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Laudato Si' Week, 19-26 May 2024

"Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation 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."(Chapter Statement)

Laudato Si’ Week 2024 marks nine years since the publication of Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical, Laudato Si'which calls for responsible stewardship of all Creation. 

Last year, Pope Francis issued a further document on the care of the planet, Laudate Deum, focussing on the climate crisis and its many effects. Pope Francis wrote it he said because  he realised " that our responses have not been adequate, while the world in which we live is collapsing and may be nearing the breaking point" (LD #2).

During this week, when we are once again encouraged to reflect on the encyclical and act to bring its ideals to life, we are called to recognise the urgency of our individual and collective response and to be "Seeds of Hope".

A Celebration Guide has been produced to assist us in fully experiencing Laudato Si' week. Download it here



Laudato Si' Week, 19-26 May 2024

"Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation 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."(Chapter Statement)

Laudato Si’ Week 2024 marks nine years since the publication of Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical, Laudato Si'which calls for responsible stewardship of all Creation. 

Last year, Pope Francis issued a further document on the care of the planet, Laudate Deum, focussing on the climate crisis and its many effects. Pope Francis wrote it he said because  he realised " that our responses have not been adequate, while the world in which we live is collapsing and may be nearing the breaking point" (LD #2).

During this week, when we are once again encouraged to reflect on the encyclical and act to bring its ideals to life, we are called to recognise the urgency of our individual and collective response and to be "Seeds of Hope".

A Celebration Guide has been produced to assist us in fully experiencing Laudato Si' week. Download it here



National Volunteers Week, .May 20-26

"We will continue educating ourselves and others to further awareness of the challenges and needs of our time..." (Chapter Statement)

National Volunteer Weekprovides an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the many volunteers who give their time, energy and service to our communities and our world. During this week we are particularly grateful for those who volunteer in our ministries and in the works connected with Mercy

This year's national theme "Something for Everyone" is a reminder that there are a multitude of ways to use our time and talents in support of others

CRA Calls for progress Towards a Circular Economy

Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) supports the Federal government’s renewed focus on shifting towards a circular economy through improved waste management and recycling activities. However, CRA believes that the government is placing too much focus on increasing recycling, rather than reducing overall production and consumption, to achieve a circular economy.

In CRA’s recent submission to a Senate Inquiry into the effectiveness of the government’s waste reduction and recycling policies in delivering a circular economy, CRA expressed concern that current production and consumption levels will continue to put unsustainable demands on the recycling process, and that alternate strategies would offer viable ecological, social, and financial solutions...

Read the complete Media Release here


Bishop Vincent’s Pastoral Message for the feast of St Joseph the Worker

“In this year’s Feast of Saint Joseph the worker message, we reflect on the disproportionate challenges faced by our First Nation sisters and brothers in employment. Work is vital for all of us. It gives us meaning and a sense of self worth. Yet in Australia, First Nations people are almost twice as likely to be unemployed as non-indigenous Australians..."

Read the complete text of the message here 
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Watch the video (3:36)