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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 583  |  03 September 2014
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Publishing Arrangements for Mercy E-news During the 20th Anniversary Celebrations

Editor: From 23-29 September, 2014 Mercy E-news will be published each evening (Irish time) following the conclusion of the day's events. This means that E-news will arrive in your email more often and at a different time from when it usually arrives each week. Do watch out for it!

This daily 20th Anniversary Enews will be focussed solely on the celebrations 'at home' (around the Mercy world) and 'abroad' (at Baggot Street).

We invite and encourage you to share short reflections/ responses/ reports on the activities at Baggot Street and in your own congregation/institute during the anniversary week and ask that you send 2 or 3 of your best uncompressed photos, with captions, to accompany your text.

Please send all messages, reports, reflections, responses, photos, cartoons, illustrations... to mercyenews@mercyinternational.ie and we'll ensure these are published daily for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of all the Mercy family and our global readership. Post prayers/reflections in the online Baggot Street Chapel or online at Catherine's tomb.

There will be no Enews published on 1 October. 'Regular' news items will be held over until 8 October when the first 'regular' E-news will be published. Please continue to send on your contributions as usual, knowing they will appear in that edition.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA


Image: Alejandro Escamilla. Used with permission

Vision in Action

Editor: Thank you to all those who have already sent messages for Mercy Day and for the celebrations. We have now heard from: Nigeria, Philippines, Guyana, Aotearoa New Zealand, USA, Australia, Panama, Papua New Guinea and Kenya, nine of the countries where there is a Mercy presence.

Read the messages which are linked to this item and visit the websites, linked to the messages, to learn more about these different parts of our Mercy world.

We hope to hear from many of our Mercy family and friends over the coming weeks as we celebrate the past and our present while looking to the future with hope.

Send messages for posting online to: mercyenews@mercyinternational.ie

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA


Image: courtesy of Master isolated images at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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MIA Prayer Intention for the Coming Week

According to Caritas Internationalis we are in a 'summer of disasters' with the needs of millions of people in Syria, Gaza, Iraq, those caught in the Ebola epidemic and in the almost forgotten civil wars in the Central African Republic and South Sudan crying out for attention.

'In conflict countries', says Paul Borsboom, emergency aid coordinator at Cordaid (the Dutch member of Caritas Internationalis), 'people will only be helped by acute humanitarian aid and the reconstruction of their communities'.

As we continue to be confronted by scenes of suffering, distress and devastation, may this video clip of 'Love in Action' — reminding us that we are 'one human family'— lift us up, encourage us and inspire us in our efforts to be mercy and justice.

May we too 'have a heart that sees'.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Reminder: 20th Anniversary Celebrations – Thursday 25 September Events

Please note that entry to the Chapel for the Opening Prayer and address of President Michael D Higgins on Thursday, 25 September will be by ticket only.  Those persons without tickets will be accommodated in the Doyle Room where you willl be able to watch a ‘live’ streaming of the event.  This arrangement is necessary due to the significant interest in the day and various protocols that need to be observed - we hope you understand. 

Tickets were mailed last week and need to be brought with you to gain entrance to the Chapel.

Messages to: Sylvia Williams rsm - Assistant Director Administration and Finance

As a Mercy community we pray with those in need of prayer. We especially pray this week with the intercession of Catherine McAuley for  all whose names are newly added to our prayer list: Matthew Anzeida, Marianne Payne and for all those who have asked us for prayers.

Messages to:
Anne Hannon rsm - Vice postulator Europe and Africa
Sheila Carney rsm - Vice postulator Americas
Caroline Ryan rsm - Vice postulator Australia & PNG, Aotearoa New Zealand, Philippines

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MIA Members News

'Pope Francis has made “Mercy” the hallmark of his brief papacy. Mercy Center has been dispensing it in Asbury Park since 1982 and has expanded today to provide an array of social services and the most unique middle school for girls in the entire state, Sisters Academy.

Mercy Sister Carol Henry, the founder and still executive director, oversees this network of programs with the same enthusiasm as when she first started...'

Source: The Jersey Journal

Messages to: Carol Ann Henry rsm

Editor: Mercy Center is this week's featured Mercy website

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Mercy Health leaders broke ground on a new $69 million breast health and cancer treatment and research building on the grounds of Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City on Wdnesday, 27 August. To be called the Coletta Building, it is named after Sister Mary Coletta Massoth.

'“The remarkable woman who founded Mercy more than 187 years ago, Sister Mary Coletta Massoth, traveled in frequently terrible conditions to help bless every new building. She wrote, ‘It was worth it, however, because of the unique joy of seeing the ministry grow.’ I must confess I experience that same joy on days like today,” said Lynn Britton, Mercy president and CEO.'

Source: edmondsun.com

Messages to: Jaclyn Bardin - Mercy Communities Oklahoma

Image: Lynn Britton Mercy Health President and CEO addresses the gathering. Seen in the background is a cardboard display of Sister Mary Coletta Massoth who was 'present' for the ground-breaking ceremony. More images can be seen on Flickr

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The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) in Melbourne, Australia has grown to be Australia’s largest asylum seeker organisation with 32 paid staff and nearly 750 volunteers delivering services to over 1,200 asylum seekers at any one time through programmes such as material aid, health, legal, counselling, casework and the foodbank.

Among the generous donors to the foodbank are Sisters of Mercy living in Victoria who for the past ten years have given money from their personal budgets to develop a shopping fund for essential supplies for the asylum seeker families coming into local areas...

Messages to:
Margaret McDonnell rsm
Olive Toirmey rsm

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Between 16-17 August and 18-19 September, Sisters of Mercy, their Associates, partners-in-ministry and friends are meeting at a series of locations around Australia and in Papua New Guinea to consider the role of Mission in the life of the Institute. These Mission Gatherings have been organised by the Institute Mission Team (IMT) - Srs Margaret Endicott, Margaret Moore, and Gaye Lennon.

At the conclusion of the Gatherings, the IMT will share their reflections with the Institute.

Messages to: Margaret Moore rsm - Institute Mission Team

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Editor: This is the ninth in the series profiling contemporary Mercy ministries focussed on MGA concerns, as part of the 20th anniversary celebration lead-up. Previously published: Sabon Rayuwa Centre for Cosmology, Ecology and Culture (9/7), Earthkin (16/7), ARISE (23/7), Eradication of Human Trafficking (30/7,) Citizens UK (6/8), Mercy Foundation North Sydney (13/8), Mercy Community Services Romero Centre, Brisbane, Australia (20/8).

“I needed some help and you gathered here with me”

The Gathering Place opened its doors in 1994 and offers services to people who are homeless or live in less than desirable housing conditions, are often unemployed or do not have adequate social supports. The goal is to foster among Guests independence, self-respect and dignity. While those who come for programs and services now live in St. John’s, many have come from across Newfoundland and Labrador and some from outside the province.

Founded by the Presentation Sisters and the Sisters of Mercy in response to the needs of those coming to their doors seeking food, the Gathering Place now provides many programs and services including meals, foot care, a clothing supply boutique and hair care service...

Messages to: Diane Smyth rsm - Congregation Leadership Team

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A 103 year old with a Social Secretary kept busy all year, but particularly in the weeks surrounding her birthday.  Who other than Stani… Sister Stanislaus Zgrajewski. 

We are celebrating Stani’s 103rd birthday at ‘Holy Cross’ Aged Care, Wooloowin. These celebrations will continue across many weeks as family, friends, and ‘Holy Cross’ community and Mercy Sisters gather around this remarkable woman.  There’s not as much storytelling, music making or joke telling as in the past, nor Stani providing the entertainment, but something very special is happening in Stani’s presence...

Messages to: Sr Stani c/- Barbara Donohue rsm

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Mercy Matters

Vision Statement

Mercy Center is committed to providing people with the resources necessary to overcome life’s burdens and obstacles in an environment marked by dignity and respect.

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1839: Opening of first Pension school, Perth, Western Australia - M Ursula Frayne
Read M Ursula's story and watch the Video of her life and ministry (45.36)

1926: Mission to New Mexico from Grand Rapids

Submit a fact about the Story of the Sisters of Mercy for our online archive

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Peace through Justice Newsletter

'There is a world of information available, but none of us has time to go through it all. Peace through Justice (PTJ) represents an attempt to present in brief form some of the more significant elements of a wide range of information.' That's the purpose of this newsletter put together by Mary Schmuck rsm in Kentucky.

This is a great resource which draws from a wealth of sources for its information on topical issues of concern to justice advocates and to all of us who care about the state of our world.

To subscribe to Peace through Justice, send a cheque for
US$20 for 12 months USPS delivery
US$15 for 12 months email delivery
made out to Peace through Justice c/o Mary Schmuck rsm
PO Box 3000 Nazareth Kentucky, USA 40048-3000
Email: schmuckrsm@scnazarethky.org

The anticipated date for the next issue is mid October 2014 . Subscribe now to be included in that email and mailout.

The current issue #PTJ 14 August 2014 can be read here, enabling you to see the tremendous value of this Mercy-produced bi-monthly publication.

'Whether you’re a serial texter, seat slumper, or even a fan of the standing desk, these four yoga hacks will help heal the damage caused by any techno-centric, workaholic lifestyles. Through repetition these yoga practices will help prevent arthritis, reduce back pain, improve your posture, decrease stress, and leave you feeling more energized...'

Source: 99U

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'It is God’s will that everyone called to his service should be happy.'

Catherine McAuley

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Reflections on the Sunday Gospels for September by Veronica Lawson rsm (ISMAPNG) are now online:

-23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (Matthew 18:15-20)
-The Triumph of the Cross (John 3:13-17)
-Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (Matthew 20:1-6a)
-26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (Matthew 21:28-32)

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Further Resources

Worth a Look:

Book: New Generations of Catholic Sisters: The Challenge of Diversity. (Oxford University Press, 2014; $29.95) is now available. From the Editorial comments: 'This book is an outstanding example of sociology at the service of life! The authors have engaged a topic of vital interest to all segments of the Church—apostolic women’s religious life—and analyzed its current state, potential future, and ultimate significance with remarkable insight. A must-read for anyone who cares about the ‘new evangelization.'   —Doris Gottemoeller rsm, Past President of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and of the Sisters of Mercy of the America.

Read article 'Concentration on connections will keep religious life alive' in Global Sisters Report.
Preview the book and Purchase on iTunes

Worth Playing:

Long long Journey by Enya

'Long, long journey
Through the darkness,
Long, long way to go;
But what are miles
Across the ocean
To the heart that's coming home?'

View it here on Youtube (03:22) . Purchase it here on iTunes.

Worth Knowing:

To celebrate the 50 anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on African American Affairs plans to release a series of resources to highlight the achievements of the Civil Rights era and its connections to the Catholic Church. Over the next 12 months, resources will highlight the Mississippi Freedom Summer (June to August 1964); the Civil Rights Act (July 1964); the March from Selma to Montgomery (March 1965); and the 50 anniversary of the Voting Rights Act in August 2015. For further information, click here

Worth Considering:

25th Anniversary National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC). Theme: ' It is good that we are here. Rise, and have no fear.' November 6-10, 2014. Chicago Marriott O'Hare Hotel. Brochure can be downloaded here


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