The Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor: Hearing Justice in John’s Gospel
Editor: Regular readers of MercyeNews are familiar with the writings of Kathleen Rushton rsm (Aotearoa New Zealand). Each month, thanks to the generosity of Ann Gilroy rsj, Editor of Tui Motu Interislands Magazine, we republish Sr Kathleen’s latest scriptural commentary in our newsletter and on our website.
We are pleased today to share the news that Kathleen’s new book The Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor: Hearing Justice in John’s Gospel (SCM Press, 2020) is now available. Writes Kathleen: ‘My new book uncovers that both the voice of the Earth and the voices of the marginalized are present in this Gospel and can speak to our times.’ Read more about the book here and watch a video of Kathleen speaking about it here.
Vision in Action
MIA Prayer Intention: For Good Mental Health
We pray for people whose mental health is being affected by the pandemic. May we recognise in our family, friends, community and colleagues their need for our help.
Let us each be a bridge of hope and support for those we know affected by isolation, loneliness, unemployment, financial burdens and sickness, all of which have been brought on by the pandemic.
Post your prayer in our online chapel
Events & Programmes
MIA Remaining Public Virtual Tours in June
Remaining dates for June are: 10, 11, 16, 17.
Contact Sr Anna if you are interested in organising a special tour for your school, university, staff or community group.
World Oceans Day, 8 June 2020
Monday June 8th marked the United Nations’ annual World Oceans Day. We celebrated the importance of the one ocean that unites all people around the world with this year’s theme: Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean…
5th Anniversary Celebration of Laudato Si’ at Mercy Hub
On Sunday May 24, the Mercy Hub in Carlton North (Australia) hosted a very special online celebration for the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’...
Welcoming over 100 participants from all around Australia and from Aotearoa New Zealand, Margaret Moore rsm (Mercy Hub Manager) invited them to bring their own concerns into dialogue with in-depth reflections given by Adele Howard rsm, Chris Hill, Environmental Sustainability Manager, and renowned biblical scholar Veronica Lawson rsm…
Mercy Health Provides Hope for Expectant Women Who Are At Risk of Stillbirth
In an exciting discovery, researchers at Mercy Hospital for Women (and the University of Melbourne, Australia) have discovered a novel protein measurable in the bloodstream that could predict which women are at risk of stillbirth.
Stillbirth is a devastating tragedy that claims 1 in every 130 pregnancies in Australia. This means that every single day, 6-7 families lose their baby to stillbirth…
Aotearoa New Zealand
Adjusting to Critical Times Part of Mercy’s Founding Story
Like organisations around the world, Mercy ministries in New Zealand have had to adjust to a new normal in the past three months. Some plans have been postponed or cancelled; fund-raising appeals have gone online; schools and community hubs have closed…
125 Years of Mercy Presence in the Parish of Our Lady of the Holy Souls London W10
Today, Wednesday 10 June, the Sisters of Mercy will celebrate 125 Years of ministry in the Kensal New Town Parish. Sisters Margarita and Angela have ministered in this parish for 55 years. The Proof of Love is Deed .
Editor: an outline of the history of this Mercy ministry is given in the article linked to this item.
Mercies Join Forces with NGOs to End Homelessness
We have joined forces with over 60 groups and charities across England to call on the government not to leave anyone out of the plans to end homelessness during #Covid19UK
Read our letter to @RobertJenrick
Ireland Prays: Community & Faith Leaders Pray for Humanity amid the Covid-19 Pandemic
On Pentecost Sunday, Sheila Curran rsm, a member of the Dublin City Interfaith Forum, was invited to participate in an Interfaith Reflection on the COVID-19 Pandemic. Sr Sheila’s reflection begins at 9:11 and concludes at 17:46.
12 June, World Day Against Child labour
Almost one in ten of all children worldwide are in child labour. The Africa and the Asia and the Pacific regions together account for almost nine out of every ten children in child labour worldwide.
In Times of Darkness: A Reflection & Prayer
A prayerful, meditative reflection from Fr James Hanvey sj.
‘It's a thought-provoking piece for these times of uncertainty and anxiety as we look to arrest the global spread of COVID-19.’
On This Day
2004: Pou Atawhai Centre for Leadership and Education for Mission, is commissioned in Ponsonby, Auckland to resource Mercy facilities.
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Facebook Just Launched a New Tool that Makes it Easier than Ever to Delete your Embarrassing Old Posts and Photos
‘Facebook’s new Manage Activity tool allows you to delete old Facebook posts in batches instead of simply one by one.
You can delete old photos, remove tags, and hide posts from your timeline.’
Body and Blood of Christ, Year A
‘Bread is staple food for much of the world’s population. It is also a metaphor for the food that sustains the life of the human community. Being able to “put bread on the table” is the most basic of desires. Witness the haunting images of starving “migrant workers” walking away from cities locked down for fear of pandemic, walking to their homes in rural India where they may find life-restoring “roti”!
Bread means life….’
Re-imagining The Future: Religious Life in Latin America
June 12, 2020 from 3-5pm CEST (Your Time here)
Presenters: CLAR Presidency.
The webinar will be in English, Italian, French & Spanish with simultaneous translation.
I Am the Bread of Life
‘I Am The Bread of Life’, (the well-loved hymn by Suzanne Toolan rsm) , with Lyrics. Sung by the Sunday 7pm Choir at St Francis de Sales Church, Ajax, Ontario, CanadaWatch/listen here
Season of Creation Celebration Guide
A new guide for eco-theological worship resources and activities for the 2020 Season of Creation is now available, thanks to a wide array of ecumenical partners, including the Global Catholic Climate Movement and World Council of Churches (WCC)Download the Guide here Laudato Si' Anniversary Year Plans, Prayer, Key Dates
Pope Francis' Letter on World Environment Day
‘The protection of the environment and respect for the biodiversity of the planet are issues that affect us all. We cannot pretend to be healthy in a world that is sick. The wounds inflicted on our mother earth are wounds that also bleed in us….’Read the letter here
Stop Trafficking! Newsletter
The Focus of the June 2020 issue is the power of art therapy to help survivors and to raise awareness of the issue.Download the newsletter here
Compassion for the World: June Prayer Intention of Pope Francis
This Pope video calls us to walk a path full of compassion that can transform our life and that of our neighbor, with the hope of drawing nearer to the Heart of Jesus.Watch it here
Resource Guide on Rainforest Protection for Religious Communities
To mark World Environment Day, the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative (IRI) has launched an online resource. The publication outlines in detail how the protection of rainforests and the rights of indigenous peoples who serve as their guardians is essential to stopping biodiversity loss, combatting climate change and achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and why doing so is a moral duty and spiritual concern.Download the Guide here
'How deep are the Well-springs of Hope?'
Cornelius J. Casey, C.Ss.R. shows how hope is deeply embedded in the Christian narrative. His article is in the May-June issue of Doctrine & Life which has been made available free by Dominican Publications.Download the issue here
3 Lessons of Revolutionary Love in a Time of rage
‘What's the antidote to rising nationalism, polarization and hate? In this inspiring, poetic talk, Valarie Kaur asks us to reclaim love as a revolutionary act. As she journeys from the birthing room to tragic sites of bloodshed, Kaur shows us how the choice to love can be a force for justice.’Watch the 2017 TED Talk here
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