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‘Witness to Gospel’s mercy,’ fruit of special year for Mercy, SF
April 19th, 2016
By Tom Burke
The Year of Mercy is alive in wide and varying ways at Mercy High School, San Francisco. Carrie Schroeder, the school’s director of Campus Ministry, tells how.
For a community bearing the name of Mercy, Pope Francis’ declaration of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy holds particular meaning. For Mercy High School, San Francisco, this holy year invites us to explore the mystery of God’s mercy more deeply, to grow in fidelity to the Gospel call to be merciful, and to embrace the charism of the Sisters of Mercy with ever greater authenticity and creativity. To these ends, the Campus Ministry Student Core Team began the jubilee interviewing students and teachers about the ways in which they hope both to experience and to embody mercy in new ways during the coming year. These reflections were compiled into a podcast shared with the school community at the Mass that opened the jubilee on Dec. 8.
The Year of Mercy took on particular prominence during the Lenten season, as students had the opportunity to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation and to serve those in need through the annual food drive. The latter succeeded in collecting thousands of pounds of food for the SF-Marin Food Bank, as well as cash donations for ministries sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. Additionally, as a collaborative effort of the Art and Campus Ministry departments, several students created a series of images depicting the corporal works of mercy (Matthew 25: 31-46). The images, acrylic on canvas, will be affixed to our altar, reminding us that the Eucharist nourishes us and sends us forth for service and ministry. Freshmen Tatiana Jimenez and Tara Kent were among those taking part.
Celebration of the Jubilee continues this fall, at a special Year of Mercy event on Sept. 25. Featuring the liturgical composer Janet Sullivan Whitaker and the local choir Pacific Edge Voices, this event will benefit Catherine’s Center, a joint ministry of the Sisters of Mercy and the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Mateo County, providing housing and support services for women transitioning out of incarceration.
Finally, our faculty and staff entered more profoundly into this Year of Mercy during our annual retreat. Just as doors of mercy were opened around the world in recognition of this Extraordinary Jubilee Year, we entered the door of God’s mercy and compassion and reflected on how it is open to us through the ministry of education.
Through all of these efforts, we seek to bear profound witness to the Gospel value of mercy that animated the life and ministry of our foundress, Catherine McAuley, who is now a candidate for sainthood, and that continues to enliven our ministry of education today.
GOOD SPORT: Immaculate Conception Academy senior, Ronnette Herico, was recently honored with a California Interscholastic Federation Alma Blanchard Award presented to female varsity basketball players exhibiting “unselfishness, perseverance, sportsmanship, team spirit, and citizenship,” ICA said. The award is named for Alma Blanchard, a graduate of Polytechnic High School and a longtime teacher at Independence High School in San Francisco, who “has played a key role in ensuring that our students at Independence High School and other schools have an opportunity to participate in athletics,” ICA said. “I view good sportsmanship with utmost importance,” Ronnette said. “Dedicating four years to a sport that I love has been such a rewarding opportunity.”
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From April 21, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.