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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 585  |  17 September 2014
Featured Story

Editor: It is hard to believe that there is less than a week to go now until the Anniversary celebrations commence. But the signs are all around us that this is so. The planter boxes at the front windows of MIC are bursting with new blooms. Catering for the expected visitors is all organised. The inside of MIC has been washed and polished. The organisers of the rituals have booked in for practice times in the chapel. And the forecast is for continuing fine weather!

In this issue of Mercy E-news we publish some reminders and some suggestions for ensuring that you are ready to participate in the celebrations wherever you are located in the mercy world between 23-29 September.

A test livestream video clip featuring Mary Reynolds rsm (02:09) can be accessed here on the mercyworld.org website.  If you can see it and hear it then you know your equipment is working well.

During the celebrations the livestream videos and archived video streams will be available from the mercyworld.org website. Visit the homepage of the website on the celebration days and click the correct link for the event you wish to participate in (video live stream) or view later (archived video stream).

We are looking forward so much to having you join us here.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - executive Director MIA


Image: Thomas M. Rosica, CSB. Michael Bourke sculpture. Used with permission

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Vision in Action
When to Watch the Live or Archived Video Streams of the Anniversary Events

A reminder that all main events except for the Mercy Day Mass are being livestreamed. The timing of each event can be found here in the programme.

Watching Live

Livestreams will commence 15 minutes prior to the event starting. This is to enable viewers to ensure your picture and sound are working well and to give you time to make any necessary adjustments to enhance your viewing experience. We suggest you log on 10-15 minutes before the starting time of the event so you are ready to participate at home. Once you have logged on do stay online.The first 15 minutes of streaming will simply show the congregation gathering. If you can see and hear the assembling then you know you will be able to view the livestream.

Watching the Archived Video Streams

The archived streams will remain online and will be able to be watched at a time that suits you (on demand viewing)

Watching the Mercy Day Mass

The Mercy Day Mass is not being streamed live as there is no internet access in the Haddington Road church. The video of the Mass will be uploaded onto the mercyworld.org website as soon as the celebration is concluded. We anticipate that the Mass will be online early evening. Watch for notification of this on the mercyworld.org website.


Image courtesy of stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Setting up to Watch the Live or Archived Video Streamed Events

The streamed events can be watched:
via a computer or other digital device
via a computer or other digital device linked to a data projector
via a computer linked to a television

The following links may be of use to those still needing assistance in setting up their equipment to watch the events online. We strongly recommend that you check your equipment and rehearse linking to the tv or data projector well before you want to watch a live event.

Linking to a data projector

How to connect your iPad to a projector, screen or TV (video; 15:30)

Linking to a television

How to connect my PC to a TV (video; 02:23)

Connect your computer to a tv (article with diagrams)

How do I connect my PC, iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch to a TV? (select option)

Remember that you control the level of sound you hear by adjusting the level on your computer speakers. If your computer speakers are not built in, remember to attach them.


Image courtesy of digitalart at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Updating Your Browser and Adding Flash to Your Computer in Preparation for Watching the Events

In order to experience the livestreams you need a computer, speakers, a web browser, an internet connection and a common web browser plugin.

Web browser

To ensure you have the best possible chance of a successful experience viewing the livestreams, please ensure your browser is up-to-date.

The browser is the software you use to interact with web pages. Please make sure you are using the latest version of either one of these:

Download: Mozilla Firefox (PC or MAC)
Download: Google Chrome (PC or MAC)

Web Browser Plug In

A plug in is an extension for your web browser that allows you to view and interact with specific types of content. You need Adobe Flash Player (PC and MAC) to experience the livestreams.

Download: Flash (PC or MAC) Latest version (

Mercy E-news subscribers who read Mercy E-news on an iOS device (iphone or iPad) are reminded that to view the videos or slideshows (image galleries) which often accompany stories on the mercyworld.org website, you need to use the Puffin Browser app.

During the 20th anniversary week we plan to have many slideshows online on mercyworld.org.

Ensure you have the Puffin Browser app so you can view the slideshows and videos.

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Reminder: Mercy E-news During Anniversary Celebrations

From 23-29 September, Mercy E-news will be published each evening (Irish time) following the conclusion of the day's events. It  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 your reflections/ responses/ reports on the activities at Baggot Street and in your own congregation/institute during the 23-29 September and ask that you send 1 or 2 of your best photos, with captions to accompany your text.

Please send all messages, reports, reflections, 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 and reflections in the online Baggot Street Chapel or online at Catherine's tomb.

Messages to: the Editor

Editor: Thank you to all those who have already sent messages for Mercy Day and for the celebrations.
We have now heard from: North Sudan, South Africa, Great Britain, Poland, Cambodia, Argentina, Nigeria, Philippines, Guyana, Aotearoa New Zealand, USA, Australia, Panama, Papua New Guinea and Kenya, 15 of the countries where there is a Mercy presence.

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 Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee at FreeDigitalPhotos.net 

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We continue our prayer for peace in the Holy Lands

'Lord our God, author of life and giver of peace,
the tragic events unfolding in Iraq, Syria, Israel and Palestine pain us.
We know that violence is not conquered by violence.
We remember all those forced from their homes in Iraq.
We entrust to your loving kindness those who have lost everything in Gaza.
We commend to your mercy those who have suffered violence and death in Syria.
We ask your protection for the people of the land of Israel.
They are all our brothers and sisters and they depend on us.
Teach us to live in solidarity with all those who suffer...'

From  Prayer for Justice and Peace in the Holy Lands

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

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God of love and mercy, touch with your healing power and restore Di Simpson - Jones, Michael Donnelly, Sandra MacGregor, James, Eileen Bucher, (Baby) Shane Michael Haley to full health.

We ask this with confidence through the intercession of Venerable Catherine McAuley. Amen

Messages to: the Vice postulators

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MIA Members News
Sending Greetings for Chapter to our Sisters in Aotearoa New Zealand

Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand will commence their Chapter on Mercy Day. During the period 24 September – 1 October please hold them in prayer as they discern their future direction.

Messages to: Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand

Editor: Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand is this week's featured Mercy website.

Zimbabwe revisited was a dream for Sr Sheila Burke and she was most excited as we began our South African visit. I accompanied her as she relived and recalled her ministry there.

The poverty of the people is as dire as ever and they still live in shacks and make-shift houses. New settlements have, and are springing up as families have been ousted from their homes. However they are a very resilient people and there is a togetherness among them.

Messages to: Kathleen Gooch rsm

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Campaigning for Nonviolence #2 (Americas)

Many Mercy Sisters, Associates, Students and Co-workers are expected to participate in the People’s Climate March, being held September 21 in New York City. 

Here are some ways to join us if you can't be in New York:

  • Plan a prayer service or other gathering using these prayers that connect all of the Institute's Critical Concerns through the lens of nonviolence.
  • Attend a Campaign Nonviolence event in your area. Click here for a listing of locations
  • If you aren’t already a Mercy advocate, sign up to receive emails about actions that you can take related to the critical concerns. The week of Campaign Nonviolence, you will receive an email action alert to contact your legislators with a Campaign Nonviolence message.
  • Gather a group to watch Mercy’s Cost of Convenience video or to pray, learn and take steps together toward a more environmentally sustainable and socially just future using other Mercy Taking Action resources.

Messages to: Sisters of Mercy Institute Justice Team

The Reverend Doctor Cynthia Bourgeault came to Ireland recently for the second time. She is an Episcopal priest, a prolific writer and an excellent speaker. The occasion for her coming this time was a contemplative retreat, held in the Emmaus Retreat Centre in Swords, Co Dublin...

“We are living at a cusp time; the future of our planet depends on our arrival in a critical mass,” was one of the sayings of Cynthia, that made us sit up and pay attention. This weekend gave food for this critical journey. Tools along the journey are the Psalmody, the life blood of the Christian, Judeo and monastic tradition; and Lectio Divina, the slow reading of a scripture passage, engagement with it, until it brings us to the stage of resting in God...

Messages to: Suzanne Ryder rsm

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Mercy Matters

We are a borderless, largely volunteer community of more than 800 writers, analysts, online media experts and translators.

Global Voices has been leading the conversation on citizen media reporting since 2005. We curate, verify and translate trending news and stories you might be missing on the Internet, from blogs, independent press and social media in 167 countries.

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Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand is a Catholic religious congregation of vowed women.

Over 200 sisters seek to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ by engaging in the works of Mercy, according to the charism of Catherine McAuley. Together with our companions in mission, our vision is for a world where God’s generous love and mercy are experienced by all.

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On This Day

1884: Death of M Frances Warde, Manchester, New Hampshire, first American Foundress

An interesting article from Investor's Business Daily, on Leaders & Success (2001): 'Mother Frances Xavier Warde: Her Devotion Helped Educate Thousands'

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

The mercy of God

'...What a beautiful truth of faith this is for our lives: the mercy of God! God’s love for us is so great, so deep; it is an unfailing love, one which always takes us by the hand and supports us, lifts us up and leads us on...'

-Homily of Pope Francis. Second Sunday of Easter - Divine Mercy Sunday, 7 April 2013

The Sacred Way of the Desert (reprint now available)

A set of 24 cards based on the wisdom of the Desert People of Southern Africa. (The San/Bushmen) There is also a booklet on the San as well as suggestions on how to use the cards.

The cards are packed in a cloth bag made of traditional African material.

Cost:  R120 per set and R40 for postage - about $16 depending on exchange rate.

Produced by Marilyn Brown rsm

'That ship alone can reach safety which in time of calm prepares for the storm.'

- M Frances Warde

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Further Resources

Worth playing:

'...There’s a gathering of spirits
There’s a festival of friends
And we’ll take up where we left off
When we all meet again...'

Lyrics from The Gathering of Spirits by Carrie Newcomer. Watch the concert performance here (video: 03:53)

Worth Knowing:

Cosmology & Ecojustice

The paperback version of Journey of the Universe by Brian Thomas Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker will be published by Yale University Press on October 28. You can order this book here

Interfaith Summit on Climate Change
Hosted by the World Council of Churches (WCC)
New York City, NY, USA
September 21-22, 2014

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