Our day starts fairly early
when we head down to the chapel for morning meditation. This is
followed by Mass and then the prayer of the church. After this we
get down to breakfast and fuel ourselves for the busy day ahead.
We fill a variety of roles
in the community. Most of us were teachers at one time or another
and education is still an important aspect of our mission.
Several Sisters are now involved in parish
work. This can be very varied. We visit the sick, both at home and
in the hospitals, prepare children for First Communion and young adults
for Confirmation. Instructing adults who wish to know more about the
Catholic faith or who want Baptism is also part of our work. Some
Sisters take Holy Communion to the housebound, assuring them that they too
are part of the church community. Directing the choir and musicians
in order to enhance the celebration of the liturgy is yet another aspect
of our pastoral work.
However, as well as serving the Church, we also try to reach out to the
wider community in which we live. Our House of Mercy is a hostel for
the homeless. In the winter it gets particularly busy. Brother
Roy ensures that there is always a warm, friendly welcome and we try to
feed and clothe as many as we can.
also opened "The Listening Ear" for people who wanted to come in with any
problems that they had. In this busy world many feel the need for a
patient, sympathetic and non-judgemental ear.
all tend to reconvene around 6pm for evening prayers and supper. Often
there is more work to be done afterwards. The work we do certainly
isn't easy but it is rewarding.