Responding in Mercy Program 2018

The Mercy Futures group is comprised of a diverse group of women who have been in some way touched by God’s spirit of Mercy through the Parramatta Sisters. This group is committed to working with the lay Mercy community to ensure that there are opportunities to maintain, develop and carry forward a deep connection to Mercy and to know and live the Mercy values within our complex world.

We are pleased to announce dates for our 2018 program. We were inspired by some of the great initiatives that came out of the reflection programs run during the Year of Mercy and, in 2017, we addressed issues related to ‘The cry of the poor.’ Our programs in 2018 will focus on ‘The cry of the earth.’:

This is in keeping with the Eleventh Chapter Statement 2016 of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation which states:
“We will enjoy and celebrate Earth’s beauty and bounty and her many species. We will honour our duty to love and care for her and add to her well-being wherever possible.
We will live simply, in a way that takes into account the fragility of Mother Earth by using her resources more sparingly and, where possible, living with less.
We will protect the rights of the natural world and make practical efforts to stem the hurtful effects of climate change, pollution and the ‘throw away’ mentality.”

Responding in Mercy PROGRAM 2018

1st session: Responding in Mercy to the Challenge of Sustainability
22 March @ 6.30pm - 8pm
Presenter Sally Neaves, Eco-Education co-ordinator at Rahamim Ecology Centre, Bathurst NSW

2nd Session: Responding in Mercy to the Cry of the Earth program
6 June @ 6.30pm - 8pm
Presenters: Grace Bolger and Claudia Connelly, OLMC Parramatta Stewardship Leaders

3rd Session: To be decided
4 September @ 6.30pm - 8pm
Presenter: To be announced

4th Session: The Earth My Mother
7 November @ 6.30pm – 8pm
Presenter: Peter Rutherford

The presenters for all these sessions will share their understanding of the complexity and challenges of caring for our world in the present day and will give you opportunities to reflect on how we also can Respond in Mercy.

All sessions will be held at the Parramatta Convent with details of the time and room location in the invitations that will be sent out for each event closer to the date.

We hope that you will be able to attend one or all of these sessions.

The Mercy Futures Team