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St Berndatte's Farewells a Faithful Servant

In acknowledging the significant contribution Sr Judy has made to the Parish over the years, Parish Priest, Monsignor John Boyle stated that the list of activities undertaken by Sr Judy in the Parish extended to more than three pages in his endeavours to outline the role for any future applicant. This list, and Sr Judy's dedication and commitment to the parish, lead him to conclude that Sr Judy is simply "irreplaceable".

In addressing the Congregation at Masses across the weekend, Sr Judy spoke of the many ways her ministry in the Parish had enriched her life: through her sharing in the stories of so many parishioners; through their acceptance and inclusion of her within their homes and community; through their sharing in the sacramental life of the parish and building of the parish community together.

Sr Judy emphasised her sense of always being "amongst friends" as she engaged in her ministry as Pastoral Associate. She expressed deep gratitude to Parish Priest, Monsignor John Boyle, to the members of the Parish Office and Team, but most especially to all the Parishioners of St Bernadette's who had given her such a warm and genuine welcome on arrival, and support throughout her years in the Parish.

Join in a Discussion about Mercy Global Presence Theme 'Mercy & the Degradation of Earth'

Valda Dickinson rsm is hosting online zoom meetings on Friday May22.  This is an opportunity to discuss the resources made available to us on the current theme of Mercy Global Presence
Mercy and the Degradation of Earth.

To register, email 
valda.rsm@gmail.com or call 0411 786 549. All are welcome. 

To view the resources on this theme.
Go to Mercy Global Presence here: https://www.mercyworld.org/about/our-initiatives/mercy-global-presence/

Click on the yellow button labelled 'Click here for Current Resources'
Click on the words 'View Resources' on the theme  'Mercy and the Degradation of Earth'
Choose what you would like to view from the resources listed 

Let's Talk: COVID 19-Mercy Global Presence

Charles Dickens in a Tale of Two Cities opens the story with these powerful words,

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.
It was the epoch of belief, it was epoch of incredulity.

For us, living with the effects of COVID-19, we have the possibility of it being the best or worst of times, a time of wisdom or foolishness, a time of belief or incredulity.

Each person’s response may well depend on his/her situation, temperament and age. I suspect it will be different for someone struck by the virus, a homeless person, a business owner, a parent out of work and supervising children learning at home, a nurse or doctor, an aged resident in a home, an asylum seeker, a street cleaner, people living in underdeveloped countries with limited medical facilities, an extravert, an introvert etc. etc…

The images that come to mind are kaleidoscopic somewhat like a stain glass window in which the big picture contains many parts with different colours and images. Each section is an essential part of a bigger whole or like an evolving narrative.

As well as being a time of challenge to us all to survive this pandemic, this is a time brimming with creative energy. Anyone writing a novel entitled A Tale of Earth during Covid 19 will surely be able to view the situation from many different perspectives.

We will know in time to come, whether this event was as paradigm changing for individuals, society, culture and the natural world as the French Revolution.
We will know in time to come how profound an impression is being made on our lives and on modern history. 

You might like to ponder the following questions:

  • What changes or green shoots are emerging in my life, society and the natural world because of this pandemic?
  • How does the Easter message of death and new life, darkness and light, reflect what I am experiencing right now?

You might like to read some reflections from Elizabeth Davis rsm on Mercy Global Presence.
Click here to read these.

A ZOOM ROOM will be available on WEDNESDAY APRIL 22 to share your reflections on Elizabeth’s article, the above questions and any other concerns you would like considered.

If you are interested, contact Valda at Email: valda.rsm@gmail.com or at Mobile 0411786549 for time, directions and code to join the conversation.

Join in a Discussion about Mercy Global Presence Theme 'Faith Traditions and Mercy'

Valda Dickinson is holding an online meeting on 29 April at 4pm using Zoom to discuss the resources made available to us on the first theme of Mercy Global Presence Segment Two: 'Faith Traditions and Mercy'.
To register, email valda.rsm@gmail.com or call 0411 786 549.

Join Our Circle of Prayer

The Sisters of Mercy Parramatta ‘aiming to encircle our world with our prayer, light, spirit of Mercy and care at this time', invite all members of the Mercy network to light a lamp and join with us at 6:30 pm your local time each evening using the Praise Song for the Pandemic (text version) and concluding with the Suscipe.

 

Post your prayer or reflection in our prayer space