Our Lady of Mercy College | Catholic Independent Girls School Parramatta

2017 Mercy Tree Appeal Launched

In September, the OLMC community was invited to help make works of Mercy possible by supporting a new Mercy Works Project through the 2017 Mercy Tree campaign.

Mercy Access, a new project of Mercy Works, was named as the beneficiary of the 2017 campaign.

The program aims to enable Indigenous primary school students living in rural Australia reach their potential. It will launch at the end of 2016 in the Sandhurst Diocese in Victoria and will see trained volunteers (mostly retired teachers) enter Catholic School classrooms to work with specifically selected students three hours per week for the entire school year.

OLMC Parramatta Principal Stephen Walsh says passionate educators know the value of education:

“At OLMC, we firmly believe education has the power to transform lives and destinies. Together as a nation, we need to do more to close the gap between Indigenous Australians and non-Indigenous Australians, particularly in the areas of education and health. By supporting this new targeted education program, our community has the chance to live out our Mercy commitment to social justice by making a difference in the lives of many Indigenous children.”

Click here to donate to the Mercy Tree. 

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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.