Mercy (Atawhai) Day – 24th September
This Sunday is set aside as ‘Mercy Day’. This is the anniversary of the day that Catherine McAuley’s ‘House of Mercy’ in Baggott Street, Dublin, opened its doors to the most vulnerable in 1827, namely the poor, the sick and the uneducated, and became a haven for homeless young women and children. Catherine McAuley was the founder of the Sisters of Mercy and this year we celebrate the 190th anniversary of this order. Both St Mary’s School and St Peter’s College are Mercy schools (St Peter’s having a double charism – the Mercy and the Rosminian orders), were established by the Mercy Order, and the Mercy Sisters were the first educators in our schools. Today both schools continue Catherine McAuley’s legacy through the values of care and compassion.
Fifteen of our students will travel to Italy, England and Ireland next year. This is the fifth, biennial, Ratcliffe exchange and it has developed considerably since the first trip when students visited London, Leicester and Paris. The exchange now has a bigger focus on the special character of St Peter’s, visiting Rome and the Vatican, followed by Northern Italy and the home of Blessed Antonio Rosmini, who began the Rosminian Order in 1828. The group will then travel to England and spend time at Ratcliffe College in Leicester. Ratcliffe College is one of few Rosminian schools in the world and many of the priests and brothers who taught at St Peter’s College in its early days were themselves educated at Ratcliffe College. For the first time, this exchange will add the Mercy Order to the itinerary, visiting Dublin and the famous ‘House of Mercy’ in Baggott Street. As part of this exchange, we look forward to hosting fifteen Ratcliffe College students at St Peter’s College next month.
A Mercy Day blessing
E Te Atua atawhai huhua, God of abundant mercy, we give grateful thanks for this 190th anniversary of Catherine McAuley’s first House of Mercy in Dublin and for the ministries around the world that have flowed from this wellspring. May we learn from Catherine to use our resources to enrich other lives, especially those who have little of their own on which to count. Make us stewards of your creation, caring with love for our common home and for all that lives within it. Amene (Amen)
Please remember photo day this Wednesday and ensure that your children are prepared with the correct uniform(s) for their photos. We also look forward to seeing all Year 10 -12 students and their families at the three-way conferencing interviews this week. If this is the first you have heard of it, please check your emails regarding booking a time that suits you best.
As part of our Social Justice Week awareness, we are having Can for a Cause on Wednesday. We would appreciate all students bringing a can of food for donation to the St Vincent de Paul Society who continue to care for the most vulnerable in our local community. Let’s put our mercy charism into practice and help them do this.
I hope you all have a wonderfully spring-like weekend.
Kate Nicholson - Principal