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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 785  |  22 August 2018
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Editor: Mercy Day - wherever and however it is celebrated - is always a special occasion. This year at Mercy International Centre will be no exception.

Mass in the Baggot Street Chapel will be celebrated at midday Dublin time (your local time here), after which we will process to the International Room to launch the new Mercyworld.org website (your local time here). Both events will be live-streamed then archived on the Mercyworld.org website.  All in attendance at Baggot Street will then enjoy high tea in the dining room.

Following a rigorous tender process with web development companies in Australia and Ireland, conducted between August and October 2017, the MIA Board appointed Together Digital, a creative and multi-award winning Irish digital agency, to undertake the project on behalf of the Mercy family. Work commenced with two intensive weeks of planning meetings in December 2017 and has continued steadily ever since...

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - CEO MIA

Image: Barry D'Arcy (Project Manager Together Digital), Silvia Montisci (Lead Designer Together Digital) and Anne Walsh (MIA Web Manager - seated) discussing website design strategy

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Vision in Action
Attendance at Baggot Street for Mercy Day Celebrations

Planning to join us at Baggot Street for Mercy day Celebrations?

Download the invitation here:
A4 Paper Size (PDF)

As numbers we can accomodate in the chapel are limited, to ensure your place, please RSVP to Madeline on (1) 661 8061 or by email by Friday, 14 September.

Messages to: Madeline O'Hanlon - Receptionist

Image: iStock. Used under licence

Mercy Day Mass at Baggot Street: Booklet

Mercy Day will begin with Mass at midday in the Baggot street Chapel. To enable full participation of those present online, the Mass booklet is made available here for download:

A4 Paper size (8pps, PDF),
US Letter size (8pps, PDF)

Those attending in person will receive a copy of the Mass booklet.

Mercy communities might also like to use the readings, hymns or prayers in your celebrations.

The programme for the web launch is also included in the booklet (p.8)

Messages to: Anna Nicholls rsm - Team Leader Heritage and Spirituality

Invitation: Send in Your Mercy Day Greeting

It's just over a month today till Mercy Day! For many years, Sisters, Associates, Communities, Ministries, Congregations and Institutes, as well as members of the wider Mercy network, have sent in their Mercy Day Greetings for posting on our mercyworld.org website. These are widely read and greatly appreciated.

All members and friends of the Mercy family are invited to send in your greetings for posting on our mercyworld.org website for Mercy Day. Greetings will be posted online as they are received. We look forward to posting yours!

Greetings should be sent in by Friday, 21 September to make sure they are published for Mercy Day.

Messages to: Anne Walsh - Mercy eNews Editor

Image: iStock. Used under licence

The triennial World Meeting of Families is being held in Dublin this week (21-26 August). In preparation for this event, we are invited to pray the specially composed prayer for the World Meeting of Families.

Families come in all shapes and sizes and all families face challenges.The prayer calls for the protection of families, reminds us that we are one human family, and invites us to pause and remember each person in our own family.

The prayer can be read here: English, Spanish, Irish

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - CEO MIA

Image: World Meeting of Families Thematic logo. Used with permission

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Draft of Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights Released

On July 16th, the Open Ended Intergovernmental Working Group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights, released the draft document of the legally binding instrument to regulate, international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises. This draft document will be negotiated in Geneva this October 15th-17th. Read the draft binding treaty here.

Messages to: Angela Reed rsm - MIA Coordinator at the UN - Mercy Global Action

Participating in the World Meeting of Families?

Members of the Mercy family participating in the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) through volunteering, attending events or following the week's programme in the media, are invited to send a photo of themselves in action with a sentence or two of explanation.

We plan to publish a report on Mercy participation in the WMOF in MercyeNews Issue #786 on 28/29 August. This means contributions need to be received by end of day Monday, 27 August.

Messages to: Anne Walsh - MercyeNews Editor

Image: iStock. Used under licence

MIA Members News
Circle of Mercy Northern Province Annual Visit to Baggot Street (The Congregation)

Four years ago, the Canonisation Committee changed its focus to 'Making Catherine Known and Loved' and to help with that, our local branch of the Circle of Mercy in Tullylish Parish, (Diocese of Dromore, Northern Ireland), decided to hold a six week public 'novena' during Lent entitled  'Praying for the sick through the intercession of Venerable Catherine McAuley'. It is held in our parish church on a Sunday evening and led by the members of the Circle. Normally attracting around 50 people, it has been very well received by everyone. Leaflets containing Catherine's story, Prayer of the Sick and Prayer for Canonisation are left in the church. We then bring the box of petitions to Catherine's tomb and one of the Sisters from Baggot Street very kindly leads a little prayer service with us at Catherine's tomb. Our circle has eight members.

Messages to: Catherine McEvoy rsm - Co-ordinator Circle of Mercy Northern Province

Image: Circle Members photographed with Anna Nicholls rsm (MIA) at Catherine's grave in preparation for the prayer service

Happy 110th Birthday Sr Mary Aidan (Americas)

Sister Mary Aidan Donaldson, oldest living Sister of Mercy in the world, celebrated her 110th birthday on Monday, August 20, 2018, at Convent of Mercy in Mobile, Alabama. Among those who participated in the festivities were a group of her former seventh-grade students, who visit every year on her birthday.

Sister Deborah Kennedy, community life coordinator at Convent of Mercy, attributes Sister Aidan’s long vitality to the fact that “she has remained vitally interested in all of life around her.”

Sister Aidan celebrated her 90-year Jubilee on March 25, 2017. Born in Ireland, she arrived in 1927 in Mobile, where she ministered in education for some 30 years before transitioning to pastoral ministry.

Messages to: Sr Mary Aidan c/- Beth Rogers Thompson - Writer/Communications Strategist Mercy South Central

Image: Sister Aidan with her former seventh-grade students, who visit her every year on her birthday

Mercy Volunteer Corps Welcomes New Mercy Volunteers (Americas)

Mercy Volunteer Corps (MVC) commissioned their 41st group of Mercy Volunteers on Saturday, August 11, 2018 in Burlingame, California. Mercy Volunteers were warmly welcomed into the Mercy community by Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Associates, Mercy Volunteer Corps alumni, family and friends of Mercy Volunteers and the greater Mercy Community.

The 37 new Mercy Volunteers will serve at 29 different service sites in 11 cities across the United States and South America. It is with great joy that the Mercy Volunteer Corps’ staff, board members, support teams, and donors continue to promote the mission of MVC. It is Mercy Volunteer Corps’ hope for the future to continue to embrace and spread the Spirit of Mercy!

Messages to: Elizabeth MacNeal -Communication Specialist

Catholic Religious Australia (CRA), of which the four Australian Mercy Congregations are members, has issued a Statement addressing increasing incidences of racism in Australia.

In the words of Monica Cavanagh rsj, President of CRA, its members 'reject the polarisation which all forms of racism bring. We recognise our own innate racism and strive against it. We honour and support Australians of whatever creed or culture and pledge ourselves to continue to work with them to advance Australia, with fairness'

Messages to: Jan Barnett rsj - CRA Justice Committee

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Editor: A link to Part of was published in MercyeNews, Issue #775, 13 June. With the focus on families in Ireland this week, we draw readers' attention to part two of this Mercy family saga

In Part 1 of this article, you were introduced to Sr. M. Ignatius Croke so you know the family history.

Now you’ll meet her sister Isabella/Sr. Joseph, who distinguished herself in the nursing field during the Crimean War. Before the war, Joseph taught in the local school and visited the sick – poor in their homes and in the crowded fever hospital close to the convent in Charleville.  At the age of twenty nine she left the Golden Vale to nurse soldiers in war-torn Crimea...

Bernadette Maria Knopek rsm c/- Denise Brennan - Communications Coordinator

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Wednesday, August 15 marked the first day of school at the new Mercy McAuley High School! Our teachers and staff greeted our [students] the minute they entered the driveway! We commemorated the opening of the school with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by our opening All-School Mass celebrating the Feast of the Assumption. Then, our students spent some time with their new classmates in their grade level before heading off to class. The energy and enthusiasm in the building was incredible!

Messages to: Mercy McAuley High School

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Mercy Matters
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (John 6:60-69)

'If we have trouble understanding and coming to terms with the teachings of Jesus in the gospel, then we can take some comfort from the reaction of the disciples in John’s community some decades after the death of Jesus...'

Read the Reflection on the Gospel by Veronica Lawson rsm (ISMAPNG)

Listen to the Gospel read by Fr Eamonn O'Connor (Ireland)

1853: Foundation to Roscommon from Limerick - M Vincent Hartnett

1861: Foundation to Philadelphia - M Patricia Waldron

1872: Yorkshire Street Convent, Burnley founded from Commercial Rd, London - Sr Angela Gilsenan

1979: Foundation to Dunmore, Co Galway

Contribute a fact about the Story of the Sisters of Mercy in your congregation or institute to our online archive

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Mercy McAuley High School is a new all-girls, college preparatory Catholic High School sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas...

The Mercy Charism and the teachings of the Catholic Church are at the heart of Mercy McAuley, along with the Mercy-based values inspired by Catherine McAuley: Faith, Compassion, Service, Leadership and Excellence...

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This article explains why we receive targeted ads when online and provides an explanation of steps to take to prevent that happening.

Source: NYTimes

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'Today, the International day of Remembrance of, and Tribute to, the Victims of Terrorism, reminds us to stop and listen to the victims and survivors of terrorism, to raise up their voices and recognize the impact terrorism has on their lives...'

- UN Secretary-General António Guterres

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Did you miss Brenda Dolphin's talk on Catherine and family? This is an appropriate week to watch the video. Learn more about Catherine's family story and using Sr Brenda's questions, reflect on your own experiences.

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:

With the World Meeting of Families in Dublin this week (21-26 August), here is the official hymn 'A Joy for all the World' composed by Irish composer Ephrem Feeley. Watch/listen/lyrics here (06:46)

Worth Reading:

-Displacement of Peoples:

Response to Clerical Sexual Abuse
Pope Francis: Letter to the People of God (full text). Read it here

Kofi Annan

"Kofi Annan: tributes pour in for ‘an outstanding human being’". Read the article here

-Degradation of Earth:

Extractive Industries

'South Africa's Wild Coast under threat of mining – photo essay.' Read the article here (photo essay)


'Out of Sight, Out of water: There’s a time bomb for US-Mexico relations ticking underground.' Read the article here

The Bottom Line:

'...Make the ineffable Beauty of God’s love perceptible and enable every person to discover the beauty of being loved by God, to be filled with [God's] love, to live on it and to bear witness to it in attention to others, especially those who are excluded, wounded and rejected in our societies...'

-Pope Francis to Artists: Your Gifts a Responsibility and a Mission, 25 February 2018

Send suggestions and contributions for the 'Worth...' section 2018 to: the Editor

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