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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 596  |  05 November 2014
Featured Story

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy and the Presentation Sisters in 1994 in response to the needs of those coming to their doors seeking food, The Gathering Place is a community centre that provides much needed programmes and services for people in St. John’s Newfoundland who are homeless, or who live in less than desirable housing conditions and for people who have complex mental and physical health issues. The Centre's goal is to foster among its guests independence, self-respect and dignity.

Programmes and services available to guests include meals, foot care, a clothing supply boutique and hair care service.  Through collaboration with other agencies, guests of The Gathering Place have access to housing experts, nurses and social workers.  Guests can avail of advocacy, literacy and computer programmes.

The formal re-opening of the newly renovated Centre in the former Mercy Convent School —a 7 million dollar project that will ensure provision of a wide range of services in response to growing demand —was marked last week by a series of events that honoured the guests, the founders, the volunteers, the donors, the media and the general public – all who are associated with The Gathering Place.

  • An article on the background to the reconstruction/renovation is linked to this item
  • Images of the services and new facilities on offer to the guests of the Gathering Place can be viewed here

Messages to: Elizabeth Davis rsm and Sharon Fagan,pbvm - Co-Chairs of the Board


Image: Diane Smyth rsm. Outside newly renovated TheGathering Place

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Vision in Action
Celebrate Remembrance Day at MIC

Sisters, Associates and all friends…
You are invited to
Mercy International Centre
64A Lower Baggot Street
Dublin 2

on Tuesday 11th November
for Mass at 12 midday
followed by lunch

Celebrant: Fr Fachtna McCarthy,
St Mary’s Parish, Haddington Road, Dublin 4)

RSVP to Madeleine O’Hanlon - Receptionist. Phone  01 6618061

No later than Friday, 7 November

Download the invitation here (PDF

MIA Prayer Intention for the Coming Week

The report from the UN this week 'that if left unchecked, climate change will increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems' challenges us all to act for a more sustainable world.

We pray for the 'vision to see the fragile beauty that remains to us;
... spiritual energy to become active
In loving the world through our daily life;
... voices to speak out for environmental solidarity.

Bless us again with the gift
Of being a joyful community;
Bless us with a love of your Creation
And we will glimpse your Eden once again.'

--Jane Deren, 2009


Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

MIA Members News
A Ritual of Remembrance and Thanksgiving Prayer Service (Americas)

Editor: Thank you to the South Central Leadership Team (Americas) for their kind permission to publish in this week's  Mercy E-news A Ritual of Remembrance and Thanksgiving Prayer Service prepared by Sisters Therese Galligan, Jeanne Marie Kienast and  Paula Diann Marlin for use by the South Central Associates.

This prayer service is offered as a resource in this month of remembering: the month of All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day and the anniversary of the death of Catherine McAuley.

Download the ritual here (PDF; 8pps)

Messages to: South Central Leadership Team (Americas)

Next week's Mercy E-news will be published on Remembrance Day

Celebrating the Holy Ones in Our Lives (North Sydney)

The Sisters of Mercy North Sydney gathered together in Monte Sant’ Angelo Chapel on the Vigil of  the Holy Souls for ‘A Celebration of Life’ remembering ‘The Light of the Holy Ones in Our Lives'. This was a time for us……

  • to remember with gratitude all those persons whose goodness has inspired us in our beliefs and given us the courage:-
  • to act on what we believe
  • to acknowledge that these holy ones have helped us find our own potential for goodness
  • to commemorate all those people who have drawn us to God because of who they were and how they lived.

May we be re-inspired by their lives which reflect the goodness of God.

Messages to: Loreto Conroy rsm - Congregation Leader

On September 20, 2014, in anticipation and solidarity with the People’s Climate March in New York, the Guam350.org, the Sisters of Mercy Justice Committee, in collaboration with the Tamuning village mayor, held “A Walk to Remember” march from Tamuning Elementary School baseball field to Ipao Beach.

The early morning event opened with a cry for justice for our earth expressed in prayer and song. The organizers of the event invited all Mercy administered schools and Father Duenas Memorial High School as well as other volunteers, to participate in a coconut tree planting event at the Ipao Beach area. The purpose of this event was to promote greater local environmental awareness focused on replacing the coconut trees infested by the rhinoceros beetle...

Messages to: Mary Cecilia Camacho rsm - Local Administrator

Image: Blessing the coconut seedlings. L-R: Trinie Pangelinan rsm, Sisters of Mercy Justice Coordinator, Skye Baker, Miss Earth Guam 2015, Cabrini Taitano rsm, Sister of Mercy Justice Coordinator, Martha Castro, Mercy Associate; and Louise Perez, Mercy Associate.

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The annual Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) Awards programme recognises effective poverty fighting groups from across the UK. Cash prizes of £10,000 are awarded to charities, small voluntary groups and other local projects that display innovation and effectiveness in addressing the root causes of poverty, turning lives around and reversing social breakdown.

women@thewell was one of six organisations whose work with those on the margins was acknowledged at the latest award ceremomy It was a very proud moment for all involved with the project when Lynda Dearlove rsm accepted the Michael Duncan award, given in honour of one of the original staff at CSJ. Sr Lynda's speech can be read here. (PDF;1 page)

Messages to: Bernie Roche rsm - Chair of Trustees Women at women@well  

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Nga mihi atawhai - greetings to all in Mercy! Always a special month in Mercy’s calendar for its inclusion of Mercy Day, September was doubly significant this year. For the Chapter of our own Congregation, held September 24-30, coincided with days of celebration in Dublin to mark the 20th anniversary of the Mercy International Association...

Read the latest issue of Imaging Mercy Today which is linked to this news item (PDF; 1page).

Messages to: Katrina Fabish rsm - Congregation Leadership Team

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Any stranger to the Kensal New Town area on Saturday 11th October 2014 would have been astonished to see crowds of people, young and not so young, making their way to the church of Our Lady of the Holy Souls for a celebration Mass in thanksgiving for the fifty years of service of Sr Angela Moroney and Sr Margarita Cunningham...

Sisters Margarita and Angela began their ministry in 1964 as teachers in St Mary’s Infant and Junior Schools and retired in the 1990s as head teachers. Who would even begin to measure the influence for good on countless numbers of children and their parents over these years? ...

Messages to:

Margarita Cunningham rsm
Angela Moroney rsm

Image: L-r: Srs Margarita Cunningham and Angela Moroney outside Our Lady of the Holy Souls

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Mercy Matters

1844: Sr Frances Warde stayed at Mt Vernon Convent, Liverpool en route to Pittsburgh, USA.
1857: Foundation to Gort, Co Galway from Carlow - M Aloysius Doyle
1946: Foundation to Guam from North Carolina

Editor: Sisters of Mercy South Central Community on Guam is this week's featured Mercy website

1961: Foundation to Titusville, Florida from Ardagh/Clonmacnoise

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

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The Sisters of Mercy are inspired by the courageous and compassionate example of their founder, Catherine McAuley.  The Sisters of Mercy on Guam are involved in various ministries: education, pastoral work, prayer ministry, and social work.

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Preaching the Advent Season - New Resource

The book is designed to take the reader through each week of Advent using relevant Gospel verses and sermons chosen over a forty-year period. Dr. Barbara Moore rsm explains, "These sermons and the words around them are the efforts of a 'working theologian' on a journey."  Her book, she says, is the result of three questions that served as the context for the sermons themselves: 1) What events have brought me to this point? 2) What is there about the ministry of preaching that has transformed my life? and 3) Why, after forty years, does the Advent season still capture my heart?

Cost is US$15 plus postage. To purchase, email Dr Barbara

Read more about this new publication here

The reflections on the Sunday Gospels for November are now online.

Messages to: Veronica Lawson rsm

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SoulPancake set up a giant camera on the street and captured people's expressions of happiness (02:42).
How will you express yourself today?

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'Catherine’s letters sought to knead the spirit of union and charity through the dough of the expanding institute.'

- M Joanna Regan

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:
'Give thanks with a grateful heart. Give thanks to the Holy One...' from Give Thanks - The Maranatha! Singers. Watch it here (04:03)

Worth a Look:

NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus 2014 "We the People, We the Voters!" -- in a parody of Meghan Trainor's "All about that Bass". Watch it here (01:41) and enjoy.

Worth Knowing:

Update (Newsletter): November 2014 is now online and can be accessed here (PDF; 12 pps)

Cosmology and Eco-justice

As the question of how we set about tackling climate change increasingly becomes not just an economic and political issue, but a moral one too, a new paper from Christian Aid draws inspiration from the Biblical prophets. Song of the Prophets: A global theology on climate change reflects the views of theologians from the global south where climate change is having its greatest impact. The paper says that the manner in which a number of Biblical prophets confronted opposition in their own times, gives hope in a demoralised and demotivated world. Read the paper here (PDF; 32 pps)

Opposing Human Trafficking

As more and more stories of human trafficking appear in newspapers and on television, consumers are increasingly asking what they can do to fight this problem. Madina Jarbussynova, Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, responds. Read the article in the Huffington Post here

'Does the church need a new theology of women?'

Pope Francis himself has stated that the church needs a "new theology of women." But what does that mean, exactly? And who might write it? Read the article in U.S. Catholic online by  Emily Reimer-Barry, assistant professor of theology and religious studies at the University of San Diego and consider taking the survey.


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