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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 586  |  23 September 2014
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Editor: This morning all present at Baggot Street gathered on the sanctuary to say together the Prayer for MIA, bringing to conclusion the 30 days prayer, which has been said here each morning at 10.20 am. The global Mercy family was well represented in those present for prayer. In our prayer we remembered Ethel Bignell rsm, former MIA Administrator, who went to her eternal rest on Monday morning. We also prayed for Marie Chin rsm (Americas) and Helen Harding (Newfoundland) who are both unwell.

From early afternoon Sisters arrived at MIC in readiness for this evening's Welcome Reception and Formal Opening event. The corridor outside the Chapel was filled with loud delight at reunions and new meetings. Those who opened the Chapel door 'just for peek' inside were drawn to do so by having heard the wonderful sounds - voice, guitar, flute, violin and keyboard- of the musicians (Srs Ailish O'Brien, Marie Cox, Frances Kennedy and Patricia Donovan) rehearsing. Once inside the Chapel, they found  the audio engineer and those involved in the livestreams setting up cables, cameras and microphones for tonight's video livestream. Tonight's livestream is archived on the mercyworld website in two parts: The Ritual prepared by the Americas (part 1) and the MIA Founding Story and Playback Theatre interpretation and the concluding hymn (Salve Regina) as part 2.

All who arrived early today were fortunate to have a first opportunity to visit the Face of Mercy Today photographic exhibition on display in the International Room. The feedback has been expressed in superlatives 'magnificent', 'wonderful', 'amazing'. Readers in Ireland do note that the Exhibition is on at Baggot Street until 6 October. We will share more from the Exhibition over the coming days.

The Chapel filled quickly this evening and every seat was well taken by 5pm when Mary Reynolds rsm (Executive Director MIA) offered a Cead Mile Failte to those present in person and those present online. Mary commenced her welcome using the words from the Mercy Day greeting of Elizabeth Davis rsm (Newfoundland) for on this date 'Earth enjoys the spring equinox in the south and the fall equinox in the north – day and night are in complete harmony on every part of our Earth' Read the rest of Mary's welcome here (PDF).

It was a great start to a great week as the feedback already received from Sisters and Colleagues who joined in online from Ireland, Aotearoa New Zealand, Newfoundland and South Africa attests. We welcome your reflection and responses and hope that you are able to gather with us in prayer, ritual and celebration this week, from wherever you are in the Mercy world.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Image: l-r: Front - Srs Canice Hanrahan (The Congregation), Mary Waskowiak (Americas), Nancy Whitley (Americas), Rear - Sr Mary Reynolds

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Vision in Action

Having one's photo taken with the Michael Bourke statue of Catherine is an essential part of a visit to Baggot street.

Over the coming week we will bring you many photos of Sisters and Colleagues attending the celebrations as they are 'seen outside with Catherine'.

Messages to: the Editor

Image: l-r: Srs Joan Morrissey, Catherine Jamblet, Gabrielle Ryan

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10am (Irish time): Opening Prayer in the Baggot Street Chapel will be live streamed. Ritual prepared by The Congregation
 

The Mercy Day Mass at St Mary's Haddington Road, Dublin, commencing at 2.00pm (Irish time) will be recorded and archived on the mercyworld.org website immediately following its conclusion.

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Thank you to all those who have already sent messages for Mercy Day and for the celebrations.
We are delighted by the cards and emailed messages already received and for feedback received tonight in response to the Formal Opening video stream

Message pages are linked in numbered sequence at the bottom of each page. Click the link to access the next page.

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

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A Window on Baggot Street

May the blessings of this house-
A house
Imagined in unlikeliness,
Dreamt with daring,
Built with love,
Founded on mercy-
Speak to your spirit
In whatever room in the world you are [watching],
In whatever place you are called to mercy.

- Mary Wickham rsm
 

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