Our Lady of Mercy College | Catholic Independent Girls School Parramatta

Mercy Girls get into Christmas spirit of giving

Mercy Girls have been getting into the Christmas spirit of giving this season by getting involved in many initiatives.

The family of year 9 Mercy Girl Brianna Daisey donated $500 worth of goods to the annual St Vincent de Paul’s Christmas Hampers for the third year in a row. The Christmas Hampers collection is a long standing tradition at the College. Brianna's family first donated, encouraged by her grandfather in 2014 when she started high school at OLMC.

"I believe that Christmas is a time that everyone should enjoy and no one should feel left out or like they can’t provide for their families. Christmas for most of us is a time we spend a lot of money and indulge in presents and food while a lot of families are just trying to make ends meet.“I feel like coming to OLMC has opened my eyes and I now realise just how lucky I am at Christmas time and throughout the rest of the year.

In late November, Mercy Girl Tiana sold ‘Kanefeh’ that she generously baked with her mother, in order to raise funds for Mercy Works. Tiana was moved to instigate this fundraiser by the stories she had heard about hardships faced by people living in devolving countries: "I feel they are so grateful for anything that comes their way, and we aren’t always grateful for our luxuries. I really wanted to do something that could make their lives at least the slightest bit better."
Tiana raised an impressive $1060 for Mercy Works. 

On November 22, the College held its annual Senior Citizens Christmas Concert - a great way to bring joy, get into the Christmas spirit and live out our Mercy Values. Thanks to the hard work of our Year 11 girls and staff, this was great success. 

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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.