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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 739  |  13 September 2017
Featured Story
Pictorial Souvenir Booklet Marks 190 Years Since Opening of the First House of Mercy

Editor: 24 September marks 190 years since the opening of Baggot Street, the first House of Mercy. As one of the events to mark the significance of the occasion, MIA has produced a pictorial booklet on the history of Baggot Street which will be launched by Mary Reynolds rsm on Mercy Day.

MIC being a Heritage House, photography by the public is not permitted in certain areas, so the large and full page professionally taken photos that accompany the text—for example, the Immaculate Conception window in the chapel, the Callaghan room and a number of illuminations by Clare Augustine Moore—will be greatly appreciated as a visual record of some of the features of Catherine's House, now Mercy International Centre.

The 36 page, A4 size, full colour booklet is both an informative introduction to the First House of Mercy and an attractive souvenir of a visit here. It can be used in preparation— or follow up —from a personal or group pilgrimage and as a resource for teaching the life of Catherine McAuley, the spread of Mercy across the globe and the contemporary Mercy story.

Booklets are €8 each plus €2.50 posted in Ireland and to the UK. Rest of world postage: €4.25 for one booklet and €5.50 for two copies. Buy in person at Baggot Street or purchase online from the MIC gift shop. View exchange rates here. Bulk orders of 10 or more booklets are welcome for which a special price will be negotiated with you.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Orders to: Margaret Scroope rsm - Team Leader Administration & Finance

Image:© 2017 Mercy International Association

Vision in Action
Final Reminder: RSVP if Attending Mercy Day Mass at Baggot Street

Sisters, Associates and Friends of Mercy planning to celebrate the Eucharist at 2pm on the feast of Our Lady of Mercy, Sunday, 24 September, at Mercy International Centre are reminded to RSVP by/on Friday 15 September to Madeleine using the subject line ‘Mercy Day’, or ring +353 1 661 8061.

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

Street parking is free on Sundays.

Details of the livestream can be found here
Download the invitation here (PDF)

Messages to: Madeleine O'Hanlon - Receptionist

MIA Prayer Intention: Extreme Weather Conditions

Today and in past days we have witnessed a series of disastrous events - vicious hurricanes called Harvey and Irma, a monster earthquake in Mexico, wildfires on the US west coast... We have heard the 'cry of the Earth and the cry of the Poor' in confronting ways in these events and in Myanmar’s treatment of its Muslim Rohingya minority.

Let us continue to pray for and support where we can all affected by these extreme weather events. Organisations handling disaster relief include Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Mercy Day at Baggot Street: Mass Booklet Available for Download

The Mass booklet for the celebration of Mercy Day Eucharist at Baggot Street is now available for download.

A4 Paper Size Mass Booklet (12 pps; PDF)
US Letter size Mass Booklet (12 pps; PDF)

Messages to: Anna Nicholls rsm - Team Leader Heritage & Spirituality

Image: This oil painting of Our Lady of Mercy hangs in the alcove in the Baggot Street chapel to the right of the sanctuary. Blessed by Pope Leo XIII, it was gifted to the Sisters of Mercy in 1890.

Thank you to those who have already sent in your greeting.

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

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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: Joe Harper, Niamh Flanagan, Frank Bondy Jr 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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Final Reminder: Strategic Plan Video Conferences

Join MIA Team members online on 13 or 14 September in discussing the question: In the light of the MIA Vision statement, what priorities might MIA focus on over the next 5 years?

The three sessions are:

Wednesday 13th September, 5.30pm - 6.30pm (Irish time). Check local time here
Thursday 14th September, 7.30am - 8.30am (Irish time). Check local time here
Thursday 14th September, 1.30pm - 2.30pm (Irish time). Check local time here

Further details can be found here

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

MIA Members News

Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation welcome the call to Australians to work for an economy that is based on principles of justice and equity – one that is at the service of all, particularly the most vulnerable and marginalised.

The call from Bishop Long OFM Conv. came at the launch of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ 2017–2018 Social Justice Statement, entitled Everyone’s Business: Developing an inclusive and sustainable economy...

Messages to: Maria Lawton rsm - Congregation Leadership Team

Image: L-r: Commissioner Susan Pascoe OA (Australian Charities); Mr John Ferguson (Australian Catholic Social Justice Council); Most Rev Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv (Chair, Australian Catholic Social Justice Council); Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO (Catholic Social Services Australia) and Aunty Elsie Heiss

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The Sisters of Mercy have condemned the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, putting 800,000 young people at risk of deportation.

'We will not stand by as DACA recipients and their families, as well as other undocumented immigrants and vulnerable groups, are scapegoated and blamed for the economic and social problems facing this country.

We will continue to pray and stand in solidarity with immigrant communities. We will work with other coalitions to end the cruel systems of detention and deportation, and advocate for Congress to pass the Dream Act of 2017 and other just bipartisan legislation...'

Mercy High School San Francisco has also issued a Statement in solidarity: 'You have an ally in Mercy SF. We see you. We hear you. We are with you. You are not alone.'

Messages to: Institute Justice Team

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An Ecological Reading of Matthew's Gospel: Part 8 (ISMAPNG)

Elaine Wainwright rsm provides ecological insights into each of the Sunday gospel readings during September, the Season of Creation. Sr Elaine writes, 'This Season of Creation is an opportune time to bring our growing ecological consciousness to all our scriptural readings as well as our liturgy as a whole.'

Download the article (2pps; PDF)

Messages to: Elaine Wainwright rsm

Editor: In Issue #730, 12 July, we featured the story of An Gairdín Beo (The Garden Alive), its establishment on a two acre site adjacent to St. Leo's Convent Carlow and achievements since 2014. This week we publish a link to the vision for Gairdín Beo in 20 years time.

“As I visit An Gairdín Beo today, almost 20 years on from when it was first established, I look around with great satisfaction.  The growing area is now a hub for grow-it-yourself members.  They come as individuals and as groups to share their knowledge, their produce and their hands.  There is always a great atmosphere in this part of the garden, with young and old involved together...

Messages to: Mary Carmody rsm

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CHESTERFIELD, MO September 7, 2017 (STL.NEWS) – Mercy, the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the nation, has signed on to the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), becoming the first U.S. health care system to join this network. The PRI is recognized as the leading global network of institutional investors committed to including environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations in their investment practices. Other signatories of the UN-supported PRI include Harvard University, Summit Strategies Group and Christian Brothers Investment Services...

Messages to: Nancy Corbett -Executive Director of Media Relations & Social Media

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Almost 65 years after the Sisters of Mercy opened an all-girls secondary Catholic school in the Sunset, Lakeside and Park Merced districts of San Francisco, Mercy High School is “future-proofing” its legacy with new leadership and a fresh vision linked to the charism of the founding order...a new educational model called Social Advocacy Based Learning, a program designed to prepare students to succeed in the age of innovation while creating social advocates in service of the common good.

Social Advocacy applies Catholic Social Teaching to the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy and puts that into action.  The goal is real-world change achieved collectively through a shared understanding of leadership, service, and activism. Read more

Messages to: Joel Danoy - Director of Marketing & Communications

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Our Mission
Mercy High School, San Francisco, educates women to pursue lives of spiritual and intellectual depth, determination and daring action to improve our world as an inclusive, college preparatory community enlivened by the gospel of Jesus and the charism of the Sister of Mercy.

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Ordinary Time 24 Year A (Matthew 18:21-35)

'While the opening verses of this Sunday’s gospel reading have Jesus advocating endless forgiveness (not seven but seventy-seven times), the parable that follows is anything but consistent with this teaching and the teaching of Jesus in the gospel as a whole...'

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

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

Mercy Day Prayer Service (Americas)

With thanks to the South Central Community who updated and adapted this Mercy Day prayer service based on one composed by the Mid-Atlantic Community.

Download the Prayer Service in English (12pps; PDF)
Download the Prayer Service in Spanish (12pps; PDF)

Image: 123RF. Used under licence

1882: Death of M Bernard Maguire, Foundress of Longford

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

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'These are three attitudes that must form our lives as disciples...Firstly, going to what is essential...Secondly, being renewed...Thirdly, getting involved.'

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:

'The Beatitudes' by Noirin Ni Riain & The Monks of Glenstal Abbey. Watch/listen here (02:42). Purchase on *iTunes; *Google Play

Worth Reading:

-Displacement of People
Human Trafficking

'Behind a $13 Shirt, a $6-an-Hour Worker'. An expose on sweatshops in Los Angeles.' Read it here

-Degradation of Earth

'Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals.' Read the article here

Worth a Look:
Displacement of People
Migrants & Refugees

OM, the UN Migration Agency has launched its new Missing Migrants Project website which tracks migrants, including refugees and asylum-seekers, who have died or gone missing while migrating to an international destination. Visit the site

The Bottom Line:

'A history of violence, racial oppression, and hatred runs counter to our longstanding biblical history and primary teachings in the Christian tradition. These sources promote the dignity and incomparable worth of all human beings who are social in nature. It is because of this that we are called to be in right relationships of justice and love with God, self, and others.'

-Statement issued by the Executive Committee of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium (BCTS) in collaboration with the Board of Directors of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS), 4 September 2017

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

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