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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.

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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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National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week celebrates the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and all other Australians.  Every year, the week is held between the same dates, 27 May to 3 June.  The dates draw attention to significant historical events in Australia.  On 27 May 1967, the referendum allowed the Australian Government to change the Constitution so that it could make specific laws that applied to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that could assist in addressing inequalities.  They were now recognised in the national census.  The High Court's landmark Mabo decision, made on 3 June 1992, overturned the concept of 'terra nullius' (meaning that no one owned the lands before European Settlement).  It legally recognised that Indigenous people had a special relationship to the land-that existed prior to colonisation and still exists today.  This recognition paved the way for Indigenous land rights called Native Title. 

International Nurses Day - Honouring Those Who Care

From the earliest days of the Sisters of Mercy, Nursing has been a core ministry of the Sisters, and a means by which Sisters could bring the compassionate love of God, to those in need of healing.

May 12,  the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, marks International Nurses Day, an annual international celebration of the contribution of Nurses and the Nursing Profession, to the health and wellbeing of society and its members.

The Sisters of Mercy, who worked alongside Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War, and on whom Florence Nightingale depended, today provide healthcare around the globe whether in large, state of the art hospitals and health facilities or in the streets of developing countries and refugee camps. Irrespective of the location or setting, Sisters of Mercy and their colleagues and ministry partners strive to provide care that is compassionate and competent, respecting the inherent dignity of each individual.

On this International Nurses Day, the Sisters of Mercy reflect with gratitude on the generous and dedicated service of Nurses around the world, and pray that their healing ministry will bring wholeness to those in need.



Stella Maris Gives Thanks for Dedicated Auxiliary Members

On a glorious Autumn day, members of the two Stella Maris Auxiliaries were joined by Sisters of Mercy, staff, residents and friends to celebrate and give thanks for the wonderful, committed support provided to Stella Maris by the auxiliaries since the Opening of Stella Maris in 1987.

The Mass was concelebrated by Fr Paul Foley and Fr Francis Martin, both of whom have had a long association with Stella Maris, with Fr Martin now a resident.

Sr Catherine Ryan, Congregation Leader of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, addressed the gathering to express the gratitude of the Sisters for the many years of dedicated service and support by past and present members of the auxiliaries. The beauty of the environment, the quality of equipment and services, and the "extra" care and attention provided to residents have all been enhanced by the activities of the auxiliaries through fundraising and volunteering of their time in tending the garden, running the kiosk, and supporting residents.

As always, Mass was followed by a delicious afternoon tea in the activity room where guests could enjoy good company with magnificent view.

Mercy Congregation Centre Staff Mark "White Shirt Day"

The Sisters and Staff of the Mercy Congregation Centre in Parramatta wore white shirts today in support of White Shirt Day - raising awareness for Ovarian Cancer.

An insidious disease, often known as a "silent killer", the  symptoms of Ovarian cancer are vague and often strike without warning.

Unlike many other cancers, there is no early detection test. Consequently, ovarian cancer is often diagnosed in its late stages and only 20%-30% of women will survive beyond five years of diagnosis. In comparison, survival rates increase to 80-100% when ovarian cancer is detected and treated early.

"We all know someone who has been touched by ovarian cancer, and today we wanted to remember them as well as raise awareness of the importance of early detection" said Anne Ferguson, Mission Animator for the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta.

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