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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 614  |  01 April 2015
Featured Story

'...The ongoing war in Syria and the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu foreground the language of death and resurrection.

As we enter into the Easter mysteries, we carry with us the chaos of broken communities, human and more-than-human. We pray for order out of the chaos and for a real return to life for the struggling and displaced. We join with those who are sharing their resources and re-ordering their own way of being in the Earth community in order to make this happen.'

 'Reflection on the Gospel-Easter Vigil Year B (Mark 16:1-8)'
 

Messages to: Veronica Lawson rsm


Image: Peter Casamento, Casamento Photography. Used with permission.

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Vision in Action
MIA Prayer Intention for the Coming Week

MIA joins in prayer for the 150 victims from at least 18 countries of the Germanwings air disaster, and for their relatives, friends and colleagues.

The manner in which the lives of these babies, schoolchildren, grandparents, holidaymakers, teachers, exchange students, family members, business executives, reporters and opera singers and airline crew appear to have been deliberately taken — so suddenly, so violently — shocks us all.

We join with all persons everywhere who strive for a culture of nonviolence and who work for the health and wellbeing of all peoples.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Responding to the YCL Series

'I used the first paragraph of Breege's article on Compassion and the prayer 'Called to Compassion' at our weekly Monday morning prayer which I am leading during the month of March with Catholic Education Office Staff where I work three days a week. They loved it! Could they have the whole article? Wanted to know were there others such topics, can we have the web-link etc. Two came later into my office to talk about the 'Holding Each Other Reading' and what it evoked from their experience. It is a joy to be able to share this International Mercy Initiative with my colleagues.'
- Kathleen Rushton rsm

We welcome your reports on how you are using these reflective materials personally, in small groups, in community and congregational meetings, with staff and board meetings... so that others may benefit from this wisdom.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Invitation: Ideas for Celebrating the Holy Year of Mercy

'The call of Jesus pushes each of us never to stop at the surface of things, especially when we are dealing with a person. We are called to look beyond, to focus on the heart to see how much generosity everyone is capable [of]. No one can be excluded from the mercy of God; everyone knows the way to access it and the Church is the house that welcomes all and refuses no one.'
-Pope Francis, Announcement of the Holy Year of Mercy

We have received some wonderful, thoughtful ideas for the Holy Year of Mercy. Thank you to those readers who have already responded.

Have you an idea for how MIA might facilitate the Mercy World in celebrating the Holy Year?

We welcome your suggestions.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

God of love and mercy, touch with your healing power and restore to full health: John Kinsela, Tess Lowrey, Eileen McLean, Rachel Reynolds, Joe and all whose names are on our prayer list.

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

Sister Felicita Alita Sánchez Sánchez is now a finally professed Sister of Mercy in the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland!  

Alita made her profession of vows in a Eucharistic celebration in the Church of San Pedro of Monsefu, Chiclayo, 20 March, 2015.  The evening was a wonderful experience of faith, charism, community and ministry all held in the embrace of Mercy...

What a beautiful moment in the life of our Congregation!

Messages to:

Alita Sánchez Sánchez rsm
Diane Smyth rsm - Congregation Leadership Team

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Seder Meal at the Mercy Spirituality Centre, Epsom (Aotearoa New Zealand)

The Mercy Spirituality Centre in Epsom reached full capacity when Rabbi Brent Gutmann and Fr John Dunn spoke about the meaning and celebration of the Passover – the Seder Meal.

Rabbi Brent, a young and dynamic rabbi who had arrived in Auckland about two years ago, immediately captured the audience with his American accent and a kippah as black as his hair. He told the history of the Jewish Passover Meal in a very entertaining and yet educational way...

Download the complete report here (PDF)

Messages to: Beate Matthies - Manager

Mercies Honoured (Americas)

Editor: Reports of a number of Sisters being honoured this year for their ministry activities have been posted on various Mercy websites. Congratulations to the following Sisters whose efforts have been singled out recently:

Americas

Mary Ellen Howard rsm
, former executive director of the St. Frances Cabrini Clinic, who has received an award for her vision and dedication to those most in need of healthcare. Read more here

Mary Ann Walsh rsm has been awarded the St. Francis de Sales Award which honors lifetime achievement and is the highest recognition of the Catholic Press Association. Read more here

Rosemary Jeffries rsm the president of Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ, was feted on St. Patrick's Day in honor of her presidency and legacy to the school. Read more here

Dr. Maryanne Stevens rsm was honored with the Chief Executive Leadership Award at the CASE District VI Conference on January 12. Read more here

Eileen M. Campbell rsm, a former leader of the Mercy Volunteer Corps who now serves as vice president of the Institute  of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, will be the keynote speaker when Misericordia University Pennsylvania holds is 89th annual undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16. During the Commencement ceremony, Misericordia University will present Sr Eileen with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Read more here

Rosemary Connelly rsm, executive director of Misericordia Home in Chicago, which provides programs, services, and residential care to more than 600 children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities will be the 2015 Commencement Speaker at St Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana on 16 May. The College will recognise Sister Rosemary with an honorary doctorate of humanities for her 46 years of leadership, which has been integral to Misericordia growing into a loving, challenging, and dignified environment to its residents. Read more here

Messages to: Lauren Tyrell - Institute Communications Office

More Mercies Honoured (Australia & PNG)

Brisbane Congregation

After many dedicated years, Marcia Maranta rsm has retired from her ministry in pastoral care at Mater Redlands.  A large gathering of staff, volunteers and friends of the Mater farewelled her at a morning tea in Kitty’s Courtyard, the attractive outside area she herself initiated and worked to create. Dr John O’Donnell, Chief Executive Officer of Mater Health Services, paid tribute to Marcia’s dedicated and energetic support of the Mercy vision and mission and the Mater Redlands community’s affection and appreciation were very evident. See more here

Messages to: Marcia Maranta rsm c/- Mary Lawson rsm

ISMAPNG

Anne Gallagher rsm received the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) – ‘for services to music and the Catholic Church’. Read more here

Messages to: Anne Gallagher rsm

Mercy Matters

How to get your PDF document into a PowerPoint presentation and the pitfalls associated with the process.

Source: Online tech tips

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On This Day

1949: Newfoundland became 10th Province of Canada - 200 "first Mercy Sisters in Canada"

Editor: Sisters of Mercy Newfoundland is this week's featured Mercy website

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

'There are things the poor prize more highly than gold though they cost the donor nothing: the kind word, the gentle, compassionate look, and the patient hearing of sorrows.'

- Catherine McAuley

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'...Think of this entry into Holy Week, then, as an invitation: perhaps not to a mere drama after all, but to a Passion to end all dramas; not to a story of justice and deserts, but to a story of divine love so exquisite as to exceed and upturn all justice as we know it; not to a theological conundrum to be solved, but to a dangerous and life-threatening journey: a journey of pain, death, discovery and new Life...

The invitation lies before us: come, this year, into the vineyard of love and betrayal and discover afresh over these sacred days the meaning of divine love in Jesus's Passion...'

- from Will You Draw Near? Meditations for Holy Week by Sarah Coakley, Norris - Hulse Professor of Divinity at  Cambridge University and Canon of Ely Cathedral.

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In these reflections for Lent, Kathleen Murphy rsm unravels the stories of the women who accompanied Jesus during his last days and were there when he endured agony and death on the cross. Who were these women and what are their stories? Is there anything we can learn from their suffering and hopes that might help us with our burdens – our own crosses?

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The Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland is a congregation of women religious who live and minister according to the spirit of our foundress, Catherine McAuley...

Three Sisters of Mercy from Ireland arrived in Newfoundland in 1842. The Sisters of Mercy formed the first community of Mercy in the new world.

The story of Mercy in this province is one that is rich in history and tradition, steeped in and shaped by the unique culture of Newfoundland and Labrador, the most easterly province of Canada.

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:

Two very different tracks in two very different styles for Holy Week: for the Passion and the Resurrection

'Your mercy saved me, your mercy made me whole'. Lyrics from the song 'Mercy' sung by Casting Crowns, a contemporary Christian rock band. This clip features a series of powerful scenes from the film 'The Gospel of St John'. Watch/listen here. (04:57)  Purchase on * iTunes *Google Play  Mercy ["Misericordia"] - Subtitulada al español. (04:57)

'I know that my redeemer liveth' from the Messiah sung by Lynne Dawson, English soprano, with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Brandenburg Consort & Stephen Cleobury. Watch/Listen here (05:52). Purchase on *iTunes *Google Play  *eMusic

Worth Reading:

Opposing Human Trafficking

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 [United Kingdom],  the first of its kind in Europe, and one of the first in the world, to specifically address slavery and trafficking in the 21st century, received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015. Details of the Act can be read here

'Human Trafficking: African Perspective'. JURIST Guest Columnist Tseliso Thipanyane, of Safer South Africa Foundation and Columbia University Law School, discusses human trafficking and slavery issues in Africa and the causes ... Read the article here

Cosmology and Eco-justice

On 30 March 17 Anglican bishops from all six continents released their Good Friday Declaration 'The World Is Our Host: A Call to Urgent Action for Climate Justice' which sets a new agenda on climate change for the 85 million-strong Anglican Communion. Download the Declaration here (8pps; PDF)

Poetry

Robert Morneau writes: 'Every month, I put a poet in my pocket, lest I become too afflicted with loneliness or get lost in the cosmos. They, those noble poets, point the way to some modicum of truth, goodness and beauty. To them I owe a bundle of gratitude...' Read about the poets of his choice and think about which poets might become your own "pocket companions".

Year of Consecrated Life

The Final Statement of the February International Vocation Conference in Rome is now available online here

Worth Knowing:

The Vatican Television Center has released the schedule for worldwide telecasts of events presided over by Pope Francis in Holy Week and Easter. All times are UTC/GMT (Coordinate Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time).

• Good Friday, April 3, 19.15-21.00 hours, Way of the Cross, presided over by Pope Francis at the Colosseum.

• Easter Sunday, April 5, 08:15-10:30 hours,

Mass presided over by Pope Francis immediately followed by the Message and Blessing "Urbi et Orbi" (To the City and to the World) from St. Peter's Square.

These ceremonies will be live streamed with audio commentaries in both English and Spanish. Access the Livestreams, Official Texts and News from this link

The Bottom Line:

'You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.'

- Jiddu Krishnamurti, Thinker and Teacher
 

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