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Join in a Discussion about Mercy Global Presence Theme 'Cosmos'

Valda Dickinson is holding an online meeting using Zoom to discuss the resources made available to us on the September theme: 'Cosmos/Cosmology'.

The meeting will take place at 5pm on Wednesday December 4.

All are welcome!

To join:
Go to: https://zoom.us/j/5339386598 and follow the prompts

Topic: Mercy Global Presence 'Cosmos/Cosmology' Resources (September 2019)

After reflecting on the various resources...

  • What affirms your point of view?
  • What is moving or challenging you ? 
  • What do you disagree with?
  • Anything else you wish to raise.

New app assists daily reflection during the Year of Mercy

The ‘Mercy-ing’ app provides users a morning inspiration and an evening reflection to frame their day and to be attentive to the events, interactions, relationships and circumstances of each day within the context of ‘being Mercy’.

Content for the app has been drawn from a wide selection of sources including scripture, the Mercy tradition, contemporary theologians, activists and thinkers. The app includes the daily repetition of a consistent mercy ‘mantra’, as well as an inbuilt timer to assist with the reflective process. Each month there is a focus on one of the Spiritual or Corporal Works of Mercy.

The title of the app has a direct connection with Pope Francis who, when seeking to translate his motto from Latin to Spanish, coined the word misericordiando which in English translates to the word “Mercy-ing”. By expressing Mercy as a verb, it captures the sense of movement inherent in the heart of Mercy, which includes hearing the cry of all creation for mercy and responding.

The app has been funded by the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea and developed with the support of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, and Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa, Sisters of Mercy New Zealand.

To download the free app, visit the link below. Reflections and content for the app commenced from December 1, and will conclude at the end of November 2016 in alignment with Jubilee Year.

Download on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mercy-ing/id1052628634?ls=1&mt=8

Get it on Google Play
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fraynework.mercying

New Catherine McAuley Leaders Visit Starting Point

The young women of mercy shared with the sisters their areas of Leadership Responsibility and their hopes and goals for this coming 12 months of Leadership within the school.

Sister Catherine Ryan, Congregation Leader, shared some of the stories from the writings of the Foundation Sisters, and some of the significant historical aspects of the various buildings on site, and how these early days of the Congregation and Schools related to the development of Catherine McAuley High School.

Following a tour of the Chapel, an opportunity to visit the Archives and a viewing of the collected artworks of one of the Sisters who had been a teacher at Catherine McAuley, the student leaders shared in morning tea with the Sisters in the convent garden.

In the spirit of Catherine McAuley, who believed "there should be a piano in every community house", there was an impromptu concert of piano and singing by the students and sisters, before the student leaders returned to school.


Mercies March in Support of Climate Action in Paris

Sisters of Mercy from around Australia participated in marches in the various capital cities, in support of the COP21 gathering in Paris.

Sisters in Sydney, attended a rally in the Domain, to hear and affirm a variety of speakers who called on our Government to take a leading role in forging an agreement in Paris which will deliver reductions in carbon emissions before it is too late.

Following the rally, many sisters joined in marching through the city streets, calling for a strong commitment to preservation of our planet for future generations.

Apart from those who attended the rallies and marches in their various cities, Sisters of Mercy from all around the world "circled the globe" with prayer by joining in praying Pope Francis' Prayer for the Earth, Country by Country,  in their local area, over 24 hours in each of the 10 days leading up to the COP21 meeting in Paris.







Kenthurst Parish Farewells Community Builder Par Excelllence

It was standing room only at the Eucharistic celebration and lunch at St Madeleine Sophie Barat Parish in Kenthurst, in which past and present parishioners gathered, to honour  and farewell Sr Anna Conway, rsm, after 30 years service.

Former Parish Priest Fr Chris Dixon joined current Parish Priest Fr Vincent Savarimuthu, and other concelebrating priests, in giving thanks to God for the humble and dedicated service of Sr Anna, since before the parish officially began. 30 years ago, Sr Anna was charged with bringing together the small parishes of Kenthurst and Dural, with a section of Castle Hill Parish, to form the new Kenthurst Parish. Focusing on the building of a community, Sr Anna contributed to the laying of a firm foundation upon which the thriving parish of today is built.

It was fitting that the Eucharistic celebration was filled with beautiful music and song, with Sr Anna having played a key part in fostering and developing a music ministry in the parish.

At the conclusion of Mass, the community to whom Sr Anna had devoted some much of her life, gave Sr Anna a sustained standing ovation. This deeply moving tribute was repeated at the end of the celebration lunch which followed Mass.

Over 400 people enjoyed a beautiful two course meal in the parish and school hall, which was prepared and provided by the members of the parish. The beauty of the table and hall decorations, the abundance of delicious home made meals and desserts, and the warm and generous hospitality offered to all presence, was a great testament to the strength of the Kenthurst community.

Representatives of various groups within the Parish and school paid tribute to Sr Anna, acknowledging her dedication, hard work, faithfulness and generosity. Many made mention of Sr Anna's ability to "enlist volunteers" to various roles within the parish. It seemed unanimous that one "Didn't/Couldn't say 'No' to Sr Anna", while acknowledging that Anna would never ask others to do what she would not do herself.

It was evident that in her 30 years of service, Anna had not only been pivotal in building the parish community from its inception, but that she was indeed one of the solid foundations upon which the thriving parish community now stands.

In reflecting on Sr Anna's contribution to the parish, one of the Parishioners added to Pope Francis' words in saying: 

When we meet someone in love they teach us something about God, and Sr Anna has been our Master Teacher.