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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 587  |  24 September 2014
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Editor: Truly, it has been the most wonderful Mercy Day! We have been so aware of each other, wherever we are, and so totally connected.

Mary Conway (Northern Province PLT) opened the morning ritual with a special greeting to the Sisters in Aotearoa New Zealand who have commenced their Chapter. Almost immediately - it was that fast - we received an email from 'the 27 of us sitting here at the end of a long day (9pm) and after a festive mercy day dinner'. The message asked, 'Love the greeting to us in NZ . Did you hear us cheering in response?' This was the first of a stream of emails from viewers in many parts of the Mercy world.

The morning ritual was powerful, prayerful and beautiful and incorporated the most stunning centrepiece. We knew we were in for something very special when the four dancers: Srs Bernie Ryan, Scholasticah Nganda, Kathleen Friel and Aine McGoldrick moved into the space, gathering us in from the East, West, North and South.

We celebrated our oneness in Mercy, our call to Mercy, the challenge of Mercy. We were blessed by the energy, the singing, the symbols and the words of A Thiarna, déan trócaire (Lord have Mercy), as Margaret Casey rsm, Congregational Leader of The Congregation reminded us that  we are each 'an important part of God's plan' and prayed that 'God watch over [us] and keep[ us] safe from harm'. The ritual is online and can be viewed here.

After lunch we walked up the road to St Mary's Church for our Eucharistic celebration. Once again, the music was wonderful and the symbolism powerful. A packed congregation heard Archbishop Diarmuid Martin remind the members of the Mercy family of our call to Mercy: ' to carry on the tradition of [our] charism, not through simply recycling it, but through resurrecting it today to respond to the trauma and suffering of those who seek a sense of meaning... and radiate joy in our lives and share it with others.'

The joy was certainly evident in the singing of the Circle of Mercy as can be seen in this feature image.

The day concluded with a celebratory meal at the Lansdowne Hotel.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive director MIA

Image: Adele Howard rsm (ISMAPNG). Front row. L-r: Srs Aine Barrins (The Congregation), Scholastica Nganda (The Congregation), Patricia Bell (GB Institute)

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Vision in Action

The following events have been archived on the mercyworld.org website.

24 September

23 September

  • The Ritual prepared by the Americas. Length: 28:21.

Please keep checking the page to know when additional livestreams have been uploaded. We expect to have the Mercy Day Mass online tomorrow.

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Meet our Mercy Musicians

We have been very fortunate these past two days to enjoy the gifted playing and glorious singing of our Mercy musicians: Srs Ailish O'Brien (violin), Marie Cox (guitar, vocals), Frances Kennedy (flautist) and Patricia O'Donovan (keyboards), who, together with Teresa Martin rsm, composer and soloist of the Suscipe in today's rituals, are all members of The Congregation.

Ailish will be with us for the week and we will hear and see more of her. We are very grateful to Marie, Frances and Patricia for the generous sharing of their gifts with the Mercy world. We will miss you!

Image: l-r: Srs Patricia, Ailish, Frances, Marie

Thank you to all those who have already sent messages in response to the Mercy Day Prayer Ritual  and for the celebrations.

We are delighted by the responses received and our connections across the miles (cables). We welcome your messages.

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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Among those seen outside with Catherine today were (GB Union) Srs Sheila Burke, Mary McGrath, Evelyn Gallagher, Geraldine Lawlor, Kathleen Gooch, Jo Fish (ISMAPNG) and Kathleen Mary Grogan.

Many other Sisters were photographed as they arrived at MIC for the Morning Ritual. Others were pictured leaving MIC for St Mary's Haddington Road.

Click the link below to see faces you might know.

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The Suscipe sung in this morning's Prayer ritual and then again as the Communion Reflection in our Mercy Day Mass was composed by Teresa Martin rsm (The Congregation).

Those present here and online for this morning's ritual were transported by Teresa's singing of her musical composition. Fortunately, this version of the Suscipe has been recorded and is available on Teresa's album, Cothú agus Iomlánú, a collection of her Mercy inspired compositions. Purchase the album from the Shop at Mercy International Centre for 10 euro plus postage, or directly from Teresa

Further details about the album are linked to this news item. This recording will make a perfect souvenir of the anniversary celebrations or a wonderful gift!

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What's Being Streamed from MIC Tomorrow, 25 September

10.00am  (Irish time): Opening Prayer in the Baggot Street Chapel will be live streamed. Ritual prepared by Great Britain. Theme: Celebrating Mercy Around the World

11.00am (Irish time): President Michael D. Higgins (President of Ireland) addresses the gathering.

The stream will be continuous. A reminder to login online 15 minutes beforehand.

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