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A bun-derful tradition: spreading Easter cheer with a tasty treat!

A batch of freshly baked hot cross buns sit on a table with a plate of butter and blueberries.

Few people can resist a hot cross bun. The delicious treat, marked with a cross on top, is traditionally made with currants or raisins, although these days there is a whole plethora of variations on offer, which means there’s something for everyone. And not only is it a tasty addition to the Easter table, the […]

What an amazing life spent in God’s service

General Manager of Mission Integration, Shanelle Bennett smiles somewhere off camera.

It is with a fond farewell that we wave goodbye to Shanelle Bennett, General Manager – Mission Integration, who, after seven years with Mercy Community, is starting her next adventure into retirement. Shanelle has been an integral part of the Mercy Community Executive team, so we thought we’d find out more about her exciting journey, […]

Remarkable religious sister celebrates 105 years of inspiring faithful dedication

CEO Fritha Radyk and Sister Jeanne smile at the camera infront of Sister Jeanne's birthday cake. Fritha has her arm around Sister Jeanne.

Sister Jeanne with CEO, Fritha Radyk. Sister Mary Jeanne Shoecraft, a beloved religious sister, has marked her 105th birthday surrounded by family, friends and the nursing and support staff at Mercy Community’s Bethesda Aged Care residence. Her milestone is testament to a life dedicated to serving others and a shining example of perseverance in the […]

Easter Reflection 2023

An image of light dramatically piercing through the opening of a dark tomb/cave.

As a Catholic ministry we are passing through the season of Lent (for Christians a time of preparation and examination of our own lives and how we live what we profess), to enter the Easter period. For those who do not know what Easter is, for Christians it is a time to remember the Love […]

Six simple things we can do for Lent

The origins of Ash Wednesday can be traced back to ancient Rome in the 11th Century. There, sinners and penitents dressed in sackcloth and were sprinkled with ashes to start their period of public penance on the first day of Lent. Traditionally called “the day of Ashes”, Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent. […]

Christmas Reflection 2022

Christmas is here again! This is a wonderful time of year, but hard for many who are struggling in so many ways. The Christian scriptures reflect on the fact that ‘the word became flesh and the Presence of God dwelt amongst us’ John 1:14 In this sacred story, the Magi or ‘three wise men’, after […]

Christmas Reflection 2021

Now and then, I come across a message that so perfectly encapsulates my thoughts and prayers for our Mercy family, I feel honoured to share it with you all. November 28 marks the beginning of Advent this year, the four-week period before Christmas that celebrates the anticipation and coming of Jesus Christ. Here, Jay Ferguson […]

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