Announcing Mercy Global Action Emerging Leaders Fellowship (MELF)

Vision in Action

Follow, Participate and Pray for the Success of  COP24 (3-14 December)

MIRP

Follow, Participate and Pray for the Success of COP24 (3-14 December)

Messages to: MIRP Continuation Group

Invitation: Send in Your Christmas Greeting for Posting on Mercyworld.org Natività by Mario Tozzi (1943)

Greeting

Invitation: Send in Your Christmas Greeting for Posting on Mercyworld.org

As we bring this year to its conclusion, we invite you to share your Christmas greeting with the global Mercy community.

Send in your greetings - text or text and image - by Tuesday, 18 December. The last issue of Mercy eNews for 2018 will be published on Wednesday, 19 December.

Messages to: the Editor

'In God Alone, the Story of Catherine McAuley'

Events & Programmes

'In God Alone, the Story of Catherine McAuley'

From 6 December 2018 until 1 March 2019, the film will be available for Mercy groups throughout the world who wish to hold a screening event as a fundraiser for MIA.

For more details about hosting a fundraiser, contact Emma Horgan.

Messages to: Emma Horgan -MIA Fundraiser

Invitation: High Tea and Film Screening

Events & Programmes

Invitation: High Tea and Film Screening

Watch the recently completed film 'In God Alone, the Story of Catherine McAuley' and enjoy a sumptuous High Tea in either the Callaghan or Doyle Room at Mercy International Centre on a Wednesday afternoon during January or February 2019 (16 Jan 2019 - 27 Feb 2019). €25 per person.

Book by phone (1) 661 8061, by email or using our Eventbrite booking system.

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

Final Reminder: Carols by Candlelight

Events & Programmes

Final Reminder: Carols by Candlelight

Sisters, Associates and Friends of Mercy are invited to Christmas Reflections: Carols by Candlelight in the Baggot Street Chapel with the Celtic Choristers Male Voice Choir

7.30-8.30 pm on Monday, 10 December.

Tickets (€10) available by phone (1) 661 8061, email or using our Eventbrite booking system.

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

Final Reminder: Foundation Day Celebrations at Baggot Street

Events & Programmes

Final Reminder: Foundation Day Celebrations at Baggot Street

Sisters, Associates and Friends of Mercy are invited to celebrate Eucharist at Mercy International Centre at midday, Wednesday, 12 December, followed by refreshments.

RSVP by Friday, 7 December by phone 01 661 8061, email or using our Eventbrite booking system.

Messages to: Madeleine O’Hanlon - Receptionist

The Mass Booklet is linked to this item for those who may wish to use the same prayers, readings or hymns and so join with the Baggot Street celebration.

Conference Call Report from Displacement of Peoples Working Group

MIA-MGA

Conference Call Report from Displacement of Peoples Working Group

On Tuesday 13th November in the Northern Hemisphere and Wednesday 14th ‘down under’, members of the MIA-Global Action ‘Displacement of Peoples Working Group’ linked up for a conference call meeting. Twelve members participated in what proved to be an animated and valuable discussion…

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

MIA Prayer Intention: Extreme Weather Events

Prayer

MIA Prayer Intention: Extreme Weather Events

Once again this year, our prayer intention is for all people and places impacted by recent extreme weather events including California and Alaska and, in particular, for Queensland, Australia where more than 100 bushfires are burning across the state.

Post a prayer in our online chapel.
Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - CEO MIA

In Solidarity with COP24 Monday's homepage image

MIRP

In Solidarity with COP24

Each day during COP24 (3-14 December), we are changing the homepage image and quote on our website. This action is to be in solidarity with the participants at COP24 that commitments to the Paris Agreement targets and obligations are maintained.

Messages to: MIRP Continuation Group

MIA Members

Presidential Award Given to Mercy Sister President Higgins and Sr Mary Killeen

The Congregation

Presidential Award Given to Mercy Sister

Last Thursday, 29 November, Mary Killeen rsm was presented with the 2018 Peace, Reconciliation and Development Award in recognition of her years in ministry in Kenya by President Michael D Higgins at a ceremony in Dublin.

The Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad is presented by the President every year, in recognition of the service given to Ireland or to Irish communities abroad by those who live outside Ireland. There were ten recipients in six categories this year.

Messages to: Mary Killeen rsm c/- Denise Brennan - Congregation Communications Coordinator

Mercy Group Travels to Peru for Meeting on Destruction, Exploitation of Extractives Industry

Americas

Mercy Group Travels to Peru for Meeting on Destruction, Exploitation of Extractives Industry

Nearly 30 members of the Mercy family from the United States and Central and South America gathered earlier this month on "Holy Ground" and engaged in sacred sharing and listening around the impact of extractive industries on our Earth and so many of its people. Members of the Institute Leadership Team, Community Leadership Teams, the Institute Justice Team, Mercy Investment Services, sisters from CCASA and the CCASA extended team met for two days in Lima, Peru, to further engage in our Chapter 2017 Recommitment statement around extractive industries.

Messages to: Institute Justice Team

All Hallows' School, Brisbane Fundraises for Mercy Community Elaine De Vos accepting the cheque for $30,000 from All Hallows’ School Year 12 students

Brisbane

All Hallows' School, Brisbane Fundraises for Mercy Community

Elaine De Vos, CEO Mercy Community, recently attended the All Hallows’ School final year 12 assembly. In the fortnightly edition of Mercy Messenger she spoke of her delight, not only at being invited to the assembly, but also to receive a significant donation for the renovation of Beemar Yumba Kitchen in Cherbourg along with other Mercy Community projects. In Elaine’s words: ‘There truly is no limit to the good we can do when we, as a team, are resolute in our mission to support and inspire people in need’.

COP24 UN Climate Change Conference Now Underway UN COP24 Digital Asset in the Public Domain

Parramatta

COP24 UN Climate Change Conference Now Underway

'Mindful that we are called by the world and the church at this particular time in history to hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor, we will continue to respond mercifully to both.' (Chapter Statement)…

Our Chapter Statement expresses clearly our personal and congregational commitment to " honour our duty to love and care" for Earth and to "protect the rights of the natural world".

Messages to: Maria Lawton rsm - Congregation Leadership Team

Connecting to God’s Creation

Americas

Connecting to God’s Creation

Every morning for generations, the Haudenesaune (Iroquois) people have greeted the dawn with what has become known as “The Thanksgiving Address.”

It begins by saying to the Creator “it is an honor to be a human being and to have been invited into the circle of Creation.”

We then turn our attention to that circle of creation and give thanks for everything that the Creator has given us. We begin with the grasses and the trees, move upward to the other plants, the water, the winds, the sun, the moon and the stars. We continue onward until our choicest words are given in thanks to the Creator who has given, and continues to give, us all we need…

Messages to: Virginia Fifield, Mercy Associate c/- Institute Communications Office

World AIDS Day at the Mater in Nairobi

The Congregation

World AIDS Day at the Mater in Nairobi

As we send out our World AIDS Day photographs from Mater Misericordiae Hospital Nairobi, we send out the message to encourage all people to know their HIV status and be enabled to access life saving care.
With best wishes,
Sr. Brigid Marnane

Messages to: Brigid Marnane rsm

Editor: A number of images from the day are linked to this item.

Mercy Matters

World Soil Day: 5 December

International Days

World Soil Day: 5 December

Soil pollution is a worldwide problem which degrades our soils, poisons the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe.

Be the Solution to Soil Pollution campaign for World Soil Day 2018 aims to raise awareness and call people to #StopSoilPollution.

On This Day

Facts

On This Day

1937: M Bertrand O'Keefe died Carysfort (Superior Baggot St 1918 - 24)

Contribute a fact from the story of your Mercy congregation, institute or federation, to our online archive.

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Technical Tip

What are the best keyboard shortcuts for Windows?

Keyboard shortcuts save time and sometimes a lot of unsaved work.

Human Rights Day: 10 December UN Photo #117539. 01 November 1949

International Day

Human Rights Day: 10 December

10 December marks the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This video tells the story of the adoption of these rights and the significance of this, the world’s most translated document. Among the voices we hear are those of Eleanor Roosevelt (Americas), Member of the Drafting Committee, and H.V. Evatt (Australia), then President of the General Assembly. Additional information, resources and suggested actions can be found on the anniversary website.

9 December 2018. 2nd Sunday of Advent Year C

Gospel

9 December 2018. 2nd Sunday of Advent Year C

Luke 3:1-6

‘Pope Francis has called us to look into our hearts, to let go of all that is harsh or cruel and to bring the compassion and mercy of God to our troubled planetary home…’

MIC Gift Shop Products

Gift Shop

MIC Gift Shop Products

Looking for gifts for Christmas? Why not visit the MIC shop online. Available items include the MIA 2019 Wall Calendar, the ‘Mercy begins with me’ apron and the Mercy tea coasters which can be purchased singly, or as a set of four.

About Our Website

Catherine's Story

Catherine

Catherine's Story

Catherine’s story, from her birth and early childhood to her declaration by St John Paul 11 in 1990 as Venerable, is told in the About Catherine section in a series of illustrated screens which can be clicked through. The text was written by Mary C. Sullivan rsm (Americas).

Sr Mary is also the author of the Chronology of Catherine McAuley which can be found with accompanying images in the Catherine section.

St Teresa’s Clarendon Street - First Mercy Burial Place

Library

St Teresa’s Clarendon Street - First Mercy Burial Place

The interactive plaque naming and providing key information about the first thirteen Sisters who died at Baggot Street and were buried in the crypt at St Teresa’s, is now online.

The short biographies were written by Sheila Carney rsm (Americas).

We are invited in these biographies to remember in prayer each of the first thirteen and to make contemporary connections.

Visit the Library

Library

Visit the Library

Going to a library is a rewarding pastime, encouraging reading and exploration of all types of material.

Visiting the Library section on our website offers the same opportunities.

Why not have a look to see this week’s featured item.

Resources

Worth Watching

Love and Mercy

Brian Wilson (founding member of The Beach Boys) is joined by The Miraculous Love Kids / Girl with a Guitar on a new version of "Love and Mercy."

Watch

Worth Knowing

The crunch ‘COP 24’ UN climate change conference: what’s at stake and what you need to know

UN News put together this guide to COP 24 to answer some of the biggest questions.

Find out more

Worth Reading

LCWR's 'Update'

The December issue of ‘Update’, the newsletter of LCWR is now online.

Read it here

Worth Reading

'Stop Trafficking!'

The December issue highlights the vulnerability of those forced to migrate and how nation states influence the outcomes of their journey.

Read it here

Worth Reading

Secretary-General's remarks at the opening of the COP 24

‘Secretary-General's remarks at the opening of the COP 24’

Read it here

Send suggestions and contributions for the ‘Worth’ Section 2018 to The Editor

The Bottom Line

‘Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world…’

Preamble, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Mercy eNews

The online newsletter of Mercy International Association is published weekly, 48 weeks each year and distributed to subscribers via email.