Our Lady of Mercy College | Catholic Independent Girls School Parramatta

Making Mercy a Verb this Christmas

Christmas is well and truly at OLMC with a number of fundraising and festive activities happening!In early November, Year 7 girls got into the spirit of Christmas by decorating the Student Centre.

As per the annual tradition, the College community is invited to make a donation to the OLMC Parramatta Mercy Tree on behalf of a gift recipient to help support the House of Welcome. Founded in 2001, the House of Welcome provides holistic support to refugees and asylum seekers who are living in the community with minimal support options. Mercy Tree Christmas Gift Certificates can be purchased online until Monday December 18 http://www.olmc.nsw.edu.au/school/about/mercy-tree

This year, for the first time, we are running a Mercy Tree Christmas Raffle. Prizes range from a BBQ and a laptop to family passes to Jenolan Caves and the Maritime Museum. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10 and are being sold at College Reception and by the student Mercy Action leaders at lunchtime between now and November 28. Prizes will be drawn at the annual Carols Evening.

Mercy families have also been digging deep to donate to the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hampers and JRS Care Boxes. The JRS Care Boxes aim to provide a small hamper of the basic toiletries required, such as shampoo, conditioner and sanitary items. 

On Tuesday November 28, the College will hold its much-loved annual Carols in the Chapel.

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"Mercy …not only bestows benefits, but receives and pardons again and again…"

Catherine McAuley

Mercy is defined as empathy or love that manifests itself in action that is practical and thoughtful, warm and open, respectful and enabling.


"Let charity then be our badge of honour…so that it may truly be said, there is in us but one heart and one soul in God."

Catherine McAuley

Compassion is a non-judgmental understanding of another’s need, which results in unselfish giving to meet that need.


"Never speak with contempt of any nation, profession, or class of people…"

Catherine McAuley

Justice is the treatment of each person with fairness in relation to the equality of all, and the maintenance of a balanced and fair relationship with self and all members of the community.


"Now and again bestow some praise."

Catherine McAuley

Dignity is the treatment of each person with respect and the recognition of their inherent value and worth.


"There is nothing of greater importance than the perfect discharge of our ordinary duties."

Catherine McAuley

Excellence is the state of achievement of the highest possible standards.


"The proof of love is deed."

Catherine McAuley

Hospitality is the creation of a welcoming, open, inclusive and respectful environment for all individuals, through word and deed.


"We can never say 'It is enough'."

Catherine McAuley

Stewardship is the grateful and responsible celebration of the sacred gifts God has given us to do the work he is calling us to do.


"If we are humble and sincere God will finish in us the work he has begun."

Catherine McAuley

Service is the exercising and ministry of leadership in order to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and communities.