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There is one day of the Australian calender that resonates particularly with Nora Fitzgibbon. Sister with Roma’s All Saints Catholic Parish, Sr Nora was born in Ireland and has been eagerly preparing for tonight’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations. “It’s a great day for the Irish or anybody who has Irish ancestry and for everyone who wishes they were Irish,” she said.
Recently McAuley College, Beaudesert (the newest secondary school in the Brisbane Archdiocese) celebrated its inaugural Opening Mass. The Mass was held in ‘The Oakland Shed’ in the grounds of the school with buildings still under construction. The setting of the open shed provided a panoramic view across to the mountains. The Principal, Mrs Deidre Young proudly welcomed staff, students, parents and the wider community of parishioners and invited guests. In its first year, the College has approximately forty year seven students and they were acknowledged as the inaugural student group. Students and staff participated in the Liturgy with much enthusiasm.
Mercy Community Services staff at Wooloowin and Nudgee have united this Christmas to reach out to those in need within our communities. Staff and clients have donated hamper items and presents to ensure those with little resources celebrate Christmas with hope and joy. This year, staff reached out to their network of friends and family to also make a difference through collecting items for our Christmas Giving initiative.
‘A time to be filled with gratitude and thanksgiving’ MV
On Saturday 10 December eighty-five Sisters gathered at ‘Mercy Place’ for the celebration of our annual Advent Prayer Ritual and the sharing of an early Christmas meal.
The time of reflection focussed on three themes. It affirmed our experience of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. It acknowledged our journey through Advent to Christmas and invited Sisters to engage with the living of the eight Corporal and Spiritual Work of Mercy. Time was spent in communal prayer, quiet individual reflection, table conversation, song and listening to the Word of God.
For the past nineteen years, Brisbane Sister of Mercy, Josephine Dooly (Sr. Jo) has used her creative skills to raise funds to support those in need. For the past two weeks, Sr Jo sold the work of her hands to residents, staff and visitors at Bethesda and Emmaus at Mercy Aged Care Services, Nudgee.