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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 662  |  23 March 2016
Featured Story

A section from the poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Coleridge, which my father loved to quote, still stays in my memory: 'Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink'.

This quotes reflects the water problem today in our world. The Flint, Michigan, USA situation certainly reflects the lack of water that is uncontaminated with lead and other pollutants. The murder of Berta Cáceres in Honduras because she defended the rights of the local indigenous peoples in their opposition to a dam requires us to ask the question: who owns the water of the earth?...

Messages to: Rose Marie Tresp rsm - Director of Justice
Sisters of Mercy South Central Community (Americas)

Image: World Water Day © MIA 2016. MIA would be delighted to have this logo used by Mercy Congregations and Institutes, communities and ministries in promotion of this day. Email the Editor.
We thank Deirdre Mullan rsm (The Congregation) for generously making available the PDF (9pps) of her booklet The Human Right to Water: The Free Beverage (2015) for use by individuals and groups this World Water Day and beyond.

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Vision in Action
Come Home to Catherine (1) in 2016

This programme is an experience of being with Catherine at home in Baggot Street.  It offers an opportunity to pray with Catherine in her places and spaces, and to walk in her footsteps through the city of Dublin reflecting on her life and ministry.  There will be input and time to reflect on and reconnect with Catherine, the tender woman of mercy who continues to inspire and journey with us towards God.

This first experience is being offered from 12 June - Saturday, 18 June. A second programme is being offered in August.

 Judy Carle rsm (Americas) & Anne Reid (Ireland) are the facilitators of the June programme; Mary Trainer rsm (Americas) and Anne Reid (Ireland) will facilitate the August programme.

Cost: €570 (residential) €390 (non-residential).

Messages to: Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality

Image: L-r: Judy Carle rsm & Anne Reid

Watch the Mercy Presentations at CSW 60

Editor: As advised in last week's Mercy eNews (Issue #661), two of the events involving Sisters of Mercy at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60) this past week have been televised on UN WebTv.

Lynda Dearlove rsm MBE (GB Institute) was a Speaker at a side event on 21 March jointly sponsored by the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN and women@thewell.
Download the Flyer (PDF)

Watch the televised event here

Messages to: Lynda Dearlove rsm MBE

3) Áine O'Connor rsm (Americas, MGA Coordinator at the UN) was the Moderator at the Women, Water and Well-Being event on World Water Day co-sponsored by MGA as part of the NGO Mining Working Group.
Download the flyer (PDF)

Watch the televised event here

Messages to: Áine O'Connor rsm

MIA Prayer Intention for the Coming Week: Holy Week

Gracious God, you have heard the cries of your suffering people. You have sent Jesus to us to be our Redeemer and brother. Open our eyes to see the immensity of your love for us and the wonder of what you have done for us. Give us the courage to be your hands and heart for those who are in pain. Give us the wisdom to speak out for justice and righteousness. May your will be done in us today and always. Amen.

Source: Palm Sunday, Evening Prayer. Morning and Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA


Image: iStock. Used under licence

Stations of Mercy

'Celebrate this Jubilee of Mercy as one big pilgrimage.'
-Pope Francis

Today we stop at Works of Mercy 7: To clothe the Naked. Vestir al desnudo

Access all Stations of Mercy currently online

The final stop on our global mercy pilgrimage will be on Holy Saturday, 26 March.
On Sunday, 3 April, Divine Mercy Sunday, we are invited to join our prayers at home with those of the Mercy pilgrims in Rome using a prayer from one of the Stations of Mercy.
We are asked to pray personally or communally between 12 midday and 2pm, our local time, thus encircling the globe in prayer for 24 hours.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Volunteer positions are open to Sisters, Associates and Friends of Mercy. To Single persons or couples.

Further details are linked to this item.

Applications will be accepted up to 31 March 2016.

Please send a simple Curriculum Vitae, including your preferred dates, to:

Margaret Scroope rsm - Assistant Director-Administration & Finance

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We have re-organised the highlight 'buttons' on the homepage of mercyworld to make access to these important resources both clearer and simpler.

MIA Initiatives (Stations of Mercy, Year of Mercy, MIRP, Year of Consecrated Life, 20th Anniversary Celebrations and Fundraising) have been grouped together in the right hand column and in the order in which these have been introduced.

MIC Activities (online prayer spaces, Wellsprings programmes, YML programmes) have been grouped together above the footer.

The weekly Sunday Gospel Reflections will now be accessed from the highlight button situated under the links to Mercy eNews. A link to the current Sunday reflection will be included in each issue of Mercy eNews, commencing this week.

Messages to: the Editor

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MIA, along with Doras Luimní and nine other groups is signatory to a letter to all members of Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas (the Irish Parliament), seeking commitment to:

  • Outlining the concerns about the EU-Turkey deal and the ways in which it will place people at risk and undermine Ireland’s commitment to its international obligations
  • Ensuring greater participation in the relocation of asylum seekers and resettlement of refugees
  • Advocating for an increase in the number of refugees allowed to settle in Ireland

The letter is linked to this item.

Messages to: Denise Boyle fmdm - Mercy Global Action

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MIA Special Prayer Intention: Belgium Metro and International Airport Tragedy

God you are our refuge and our strength, an ever present help in time of trouble (Ps 46.1)

We pray for the deceased and wounded victims of the Belgium metro and airport tragedy; for their families and friends who love them, for their local communities and networks who know them as neighbours, colleagues, passers-by and co-workers.

We pray too for ourselves. Not one of us is unaffected. We are challenged once again in the face of violence and tragedy, grief and loss, anger and disbelief to remain people of mercy, people of hope.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

MIA Reflection Process
Meet the Members of the Interfaith Reflection Circle (Newfoundland)

We are 12 people of various faiths- Hindu, United Church of Canada, Muslim, Anglican, Jewish, Roman Catholic, meeting monthly for two hours at a time.

Back Row,  L-r:  Veeresh Gadag, Madonna Gatherall rsm, Ruth Noel,  Elizabeth Davis rsm, Betty Morrissey rsm, Eileen Penney rsm, Bishop Geoff Peddle

Front Row L-r:  Lidwina Critch, Haseen Khan, Reverend Marion Pardy, Rick Maher, Regina Shapter

Messages to: Elizabeth Marrie rsm - MIRP Coordinator Newfoundland


Meet OLMC Parramatta Support Staff Group 1 (Parramatta Congregation)

Our Lady of Mercy College (OLMC) Parramatta has three MIRP groups among their support staff, each with their own trained faciliator, meeting in the McAuley Rooms at the Congregation Centre, Parramatta.

Pictured l-r: are the seven members of Support Staff group 1: Rosalba SY, Jen F, Janet S,  Scott J,  Tanya B, Rosemary Mc,  Luke K.

Hope for the Year: Increased sense of care and solidarity

Group Focus: Care, Safety and Hospitality for children and the elderly

Messages to: Valda Dickinson rsm - Facilitator Parramatta and North Sydney Congregations

Meet Members of the Sisters of Mercy in Guyana MIRP Group (Americas)

The Sisters of Mercy in Guyana have formed a group of 10 for the Mercy International Reflection process.

Sitting L -r: Sr. Denise Little, Sr. Admirablis, Sr. Judith Schmelz.

Standing L-r: Sr. Catherine Glyn-Williams, Sr. Roslyn Bacchus, Sr. Celine Marie Kersh, Sr. Julie Matthews, Marietta Campbell, Terry Kemingiri, and Sr. Celina Hanoman.

The facilitator is Sr. Catherine Glyn-Williams. 

Messages to: Marianne Comfort - MIRP Coordinator Americas

Sr Mary Glennon's Scrapbook: Useful Idea for MIRP (The Congregation)

St. Vincent's Convent in Galway is the only convent in the Western Province that was founded by Catherine McAuley in 1840.  The community of twenty three, mainly retired Sisters, with two non-resident coordinators and six neighbouring Sisters, form a cluster.  For Stage 1 of the process, the cluster was divided into four groups. Mary Glennon rsm facilitated the meeting and it was agreed that Homelessness would be the area in which to find a focus.  Sr Mary is pictured here gathering newspaper articles on the topic and putting them in a folder which she will leave in the community room, accessible to all members of the MIRP groups. The collection of articles on the local story will help group members refine their focus as they read about local experiences and situations.

Messages to: Sheila Curran rsm - MIRP Coordinator The Congregation

Editor: To refine their focus, groups could consider this question: ‘What is the most urgent manifestation of this topic [water/homelessness etc] in my local area?’

MIA Members News
Archival Footage of the 1916 Easter Rising Now Available Online (Ireland)

British Pathé, a producer of newsreels, cinemagazines, and documentaries from 1910 until 1970 in the United Kingdom, has made its archive of the 1916 Easter Rising available online in two places:

1. On its own site in the section 'Ireland: Revolutionary Period, 1916-1924'. Footage is organised by topics.

2. British Pathé's 1916 Easter Rising footage can also be found on Youtube using the search query 'Easter+Rising+1916' or click here

A selection of their footage has also been compiled into a showreel (05:30)

An article on the role of women in the Easter Rising can be read here in the NY Times.

A reminder that, as publicised in eNews Issue #660 (9 March 2016), Irish citizens at home and abroad are invited to Remember, Reflect and Reimagine Ireland as it has evolved in the 100 years since the Rising.

The official government website for the 2016 Centenary Year can be accessed here

RTE's dedicated 1916 Hub can be found here

Messages to: the Editor

Image: Sackville Street (now O'Connell Street), Dublin, after the Rising. Public domain

The Dublin of Catherine McAuley hasn’t gone away. Dublin remains a city of opposites - wealth and glaring poverty. Those experiencing homelessness are among the most marginalised in our society...

Crosscare, a better kept secret in the Not for Profit sector is the largest provider of emergency homeless accommodation in Dublin and indeed Ireland...

Crosscare has had very strong links with Mercy Law Resource Centre (MLRC) through Board membership, sharing of information and knowledge, training programs in advocacy and aspects of Law. Of course it doesn’t end there. Mercy has provided houses for Crosscare projects and many Sisters volunteer with Crosscare...

Messages to: Anne Doyle rsm

Editor: Mercy Law Resource Centre is this week's featured website

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The staff of McAuley Catholic Primary School, Rose Bay, in Sydney NSW, recently made the journey over the UNESCO World Heritage Blue Mountains to spend time overnight at Rahamim Ecology Centre for their annual spirituality day.

The aims of the experience were to reflect on a number of contemporary themes for the McAuley school community: the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the tradition of Catherine McAuley, and the words of Pope Francis in Laudato Si’, combining quiet time for reflection, ritual, and the Mercy heritage at Rahamim...

Messages to: Sally Neaves - Sustainability Educator

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Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Associates and co-workers in Mercy in a Rhode Island social service agency and a New Hampshire office recently held “Doors of Mercy” rituals as part of ongoing commemorations in the Northeast Community of the special Jubilee Year designated by Pope Francis.

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Mercy Matters

MLRC provides free legal advice and representation, in an accessible way, to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the areas of Social Housing and Social Welfare Law.

Help Support the great work of MLRC. Purchase a €15 ticket for the third annual April Fools Comedy Gala on Wednesday 13 April 2016 in the Sugar Club, Leeson Street, Dublin 2! Email: shauna@mercylaw.ie; phone her at 01 4537459 or, wherever you are in the Mercy world, you can buy online

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Microsoft has ended support for several versions of IE and Windows 8. As of 12 January 2016 Internet Explorer 11 is the last version of Internet Explorer, and will continue to receive security updates, compatibility fixes and technical support on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

To ensure data is kept safe, users of the IE browser should ensure you are using version 11. Users of Windows 8 should ensure you are on Windows 8.1

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New Resource: 'It is Good for us to be Here: Catholic Religious Institutes as NGOs at the UN'

Edited by Emeka Obiezu, OSA, Joan Burke, SNDdeN, and Cecile Meijer, RSCJ. Catholic Women religious sisters, priests and lay associates representing multiple Catholic organizations, including Mercy Sr Deirdre Mullan, write about their presence within a system of global governance at the United Nations and UNICEF.

Sr Deirdre's chapter is called: 'The Significance of Place- Partnering Religious Congregations with UNICEF'

Available as an ebook and in paperback from Amazon

Seeking more Mercy facts

No events of particular significance are recorded in the 'Mercy through the Years' calendar as having taken place on this day. Tomorrow we will recall the Convent opening at Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire) in 1835, the foundation to Ballinasloe from Loughrea in 1853 and the death in 1884 of Mother Juliana Hardman, first Superior of St Mary's Convent, Handsworth.

Contribute a fact about the Story of the Sisters of Mercy in your congregation or institute to our online archive

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'Mercy is the key that unlocks the great depths of the mysteries we celebrate during Holy Week. Let us pray for each other that, by God's mercy, this upcoming Holy Week during this extraordinary Jubilee will be what God wants it to be: the most profound week of our life.'

-Father Roger J. Landry

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'We take time at Easter to re-member, re-enact, and re-tell these originating stories of our tradition, to dramatise and celebrate in solemn ritual what we celebrate in lower key every Sunday of the year. In the faith inspired liturgical re-telling, all the power and grace of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus are present to us and to our
world. Resurrection faith is a commitment to life...'

- Veronica Lawson rsm

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:

Music for Good Friday and Easter

'Jesus Remember Me'. Video reflection for Good Friday by Michelle Sherliza OP. Music by Taize. Watch/listen here (03:20) Purchase music: *iTunes *Google Play

'Six of the best: pieces of classical music for Easter' including Bach's: St Matthew Passion, Tallis': Lamentations of Jeremiah the Prophet and MacMillan's: Seven Last Words from the Cross can all be accessed from this link

Worth Watching:
Religious Life

The videos of two lectures given by Timothy Radcliffe OP at the CSL Symposium at CTU: 'Community Life and Mission: Toward a Future Full of Hope' on 5-6 February 2016 are now available for viewing. Watch them here

Worth Hearing:

'Reading the Scriptures with the Mind, Eyes, and Heart of a Woman' by Professor Barbara Reid OP. Sr Barbara explores two key scenes in the Gospel of John from the perspective of women's experiences: the footwashing (John 13:1-20) and the crucifixion and resurrection appearance to Mary Magdalene (John 19:16-20:18). The podcast can be accessed here

Worth a Look:
Orbis Spring 2016 titles include books of possible interest for those undertaking the MIRP such as: 'Living Cosmology' by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim and 'On Care for Our Common Home, Laudato Si'', reflections  by Sean McDonagh, SSC. The list includes (back order) 'The Strength of Her Witness' - Elizabeth A Johnson's forthcoming book, as well the Whitehead's 'The Virtue of Resilience'. For readers outside the US interested in any of these titles, Orbis' International Distributors list is here

The Bottom Line:

'Living Holy Week, following Jesus means learning to come out of ourselves... in order to go to meet others, to go towards the outskirts of existence, to be the first to take a step towards ... those who are most distant, those who are forgotten, those who are most in need of understanding, comfort and help.'

-Pope Francis, (First) General Audience, 27 March 2013

Send suggestions and contributions for the 'Worth...' section 2016 to: the Editor

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