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Missionary Spring in the Church: Prayer Intention of Pope Francis

We are all invited to pray with Pope Francis and his worldwide prayer network in praying this month's intention: Missionary Spring in the Church

In this extraordinary mission month, let us pray that the Holy Spirit engenders a new missionary spring in the Church.



Today, a new impulse to the Church’s missionary activity is needed to face the challenge of proclaiming Jesus and his death and resurrection.
Reaching the peripheries—the human, cultural, and religious settings still foreign to the Gospel: this is what we call the missio ad gentes.
We must also remember that the soul of the Church’s mission is prayer.
In this extraordinary missionary month, let us pray that the Holy Spirit may engender a new missionary spring for all those baptized and sent by Christ’s Church.


Message of Pope Francis for World Mission Day 2019

Read - Baptized and sent: the Church of Christ on mission in the world

Fourth Anniversary of Encyclical letter Laudato Si'

We will live simply, in a way that takes into account the fragility of  Mother Earth by using her resources more sparingly and,where possible, living with less. (Chapter Statement 2016)

On 18 June 2015, Pope Francis released his encyclical letter Laudato Si' (Praised Be), a passionate call to every person living on the planet  'to regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it' (para. 229). Since that letter was released there have been numerous media reports of extreme weather events including drought, floods and tornadoes and their impact on millions of people. Eight months ago we learned from leading climate scientists that there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C.

This anniversary offers each one of us the opportunity to reflect on how we have responded to the Pope's call in Laudato Si' and to recommit to action.

A starting point could be to visit the website of the Global Catholic Climate Movement which works within the Catholic Church to better care for our common home and to which Sisters of Mercy belong. It provides resources for learning about Laudato Si' and suggestions for protecting all creation.

Refugee Week 2019

'We will open our hearts to the cries of the poor...' (Chapter Statement).

Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation, together with all members of Mercy International Association, accompany, advocate, educate and collaborate with others, for and on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers .

The theme for Refugee Week (16-22 June 2019) #WithRefugees is the continuing 3 year theme in Australia with the focus ‘Share a Meal, Share a Story’ to celebrate refugee stories.

 View the stories of Australia's Refugee Week Ambassadors.



Every refugee has their own story to tell. 
Whose story will you seek out and listen to this week?

Read the Bilum and Find Out about Local Mercy and Overseas Relief and Development Activities

Mercy Works is the name given to the organisation that supports the local and overseas relief and development activities that are part of the vision and mission of the four congregations of the Sisters of Mercy in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Across Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and Australia, Mercy Works supports communities as they seek to achieve meaningful positive change.

Twice each year, in June and December, Mercy works publishes its magazine, 'The Bilum' to share the stories of the people, the projects and the efforts undertaken to transform lives by responding to needs.

The June 2019 issue is out now. This edition focusses on the power of the voice and language, responding to the UN declaration of 2019 as the Year of Indigenous Languages

Read it here

World Environment Day 2019

'We, the Sisters of Mercy of the Parramatta Congregation, acknowledge gratefully that we are co-creators with the Divine, in an evolving "sacrament of communion" which includes everything that exists' (Chapter Statement)

5 June is World Environment Day, the United Nations principle vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment, now in its 45th year. 

Issues such as water conservation and climate challenge us all to take action to protect and restore the environment.

Our commitment to do so is expressed in our Chapter Statement which reads (in part):

'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.'