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Join in a Discussion about Mercy Global Presence Theme 'Cosmos'

Valda Dickinson is holding an online meeting using Zoom to discuss the resources made available to us on the September theme: 'Cosmos/Cosmology'.

The meeting will take place at 5pm on Wednesday December 4.

All are welcome!

To join:
Go to: https://zoom.us/j/5339386598 and follow the prompts

Topic: Mercy Global Presence 'Cosmos/Cosmology' Resources (September 2019)

After reflecting on the various resources...

  • What affirms your point of view?
  • What is moving or challenging you ? 
  • What do you disagree with?
  • Anything else you wish to raise.

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.

For more information visit: http://www.ocrf.com.au/research/about-ovarian-cancer/

 

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.