8th Oct 2017 - National Commission Bulletin No. 13

Mercy Associates National Commission Meeting
Saturday 16th September 2017 - Convent of Mercy, Bermondsey

BULLETIN NO. 13
 
‘We have one solid comfort amidst this little tripping about: our hearts can always be in the same place, centred in God – for whom alone we go forward – or stay back.’ 
(Letter from Catherine to Mary de Sales White.)

NATIONAL COMMISSION
The National Commission is a body of Mercy Associates and Sisters who have responsibility for the Mercy Associate Movement (M.A.M.).  They meet twice yearly to review all aspects of the M.A.M. especially its Spiritual Development.

The members of the Commission are: 
Miss Marian Kennedy (Chair), Sister Noreen Cullen rsm (Vice-Chair), Mrs May Raughter (Secretary), Canon Alan McLean (Chaplain), Sister Bridie Stephens rsm (Chaplain), Sister Margaret Jones rsm (Chaplain), Mr Maurice Regan (Treasurer), Sister Betty Larkin rsm, Sister Mary Gorman rsm, Sister Annette McCartan rsm, Mrs Maria Overend, Mrs Marie Gray, Mrs Bríd Regan, Sister Geraldine Lawlor rsm, (Trustee) Sister Joan Breen rsm (Trustee).

It is with much sadness that we accept Sister Angela Moroney’s resignation. We thank Sister Angela for her sterling work over the past eighteen years with the Commission, helping to spread the good news of Catherine and working tirelessly for Associates nationally.  We wish her well and continue to pray for her speedy return to good health.  

NEW COMMISSION MEMBERS
We welcome Sister Annette McCartan who replaces Sister Angela on the Commission and we look forward to benefiting from her vast knowledge and expertise. May her time on the Commission be happy and joyful! We also look forward to welcoming two Associates, Ms Jeanette Otero and Mr Mark Lear, onto the Commission at our March 2018 meeting. If any Associate is interested in joining the Commission, please inform your link person who will pass on your details to the Secretary. We intend to collate a list of those who express an interest for future reference. (killalamay@hotmail.com).  

REGIONAL DAYS 2017
Regional Days took place at six separate venues - Coolock, Handsworth, North Shields, St John’s Wood, Blackbrook and Bermondsey – between March and June this year. The theme was: The Eighth Corporal Work of Mercy - We are called to be ‘Stewards of Creation’ – to care for the earth our common home. A total of 218 Sisters and Associates attended those gatherings. Feedback from all venues was very encouraging and positive.  Those who attended took the theme back to their groups and shared with others.  The speakers gave us plenty of food for thought and ideas on how to reflect on the environment and how we can care for it.  One quote from Pope Francis sticks in my memory: ‘The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth’. There is a report from each venue on the website. 
  
FUTURE PLANNING
A working party has been appointed to plan a Pilgrimage to Ireland in April 2018, visiting Knock, Mercy International - Baggot Street and other possible venues.  I shall be back in touch as soon as firm information is available.  Working party: Sisters Bridie and Betty, Mark Lear, Maurice and Brid Regan, May Raughter. It was suggested that Mercy Associate Groups would be encouraged to plan their own Retreat days next year, either as a single group or with neighbouring groups joining together.
 
WEBSITE
Please do visit the website at: www.mercyassociates.org.uk  
We invite all groups to share the website with friends and family.  I know a number of you are very busy in your parish/community and we would love to hear from you - just a few lines and a photograph if possible, for sharing on the website.  Perhaps this might encourage others to send in their stories. There is space for prayer intentions so please inform us of family or friends who are sick or who have recently died. If you have recently changed any of your details, make sure we have the right contact information for you. (killalamay@hotmail.com)

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YOUTH MERCY ASSOCIATES GROUPS
  • Coolock YMA
  • North Shields YMA
  • Maghull YMA 
  • St John’s Wood YMA
The YMA continue to meet in their groups and take part in various activities. 
For further information visit the Youth Website: www.youthmercyassociates.org.uk

WEBSITES
www.mercyassociates.org.uk
www.youthmercyassociates.org.uk
www.mercyworld.org
www.sistersofmercyunion.org.uk
www.ourladyofmercy.org.uk 


PRAYER FOR THE BEATIFICATION OF VENERABLE CATHERINE MCAULEY
Loving God, you chose Catherine McAuley
for the service of your people who are poor, sick and uneducated.
You inspired her to found the Sisters of Mercy
so that these good works might endure.
Give to each of us a portion of her compassionate spirit
and an ardent desire to serve your suffering people.
Bless all our undertakings and grant that
union and charity may always thrive among us.
Graciously hear our prayer for Catherine,
and by granting the favours we ask through her intercession,  
hasten the day when her sanctity will be celebrated by all the Church.
Amen


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