I chose Nan because in her younger years she suffered due to illness and spent a long time away from her family.As a consequence, she had a lot of empathy and compassion for anyone in need.Due to her physical restrictions, her way of helping people was to pray for whatever needs they had.
by: The Loughron and McCartney family
Mary Florence Morrison
I chose my mother because she was for all who knew her, an example of mercy in action.With love, she welcomed and gave comfort to all, sheltered those in need treating them with respect, caring for them and giving them a new start.The tragedy of losing a four old son she bore with patience and without bitterness.
by: Nola Ryan
I choose my wife Pamela Hegarty.We were both widowed and met through a mutual friend.I was a non-practicing catholic and we were married by a civil celebrant.Pam had a strong feeling for the catholic faith and encouraged me to attend Mass and came with me.When on holiday in Queensland the priest spoke about the RCIA programme. Later that day Pam said going to Mass and not receiving communion was not enough and she wanted to become a catholic.
On our return home Pam contacted Father Allan Mithen at Holy Spirit and arranged to attend the RCIA meetings.I attended every meeting with her in addition to making an appointment with Father Mithen to make my peace with God.Pam was accepted into the church at the Easter Vigil at Holy Spirit on 19th April 2003.On our 17th wedding anniversary we renewed our marriage vows at Holy Spirit.
Pam has been a communion minister, taken communion to the sick at home and in hospital and we conducted Lenten meetings at our home for a number of years.
by: Brian Hegarty
I chose my daughter Eleanor because she is a model of mercy to me and to all her family and friends.She does not only visit those in prison, comfort the sick, sad and lonely and wisely counsel the troubled, but she does so with generosity, kindness, grace, love and compassion.She gives forgiveness freely, willingly with abundant love.
by: Kate Graham
I chose my father because he believed in living a life of humility.He was loved by all who knew him.Born Agostino (Gus) Zordan in 1915 in Northern Italy.
During WW11, as a soldier in the army, he would write letters back home to loved ones for his fellow soldiers that were illiterate.In 1950 he moved to Australia to give his family a better way of life and greater opportunities.
by: Marg Kyle
I chose my sister because she always told me to be good.Just before she died, just after her first Communion, she held my hand and said “I’ll be waiting for you in heaven, always love Jesus”.These words are in my head every day.
by: Ann Gysberts
I chose Shirley because she is truly inspirational in her energy and passion for helping people.Apart from her total dedication to her family, Shirley volunteers her time to ‘Very Special Kids’ and has been seen in the company of a very large pink pig on more than one occasion!
Her involvement with Holy Spirit is enormous – from Evergreens, to the Grief and Loss Support team, Altar Servers training, and the Liturgy Team, her dedication and care is unending.
by: Jenny Philp
I chose Aunty Thelma because she was not only my aunty, but also my best friend.When I was growing up she was the person I could talk to about anything.She never had children of her own but we spent a lot of time together going on holidays and I used to spend a lot of time at her house. She was always so kind and pleasant to everyone she met and loved me unconditionally.
by: Barbara McGowan
Beatrice& Leslie Elias
I chose my parents because they helped many people throughout their lives.During WWII by “slightly overbrowning” pies and pasties in their pie shop and reducing prices (or giving for free) to enable needy people to have a meal with dignity, then over many years taking food to families in need.They never had much money but helped many in need.
by: Yvonne Dowsey
I chose Grandpa because he was dedicated to his faith and living how God wants us to.Leading by example and passing on important Christian values, including being kind, compassionate, faithful, respectful and loving.Admired by his 5 children, 17 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and everyone who met him.
by: John & Bernadette Loughron Belinda & Xavier McCartney
Who Am I?
Look for a ‘face of mercy’ in your life during the coming week and say thank you to them and thank you to God for them.
Fr. Eugene San
Our family has chosen Fr Eugene San, SAC as our Model of Mercy.As parish priest at Holy Spirit we have come to know him personally, in times of joy and sorrow.We find him to be a model of humility and service to others, of dedication and compassion, one who is committed to striving for others.He deserves to be our Model of Mercy although he will be very embarrassed if he ever finds out.
by: The Volombello Family