November 16, 2011

Mercies and friends gather around the world for Good Cup of Tea Events

Continuous cups of tea at Mercy International Centre

Mercy International Centre was the site of a continuous Good Cup of Tea in the morning and afternoon hours of 11 November. The event was advertised in a local Catholic paper and through neighborhood signage in addition to notices in Mercy newsletters. As a result, several women religious from the Dublin area, individuals walking past Baggot Street, and family members of Sisters of Mercy joined the Mercy community in enjoying tea, scones, conversation, and a tour of Baggot Street and visit to Catherine’s grave.

A Good Cup of Tea event in Burlingame, USA

Ellen Fitzgerald rsm writes of the strategies employed to acquire particular items by the sixty sisters and associates who attended the first " White Elephant Silent Auction" in the history of Burlingame.

A Good Cup of Tea in Derby, England

Valerie Allcock, Activity Co-ordinator, St Mary's Nursing Home, Derby, England, writes of the well supported event held there among the sisters.

A Good Cup of Tea in Lebanon

In Lebanon we drink Turkish coffee, a habit developed during the Ottoman occupation of four hundred years.

On 11-11-2011 it was tea all round just for Catherine! When we finished we posed for the photo and as you can see the Papal Nuncio and myself are looking well pleased after that 'good cup of tea'
Sr deLourdes

MoVember at Maricourt

A fundraiser with a difference! Mr. Marshall (Head of Boys PE) spent an itchy scratchy month in November growing his moustache in order to raise money for the International Mercy Association.

As a school we began November with 'A good Cup of Tea' an international Mercy Event to support the work of the Sisters of Mercy who founded our school. Mrs. Pinnington (Head of Lower School) shaved 'The Mo' off on 1st December witnessed by a large number of Lower school pupils. In total Mr Marshall raised £251.10, taking our total to £533.64. A big thank you to all involved.

A Good Cup of Tea at Thornhill College

The girls in Year 8 in Thornhill Derry hosted a good cup of tea day in their RE class. The girls had just finished a module of study on Catherine McAuley so they all had a great time whilst raising some funds for Mercy International. Some photos to follow.

Beannachtai Teresa Halligan Head of RE Thornhill College Derry.

A Good Cup of Tea at St Catharine's Edinburgh

Is there anything nicer than a good cup of tea? How about a “Good Cup of Tea” served with delicious cakes and other sweet treats? Add in roughly 100 friends and you have yourself a tea party. That was my experience from Friday (11/11/11) night when Sisters of Mercy at St Catherine’s Convent hosted one of the Mercy International “Good Cup of Tea” events that were taking place throughout the Mercy community around the world on 11th November 2011, the 170th anniversary of Catherine McAuley’s death.

The aim of the event was to celebrate the memory, life and legacy of Venerable Catherine McAuley. In her final moments Catherine instructed that the Sisters should have a “good cup of tea” together after she had gone. In the sprit of this togetherness we began our evening in the chapel where we watched a DVD - The Circle of Mercy, which was a biographical film of Catherine’s life. It was truly inspiring to see how Catherine’s life evolved from that of a lay person with a very strong social conscious and a determination to do all she could to alleviate the suffering of the poor, to founding the Sisters of Mercy congregation as a means to protect the legacy she began and which continues to this day around the world. This was a momentous achievement for a woman in the 19th century – the true beginnings of “girl power”!!

Following the DVD we moved into the refectory for our tea and cakes. At the entrance to the refectory there was a lovely flower display which also had a teacup and saucer as part of the arrangement. The tables were set with beautiful violet and pink table linens, not a paper napkin or plastic cup in sight! The evening was a great success bringing old and new friends together. It was lovely to watch friends catching up over a “good cup of tea”.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said “a woman is like a tea bag - you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water”

Good Cup of Tea Day in Kyogle, NSW

The small country town of Kyogle in Northern NSW recently sent in their report from the Good Cup of Tea Day. On November 20, parishioners of Our Lady of Sorrows Church gathered after Sunday mass to enjoy the Good Cup of Tea. The congregation came from outlying farms and villages as well as from the town itself.

Since the Sisters of Mercy have been in Kyogle since 1914 the locals were very interested in the event. Mercy Associates provided the morning tea, including a special cake, and had on display various brochures and other items illustrating the charism and work of the Sisters of Mercy in Australia and globally. The parishioners had a very enjoyable time and made a good contribution to Mercy International Association

A Good Cup of Tea in Brisbane

On November 11th 2011, Sr Jeanette Collis and Sr Anna Ventura, the resident community at Toowong invited parishioners, friends and other Sisters of Mercy to join them for a comfortable cup of tea. They joined in spirit with other Sisters of Mercy in 44 countries throughout the world to remember their foundress, Catherine McAuley, who died on this day, 11th November, 170 years ago.

International Good cup of tea, Stechford, Birmingham, UK

Sisters Maura Halpin, Maureen Murphy and their Mercy Associates hosted the 170th Anniversary Event in Corpus Christi Parish Room, Stechford on 11/11/11. We were delighted to welcome over 70 guests of all ages including baby Sophie Martin and her parents!

As well as parishioners from Corpus Christi and Holy Family Parishes, we were joined by friends from St. Edburgha’s Church of England, Yardley. Venerable Catherine was a woman with an ecumenical heart and we feel sure that she rejoiced to see us all hearing her story, praying together, singing her ‘Suscipe’ and thoroughly enjoying that ‘good cup of tea’ so symbolic of her spirit of Mercy.

Delicious cakes, many home-made by Associates and others donated, disappeared fast that afternoon!

We were very touched to receive generous donations amounting to £470. 28 towards the work of Mercy International Association.

Good Cup of Tea Day - Parramatta, New South Wales

As we gathered for the International Good Cup of Tea Day, we were aware that we were sharing this experience with Sisters and Mercy friends all across the world.

We gathered in the Catherine McAuley Rooms for both morning and afternoon tea, which became a beautiful, bountiful High Tea prepared by the young women of the OLMC Year 12 Hospitality Group under the guidance of Sue MacMaster.

Board members, staff and friends from Mercy-founded schools, ex-students of these schools, friends of the Sisters and a great number of the Parramatta Sisters as well as Mercy Sister representatives from Ireland and the US were greeted on arrival with beautiful music from the Chamber Ensemble of OLMC, under the leadership of Paul Witney.

During the morning High Tea, Sr Gaye Lennon spoke to us about Mercy Works and focussed on Papua New Guinea. During the afternoon, Margaretta and Steph with Sr Marg Sheppard shared with us their recent experiences of their time with the Mercy Sisters and the people of Peru.

There was a palpable spirit of joy all day at Parramatta as we remembered the start of the journey of Mercy and reflected on Mercy as it is being lived today. Prizes were awarded to the winners of the raffle as well as to lucky door winners.Thanks to the generosity of so many, we were able to raise just over $1500 for Mercy International Association.

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