Mount Lilydale Mercy College is a vibrant learning community grounded in the spirit and traditions of the Sisters of Mercy. The College places great importance on the promotion of Catholic Social Teaching and strives to develop a strong sense of justice within a culture of educational endeavour and individual empowerment. Students are provided with numerous opportunities that involve networking with other Mercy schools as well as an awareness of social justice campaigns — locally, nationally and globally. The Ministry Lounge is open every lunchtime for students of all ages. Here we operate a small cafe and run short activities to allow students to learn more about Christian values and raise awareness of social justice issues. Profits from the cafe go to charity.
Mount Lilydale Mercy College has been involved in the Mercy Seeds of Justice program for a number of years, offering students the opportunity to enrich their passion for social justice and meet like-minded students from other Mercy schools.
Each year the College celebrates the work of the St Vincent de Paul Society through 'Vinnies Week’. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of those in the community who are less fortunate as well as collect food items, toiletries and warm clothing for the local Vinnies programs. Year 12 students also have a Winter Sleepout to help them identify with homeless people and to raise much needed funds to support this worthy charity.
Each year Mount Lilydale Mercy College participates in fundraising for CARITAS Project Compassion. Through the distribution of Project Compassion boxes in each Homeroom and staffroom as well as various fundraising activities, money is raised to support projects worldwide. Our annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations take place during this time with an 'out of uniform' day and a cake sale in the Ministry Lounge.
The world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Individuals, Homeroom groups and community members fill empty shoeboxes with a “wow” item — like a doll or soccer ball — and other fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and notes of encouragement. These are delivered to children around the world who otherwise would not receive a Christmas gift.
During Catholic Care Family Week, students from CSYMA organise fundraising and awareness to help support families who are in need. An annual event is a competition between year levels to make the longest coin line. We also celebrate Socktober — the ‘sock it to something’ concept is an Australian expression that means 'to strike out at'. Catholic Mission wants to help us strike out at social issues, such as poverty, child labour, child trafficking, homelessness and lack of education. One way we do this is by holding a Crazy Sock Day in October.