Preparing at Home for the MIC Silver Jubilee Celebrations...
Editor: It’s just on a month until Mercy Day and the commencement of the MIC Silver Jubilee celebrations. In this week’s eNews we highlight how you might participate from home in the various events and the times on which these events will take place.
On each of the celebration days (24-26 September), the quickest way to join in the festivities online will be to click on the particular date in the window on the homepage of our website: www.mercyworld.org
Each evening after the day’s events are over, we will send out a special celebration eNews with photos from the day. Look out for that!
Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - CEO MIA
Inquiries about the arrangements in this eNews to: Anne Walsh - Editor
Here's What You Need to Know
Celebrating Mercy Day
Join us online for ‘A Conversation with Catherine’ video presentation with Mary Reynolds rsm and the livestreaming of Mercy Day Mass, ‘The Cause of Catherine McAuley’ keynote presentation by Brenda Dolphin rsm and Evening Prayer.
Times for each of these events and booklets for Mass and Evening Prayer are linked to this item
Rededicating the Sacred Garden
Join us online for the keynote video presentations ‘The Theme of Jubilee’ by Mary Reynolds rsm and ‘Gardens in Scripture and the Sacred Garden’ by Elizabeth Davis rsm.
The booklet for the rededication and suggestions for adapting the ritual locally are linked to this item.
Showcasing our Heritage
Sessions on various aspects of the heritage collection are the feature of Day Three.
Join us online to hear music on the Chapel organ, to read about some of the early Mercy women, to watch ‘In God Alone’, to view some of the treasures in our heritage collection.
More information to follow.
Practise your Singing!
Srs Marie Cox, Frances Kennedy and Patricia O’Donovan will lead us in the singing on Tuesday and Wednesday (24-25 September).
Practise the hymns and songs in preparation for your full participation in the prayer times and rituals.
A list of these, each linked to a youtube video, is linked to this item.
Send in Your Greeting!
Each year we post greetings on our website for Mercy Day. This year is extra special! Sisters, partners-in-Mercy, Associates, communities, Mercy ministries, Friends…do send in your greeting for Mercy Day and the Jubilee Celebrations by 23 September when we will put these live online.
We welcome your feedback during the celebrations. You can post these on the site using Disqus, or email them in.
Share a Photo from your Mercy Day Celebrations!
Send us a photo with caption from your local Mercy Day celebrations.
We’ll share these online for the global Mercy family to enjoy.
Register your Attendance for Day Three
Days One and Two are fully booked but places are still available for Day Three.
Enjoy the heritage sessions, a talk on 25 years of Global Action and a tour of the Sacred Garden; view the film 'In God Alone'; learn about the stained glass in the chapel and other parts of the building; watch the archived events from Days One and Two; partake of refreshments and engage in the closing ritual.
Vision in Action
Mercy Global Action Emerging Leaders Fellowship (MELF) has begun!
Ten women from across the globe (Papua New Guinea, Australia, United States, Peru, and Ireland) arrived at Mindol Metta Karuna Reflection Centre in Siem Reap, Cambodia on 23 August.
Welcomed by Mary Reynolds rsm (on video) , Denise Coghlan rsm, Angela Reed rsm, Marietta Latonio, Colleen Swain and Nicole Christensen, each Fellow received a bag that was handmade by women in Cambodia containing a journal from the Mercy International Centre in Dublin, the “Little Book of Catherine of Dublin’, the “Unheard Truth” by Irene Khan, a bamboo pen, and their MELF materials for the next twelve months…
MIA Prayer Intention: Counting Down to the Season of Creation
We prepare for the Season, deeply conscious of the Amazon rainforest fires, a global environmental catastrophe for ‘If the Amazon suffers, the world suffers’ (CELAM)
‘Creator of life,
The Earth is full of your creatures, and by Your wisdom you made them all. At your word, the Earth brought forth plants yielding seed of every kind and trees of every kind bearing fruit, the waters teemed with swarms of living creatures of every kind and the world was filled with every kind of winged bird, walking animal and creatures that creep upon the ground…’ Read more
Post your prayer in our online chapel.
Preparing for the 2019 Season of Creation with MIA Resources
The Season of Creation commences this coming Sunday.
Consider using our Creation calendar, posters or prayer service to heighten your awareness of the responsibility we each have to care for Creation
The Dignity of a Good Haircut
‘That summer day in Chicago, four stylists connected with the upscale Mario Tricoci hair salons came to provide 15 haircuts for residents at Misericordia, a home for 600 children and adults with mild to profound intellectual and developmental disabilities. Begun last fall, the salon at Misericordia, run by the Sisters of Mercy, is staffed entirely by volunteers from Tricoci’s salons and training schools…’
Source: National Catholic Register
Salve’s New President Reflects on Personal Mercy Legacy
Salve Regina University Rhode Island welcomed Dr. Kelli J. Armstrong as the University’s eighth president on July 1. Reflecting on the Mercy mission, Dr. Armstrong tells the story of her maternal grandmother, “Nana,” who became an orphan at the age of eight. At the time of her parents’ death, Nana was attending the Cathedral Grammar School, a Mercy institution in Portland, Maine, and the religious community immediately took the young family under its wing.
“The Sisters of Mercy essentially raised my grandmother and her seven siblings,” says Dr. Armstrong. “I’d always wondered where Nana had gotten her strong moral compass and her love of education…
Mercedes College Perth Music Tour
In July the Mercedes Select Choir travelled to Europe to participate in the 13th Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival.
The Choir performed exceptionally well in the Festival placing second internationally in the treble choir section, and first in Australia for both the treble choir section and all choir sections in the competitions with the top result of Outstanding.
Resource for Season of Creation
Mercy Meatless Mondays
During the Season of Creation the Institute of the Americas Justice Team has invited members of the Institute to consider making Mondays meatless. You may care to join them.
This 18 page booklet provides some information on the imapact of meat production along with recipes for a meatless lunch and dinner dish
Make Brigid's Day a National Holiday
‘In light of the many astounding achievements of women in Irish society and in our nation’s history,’ say the petitioners,' ‘we believe it is time to honour Brigid, Ireland's triple goddess and matron Saint, by making February 1st a national holiday…’
Read the petition and consider whether you wish to support it by adding your signature to it.
On This Day
1843: Foundation to Liverpool from Baggot St - M Liguori Gibson
1928: Responsibility for Hammond, Indiana Institutions assumed by Grand Rapids Community - M Alphonsus Lefevre, M Reginald Dexter
1929: 5000+ Sisters of Mercy in the United States formed the Sisters of Mercy of the Union
Contribute a fact from the story of your Mercy congregation, institute or federation, to our online archive.
14 Incredibly Useful Things You Didn’t Know Google Drive Could Do
‘‘Make Google’s online storage service better than ever with these unexpected options and productivity-boosting add-ons.’
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
Luke 14: 1, 7-14
‘For the past four years, Catholics have accepted the invitation of Pope Francis to join with other Christians across the planet in celebrating the Season of Creation… Over this period, we might reflect on what is happening to our planet and pay particular attention to the eighth work of mercy, “care of our common home”. As a spiritual work, care of our common home calls us to “grateful contemplation of God’s world”. As a corporal work, it calls us to “simple daily gestures” that create a more sustainable and equitable world…’
MIC Gift Shop
Daring to Be Different
Life of Catherine McAuley for younger readers by Anne Reid, Mercy Associate
Teachers notes are included with this purchase
'Lost' by Zoë Keating
Canadian born cellist, composer, performer Zoë Keating performs ‘Lost’ from her album ‘Into the Trees’.Watch/listen here
Members of Mercy
‘Four hundred years ago, in August 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the British colony of Virginia’Read the article here Listen to the podcast here
If Your House Is on Fire: An Interview with Kathleen Dean Moore on the Moral Urgency of Climate Change
‘People tend to think that we have only two options: hope or despair. But neither one is acceptable. Blind hope leads to moral complacency: things will get better, so why should I put myself out? Despair leads to moral abdication: things will get worse no matter what I do, so why should I put myself out? But between hope and despair is the broad territory of moral integrity—a match between what you believe and what you do…There is freedom in that. There is joy in that. And, ultimately, there is social change in that…’Read the article here
Global Climate Strike: 20-27 September
Details on the global site hereWatch the video
Sisters count on the 'multiplication factor' of lay partners in their ministries
Responses to the questions: ‘What are ways that partnering with laity has made your ministry more effective? What have you learned through this experience?’Read the article here
Send suggestions and contributions for the ‘Worth’ Section 2019 to: The Editor
The Bottom Line
‘We urge the governments of the Amazon region, in particular Brazil and Bolivia, the United Nations, and the international community to take serious measures to save the lungs of the world. What happens in the Amazon is not a local matter, but has global reach. If the Amazon suffers, the world suffers’ Read more
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