STANDISH---Saint Joseph’s College will celebrate Mercy Week 2018 from Sunday, September 23, to Friday, September 28, to honor Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, and to reflect on the school’s Mercy identity and heritage. This week also marks the anniversary of the birth of Catherine McAuley on September 29, 1778, as well as the 175th anniversary of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.
Some of the special events (noted below) will be livestreamed during the week at www.sjcme.edu/mercy-week. All are free and open to the public:
Sunday, September 23
Healy Chapel, 8 p.m.
Gather in a sign of faith and community to celebrate the life of Catherine McAuley and the college’s Mercy heritage as Mercy Week 2018 begins. The college’s new chaplain, Fr. Gabriel Muteru, will celebrate the Mass.
Mercy Week Bonfire
Fire Pit at the Fish Bowl, 9 p.m.
Stop by the bonfire to catch the spirit of Mercy Week, learn about all the events during the week, and collect a Mercy Week t-shirt.
Monday, September 24
Mobile Mercy Tea
Alfond Hall, 2nd Floor, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
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 to go and some Mercy inspiration. It was on this date in 1827 that Catherine McAuley and her early companions established the first House of Mercy on Baggot Street in Dublin, Ireland.
Standish Town Hall, 175 Northeast Road, Rte. 35, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Join in on the Monday distribution at Catherine’s Cupboard, where members of the local community who are in need shop from the food pantry. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mercy Week 2018 Kick-Off Gathering (Live Streaming)
Catherine McAuley Statue, Xavier Hall, 12:15 p.m.
Come gather at the statue of Catherine McAuley to kickoff Mercy Week 2018. It’s also an opportunity to collect the Mercy Week 2018 Trading Cards.
Mobile Mercy Tea
Alfond Center Lobby, 4 to 5 p.m.
VIP (Values in Practice) Colloquium (Live Streaming)
Hall of Fame Room, Alfond Center, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
This annual event engages all members of the college community in a discussion of the school’s core value of community. Participants will enjoy a free pizza dinner and interactive faculty presentations.
Tuesday, September 25
Living Mercy! Meet the Mercy Volunteer Corps
Lobby, Pearson’s Café, Mercy Hall, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about service and volunteer programs available after graduation and meet staff from the Mercy Volunteer Corps Program. All are welcome. For more information, visit mercyvolunteers.org.
Mercy Critical Concerns in Action
Xavier Hall Lounge, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
As a Mercy institution, the Saint Joseph’s College community shares a commitment to the five Mercy Critical Concerns identified by the Sisters of Mercy. Come to this informative and engaging session to learn more about the Critical Concerns of Earth, Immigration, Nonviolence, Racism, and Women.
Mercy Movie Showing
Room 128, Alfond Hall, 5:45 p.m.
Selected especially for Mercy Week 2018 and shown in conjunction with Dr. Marion Young’s course, all are welcome to the screening of “Gridiron Gang” where themes of respect, faith, perseverance, passion, optimism and patience are explored.
“Shining Lamps” Lakeside Yoga
Meet in Xavier Hall Lot, 7 p.m.
Catherine McAuley wrote, “We should be shining lamps, giving light to all around us.” Enjoy this experience of lakeside yoga with friends and colleagues as we consider how we are “shining lamps” and “light” to others.
Wednesday, September 26
Mercy Week Photo Booth
Catherine McAuley Statue, Xavier Hall, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Stop by to participate in this Mercy-inspired photo booth session and capture some great memories from Mercy Week 2018.
Annual Academic Convocation
Alfond Center Gymnasium, 11:15 a.m.
The entire Saint Joseph’s College community comes together to formally welcome incoming students and celebrate the beginning of the academic year. The featured speaker will be Dr. Lenore DiFiore, an assistant professor of biology and the 2018 Excellence in Teaching Award recipient.
Xavier Lawn, Noon
Enjoy a complimentary lunch with friends.
Standish Town Hall, 175 Northeast Road, Rte. 35, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Join in on the Wednesday distribution and community meal at Catherine’s Cupboard, where local community members are welcomed to shop from the food pantry and share a meal. For more information, email email@example.com.
Mercy Week Bingo
Baggot Street, 9 p.m.
This popular Saint Joseph’s program is presented this week with a Mercy Week theme and prizes. Don’t miss it!
Thursday, September 27
Xavier Hall Lounge, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Come enjoy coffee and muffins and participate in a discussion about this year’s theme: Mercy Hospitality. Build momentum for Mercy across all parts of the community. To reserve your spot, email Lisa Schiraldi in the Office of Sponsorship and Mission Integration at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mercy Week Trading Card Signing Party
Baggot Street, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Have you collected the entire Mercy Week 2018 Trading Card set? Still needing to complete the set? This is your opportunity to meet the individuals on this year’s cards and have them autograph your Mercy Week 2018 trading cards. Come early!
SJC Footsteps of Catherine McAuley
Catherine McAuley Statue, Xavier Hall, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Join Sr. Mary George O’Toole and Kathryn Cody as they travel through some of the lesser-known facts of Catherine McAuley’s life and history of the Sisters of Mercy. As participants walk through campus, they will travel back in time to hear the story of Catherine McAuley and her fascinating journey and life as the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.
Celebrating 175 Years of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Xavier Hall Lounge, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
On December 21, 1843, Mary Frances Xavier Warde and six other Sisters of Mercy from Carlow, Ireland, arrived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, marking the founding of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Together, the “Seven Sisters” opened schools and established Mercy Hospital, the first hospital in Pittsburgh and the first Mercy-sponsored hospital in the world. Come learn more about Mary Frances Xavier Warde, highlights from the history of the Sisters of Mercy in the United States, and current Mercy ministries touching lives and impacting communities. For more information, visit sistersofmercy.org and mercyworld.org.
SJC & Mercy Trivia
Baggot Street, 8 p.m.
Stop by this week’s program and test your knowledge of SJC and Mercy trivia and facts. Special guest appearance by the Sisters of Mercy!
Friday, September 28
Reflecting and Praying with Catherine McAuley (Live Streaming)
Xavier Hall Lounge, 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
The Sisters of Mercy at Saint Joseph’s 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 we remember and celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Catherine McAuley.
Catherine McAuley Birthday Celebration
Catherine McAuley Statue, Xavier Hall, Noon to 1 p.m.
Stop by to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Catherine McAuley (September 29, 1778) and enjoy a special birthday treat with friends and colleagues from across campus.
Xavier Hall Lounge, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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. Enjoy a cup of tea with friends, colleagues, and the Sisters of Mercy.
Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society Induction Ceremony
Viola George Auditorium, Alfond Hall, 4:30 p.m.
Members of the College community are invited to the annual induction ceremony of the Beta Omicron Chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society. Delta Epsilon Sigma (ΔΕΣ) is a national scholastic honor society that was established in 1939 for students of Catholic universities and colleges in the United States. Undergraduate students are eligible for membership if they’re ranked in the top 20 percent of their class, have a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and have a record of dedication to intellectual activity and community service.
Inspirational Mercy Speed Painting
Baggot Street, 8 p.m.
Don’t miss this dynamic and inspiring program by “Amazing Hero Art”! Join speed painting artist Rob Surette as he speed paints four individuals from history and unveils a very special surprise for Saint Joseph’s College to conclude the program.
During Mercy Week 2018, members of the community are encouraged to download and cut out an image of Catherine McAuley and then take a photo with her in a scenic or fun background. Post photos on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook with the hashtag #SJCcatherine and be sure to tag Saint Joseph’s College. Mercy Week is sponsored by the Office of Sponsorship and Mission Integration and is organized by a collegewide work group. For more information about Mercy Week, visit www.sjcme.edu/mercy-week.