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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.

Join Us and the Mercy World in 9 Days of Prayer & Reflection

'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)

To mark the third anniversary of the release by Pope Francis of his encyclical letter Laudato Si’, Sisters of Mercy across the globe have committed to 9 Days of Prayer and Reflection using the Prayer for our Earth. The 9 Days will commence on Monday, 18 June and conclude on Tuesday, 26 June.

We, Sisters of Mercy of the Parramatta Congregation, are committed to protecting the rights of the natural world and to stemming the hurtful effects of climate change, pollution and the ‘throw away’ mentality, all of which concerns are addressed by Pope Francis in Laudato Si’.

We invite you to join us and the Mercy world in both marking the anniversary in prayer and in reflecting on the ways in which you can act to respect and protect the rights of Earth and the Earth community.


Some ways to become involved in living Laudato Si':

• Take the Laudato Si' pledge here
• Join Global Campaigns here
• Sign up to the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) weekly blog digest here
• Volunteer Opportunities are listed here

Social Networks: June 2018 Prayer intention of Pope Francis

We will encourage understanding and practice of our faith, informed by new knowledge and the interaction of science, theology and spirituality.(Chapter Statement)

We are all invited to join with Pope Francis and his worldwide prayer network in praying this month's intention: Social Networks

That social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects others for their differences.

Text of the June 2018 video:

'The Internet is a gift of God, but it is also a great responsibility.
Communication technology, its places, its instruments have brought with it a lengthening of horizons, a widening, for so many people.
It can offer immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity.
May the digital network not be a place of alienation. May it be a concrete place, a place rich in humanity.
Let us pray together that social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects others for their differences.'


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

Addressing Plastic Pollution

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)

This year, both World Environment Day (5 June) and World Oceans Day (8 June) invite and encourage us to reduce our plastic consumption for the sake of our natural places, our wildlife and our health. Plastic pollution on land and in the seas and oceans is now considered one of the great environmental challenges of our time. The facts are staggering:

  •  80% of all pollution in the ocean comes from people on land (United Nations)
  • Nearly 700 species, including endangered ones, are known to have been affected by ocean plastic (National Geographic)
  • 19 billion pounds of plastic waste ends up in our oceans each year (Science)
  •  Each cycle of a washing machine could release more than 700,000 microscopic plastic fibres into the environment (The Guardian)

  • This short video clip demonstrates the reliance people -us- have on plastic goods (01:58).


This week (4-10 June), when the environmental focus is on plastic pollution, a simple ‘mantra’ we could each adopt is: Use less plastic and recycle the plastic you must use.
The Clean Seas campaign offers us a number of tips & tricks we can each use to cut down on our plastic use. Visit the site here and consider taking the pledge

Reconciliation Week, 27 May - 3 June

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) in Australia (27 May - 3 June) is held to celebrate Indigenous history and culture and to celebrate and promote respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.


This year during National Reconciliation Week, Reconciliation Australia invites all Australians to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation. The theme chosen for this year is: Don’t Keep History A Mystery.

We, Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation, came to this area in 1888. For over 60,000 years, this area comprising present day Parramatta has been occupied by the Burramattagal people, a clan of the Darug, who first settled along the upper reaches of the Parramatta River. Burramattagal is thought to be derived from the Aboriginal word for 'place where the eels lie down' to breed (within the Parramatta River).



As we prepare to move forward together, this week offers us and all non-Indigenous Australians a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture. More information about the traditional owners of this land, the Darug people, can be learned here

Other sites to visit include:
National Indigenous Television (NITV) and the ABC will screen special programs