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Caringbah Associates celebrate Mercy Day

Caringbah’s “Circle of Mercy Associates” enjoyed a special Mass for Our Lady of Mercy on September 26.


About 35 associates participated in the gathering and were joined by Wilcannia-Forbes Sisters Pat Lynch (Congregation Leader), Patricia Higgins and Mary Mutlow, and Parramatta Sister Loreto McLeod.


In her homily, Sister Patricia Higgins reflected on an article about associates written by Sister Caroline Ryan. The associates renewed their commitment to Mercy living and continued their celebration with a delicious morning tea and raffle which raised $135 for Mercy Works.


The Circle of Mercy is alive and well in Caringbah and provides wonderful opportunities for deepening the spirituality of our lay associates. Sister Mary Mutlow co-ordinates and inspires these wonderful Mercy women who meet every two months. At each gathering they hear input on spirituality from an invited person.


Their next meeting will be a retreat day led by Kim Willis, a lay woman and Pastoral Associate in the parish of Caringbah who is very gifted in this area.


From: Sister Nance Cale RSM (Local Communications Facilitator, Wilcannia-Forbes)



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Caringbah associates celebrate Mercy Day

The “Circle of Mercy”, the group of Mercy Associates connected to the Wilcannia-Forbes Congregation, celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy with Eucharist at Our Lady of Fatima Chapel, Caringbah in Sydney’s south. Sister Nance Cale, who co-ordinates the group, reports on the celebration.

Photo: Sister Pat Lynch RSM, Mary McGrath, Jennifer Smith and Sister Bernadette Franks RSM.

On the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy our Circle of Mercy Associates celebrated Eucharist with Monsignor Kerry Bayada in the Our Lady of Fatima Chapel, Caringbah. Sister Bernadette Franks RSM shared the homily with us and two new associates made their commitment for one year as members.

Mary McGrath and Jennifer Smith were received and congratulated by Sister Pat Lynch RSM, Leader of the Wilcannia-Forbes Congregation. They received certificates and ‘Cup and Saucer’ badges, which are the symbols worn by members.

Rhonda Schallala has been secretary for many years, and due to declining health with cancer, handed over the role to Annette Smith. Appreciation and gratitude were expressed to Rhonda for her continual and extraordinary contribution to the group. We were asked to pray for Rhonda as she continues her life journey. Rhonda is a valiant, compassionate woman extending mercy to all.

In the usual Catherine McAuley style, a cup of tea and refreshments were shared by all as they continued their Eucharistic meal. Much sharing occurred. Members received a pack of mercy cards to celebrate the special mercy gathering.

Father John Sullivan will conduct a retreat day on October 20 for our next coming together.

From: Sister Nance Cale RSM, Local Communications Facilitator Wilcannia-Forbes.