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12 Months of Mercy: 2021 Resource Guide for MESA Schools

This resource guide for Mercy schools includes dates and resource suggestions for Mercy celebrations, religious events and social justice observations throughout the year. With your help, our intention is that this remains a living document – we welcome your suggestions for additional dates and resources. Please email mesa@sistersofmercy.org.

January

January 1 – Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and World Day of Peace: Mercy Education Resources on Nonviolence

January 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (U.S.): Mercy Education Resources on Race and Antiracism

January 29 – March for Life: Mercy-themed March for Life signs

January 31 – February 6 – National Catholic Schools Week (U.S.)

February

Black History Month: Mercy Education Resources on Race and Antiracism

January 31 – February 6 – National Catholic Schools Week (U.S.)

February 8 – Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, Catholic Day of Prayer & Awareness Against Human Trafficking: Global Sisters Report – Lessons in Human Trafficking

February 17 – Ash Wednesday, Lent begins: Global Sisters Report – Lessons in Lent

March

Lent: Global Sisters Report – Lessons in Lent

Women’s History Month

March 8-14 – Catholic Sisters Week: Mercy Education Resources about Sisters of Mercy, Vocations

March 21 – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: Mercy Education Resources on Race and Antiracism

March 22 – World Water Day: Mercy Education Resources on Critical Concern for Earth

April

April 4 – Easter

April 18-24 – National Volunteer Week (U.S.): Learn about Mercy Volunteer Corps

April 22 – Earth Day: Mercy Education Resources on Critical Concern for Earth

May

May 6 – National Day of Prayer (U.S.)

May 8 – Feast of Our Lady of Luján (Argentina)

May 13 – Ascension Thursday

May 23 – Pentecost Sunday

June

June 19 – Juneteenth (U.S.): Mercy Education Juneteenth Prayer Service (from 2020)

June 20 – World Refugee Day: Mercy Education Resources for Immigration

July

July 14 – Feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha: Learn about establishing a Saint Kateri Habitat, Mercy Education Resources on Critical Concern for Earth

July 20 – Foundation of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

July 30 – World Day Against Trafficking in Persons: Global Sisters Report – Lessons in Human Trafficking

August

August 6 – Feast of the Transfiguration 

August 15 – Feast of the Assumption

September

Season of Creation

September 15 – October 15 – Hispanic Heritage Month: Hispanic Heritage Month Resources for Mercy Schools

September 20 – 26 – National Migration Week: Mercy Education Resources for Immigration

September 21 – International Day of Peace: Mercy Education Resources on Nonviolence

September 24 – Mercy Day: Critical Concerns Bingo

September 29 – Birthday of Catherine McAuley

October

September 15 – October 15 – Hispanic Heritage Month: Hispanic Heritage Month Resources for Mercy Schools

October 2 – International Day of Nonviolence: Mercy Education Resources on Nonviolence

October 5 – World Teachers Day

November

Black Catholic History Month: Black Catholic History Month Resources for Mercy Schools, Mercy Education Resources on Race and Antiracism

November 1- All Saints Day: Litany of the Saints (written by Sandy Flaherty, Mercy High School, Burlingame, California)

November 2 – All Souls Day

November 5 – Mercy’s 75th Anniversary in Guam

November 7-13 – National Vocation Awareness Week: Vocation Awareness Week Resources for Mercy Schools

November 11 – Anniversary of Catherine McAuley’s death: Prayer Service

November 28 – Advent begins: Advent Reflections for Mercy Schools, Global Sisters Report – Lessons in Advent

December

Advent: Advent Reflections for Mercy Schools, Global Sisters Report – Lessons in Advent

December 12 – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Foundation Day

December 18 – International Migrants Day: Mercy Education Resources for Immigration

December 25 – Christmas

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