What a busy term it has been! We have ended the week celebrating as a school community. Mercy Day was on Thursday 24 September.
As a Mercy School it was great we could celebrate by leading the school in a special liturgy and inviting the Mercy Sisters to join with us.
Sister Enid and Sister Eileen were able to represent the sisters and join with us.
As senior leaders, leading the liturgy was a great way for us to not only lead by example but by sharing and organising hospitality for our guests we truly were living the values that Catherine McAuley instilled in the Mercy Sisters. Their vision and values are instilled in our own school values and we thank everyone that could join with us on Thursday.
We also thank the PFA for providing Ice Blocks for all students after sharing in our liturgy.
Catherine McAuley - We have been researching about Catherine and the Mercy Sisters.
Catherine McAuley lived in Ireland in the 1800s. She loved God very much, and she prayed everyday.
Catherine McAuley was sad to see so many young women with no place to live. She saw children with no clothes or shoes to wear and some children did not have enough food to eat. She also saw young women with no jobs, and young children too poor to go to school.
When Catherine McAuley was left an inheritance, she knew exactly what she wanted to do with the money. She built a large house in Baggot Street, in Dublin. She called the new house the House of Mercy.
The bronze shows Catherine
as a Sister of Mercy, offering help to a young mother with her baby.
The House of Mercy was a very special house and a very busy place!
Soon other young women came to help Catherine.
Catherine and her team of helpers did a lot of things to help other people:
They cared for children who had no parents
They cared for young women who had no where to live
They set up a school for poor children
They cared for people who were sick and dying
Catherine built the House of Mercy in Baggot Street where many rich people lived. She did this so the rich people would notice the poor people and realise how hard it was to live in Dublin with no money. Those rich people watched Catherine helping the poor people; giving young women and children somewhere warm to sleep, giving them food to eat, and teaching the children how to read and write. Some of the rich families wanted to help too, so they gave Catherine money and also gave some of the poor women jobs so they could earn their own money.
Bronze of Catherine McAuley by US Sister of Mercy Marie Henderson.
Catherine knew that this is what God wanted her to do.
Catherine decided that she and her many helpers would became Sisters of Mercy. They wore long black gowns and hats so people knew who they were.
The Sisters of Mercy promised God that they would help to look after sick and poor people in their community and that they would provide education for children and young women. In Ireland at this time, nuns spent all their time in convents, but the Sisters of Mercy became known as the “walking Sisters” because they were always out and about in the community.
Today there are still many Sisters of Mercy all around the world helping people. Our Lady of Victories School is a Mercy School and we are proud to have the Mercy Charisms as the basis of our Values.