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Parramatta begins 120th anniversary celebrations

On All Souls Day (November 2), Parramatta Sisters of Mercy began the first of a series of celebrations to mark the 120th anniversary of their foundation. “…It was decided that the first celebration would be held at the North Rocks Cemetery where we would remember those sisters who have died", reports Sister Marie Butcher.

To mark the 120th anniversary of the foundation of the Sisters of Mercy, Parramatta on November 2, All Souls Day, it was decided that the first celebration would be held at the North Rocks Cemetery where we would remember those sisters who have died. Approximately 60 sisters gathered. Present with us were Sisters of Mercy from other congregations.

Within a ritual, the names of the 240 sisters buried there were read out. Also named and remembered were the other religious who are also buried there. They included two priests, four Sisters of Mercy, (two from Yass, one from Gunnedah, and one from New Zealand), and some Benedictine Sisters.

At the conclusion of the first part of the ritual, sisters placed a posy on all the graves mentioned. Following this, we returned to the Clare Dunphy Memorial Chapel at Parramatta where a floral tribute was placed on Mother Mary Clare’s grave by Sister Mary Majella.

We then gathered for a cup of tea in the McAuley room where stories were shared.

From: Sister Marie Butcher RSM (Local Communications Facilitator, Parramatta)