The Year of Mercy coincides with the diocese's celebration of 150 years since Bishop Murray arrived and claimed St John's as his cathedral. #150ActsOfMercy combines these two events. All members of the Church of Maitland-Newcastle and its friends are invited to record all the ways they respond to Pope Francis' invitation to be merciful as God is merciful. As individuals and communities (schools, parishes, groups), let us undertake 150 acts of mercy – one for each year of our diocesan life. In this, let us keep the balance Pope Francis talks about: an equal share of acts of contemplation and works of mercy. We cannot be merciful like God unless we have first experienced God's mercy personally and contemplated the face of mercy we encounter in Jesus.
There are two ways to record your acts of Mercy. We hope many of you will use both.
- Use #150ActsOfMercy which will provide us with a live feed on the diocesan website. We will all see the impact of our combined acts of contemplation and works of mercy and be encouraged by each other.
- Use this #150ActsOfMercy passport to stamp or mark each act of mercy and you may like to keep a personal journal for your own written record.
Parishes, schools and other groups are encouraged to look around your neighbourhood in the light of your contemplation. Where is mercy needed? Listen for the cry for mercy. Having contemplated and listened, consider how you can respond sensitively and with respect so that you become the mercy of God in the world today.
People will be asked to bring their #150ActsOfMercy to the liturgy closing the Year of Mercy Door on the Feast of Christ the King, 20 November, 2016.
#150ActsOfMercy also aligns with a national campaign endorsed by Bishop of Broken Bay and Bishops Delegate for Media, Peter Comensoli, #ThePowerOfMercy.