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Integrity of Justice: July 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: Integrity of Justice.

Let us pray that those who administer justice may work with integrity, and that the injustice which prevails in the world may not have the last word.

Text of the video:

The decisions made by judges influence the rights and property of citizens.
Their independence should keep them safe from favoritism and from pressures that could contaminate the decisions they have to make.
Judges must follow the example of Jesus, who never negotiates the truth.
Let us pray that those who administer justice may work with integrity, and that the injustice which prevails in the world may not have the last word.

- Pope Francis, July 2019



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Host and Guest - Hospitality Explored

Margery was very much appreciated by the crowd who attended this talk with its scholarly foundation and excellent flow into the challenge to be hospitable in our everyday lives. She led the group in a reflection on Hospitality as 'Host' and 'Guest' and looked at this concept through the lens of Scripture.

As one participant commented:

I found the session very challenging in a positive way. It has given me much food for thought. I really appreciated the way Margery told the story of the Canaanite woman - so powerful! There was so much that I want to say thank you for - the whole session was inspirational. And yes! I too could answer NO (to the challenging questions of my involvement) and feel a bit guilty - but it is good to be challenged and try to stay open to learning and new ways of living.

This session will be repeated on Monday 18 May from 10:30am to 12 noon in the Catherine McAuley Rooms, Mercy Congregation Centre, 6 Victoria Rd, Parramatta

The third session will focus on 'compassion' and will be presented by Claire Thomas, the Director of Mission at OLMC Parramatta. Claire will investigate whether we are born with compassion or whether it is a learned skill. That will lead on to reflecting on how, as local, national and international communities, we become more compassionate towards those in need.

The evening session on 'Compassion' will be held on Thursday, 4 June from 6pm to 7:30pm. It will be repeated on Tuesday, 23 June from 10:30am to 12 noon.

RSVP: mercyfuture@hotkey.net.au<mailto:mercyfuture@hotkey.net.au> OR phone: 02 9683 2555 (please indicate which session). Light refreshments will be served.

Honouring Sacrifice - Praying for Peace

We pause today to remember and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their countries, in all wars and times of conflict:

“One can have no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.
John 15:13.

We pray for those who return from war bearing the physical and emotional scars of their service. May our gratitude be reflected in  our society's ongoing care and support of these men and women and their families.

We pray too, that in our remembering the costs of war, our world will come to know a deep and lasting peace, grounded in our respect for and recognition of, our human dignity.

 

Autumn series of "Wake up the World to Mercy" sessions gets off to a great start

Two more sessions are planned in this autumn series. They will each be presented twice, once as an evening session and once the daytime session.

The next session will focus on ‘hospitality’. Margery Jackman, former principal of Catherine McAuley Westmead will examine the concept of ‘hospitality’ in scripture and explore its implications for us as Mercy people both in society and in the church. Marjorie is a passionate advocate of the Justice particularly for women in the church. The evening session will be held on Thursday 30 April from 6pm to 7:30pm. The repeat session will be held on 18 May from 10:30am to 12 noon.

The third session will focus on ’compassion’ and will be presented by Claire Thomas, the Director of Mission at OLMC Parramatta. Claire will investigate whether we are born with compassion or whether it is a learned skill. That will lead on to reflecting on how, as local, national and international communities, we become more compassionate towards those in need.

The evening session on ‘compassion’ will be held on Thursday, 4 June from 6pm to 7:30pm. It will be repeated on Tuesday, 23 June from 10:30am to 12 noon. 

RSVP:
mercyfuture@hotkey.net.au<mailto:mercyfuture@hotkey.net.au OR phone: 02 9683 2555  (please indicate which session)

Light refreshments will be served.





 

Parramatta Mercy Sister to speak to Joint Select Committee

The Sisters of Mercy Parramatta welcomed the opportunity in August 2014, to make a written submission to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The full text of the written submission from the Parramatta Mercy Congregation can be accessed here.

Following this written submission, the Sisters were invited to speak to the Committee, and Sr Margaret Hinchey, a passionate social justice advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, will represent the Parramatta Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy at a session in Sydney today. 

In her presentation, on behalf of the Congregation, Sr Margaret will affirm the efforts by the Committee to bring about timely and necessary reforms to the Australian Constitution, while offering suggestions and responses to a number of the Committee's recommendations concerning the process of the movement towards a referendum, its timing, and the content of proposed Constitutional changes. As we draw closer to the possibility of this Referendum on constitutional recognition, bipartisan agreement, and the full, prior, informed consent of Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander Peoples to any proposed changes are imperative. The full text of Sr Margaret's presentation to the Committee can be accessed here.

Through her Lifequest Ministry, Sr Margaret works tirelessly to provide education on, and raise awareness of, injustice in both local and international contexts. Through education and consciousness-raising, the seeds for positive change are planted.To read more about Sr Margaret's Lifequest ministry, click here. To hear Sr Margaret's reflections on her life and ministry, click here.