Our School Theme for 2021 is 'Lead for Justice, Act with Mercy'.
This year, our focus will be on the value of justice. We only need to turn on the news each evening to see that we live in the world in desperate need of the principles of justice to be embraced and employed. Our theme ‘Lead for Justice, Act with Mercy’ calls us to move beyond being observers of injustice to being people who boldly work to bring about change in a hurting world. We need to be constantly reminded that justice is not a spectator sport—it calls us to action.
In his World Day of Peace Message on New Year’s Day, Pope Francis reminded us of the words he used in Laudato Si' where he encouraged everyone to foster a ‘culture of care’ by advancing on the “path of fraternity, justice and peace between individuals, communities, peoples and nations'. The Pope stressed in his message that “A culture of care [is] a way to combat the culture of indifference, waste and confrontation so prevalent in our time”, concluding his appeal with the request that we may all “work together to advance towards a new horizon of love and peace, of fraternity and solidarity, of mutual support and acceptance”. He said “May we never yield to the temptation to disregard others, especially those in greatest need, and to look the other way; instead, may we strive daily, in concrete and practical ways, ‘to form a community composed of brothers and sisters who accept and care for one another’”.
This is our challenge for 2021—to care like Jesus cared, to work for justice like Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy did and to be stewards of creation as scripture calls us to be.
As we embark on the next step of our journey, we share the 2021 Staff Prayer:
God of Justice and Mercy,
In our 160th year,
Inspire us to walk in the footsteps of Catherine McAuley.
Create in us minds open to the possibilities of a more just society,
hearts nourished by Your call to mercy
and hands ready to act for the common good.
As a Mercy community, guided by Your love,
help us to always honour the dignity of each person
and cherish the sacredness of our environment and all of creation.
We pray that we embrace all with Your tenderness and compassion
and work tirelessly to build communities of justice and mercy.