This year’s Mercy Week was celebrated under the theme “Walking with Mercy.” from September 18-24, our students participated in various activities in their own effort to continue the legacy of the Sister of Mercy in their respective Mercy schools. The week kicked off with each school holding a special assembly which featured the recitation of the Mercy Prayer.
In the following days, schools continued their reflection on the ethos and historical significance of our Mercy Family by engaging in special activities of their choosing. Notably, Alpha Infant students got creative with a craft activity in which they made beautiful Mercy-themed sashes, tags and other accessories which they then wore for the day. Some of these little ones were also asked to describe what Mercy means to them. Furthermore, each day, select Mercy students gathered at the Alpha Mercy Historical Centre to watch a short film on the Catherine McAuley story. This was made even more special at the Convent of Mercy Academy’s screening which was attended by alumni and Mercy Associates.
On the fifth day, we had our Mercy Walk. A select number of students from the Alpha Institute began walking a path (while carrying the Mercy Walk banner), towards the Alpha Mercy Historical Centre (AMHC) and were joined by representatives from each Mercy school that they passed along the way until representatives from all five schools culminated on the AMHC lawn. Once all gathered, participants from the entire Alpha school community sang the Circle of Mercy song, united in prayer and even played a few ring games in this incredibly bonding experience.
The week ended with a meaningful Mercy Day Mass at The Most Holy Trinity Cathedral which was attended by students, school staff and the Sisters of Mercy of Jamaica’s leadership.