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Fr. Paolo Raimondi, ordained in 2004 in Italy, was grateful for a visit with Archbishop Cordileone before having to set sail for home. Fr. Paolo was in town in November to visit family and baptize Salvatore Cirelli, at Sts. Peter & Paul Church.

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Year of Mercy ‘incredibly good news,’ Mercy, Burlingame says
March 21st, 2016
By Tom Burke

The Jubilee of Mercy is taking root at Mercy High School, Burlingame. Sandy Flaherty, Mercy’s director of mission integration, puts the effort in focus for us.

What came as incredibly good news to the Mercy Burlingame community was Pope Francis’ announcement that he was calling for an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Holy Year is meant to call our attention to the Mercy of God so we can strengthen our own Mercy spirit through prayer and service to others.

The Mercy community opened the Year of Mercy celebration at our Immaculate Conception liturgy on December 8. The liturgy began with the ringing of a bell which signaled the inauguration of this Holy Year. Senior Anissa Silva danced in honor of Our Lady and the celebration concluded with a gentle singing of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” in a dimly lit chapel.

The Sisters of Mercy inaugurated the year by inviting all those who participate in their ministries to attend a ritual celebration. Mercy Sister Suzanne Toolan composed a song for the occasion titled “Your Name is Compassion.” Students and faculty members participated in a choral reading highlighting the Mercy Sisters journey from Kinsale, Ireland to early Gold Rush San Francisco in 1854.

To celebrate the Year of Mercy, the Mercy school community has planned several events which include: a faculty/staff retreat, “Living Mercy: A Conversation with the Sisters of Mercy”; participation in the #MakeMercyReal campaign sponsored by the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy, in which all Mercy entities are encouraged to do the works of Mercy in their communities; a school supply drive for Mercy Housing residents; a soup supper to support the restorative justice work of Catherine’s Center; an education and soap labeling event to help victims of human trafficking and a Mercy Day celebration combining the students of St. Peter’s School, San Francisco and Mercy Burlingame, in September. We are grateful to Pope Francis for his guidance to a deeper connection and understanding of the charism of Mercy.

THANK YOU SISTER: Sister Ann Cronin, who entered the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary from St. Paul Parish, San Francisco July 31, 1966, celebrates her 50th year as a religious April 12 with her congregation at Mount Carmel Motherhouse Chapel in Dubuque, Iowa. Sister Ann taught and served as assistant principal at St. Paul’s. She is a former principal of St. Philip School, and is also a former member of the faculty at Mission Dolores School and St. Thomas More School, where she continues to serve today. “Being a BVM is the most important gift I possess,” Sister Ann said. “Every day I thank God for the gift of belonging to this wonderful, faith-filled congregation.”


WORD’S OUT: Class of 1966 of Presentation High School, San Francisco is lookin’ for “lost classmates,” Martha Kunz Wills, told me in a note to this column. The reunion is scheduled for Oct. 29 with the site still being decided. “The committee is hard at work,” Martha said: (650) 763-1202;

WHAT? The disclaimers on some commercials are so puzzling methinks. Like Weight Watchers: “Join for free, purchase required.”

HE IS RISEN: Happy Easter from all of us here at Catholic San Francisco. Next issue is April 7.

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From March 24, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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