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Dialogue and Reconciliation in the Middle East

We are all invited to join with Pope Francis and his worldwide prayer network in praying this month's intention: Dialogue and Reconciliation in the Middle East

Let us pray that a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Middle East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together.

In the Middle East, concord and dialogue among the three monotheistic religions is based on spiritual and historic bonds.
The Good News of Jesus, risen out of love, came to us from these lands. Today, many Christian communities, together with Jewish and Muslim communities, work here for peace, reconciliation, and forgiveness.
Let us pray that a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Middle East.

- Pope Francis, November 2019

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

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:< 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.

Sr Rebecca Returns to the Water - No Stranger to Pain

Today, on a beautiful Sydney Sunday morning, Sr Rebecca joined thousands of other swimmers as they took part in a Sydney Institution, the Cole Classic Ocean Swim in Manly. Over 30 years ago, at the age of 15yrs, Sr Rebecca won the race. Today she was satisfied with completing it, after many years out of the water.

Sr Rebecca, a member of the Parramatta Sisters of Mercy, is a former Australian Champion Swimmer, and after a number of years of success at the national level, was selected for the 1984 Olympic Team, before suffering a career-ending injury to her shoulder through over-training.

This experience of physical pain and deep personal disappointment, has provided Sr Rebecca with both empathy and a powerful motivation to help others, in her ministry as a physiotherapist working in the area of Chronic Pain Management and research. 

Sr Rebecca, one of the co-authors of "The Pain Book"  and "The Spinal Cord Injury Pain Book" , draws on her personal experience in bringing hope to those under her care, in her physiotherapy ministry. She has a keen interest in the relationship between the experience of Chronic Pain and spirituality in bringing hope and healing.

As a former winner of the Cole Classic, media interest in Sr Rebecca's return to the open waters has been high. To read more of the media coverage of Sr Rebecca's story on the Archdiocese of Sydney web site click here; in the Parramatta Diocese Catholic Outlook magazine click here (and go to page 16); in The Sydney Morning Herald click here; or to see her interview on the Channel Nine Sunday Today Show, click here.

Mercy Sisters Provide a Home for Jesuit Refugee Service Shelter Project in Parramatta

The Sisters of Mercy Parramatta are delighted to be able to provide a cottage to Jesuit Refugee Service for use as a Drop In Centre for Refugees and Asylum Seekers who live in the Western Suburbs.

The work of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is to accompany, serve and advocate for Refugees and Asylum Seekers and persons who have been forcibly displaced in over 50 countries.

The Shelter Project, was established in 2007, by Jesuit Refugee Service in partnership with the Sisters of Charity and the Good Samaritan Sisters, to assist Asylum seekers and refugees who were at risk of  financial destitution and homelessness while living in the community. The service continues to provide temporary accommodation, financial support and casework services to  refugees and asylum seekers.

Recognising that many refugees and asylum seekers in the community are located in the Western Suburbs of Sydney, and that access to and the costs of, transport can impact on their ability to access services, JRS with the assistance of the Sisters of Charity, the Good Samaritan Sisters and the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta have established a new Shelter Project Drop in Centre - Arrupe Place - at 4 Victoria Rd, Parramatta.

The Centre will be open Monday to Thursday from 10am - 4.00pm. Fridays will be reserved for free legal services provided by RACS.

For full information on the services available through the centre, please click here.