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The Treasure of Families: August Prayer Intention of Pope Francis

We will nurture relations that are kind, just, respectful and inclusive among each other and those with whom we share our Mercy ministries. (Chapter Statement)


We are all invited to join with Pope Francis and his worldwide prayer network in praying this month's intention: The Treasure of Families

Together, let us ask Jesus that any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.

Text of the August prayer:
'When speaking of families, often the image of a treasure comes to my mind. Today's rhythm of life, stress, pressure at work, and also the little attention paid by institutions, could put them in danger. It's not enough to talk about their importance: it's necessary to promote concrete means and to develop their role in society with a good family policy. Together, let us ask Jesus that any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.'

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

The Treasure of Families: August Prayer Intention of Pope Francis

We will nurture relations that are kind, just, respectful and inclusive among each other and those with whom we share our Mercy ministries. (Chapter Statement)


We are all invited to join with Pope Francis and his worldwide prayer network in praying this month's intention: The Treasure of Families

Together, let us ask Jesus that any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.

Text of the August prayer:
'When speaking of families, often the image of a treasure comes to my mind. Today's rhythm of life, stress, pressure at work, and also the little attention paid by institutions, could put them in danger. It's not enough to talk about their importance: it's necessary to promote concrete means and to develop their role in society with a good family policy. Together, let us ask Jesus that any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.'

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

2018 Women in Leadership Forum

Four inspirational forum speakers have been announced as panellists at the second annual OLMC Women in Leadership Forum on Wednesday August 29, 2018 in the Ailsa Mackinnon Community Centre at Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta.


Marina Go, Chair of Wests Tigers NRL Club and New South Wales Supreme Court Judge Justice Julia Lonergan will be joined by the Captain of the AFL GWS Giants Amanda Farrugia and Restaurateur Carol Salloum on a panel which will explore perspectives on women in leadership and discuss how each of us can boldly expand beyond what we know we can be.

Mercy Girls and their families will be joined by alumnae of the College, current students, staff and the broader community for this special event which will see speakers each share their stories before joining the conversation through a Q&A session.

Principal (Acting) Marie Wood says she is looking forward to hearing the stories of such diverse women, and hearing how they have recognised opportunities and grown from them: “My hope is that, in sharing these stories, it will inspire our young women to be confident and positive in their engagement with the world.”

Panellist Amanda Farrugia, who is also an OLMC ex-student and current PDHPE teacher, is looking forward to sharing insights about her leadership journey: “I want to enable students and all attendees to gain an insight into the demands and expectations of leadership in the broader world, the challenges of leading a team in a new sporting venture (particularly in a traditionally male dominated sport) and the challenges women face in balancing sport, work and other commitments.”

Newly appointed Head Girl for 2018/2019 Sophie Brown says the Forum is a wonderful initiative that provides young women with lots of insightful information: “Hearing the stories of strong, confident women ignites in us the courage and belief that we can all be woman of leadership in our own way.”

Established in 1889, OLMC Parramatta is a leading independent Catholic girls school which provides contemporary and innovative learning excellence in the rich Mercy tradition. Our heritage inspires our young Mercy women to expand beyond what they know they can be, to lead with courage and act justly to make a difference in an ever-changing world.

Priests and their Pastoral Ministry: July Prayer Intention of Pope Francis

'We will share with others, including people of different faiths and no religious faith, the joys and struggles of this spiritual journey.' (Chapter Statement

We are all invited to join with Pope Francis and his worldwide prayer network in praying this month's intention: Priests and their Pastoral Ministry

That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.

Text of the July 2018 video:

'The tiredness of priests... Do you know how often I think about it? Priests, with their virtues and defects, work in many different areas. Working on so many active fronts, they cannot remain inactive after a disappointment. At such times, it's good for them to remember that the people love their priests, need them, and trust in them. Let us pray together that priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.'

 

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Read the Bilum

Mercy Works supports long term development projects, working with some of the most challenged people in Australia and the South-East Asia Pacific region, improving health, enhancing social wellbeing and expanding educational opportunities. These activities are part of the vision and mission of the four Congregations of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea.


The June 2018 issue of Mercy Works magazine The Bilum is now available online.

Read it here to learn more about what Mercy Works does and the Sisters of Parramatta Congregation support

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