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Supporting Mercy Works in Newcastle


Lee Walz, Maureen Rak, Mary O’Hearn RSM, Faith Jones RSM, Pauline Burg RSM, Sally Bradley RSM, Helene O’Neil



On Monday, September 23, St. Phillip’s Church, Kotara was once again the gathering place for over 200 Year 4 students and their teachers from regional Newcastle Mercy schools. The annual Regional Mercy Day is the result of an exciting program that is now in its sixth year.


Each year students from St. Therese’s New Lambton; St. John’s Lambton; St. Columba’s Adamstown; St. Patrick’s Wallsend and St. James’ Kotara participate in workshops presented by Helene O’Neill and Maureen Rak. These workshops take these year 4 students and their teachers on a journey through the world, life and ministry of Catherine McAuley as well as educating them on the projects of the Mercy Works organisation and encouraging them to continue the mercy legacy and to raise funds for these projects. At the conclusion of these workshops, the students come together to celebrate Mercy Day and their fundraising efforts.


Regional Mercy Day is always a great day and 2019 only raised the bar. The day began with a Liturgy featuring Scripture and prayers that reflected the mercy values. Students then led prayers and received a candle, symbolising the light of mercy, to take back to their schools. Each candle was engraved with the words: ‘As representatives in our region, for the support of Mercy Works, may each person here today take this light as a reminder of Jesus’ message to us, ‘to love one another’ and in doing so, give life to all.’


This year, Sr Sally Bradley from Mercy Works Parramatta, was invited to attend as a special guest where she had the opportunity via a Q&A session, to speak about her call to vocation as a Sister of Mercy and her journey to her present role as the Executive Director of Mercy Works. She joined Sr Pauline Burg, Sr Faith Jones, Sr Mary O’Hearn and volunteer Lee Walz on this Q&A panel.


After reflecting on and engaging with the spirit of mercy through these celebrations, the students and teachers were invited to morning tea before spending the afternoon participating in tabloid games hosted by Year 10 students from the local Pius X High School. We’d like to thank the students and teachers of Pius X High School for supporting this event for the past six years!


We can’t wait for next year!


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