‘Varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.’ 1 Corinthians 12:4

Our chosen scriptural theme for this year impels us to unite our individual gifts for a common purpose, to open our lives to the needs of others, following Catherine McAuley’s example to be and share Mercy with others.

Social Justice at OLMC is a central part of the College Mission and our staff and students strive to live Mercy in all parts of their lives.

Exodus Community Dinners

Our Exodus Dinners have started up again for 2024, with the first dinner hosted by generous OLMC staff who gave up their time to plan, shop, prep, cook, serve and enjoy a delicious meal with our friends in the Exodus Community of West Heidelberg. From Thursday 22 February, we will invite Year 9, 11 and 12 students to volunteer at these dinners which they will share every fortnight with 30 guests from this community.

St Pius Reading Club

From mid-Term 1, we will return to St Pius X Primary School with a group of enthusiastic Year 10s for the Reading Club, facilitated by St Vincent de Paul. Ten students will travel each week after school on Tuesday afternoons to read with children and inspire a love of reading and learning.

Exodus Community Bread Run

An initiative that OLMC joined in 2022, the ‘Bread Run’ will run from next week, one Wednesday per month with Year 8 and Year 11 students supplying food to those in need in the community.

Social Justice Club

Our Social Justice Club will resume during lunchtime in the Chapel each week. We hope to welcome many Junior students, especially Year 7s, looking to make new friends, get involved and connect to the greater purpose of our Mercy mission.

Horizon - Altruism Hour

As part of the Horizon Program at Year 9, one lesson each Wednesday afternoon is dedicated to ‘Altruism Hour’, encouraging students to think beyond themselves and to connect more deeply with Mercy and the needs of people in our community. This term, the Horizon students will focus on supporting the Eco Justice programs at the College, including the organisation of Eco Justice Day.

We look forward to walking alongside our students to extend hospitality and care to all in our community in 2024.

Lauren Marquet
Social Justice Coordinator