Our Lady of Mercy College | Catholic Independent Girls School Parramatta

Mercy Day 2018

On Friday September 20, the OLMC community celebrated the 2018 Mercy Day.

This much-treasured annual celebration began, as is tradition, with a celebration of the Eucharist in the Ailsa Mackinnon Community Centre, led by Father Walter Fogarty. Mercy Girls and staff were privileged to be joined by many special guests including the Parramatta Sisters of Mercy. The theme of the Mass was "Building up the Body of Christ for the glory of God." At the end of the Mass, Ms Ann-Marie Herd was acknowledged for her dedicated service to the College for 30 years as a teacher.

Mercy Girls enjoyed a wonderful day of celebrations following the Mass. There were House fundraising activities, raising money for Mercy Works, which gave girls the chance to participate in games, challenges and purchase an array of delicious treats! In keeping with tradition, there was much dancing and singing and a sausage sizzle for lunch.

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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.