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Special Events and Moments to Highlight “Mercy Week” at Saint Joseph’s College on September 24-29

STANDISH---In an effort to celebrate Catherine McAuley and the school’s identity and heritage, the Saint Joseph's College community will celebrate “Mercy Week” from Sunday, September 24, to Friday, September 29.

“Mercy Week” begins with the celebration of Mercy Day on Sunday, September 24. It was on this date in 1827 that Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, and her early companions established the first House of Mercy on Baggot Street in Dublin, Ireland. It concludes on September 29 with the anniversary of Catherine McAuley’s birth in 1778.

Here is the schedule of events:

Sunday, September 24

11 a.m.
College Mass
Healy Chapel

12 p.m.                          
Kickoff Reception
Mercy Courtyard

Monday, September 25

7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.         
Mobile Mercy Tea
Alfond Hall (2nd Floor)

Before her death on November 11, 1841, Catherine McAuley said, “Tell the Sisters to get a good cup of tea — I think the Community Room would be a good place — when I am gone, and to comfort one another, but God will comfort them." The offering of a Mercy Tea remains a tradition across Mercy institutions as an expression of care, compassion, faith and community. Stop by for a cup of tea and some mercy inspiration.

9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Catherine’s Cupboard Distribution
Standish Town Hall (175 Northeast Road, Route 35)

Join the college community for the distribution at Catherine’s Cupboard, where members of our local community who are in need are welcomed to shop in the food pantry.

2 p.m.
Nursing Lighting Ceremony
Alfond Center Gymnasium

The Nursing Lighting Ceremony is a tradition at Saint Joseph’s College where sophomore nursing students receive a blessing of their hands as they begin caring for patients. Each student lights a candle, symbolic of the lamp carried by Florence Nightingale.

9 p.m.
Mercy Week Bonfire
Fire Pit at the Fish Bowl

Stop by the bonfire to catch the spirit of “Mercy Week” and hear about all the week’s events. “Mercy Week” memorabilia will be distributed.

Tuesday, September 26

11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Mercy Week Photo Booth
Catherine McAuley Statue, Xavier Hall

11:15 a.m.
Annual Academic Convocation
Alfond Center Gymnasium

12 p.m.
Convocation Barbecue
Xavier Lawn

12:15 p.m.
“Mercy Week” Kickoff Gathering
Catherine McAuley Statue, Xavier Hall

4 p.m.
Mobile Mercy Tea
Saint Joseph’s Hall

4 p.m.
Engaging the Five Mercy Critical Concerns
Xavier Hall Lounge

The Saint Joseph’s College community shares a commitment to the five Mercy Critical Concerns identified by the Sisters of Mercy. Come learn more about the Critical Concerns of Earth, Immigration, Nonviolence, Racism, and Women.

5 p.m.-7 p.m.
VIP (Values in Practice) Colloquium
Alfond Center, Hall of Fame Room

A discussion of the core value of compassion. Participants will enjoy a free pizza dinner and interactive faculty presentations.

7 p.m.
“Shining Lamps” Walk to the Lake
Meet in Xavier Hall Lot

Catherine McAuley wrote, “We should be as shining lamps, giving light to all around us.” Enjoy this walk along the lighted path to Sebago Lake with friends and colleagues as all consider how we are “shining lamps” and “light” to others.

Wednesday, September 27

11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Post-Graduate Service/Volunteer Program Fair
Pearson’s Café/Lobby

A great opportunity to learn about service and volunteer programs available after graduation.

4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Catherine’s Cupboard Distribution
175 Northeast Road (Route 35)

8 p.m.
Mobile Mercy Tea
Feeney Hall

9 p.m.
“Mercy Week” Bingo
Baggot Street, Heffernan Center

Thursday, September 28

11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Mercy Momentum
Xavier Hall Lounge

Enjoy a complimentary lunch and participate in a discussion about Catherine McAuley, her life, her ministry, and her inspiration to us.

2:30 p.m.
SJC Footsteps of Catherine McAuley
Catherine McAuley Statue, Xavier Hall

Join Sr. Mary George O’Toole and Kathryn Cody for a campus walk as the group learns some lesser-known facts about Catherine McAuley’s life and the history of the Sisters of Mercy.

4 p.m.-5 p.m.
Exploring the International Mercy Family
Xavier Hall Lounge

Learn about the many expressions of mercy found throughout the world in a variety of settings and ministries.

8 p.m.
SJC and Mercy Trivia
Baggot Street, Heffernan Center

Friday, September 29

9 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Reflecting and Praying with Catherine McAuley
Xavier Hall Lounge

The Sisters of Mercy have prepared an opportunity for reflection and prayer focusing on the life, words, and inspiration of Catherine McAuley. All are welcome to join the sisters and participate as the birth of Catherine McAuley is celebrated.

12 p.m.-1 p.m.
Catherine McAuley Birthday Celebration
Catherine McAuley Statue, Xavier Hall

Enjoy a special birthday treat with friends and colleagues.

2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Mercy Tea
Xavier Hall Lounge

Many of the gatherings and events will be livestreamed during the week. To watch or for more “Mercy Week” information, click here.