Mercy Peek & Ponder by Mr. McGrath

Volume II Issue 14 Sunday, December 6, 2015

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

December 7

Second Trimester Begins

December 8-10

Santa Secret Shoppe

Merit Dress Down Days

December 8

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

School Liturgy - Blessings of Service, 9AM

Peacemakers for November: Generosity

December 10-11

Second Grade Bake Sale at lunch

Looking Ahead:

December 14

Choir Trip to Villa, 11AM

December 15

Report Cards distributed

Christmas Concert, 6:30PM

December 17

Christmas Tableau, 7PM in Church

December 18

2nd Grade (Mrs. Nowaczyk Class) Trip to Senior Center

Dress Down Day to benefit Christmas Charity

December 21

Christmas Door Decorating Contest Judging

December 23

Noon Dismissal

December 24-January 3


January 4

Classes resume

Second Sunday of Advent

In today’s Gospel, we hear the words from the first reading quoted. We see the ultimate fulfillment of those words in John the Baptist and the person of Jesus Christ. God’s full presence has come to dwell with His people through the Incarnation. John the Baptist was the precursor to Jesus, the Messiah. He prepared the way for His coming. In particular, we see Him announcing the coming of the Messiah and helping people prepare their hearts to meet Him by “proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” What follows this passage is the baptism of Jesus by John, which began Jesus’ public ministry. Thus, we see here John preparing the people to encounter the living God as He would walk among them and minister to them through His preaching and healing. So, too, we are called to prepare to encounter Jesus. We are to open our hearts everyday to receive Him and let Him be the king of our lives. How do we do this? Just like in the Gospel, the first step is repentance of our sins so we can receive God’s forgiveness.

Taking it Home:
  • During Advent, in particular, we are called to prepare to encounter the Lord. Reflect on what you can do this Advent season to grow in “holiness and devotion.”
  • Take the opportunity this Advent to heed the call of today’s readings to repentance by visiting the Sacrament of Reconciliation. God is waiting there to offer you His forgiveness.

December Mission Collection - First Week Donations total $270.00

During the month of December, we will be raising money to assist a local family by providing Christmas toys for their children. The toys will help these parents brighten the Christmas of their four children, three sons (ages 11, 8 and 3) and one daughter (age 7). Our student council has a list of toys that they will purchase for these children. Every donation helps to pay for these toys and helps to brighten the Christmas of this local family. Your support of this project is a wonderful way to share the light of Jesus during this season of Advent. Thank you in advance for you generosity.

If your family would like to donate a specific toy or other item, please contact Ms. Timlin @ or Mrs. Myers

Scholarship Awards for the Class of 2016 as of 11/25/2015

We are so happy and proud to announce scholarship awards to the following students in the OLM Class of 2016. The list will be updated as more awards are announced.

Shannon Reilly:

Mount St. Joseph Academy: Founders Academic Scholarship totaling $30,000 over 4 years

Maeve Gallagher:

Mount St. Joseph Academy: Fontbonne Academic Scholarship totaling $20,000 over 4 years

Micaelina Carter:

Mount St. Joseph Academy: Fontbonne Academic Scholarship totaling $20,000 over 4 years

Maggie Fitzpatrick:

Mount St. Joseph Academy: Eugenia F. Comerford ’37 Alumnae Award totaling $12,000 over 4 years

Carrie Johnston: Gwynedd Mercy Academy: Legacy Scholarship totaling $12,000 over 4 years

Thomas McLaughlin: Bishop McDevitt: Lancer Leadership Scholarship totaling $6,000 over 4 years

TOTAL AS OF 12/06/2015: $100,000

Results of our Early Re-Registration

Our Lady Mercy is so proud to announce the overwhelming results of our re-registration. Of the 425 current students, there are 382 student eligible for re-registration (when you take out the 43 students from 8th grade). We currently have 291 current students registered. That's an incredible 76% and its only the beginning of December. We are also happy to announce that we have 20 new students for next year. That's 311 students for next week ALREADY! This is without precedent! This is a clear testimony to the success of Our Lady of Mercy and the dedication of our families to its mission.

As a reminder:

If you register by 11/30/2015, discounted registration fee is $200 per family.

Placement for the 2016-2017 school year is guaranteed until 11/30/2015 as we will be accepting registrations starting 12/01/2015.

If you register after 01/01/2016, but before 03/31/2016, registration fee is $250 per family.

If you registered after 04/01/2016, the registration fee is $350 per family.

Our registration fees cover: the cost per student of the student information database (MSP), Religion books, certain instructional classroom supplies, and administrative fees for the operation the FACTS system. Please note, registration fees are non-refundable.


Using the Smart Aid service will assist our school in making data-driven, objective decisions in determining needs-based financial aid. Smart Aid provides a systematic approach to processing applications, and gathering supporting documentation.

Additional Smart Aid Information

The new ONLINE application is available. Click the Smart Aid Button above to access the application. There is a $25 fee and the deadline for submission is 12/31/2015.


ALL OLM families are encouraged to complete and submit and application. This application replaces PSSA (BLOCS) and Smart Aid will handle all financial aid for OLM (and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia) - including BLOCS, Heritage of Faith Funds, and other scholarship opportunities - both system-wide and at OLM.

While we believe that Smart Aid will help us to more effectively and efficiently provide financial aid services to our families, we also know that the strategic use of financial aid is crucial to achieving and sustaining our enrollment goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who should complete this aid application?

A: Whomever the child resides with should fill this application out, whether it is a parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle, or legal guardian. There is a section within the application where you can enter contributions from non-custodial parents and relatives.

Q: Why do I need to input my spouse’s information if I am remarried and they are not legally responsible for my children?

A: Smart Aid’s calculation works off of the total household income, therefore including all income, whether the party is legally responsible for your children or not. Our system however, does take into effect your spouse’s expenses as well as their income. It is important to list all expenses that are asked of within the application.

Q: I do not have the required tax documents. HELP!

A: Include the most recent tax documentation you have available. If you are asked for a specific line from a tax document that you have not yet completed, please estimate the projected amount.

Q: How will I know if I qualify for aid or not?

A: We do not disclose information about the results of your application. All final tuition aid decisions, including notification of an award amount (if any); will be made by OLM. For the date award notices is anticipated to be March 2016.


The website is up and running again!!!

Believe it or not, it is time to our your 2015-2016 OLM yearbook! The cost of the yearbook is $20. All orders are to be completed online this year. Please no cash or checks! To place an order please follow the directions below

1- Go to

2- At the top of website, select " "Buy Your Student's Yearbook". This will open a new tab.

3- Type in "Our Lady of Mercy" as the school. Be sure to select the correct school since there is another OLM!

4- Order your yearbook and check out! It may ask you to create an account to purchase the yearbook online!

All yearbooks orders are due February 1, 2016!


We welcome your assistance at Our Lady of Mercy Regional Catholic School. We are most fortunate to have such an interested, committed and involved parent community. 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. OLM NEEDS YOUR HELP WITH LUNCH VOLUNTEERS! The Lunch/Recess Duty Volunteer program is a great way to volunteer and become involved at the school. Participating in our volunteer program is a wonderful opportunity to see your children at lunch and work with fellow parent volunteers.

Use the following link for Signup Genius web site:

December Virtue of the Month - JOY

Throughout the month of December, students will learn the importance of bringing joy and happiness to those around them. Saint Nicholas will be our model. Students will be recognized at the School Liturgy on 01/09/2016 at 9AM.

Prayer to Saint Nicholas

O good holy Nicholas,
you who brought joy to children,
put in my heart the spirit of childhood
about which the Gospel speaks.
Teach me how to sow
happiness around me. Amen.

OLM Home & School News

  • Secret Santa will be held December 8th, 9th and 10th. Information was sent home on 12/02.
  • Save the Date: Please save the date for Home and School's first ever Designer Bag Bingo on Friday, January 22, 2016 ~ Ticket information will be available soon.
  • Box Top Collection: Home and School is looking for a few volunteers to help with the collection of box tops. This is a great way to volunteer from home. If you are interested, please contact Eileen Wisniewski at

Winston Wear School Store

How do you order? Go to the School’s website: and look for the tab “Parent Life”. Click on “Winston Wear”. You can either print the form out and send it into school or order via email at . Students may wear Winston Wear on gym days.

Birthday Blessings this Week

Bryce, Audrey Dec 6 - Sunday

Maguire, Brendan P. Dec 7 - Monday
Ms. Susan Timlin Dec 7 - Monday

Beniquez, Sabrina R. Dec 8 - Tuesday

Wilkin, Nicholas M. Dec 8 - Tuesday
Mrs. Linda Reilly Dec 8 - Tuesday

McLaughlin, Caroline H. Dec 10 - Thursday

French, Ruby Dec 12 - Saturday

Playground at Lunch Recess

Monday, 12/07: Mrs. Marano

Tuesday, 12/08: Mrs. Kling

Wednesday, 12/09: Mrs. Quinn

Thursday, 12/10: Mrs. Ronzoni

Friday, 12/11: Ms. Bordoni

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.

Altar Servers 9AM

Monday, 12/07: Teddy Nagle

Tuesday, 12/08: 9AM - TBA / 12PM - Tim Barret & Nicky Signoretta

Wednesday, 12/09: Peter Reilly

Thursday, 12/10: Bella Sapp

Friday, 12/11: Owen McFadden