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Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2019

'We will open our hearts to the cries of the poor using our energies, gifts and resources to address violence and discrimination especially for women and children, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples...' (Chapter Statement)

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July (7-14 July 2019). Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

This year's theme is 'VOICE. TREATY. TRUTH', the three key elements to the reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. These reforms represent the unified position of First Nations Australians. The theme acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have always wanted an enhanced role in decision-making in Australia’s democracy. More about the theme and the invitation to all Australians 'to work together for a shared future' can be read here.

Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation recognises the importance of NAIDOC Week in celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture, talent and resilience and the opportunity this week offers us all to grow in knowledge and build relationships.

Ways to be involved in NAIDOC Week can be found here

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.



Text of the video:

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


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

Mercy Futures: Mercy and Kindness

Introducing Maryanne Kolkia rsm


Maryanne has been a Sister of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea for 22 years.

Maryanne has brought her strong background as a teacher to her work at Mercy Works. She was the founding Director of Mercy Works in Papua New Guinea which began in Goroka in 2006.

As a Simbu woman, Maryanne has a strong sense of advocacy, working on behalf of those who are disenfranchised.

Through her work, many people have received many acts of kindness.

Date: Tuesday, 3 September, 2019
Time: 6.30-8 pm (Refreshments served from 630pm)
Venue: Catherine McAuley Rooms, 6 Victoria Road, Parramatta
Parking: There is limited parking in the Convent car park. If you require parking close to the venue, please let us know and we will reserve a parking spot for you. There is street parking in Ross and Villiers streets.
RSVP: By Thursday, 29 August 2019. Email: mercyfuture@parrasom.org.au or call the Congregation Office on 9683 2555

We do hope you will be able to join us.
Mercy Futures Team
- Carol Harding, Kerrie Walshaw, Gabby Scanlon, Christine Pace, Patricia Bolster rsm, Mary-Louise Petro rsm









Families, Schools of Human Development: August 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: Families, Schools of Human Development


Let us pray that families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly “schools of true human development”.

Text of the August video
What kind of world do we want to leave for the future?
Let us leave a world with families.
Let us care for our families, because they are true schools for the future, spaces of freedom, and centers of humanity.
And let us reserve a special place in our families for individual and communal prayer.
Let us pray that families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly “schools of true human development”.

-Pope Francis, August 2019




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