Mercy Peek & Ponder by Mr. McGrath

Volume II Issue 35 Sunday, May 8, 2016

Our Lady of Mercy Regional Catholic School

Through the intercession of Our Lady of Mercy, we commit ourselves to living the Good News of Jesus through Works of Mercy. Our rigorous academic program unleashes creative energy for the pursuit of knowledge and nurtures a hope-filled vision for Catholic leadership. We live out our relationship with God by respecting the dignity of others and providing service to the global community that fosters unity, understanding, and compassion.

Upcoming Events

May 10

May Procession, 2PM - Procession begins at 1:45PM

May 11

Grades 6-7 Trip to Churchville Nature Center

Kindergarten Trip to Merry Mead

Mission Collection - Daisy Days

Last day for Boxtops

May 12

Grade 3 Trip to the Mercer Museum

Happy Mother's Day....

My parents celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary two years ago. Since then, I have been thinking a lot about them, especially my mom. She came of age during the 1960’s, a turbulent time in our nation’s history. She married the guy that she met in second grade. In less than a year, she went from being someone’s daughter, to being someone’s wife, to being someone’s mother. And all around us, the world was changing: that seemingly endless war, the cultural revolution. It was not an easy life. And it was not an easy time to be married or to raise a child.

At so many points during their five decades together, my parents could have called it quits. But unlike so many others, they remained together. It was sometimes difficult, but their love and their marriage endured. For better or worse. For richer or poorer. In sickness and in health. In retirement now, my parents are truly content and happy. It is a beautiful thing to watch and share with them. And I pray that they remain healthy and happy for many years to come.

My mom is an amazing person. She makes friends easily, loves easily, forgives easily, and never holds a grudge. She is generous and loyal beyond belief. She has close friends from infancy and kindergarten. She sends and receives dozens (if not hundreds) of cards for birthdays and holidays each year. If someone she loves is sick or grieving, she is the one who visits when others have lost hope, interest, or patience. My mom is not a saint. Like you and me, she has faults. She makes mistakes. She sometimes makes me crazy. But something beautiful and holy has happened between us. I now see in my mom qualities that so many of us see in our prayerful devotion to the Blessed Mother: boundless courage, devotion, faith, and perseverance.

When I think of Our Blessed Mother, I think of her as the mother who stood and wept at the foot of the cross. When others had fled, Mary stayed and wept as her son suffered. Thankfully, nothing so horrific has ever happened to me. But no matter what, my mom has forgiven me, loved me, sacrificed for me, and stood by me through every challenge, every failure, and every mistake. They say that the bond between mother and son is unbreakable. Our faith teaches us that. Experience teaches me that, too. This Mother’s Day, let us thank God for our mothers. Let us ask God to bless them, protect them, and strengthen them. And let us ask for the grace to love our moms like they love us — beyond all measure. Amen!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Daisy Days at OLM

During this year’s Daisy Days campaign, we invite to support Children's Hospital by making a donation at one of our Wednesday Mission Collections: 05/04, 05/11. 05/18, 05/25. OLM can learn the power of one small flower and make hope bloom for children at CHOP. This collection is earmarked for the department at CHOP that treated Baby Elizabeth Myers. Each student who makes a donation will receive a daisy to display in the hallways of OLM showing their support. Thank you!

2nd Annual Golf Classic

Monday, June 6th, 10:30am

200 East Valley Green Road

Oreland, PA

Please join us on Monday, June 6, for a day of fun, great golf, lunch, buffet dinner, prizes, and SURPRISES.

Event Schedule:

10:30AM - Registration/Range opens

11:30AM-12:50PM - Lunch

1PM - Shotgun Start

5PM - Cocktail reception/buffet dinner/prizes

For more information, special meal requests or individual sponsorship opportunities, please contact: Mrs. Julie Bebey, 215-646-0150/X113 or

OLM May Procession: May 10th at 2PM

8th Grade: Their class picture in graduation robe will be taken before the May procession. Boys need to wear a dress shirt and tie. They wear their long khaki pants, school shoes, and socks. Girls will wear their uniform skirts and a nice shirt/blouse to complement their robe with flat dress shoes or sandals. Sandals / shoes must have backs. No socks. Please try to carefully press their robes to remove the creases.

6th Grade: Sixth graders will wear their Confirmation robes over their school uniform: boys - school shirt, long khaki pants, school shoes, and socks & girls - school shirt, skirt with school shoes and socks.

2nd Grade: Second graders will wear their Communion attire. Students should wear their school uniforms to school. They will change into their Communion attire during lunch recess. Parent volunteers will be needed to supervise this and to assist students in getting ready. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact your child's teacher.

Kindergarten: Students in kindergarten will wear their "Sunday Best".

All other grades: Students are to wear their school uniform. Girls are to wear their jumpers/skirt and boys are to wear long pants.

No student is permitted to wear shorts.

Congratulations to our First Communicants

Congratulations to our First Communicants as they continue to grow in their faith. We are so proud of them. We ask for your prayers for them on this special day!

Lord Jesus,

Bless the children coming forward to receive Holy Communion for the first time. May this day be an initial step into a life-long love of the Eucharist. Give them a hunger for this sacred food so that they turn to you for comfort, guidance, and wisdom as they grow in full discipleship. Thank you for their innocence and goodness. May their hands, extended in anticipation of your Body and Blood, inspire all of us to cherish this sacred sacrament. AMEN.

Virtue of the Month: GENTLENESS

Our virtue of the month of May is GENTLENESS. Students will learn more completely that gentleness is a listening ear and a merciful smile. Gentleness includes true humility that does not consider itself too good or too exalted for humble tasks. Students will be recognized at the School Liturgy on Friday, June 17th.

Saint Rita, so gentle, pure and patient, obtain for me from thy Crucified Christ my request (mention it here). Be kind to me, for the greater glory of God, and I promise to honor you and to sing your praises forever.

Oh glorious St. Rita, who did miraculously participate in the sorrowful Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, protect me in all my needs. Amen

Field Day Volunteers

Mr. Delaney is looking for volunteers for (Grades 1-3) and (Grades 4-7). A flyer / volunteer form was sent home on May 4th. If you can help, please fill out the form and return it to Mr. Delaney by .

Final Box Tops Contest of the Year

Please start sending in any Box Tops that you have been saving up. Home and School will be sponsoring a pizza party for the class that has sent in the most Box Tops this year! Any Box Tops submitted through May 11th will be counted for the contest. You can use the attached form or just send in your Box Tops in a baggie or envelope. Please make sure the teacher’s name is on all submissions. The money earned from this fundraiser helps Home and School provide fun programs for our students throughout the year.

OLM Home & School News

5/18 Volunteer Luncheon

VOLUNTEERS: Did you volunteer at our Fall Ice Cream Social, participate in lunch duty, give of your time working in centers, help to plan the 5K, Mother/Son Bowling, the Sweetheart Dance or the assist in the library? Have you walked through the doors of OLM to offer your services to help our terrific teachers, star students or super specialists?

You are cordially invited to attend a luncheon as a special way of the Home and School Association saying THANK YOU for all the ways you have helped this year!

Wednesday, May 18th at 12:30 In the OLM Gym

Please RSVP using the form that was sent home.

To learn more about how you can get involved, please reach out to Janine Braccia @ or Megan Romano

6/1 New Kindergarten Families Ice Cream Social

6/6 Golf Outing at Sandy Run

Link to their webpage:

Birthday Blessings this Week

Brogan, Siobhan K. May 8

Butcher, Caileigh May 8

Amoia, Annabelle May 9

Bogdon, Natalie L. May 9

Butcher, Craig May 9

Graumann, Nicole May 9

Morris, Patrick May 10

Mrs. Moore May 11

Koschineg, Ella May 11

Koschineg, Lynley May 11

McCabe, Emma May 11

Harbison, Cole May 14

McErlean, Madison A. May 14

O'Donnell, Jillian May 14

Playground at Lunch Recess

Monday, 05/09: Mrs. Kling

Tuesday, 05/10: Mrs. Quinn

Wednesday, 05/11: Mrs. Ronzoni

Thursday, 05/12: Ms. Bordoni

Friday, 05/13: Ms, Duncan

Lunch Duty Sign-Up:

Two parent volunteers must be on-duty in the school yard - before the playground is open. This ensures the safety of ALL. Our active volunteer program not only provides valuable hands-on assistance through the school, but also benefits the children by reinforcing ties between the children’s individual homes as well as the community at large, and the school. The Lunch/Recess Duty Volunteer program is a great way to volunteer and become involved at the school.

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