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The Priests' Way of Life: June Prayer Intention of Pope Francis

We are all invited to join with Pope Francis and his worldwide prayer network in praying this month's intention: The Priests' Way of Life.

Let us pray that priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively, above all, to solidarity with those who are most poor.



Text of the Video:

I would like to ask you to look at the priests who work in our communities.
They are not perfect, but many give it their all until the very end, offering themselves with humility and joy.
They are priests who are close to the people, ready to work hard for everyone.
Let us be thankful for their example and testimony. Let us pray that priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively, above all, to solidarity with those who are most poor.

 - Pope Francis, June 2019

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Third Mercy Gathering Shines Spotlight on the Horror of Human Trafficking

The ritual was deeply moving and shocking in highlighting the global crime of Human Trafficking and its tragic human consequences, particularly for women and children. Some of the stories of survivors of this horror were shared within the ritual.

Also highlighted within the prayer, was the connection between demand in developed countries and trafficking in developing countries in areas such as clothing and footwear, chocolate, coffee, electronics and other consumables. We were challenged to ask questions about where, and how, the products we buy are made, and what the conditions are for the workers involved in production. 

After participating in the ritual, the gathered group was able to share their feelings and reactions and also discuss some of the ways we can contribute to bringing Trafficking to an end.

The Sisters of Mercy act locally and globally in the fight against Human Trafficking through our support of Mercy Global Action and ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Human Trafficking). Click on the links to find out more about Human Trafficking and what you can do to help stop it.

 

 

Mercy Sisters and Friends Unite in Prayer and Hospitality Across the Globe

Sisters and our guests at today's gathering had travelled from across Sydney to be one with all who are gathered in Baggot St, Dublin, this week of celebrations for the 20th Anniversary of Mercy International Centre (MIC), Dublin.

At this gathering, we viewed the video of the Morning Prayer Ritual which had been prepared by the Sisters of Mercy of Great Britain, centred around the theme of "Mercy Around the World: Our Global Reality". Incorporating movement, music, word, images and song, the ritual gave thanks for and acknowledged the presence and ministry of the Sisters of Mercy in 44 countries across the globe in areas of need.

We were also able to view the video of the Visit of the President of Ireland,  Dr Michael D. Higgins, to MIC, his address to the gathered guests and the Sisters' response.

As at our gathering on Wednesday, all present enjoyed a "Good Cup of Tea", lively conversation, and the opportunity to share in the International Celebrations.

Beyond this, the rituals, prayers and reflections challenge us to "Constantly search out the meaning of God's choice of those who are poor" (Constitutions, 1.06).

Mercy Day Celebrations Ring Out Around the World

Sisters of Mercy gathered in Parramatta with Ministry Partners, Colleagues and Friends to celebrate the feast Of Our Lady of Mercy ("Mercy Day") and join the International celebrations taking place in Mercy International Centre  (MIC) in Baggot St, Dublin.

September 24th marks the day all Sisters of Mercy throughout the world, and all those associated with us and our ministries, celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Mercy and the Opening of the House of Mercy in Baggot St, Dublin in 1831 by Catherine McAuley and her companions.

This year, Celebrations held a special significance as the Mercy World also commemorated the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Mercy International Association (MIA) and Mercy International Centre in the refurbished original House of Mercy in 1994.

As part of the week of celebrations, which are being streamed live via the Mercy International Association Website, Sisters, Ministry Partners, Colleagues and Friends, have gathered from around the world to commemorate the past 20 years of Mercy International and to look to the future of Mercy in our fragile and fractured world.

The Sisters of Mercy Parramatta have scheduled three gatherings to participate in the International celebrations, the first of which was held on Mercy Day. At today's gathering, we commenced with a "high tea" and much conversation before we viewed the Official Opening and Ritual of the week's celebrations which had occurred at 5.00pm (Irish Time) on September 23rd. The ritual - "Telling the Story" was prepared by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, and recalled the story of the creation of MIC in word, music and song. Subsequent gatherings scheduled for Friday and Monday next week, will also incorporate the various rituals of the coming days in MIA.

On this special day, the Sisters of Mercy extend our warmest Mercy Day Greetings to all the members of the Mercy family around the Globe, and pray with gratitude for all that has been over the past 183 years and for that which is yet to come.

 

 

Mercy International Celebrates 20 Years

Since then, the Centre has been a focus for Sisters of Mercy around the world, along with their associates and friends in discovering anew the spirit of Catherine McAuley.

In September, a week of activities will take place at the Centre from the 23rd to 29th to commemorate the first twenty years. Many will gather at Baggot Street for events that will both acknowledge the past and look to the future. The programme of events can be READ HERE.

Members of the Mercy family around the world will be able to participate in a number of the events of the week as they will be streamed live and available on the Mercy World website.

On the actual Anniversary of the Opening last week, a special edition of the international Mercy E-news was published to mark the occasion. The E-news contains accounts of various aspects of that day and also a video of the event. The E-news and video can be seen HERE.

Over the next two months, the Mercy E-news will focus especially on the celebrations ahead. Here is what will be contained in each E-News:

AUGUST

  • 6 August Mercy E-news will include a specially written (short) prayer and an invitation to everyone in E-news to commence 30 days prayer on 25 August
  • 13 August Mercy E-news will link to the songs and hymns being used in the rituals, including for the Mass, with encouragement to everyone to learn/practise/use the hymns and songs in the lead up to the celebration week. This should help build interest and it would be wonderful to hear that schools, staffs, Board meetings as well as Mercy community get-togethers and congregation gatherings were having hymn practice!
  • 20 August Mercy E-news will include the advice that Prayer Rituals are online and can be accessed.
    Technical requirements for Livestream will be also be addressed eg good bandwidth, speakers on the computer…NB Any computer purchased in the last 3 years should be robust enough to stream these events
  • 25 August Mercy E-news. Commence 30 days Prayer

SEPTEMBER

  • 10 September Mercy E- News – advice to all readers to conduct their technical check online from 15-20 September. In other words, instructions and sample Livestream will be online for everyone to log on and check.
  • 23-29 September Mercy E-news will be published daily during the Celebrations.

We invite you all to join with us in our preparation and our participation in these celebrations by the Mercy family around the world.

Messages to: Anne Walsh