Liturgical Life

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic College gives witness to its Catholic identity through evangelisation, prayer and liturgy, Catholic pedagogy and curriculum, pastoral care and teaching students to know, understand and act on Catholic Social Teaching. OLMC provides faith formation for students and staff and works in partnership with parents to forge strong links with local parishes.

OLMC prides itself on collaboratively developed, relevant, prayerful and engaging liturgies. The liturgies involve a range of students who share their musical, oratory, movement and dramatic gifts with the community in creative and meaningful celebrations of faith. Our community gathers for Commencement, Mercy Day and Graduation Masses, and many liturgies including Ash Wednesday, Easter, ANZAC Day, the Assumption, Remembrance Day and Advent. Year 10 attend a two-day retreat and Year 8 and 9 have reflection days where they reflect on their life, faith and community. OLMC students are keen participants in many evangelisation events including SCS Evangelisation and Social Justice Days, Retreats, Catechesis, and World Youth Day pilgrimages.

Our links with local parishes continue to strengthen. We are blessed to have clergy who have a keen interest in relating to youth. Our priests support the College by their generous involvement in school, class and staff Masses, class Reconciliation and retreats. Every year staff and students give of their time and talents to present the Good Friday re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross at St Aloysius Parish Cronulla. Our students support the First Holy Communion and Reconciliation program in our parishes and OLMC students attend Sunday Youth Masses held in local parishes. They have performed in the band and choir, proclaimed scripture and presented creative mime and movement to enhance the liturgy. To quote Fr Sam Lynch at a Cronulla Mass: “Vatican II calls us to be full, conscious, active and authentic in our participation in the liturgy and the OLMC students are a testament to this”.

Whole School Eucharistic Liturgies:

  • Commencement College Mass – including Induction of College Leaders
  • Feast Day Mass (Mercy Day)
  • Final (Christmas) Mass (Years 7-9)

Special Eucharistic Liturgies:

  • Opening Staff Mass – combined with De La Salle Cronulla, St. Aloysius Cronulla and St. Francis de Sales Woolooware
  • Year 10 Graduation Mass
  • Mass on Year 10 Retreat & Years 7-9 Reflection Days
  • Feast of the Assumption (15 Aug) Mass attendance in the local community

Religious Education Class Liturgies:

  • Prayer Service as part of each RE unit of study

Other Liturgical Formats:

  • Ash Wednesday Liturgy
  • Holy Week Liturgy / Stations of the Cross
  • Penitential Service (during Lent)
  • Mary Help of Christians (24 May) Prayer Service
  • Feast of the Assumption (15 Aug) Prayer Service
  • Remembrance Day (11 November) & ANZAC Day Prayer Service
  • Reconciliation