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Promotion of World Peace: 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: Promotion of World Peace.

We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote together peace and justice in the world.

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In a divided and fragmented world, I want to invite all believers, and also all people of good will, to reconciliation and fraternity.
Our faith leads us to spread the values of peace and mutual understanding, of the common good.
We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote together peace and justice in the world.
Thank you.

Pope Francis, January 2020

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Jubilee Year of Mercy Begins

In Parramatta, on December 12th, 150 Sisters of Mercy and co-workers, gathered in the Mother Mary Clare Memorial Chapel for a Eucharistic Celebration to mark the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Mass was followed by lunch in the Edith Angel Hall in Our Lady of Mercy College, next door.

The music chosen for the Mass reflected the central themes of Mercy and the Care of Creation as articulated in Laudato Si. Musicians and singers, drawn from OLMC Parramatta current and former students, Sisters of Mercy, family and friends, themselves reflected the wonder of creation in their sharing of their gifts to enhance the liturgy with beautiful singing and music.

In his homily, Fr Peter Confeggi, reflected on the counter-cultural nature of Mercy - particularly in the present space in which the world community finds itself.  He challenged us with both the Gospel imperative that is always before us, and the invitation this Year of Mercy offers to each of us, to be Mercy, to live Mercy, to give and receive Mercy, in a world which desperately needs Mercy.

Following lunch, all present joined in a ritual where our "Local Doors of Mercy" were opened, symbolic of our desire to open our hearts, homes and places of ministry to those seeking Mercy, and in so doing to receive the Mercy that we also need.

This celebration marks the beginning of a year of activities in which Sisters of Mercy, and our ministry and mission partners, will join with the Universal Church, in celebrating, reflecting on, and living Mercy.

One way in which the Sisters of Mercy and our ministry and mission partners, locally and Internationally, will focus on Mercy is through the Mercy International Reflection Process, which also began with the commencement of the Year of Mercy. Through this four Stage process, Sisters of Mercy and all those with whom we partner in ministry, will have the opportunity to engage in a process of theological reflection, which leads us to action grounded in, and in response to, the needs of our times and the demands of the Gospel.

The Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, as with other Sisters of Mercy around the world, will encourage, support and participate in small reflection groups drawn from our various communities and ministries.

New app assists daily reflection during the Year of Mercy

The ‘Mercy-ing’ app provides users a morning inspiration and an evening reflection to frame their day and to be attentive to the events, interactions, relationships and circumstances of each day within the context of ‘being Mercy’.

Content for the app has been drawn from a wide selection of sources including scripture, the Mercy tradition, contemporary theologians, activists and thinkers. The app includes the daily repetition of a consistent mercy ‘mantra’, as well as an inbuilt timer to assist with the reflective process. Each month there is a focus on one of the Spiritual or Corporal Works of Mercy.

The title of the app has a direct connection with Pope Francis who, when seeking to translate his motto from Latin to Spanish, coined the word misericordiando which in English translates to the word “Mercy-ing”. By expressing Mercy as a verb, it captures the sense of movement inherent in the heart of Mercy, which includes hearing the cry of all creation for mercy and responding.

The app has been funded by the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea and developed with the support of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, and Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa, Sisters of Mercy New Zealand.

To download the free app, visit the link below. Reflections and content for the app commenced from December 1, and will conclude at the end of November 2016 in alignment with Jubilee Year.

Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play

New Catherine McAuley Leaders Visit Starting Point

The young women of mercy shared with the sisters their areas of Leadership Responsibility and their hopes and goals for this coming 12 months of Leadership within the school.

Sister Catherine Ryan, Congregation Leader, shared some of the stories from the writings of the Foundation Sisters, and some of the significant historical aspects of the various buildings on site, and how these early days of the Congregation and Schools related to the development of Catherine McAuley High School.

Following a tour of the Chapel, an opportunity to visit the Archives and a viewing of the collected artworks of one of the Sisters who had been a teacher at Catherine McAuley, the student leaders shared in morning tea with the Sisters in the convent garden.

In the spirit of Catherine McAuley, who believed "there should be a piano in every community house", there was an impromptu concert of piano and singing by the students and sisters, before the student leaders returned to school.

Mercies March in Support of Climate Action in Paris

Sisters of Mercy from around Australia participated in marches in the various capital cities, in support of the COP21 gathering in Paris.

Sisters in Sydney, attended a rally in the Domain, to hear and affirm a variety of speakers who called on our Government to take a leading role in forging an agreement in Paris which will deliver reductions in carbon emissions before it is too late.

Following the rally, many sisters joined in marching through the city streets, calling for a strong commitment to preservation of our planet for future generations.

Apart from those who attended the rallies and marches in their various cities, Sisters of Mercy from all around the world "circled the globe" with prayer by joining in praying Pope Francis' Prayer for the Earth, Country by Country,  in their local area, over 24 hours in each of the 10 days leading up to the COP21 meeting in Paris.