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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.
Mercy Aged Care Services at Nudgee is blessed to have a number of Volunteers and Pastoral Companions who assist, support and companion residents. Sister Pastoral Companions are members of the Sisters of Mercy and Sisters of St Joseph whose particular role is to be a support person to a Sister resident from within their own Congregation. Shanelle Bennett, the Pastoral Care and Volunteer Co-ordinator at Mercy Aged Care Services extended an invitation to all to share a Christmas Lunch to thank and acknowledge these women and men for the many hours they give of their time regularly