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Protecting Our Oceans: September Prayer Intention of Pope Francis

We the Sisters of Mercy of the Parramatta Congregation acknowledge gratefully that we are co-creators with the Divine, in an evolving ‘sacrament of communion’ which includes everything that exists.(Chapter Statement)

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

Let us pray this month that politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans.

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Oceans contain the bulk of our planet’s water supply, and also most of the immense variety of living creatures, many of them are threatened for various reasons.
Creation is a project of love given by God to humanity.
Our solidarity with the “common home” is born from our faith.
Let us pray this month that politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans.

-Pope Francis, September 2019

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Remembering with Gratitude

As we remember with sadness past wars in which so many lives have been lost, we pray for the present areas of conflict and instability in our world.


In particular we pray for peace and justice in Syria, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Iran, Sri Lanka, Somalia, and Ukraine.


Wishing All a Happy Easter

The Sisters of Mercy Parramatta rejoice as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus.

May the love of Jesus permeate the hearts of all around the world bringing hope where there is despair, peace where there is conflict, and light where there is darkness.

Mercies Raise their Voices for Those Without a Voice

The Annual Palm Sunday Peace Rally, which is held in multiple cities around Australia, took the theme of “Declaring Peace on Refugees”, and drew support from a great variety of organisations and individuals. Many Women’s and Men’s Religious Orders were represented, along with representatives of other Christian and non-Christian Faith Traditions, Trade Unions, and Refugee Advocacy Groups, to name a few.

The Rally was addressed by a number of speakers. Mr Phil Glendenning of the Refugee Council of Australia and the Edmund Rice Centre, called on all present to provide the leadership on this issue, that our political leaders lack. He highlighted the many areas in which Australia’s current policies are at odds with our obligations under the United Nations Convention on Refugees, including the current detention of over 1,000 children.

Sr Susan Connelly, of the Sisters of St Joseph, also addressed the rally with passion and wisdom. She called for an end to the scapegoating of refugees and asylum seekers, and for all sides of politics to work together to stop the punishment of innocent victims seeking safety and security in Australia.

Following the address by speakers, the Sisters joined the thousands of others in attendance as they marched through the main streets of Sydney, raising their voices as they called “Say it loud, Say it Clear, Refugees are Welcome Here!”

Despite being drenched by the driving rain, the Sisters were determined to see the March through to the finish. The Sisters stand in solidarity with, and support of, those who have committed no crime but are detained in dehumanising conditions, having fled their homelands in search of safety and protection in Australia.

Declare Peace on Refugees - Palm Sunday March and Rally, April 13, 2014

Everyone has the right to live in peace, with justice and equality and that includes all asylum seekers. By declaring war on refugees, the Australian Government is alienating and dehumanising people who come to our country seeking the help we promised sixty years ago when the Menzies Coalition Government signed the United Nations Refugee Convention.

If you feel disturbed by Australia's response to Refugees and Asylum Seekers, join Sisters of Mercy and other concerned Australians in being a voice for those who have no voice. Be a part of the Palm Sunday March and Rally, Sunday, April 13th, 2014, beginning at 1.00pm, Hyde Park North, (near the fountain), Sydney.