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Mercy Formation Program for Staff Members Benefits Students

As students returned to schooling on site after their time doing remote learning they were all given a bookmark to remind them both of the Mercy value of ‘Hospitality’ and to follow in Venerable Catherine McAuley’s words to ‘Strive to do ordinary things extraordinarily well”.

The bookmarks were designed by teachers Ms Allen and Ms Nakhoul as part of their project for the Mercy Formation Program. This program sees two staff members from each of the six Mercy schools in Sydney (Catherine McAuley, Westmead; Mercy College, Chatswood; Monte Sant' Angelo, North Sydney; Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta; Our Lady of Mercy College, Burraneer and Emmaus College, Kemps Creek) participate after being nominated by their school principal. The staff involved chose a project to work on which will deepen staff understanding of the Mercy charism.

As part of the project undertaken by Ms Allen and Ms Nakhoul, they also designed tea cups and postcards to be gifted to Year 12 students as a graduation gift and to new staff members.

Our Great Work-Caring for Country

The theme for the gathering was “Our Great Work-Caring for Country”. A task that requires commitment and action from people in all walks of life e.g. science, politics, philosophy, ethics, religion, economics and education.
 
John Butcher President of the Cooks River Valley Association shared how the Cooks River People are caring for country in the Cooks River Valley and how they see their relationship to the river and its surrounds. His talk was entitled “Walking the Talk-Caring for an Endangered Ecological Community”.


In the presentation we were taken on a journey. In the course of this journey, we discovered how groups of people connected to the river have improved not only the water quality of the river but also the diversity of life along the river. The river has come alive with festivals celebrating times when people swam in the river and places where ‘Sorry Day’ and other celebrations have and still take place.

We watched a video of the children from the local public school being educated into the life of the river. The Cooks River Valley Association wrote a unit on the Cooks River for Primary and Secondary School. Through the connections they have made they will take pride in looking after it.

Our next speaker, D Michelle Maloney, an environmental lawyer and co-founder of Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) posed the question, “What have Law, Governance and Ethics got to do with the Great Work?”

She went on to tell us how a network of lawyers in Australia and abroad are contributing to the “Great Work” through efforts in the area of Earth Jurisprudence. They are working towards making the current Western legal system more earth-centred and less exploitive of the natural world.


Michelle shared some of the beliefs, ideology and ethics underlying the group’s approach to Earth Jurisprudence, including the belief of Thomas Berry that “Ecology is not part of Law rather Law is an extension of Ecology”.

She mentioned also the interconnection of the earth community and the view that the “Great Laws-“-laws of the natural world -are to be respected as basic and higher than human law.

Michelle shared how Members of AELA are critiquing current law, governance, and the overall worldview and practices of industrial society from the point of view of Earth. She told us ways in which AELA members are advocating alternative law and governance structures that support the rights of nature and ecological limits as well as human rights.
 
Click here for further information regarding AELA.

Many participants expressed appreciation of the input and sharing.

Our next gathering is Saturday Morning, August 29, 2015, when Professor Ray Norris and Cilla Norris will speak on “The World’s First Astronomers: Astronomy and navigation in Australian Aboriginal Traditions and Cultural heritage”. All are welcome.
 
Marie Butcher and Valda Dickinson 
 

Mercy Sisters Welcome and Affirm Pope Francis' Call for Global Action on Climate Change

In "Laudato Si (Praise be to You)," addressing "every person living on this planet", Pope Francis wishes to "enter into dialogue with all people about our common home".

In the same way, the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta through our 4th Vow Social Justice Group and our Ecology Group, strive to promote dialogue, advocacy and action to respond to the many issues facing our planet today.

We also welcome the response of Caritas Australia in promoting a Global Catholic Climate Movement petition which will be presented to world leaders, including Australian Prime Minister, at the Global Climate Negotiations in December 2015.

To find out more and to sign the petition, Click Here

A Good Cup of Tea delivers Funds for Village Heath Project in PNG

The event was a fundraiser for the Mercy Works' Village Health Project in Kiunga, Papua New Guinea.

The OLMC Chamber Ensemble greeted guests as they arrived with beautiful selection of music. The OLMC Year 11 Hospitality class prepared a delicious menu under the guidance of their teacher, Ms Marcia Jaimes.

Sr Ailsa Mackinnon and Mrs Margaret Coulter from Mercy Works were thrilled with the generosity of those in attendance, who contributed $1400 to the Kiunga Project.

Bright Future for Excellence In Music at OLMC Parramatta

From the very first days of Our Lady Of Mercy College, the Sisters of Mercy established a tradition of excellence in music which has endured to the present day.

Celebrating and building on this heritage, the Mercy Music and Performance Arts Academy will provide vocal and instrumental lessons, as well as workshops. It also offers the opportunity for past, and present OLMC students and members of the wider community to participate in The Academy Orchestra and Singers, who will prepare music to perform.

For more information on The Academy or to make an enquiry, click here.