateur – Almond Bar, Darlinghurst).

Mrs Marie Wood, Principal (Acting) sees the importance in events such as these to “remind us all to take risks, be confident and learn from challenges”.
Read the complete story in Catholic Outlook