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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 736  |  23 August 2017
Featured Story
Stay With Us in Catherine's House

Editor: MIC provides accommodation for those attending programmes in Mercy International Centre and when not fully booked for programmes, offers bed and breakfast facilities to Sisters of Mercy, Associates, co-workers and family and friends of Mercy, except at Easter and Christmas when the Centre is closed.

Accommodation is on the second floor and is accessed by the lift or stairs. Single, double and twin rooms are available. The newly renovated bathrooms are shared. A comfortable sitting room with TV, kitchenette and tea and coffee making facilities is available for guest use. Fast internet access and laundry and ironing facilities are provided. A continental breakfast is served in the dining room on the lower ground floor at 8.00am weekdays, 8.30am on weekends.  Our beautiful chapel, which has recently been painted, and private (sacred) back garden, are available for all to enjoy. Morning prayer is held in the Chapel on Thursdays at 8.45 am and Lectio Divina Mass on Sundays at 10.30am. All visitors and guests are welcome to participate in these prayer times.

Rates as at 1 May 2017

Single Room: €60 per night
Twin Room: €80 per night
Ensuite Room (one only): €90 per night

Sisters of Mercy Rate: €45 per night
Car parking (when available) €10 per night

Major credit cards are accepted.

We look forward to welcoming you home!

Bookings to: Madeleine O'Hanlon - Receptionist

Image: Sun's out in Dublin! Photo: Anne Walsh

Vision in Action
Celebrate Mercy Day With Us in Person at Baggot Street or ...

Sisters, Associates and Friends of Mercy are invited to celebrate the Eucharist at 2pm on the feast of Our Lady of Mercy, Sunday, 24 September, at Mercy International Centre. This celebration marks 190 years to the day since the opening of the first House of Mercy, now Mercy International Centre.

All are welcome to afternoon tea following the Eucharist in the Chapel. All seating for Mass will be in the Chapel.

RSVP by/on Friday 15 September to Madeleine using the subject line ‘Mercy Day’, or ring +353 1 661 8061.

Street parking is free on Sundays.
Download the invitation here (PDF)

Messages to: Madeleine O'Hanlon - Receptionist

...Watch the Live Stream and Participate at Your Place

For those unable to be at Baggot Street, Mass will be live streamed on the Mercy World website so that all the Mercy family can join in the celebrations via computer or mobile device.

The live stream will commence at 1.45 pm (Dublin Time) with Mercy Day messages from Congregation and Institute Teams. You can check the time and date the livestream will start in your area by clicking here

The video of the Mercy Day Mass will be archived on the site for later viewing by those for whom the live streaming occurs at an inconvenient hour.

NB: Information about accessing the livestream will be published in Issue #738 of MercyeNews on 6 September 2017.

Messages regarding live streaming to: Anne Walsh - Mercy eNews Editor

Image: iStock. Used under licence

Send in Your Mercy Day Greeting

It's just over a month today till Mercy Day! For many years, Sisters, Associates, Communities, Ministries, Congregations and Institutes, as well as members of the wider Mercy network, have sent in their Mercy Day Greetings for posting on our mercyworld.org website.

All members and friends of the Mercy family are invited to send in your greetings for posting on our mercyworld.org website for Mercy Day. Greetings will be posted online as they are received. We look forward to posting yours!

Greetings should be sent in by Friday, 22 September to make sure they are published for Mercy Day.

Messages to: Anne Walsh - Mercy eNews Editor

The Citizens' Assembly is a random selection of 100 people, representing the Irish electorate, who together consider important issues facing Ireland’s future. At the end of the discussion, they send their recommendations on a specific topic to the Houses of the Oireachtas (The Irish Parliament) for further debate by our elected representatives.

On the weekends of 30 September-1 October and 4-5 November, the Citizens' Assembly will discuss the topic: ‘How the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change'.

MIA Global Action took the opportunity to make a submission on this critically important issue.

The submission is linked to this item.

Messages to: Denise Boyle fmdm - Team Leader MIA Global Action

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As a Mercy Community, we pray with those in need of physical healing through the intercession of Catherine McAuley.

God of love and mercy, touch with your healing power and restore to full health: Sr Kay O'Brien rsm, Sr Margaret Hillerd, Ann Elizabeth Kennelly, Anne Ryan, Denis Lynch, Mary Ann Malia, Mary Lee Whitley Gill, Eleanor Lynch, Stanley Verona, Paddy McCarthy, Bernadette Tamati, Thelma Stannard, Margaret Campbell, Hank DiSalvatore, Jessica Clark, John O'Beirne, 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 Prayer Intention: Victims of the Barcelona and Cambrils Attacks

Once again we are confronted by news reports of terrorist attacks. Once again we are invited to pray for an end to the anger and hatred that finds expression in violence and murder.

We pray with the deceased, the injured, the missing; with the witnesses, the relatives and the communities of Barcelona and Cambrils.

We pray for ourselves, with our neighbours, for us all, that we continue to prize our common humanity and work for justice and peace.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA


MIA Reflection Process

The MIA Season of Creation calendar has been designed to be a perennial calendar so days of the week aren't assigned to a date. This means that the activities can be completed in any order, as best suits the user or, as in the examples below, the user group.

A Mercy community of senior Sisters in Dublin is planning to print the large version of the calendar and cut up the 34 days into their individual squares. Members of the community will be invited to choose a square each to act on for the Season. At the end of the Season, the community will share on their experience.

Upon hearing this idea at Baggot Street, a teacher in a Mercy school in Kentucky thought she could do a similar activity with her class.

The Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) is sharing our calendar with their networks. It is listed in the Prayer Resources section on their Season of Creation website.

Where and how might you share the Season of Creation calendar?

Image: © 2017 MIA

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Season of Creation Photographic Meditation

We are delighted by the response from keen photographers to our invitation to share images of the beauty of our world on the Mercyworld.org homepage during the Season of Creation.

We welcome contributions from those who haven't yet responded and would still like to do so.

Send your image in as soon as possible and before the last week of September for it to be included.

Messages to: Anne Walsh - Communications Director MIRP

Image: © 2017 MIA

MIA Members News

Last year St Joseph Mercy Hospital in Georgetown, Guyana and Mercy Hospital Fort Smith, Arkansas, formed a partnership as part of Mercy’s Global Health Ministry.

On 14-17 August  2017 Dr. Karen Butters, Chief Medical Officer of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital made a site visit  to Fort Smith. The purpose of that visit can be read here

Both groups report that the coperative effort is mutually beneficial, 'helping groups on both side of the border think globally and act locally'.

Messages to: Jennifer Cook- Northwest AR, Fort Smith

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The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas join with all who are suffering with grief, anger and utter bewilderment at the display of racism, white supremacy and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend...

As Sisters of Mercy, we believe that racism is an evil affecting us all. We continue to call ourselves to pray and be present with others working to recognize and systemically dismantle racism and build a culture of nonviolence. We stand in solidarity with all who speak out to proclaim the power of our Gospel of love and the values and principles of dignity consistent with Catholic Social Teaching...

Messages to: Institute Leadership Team c/- Lauren Albright - Institute Communications

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Even those of us fortunate enough to have good health care can find it complicated, costly and at times daunting to navigate. Imagine dealing with health issues in a country not your own, where you do not understand the language and culture of the providers, or perhaps you lack the wherewithal to access care. Worse yet, imagine trying to survive where there is no functioning health care system at all.

That's the awful reality for millions of refugees and migrants around the world today...

Source: Catholic Health Progress

Messages to: Marilyn Lacey rsm

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On Sunday, 16 July, Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation hosted the Catholics in Coalition for Justice and Peace (CCJP) seminar. The compelling address 'Our Climate Future' was given by Professor Tim Flannery, one of Australia's leading writers on climate change and an internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist.

An edited version of his address and the discussion that followed is now available for download.

Messages to: Margaret Hinchey rsm and Marie Butcher rsm

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Mercy Matters

Mercy Hospice Auckland provides a range of specialist community palliative care and hospice services for people facing life limiting illnesses, caring for them with the utmost professional skill, compassion and quality of service. We also offer support to family, friends and carers to help them cope with problems arising from the illness.

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1868: Foundation to Belturbet from Bolton - M Bernard Geraghty
1963: Foundation Arroyo Grande, California from Ennis

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

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Ordinary Time 21 Year A (Matthew 16:13-19)

'“Be yourself. Everybody else is taken”, sings Melinda Schneider. The lyrics of this lovely song, composed for Melinda’s dying father, affirm some fairly obvious truths...'

Read the Reflection on the Gospel by Veronica Lawson rsm (ISMAPNG)

Listen to the Gospel read by Fr Eamonn O'Connor (Ireland)

Watch this video to learn how to conserve battery life on Your DSLR Camera (07:10)

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Words of Mercy

'With a strong faith…we can push on; but to be lasting it must be nourished by prayer.'

-Natalie de Souza

Mercy wristbands

Wristbands are made from plaited leather. They have a metal disc engraved with a cross and the word 'Mercy'. Wristbands are popular with youth.

Cost: €5 each plus postage.

Contact: Margaret Scroope rsm -Team Leader Administration and Finance

Further Resources

Worth Playing:

'Holy Sacred Spirit'. Reflection by Michelle Sherliza OP. Watch/listen here (04:55)

Worth Using:

-Displacement of Persons

The Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC) has produced 'Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide'. Access it here

Worth Viewing:

-Displacement of Persons

Videos of keynote speakers at Ecumenical Advocacy Days’ April conference based on Martin Luther King Jr.’s warning about the “triple threats” of racism, materialism and militarism are now available free online. View them here

The Bottom Line:

'Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.'
- Martin Luther King Jr.

Send suggestions and contributions for the 'Worth...' section 2017 to: the Editor

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