Mercy Peek & Ponder by Mr. McGrath

Volume III Issue 13 Sunday, December 4, 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

December 5

First Annual OLM Tree Lighting, 6:30PM (OUT FRONT OF SCHOOL)

December 6

Merit Award

Santa Secret Shop


December 7

Merit Award

Santa Secret Shop

December 8

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

School Liturgy (with Peacemakers), 9AM


We congratulate the following students whose art work has been chosen to adorn our "Mary's Advent" program:

Bella Gentile, Timmy Jennings, Luke Topley, Ciara Peyton, Jenni Appleby

"Mary's Advent" will be presented by the school students on 12/20/2016 at 7PM in St. Alphonsus Church.

We also congratulate Tristan Helmick whose art work was chosen to be placed on our Christmas parade t-shirts.


Advent Week #2

Very often in life we come across barriers of one kind or another that we have to negotiate. We set ourselves a worthwhile goal and problems stand in our way. When we head in a particular direction we discover the obstacles that can block our way. The temptation is often to lose heart, to give up or to turn back.

In today’s gospel, the friends of a paralysed man wanted to get their friend to Jesus but they found that other people were blocking their way; they encountered a significant obstacle or barrier. Rather than give up or turn back, they found a way around the barrier, climbing up onto a roof with their friend and letting him down through the tiles before Jesus. Jesus was very taken by their faith, their persistent faith. Here was a little community of faith, the paralytic and his friends, who kept their focus on the Lord and on journeying towards him, in spite of the obstacles and setbacks they encountered along the way.

In many ways this little community of faith can be an inspiration for us this Advent season when we are called to keep journeying towards the Lord, to keep our focus on him, in spite of whatever may be at work in our lives to keep us from the Lord. Jesus surprised them all by first saying to the man, “Your sins are forgiven.” The paralytic needed spiritual as well as physical healing and his spiritual healing took priority. As we keep our focus on the Lord this Advent, we look to him for our own spiritual healing.


On Monday, December 5th during lunch Mrs. Kennedy’s 3rd grade class will be selling bake goods to support the Annual Fund All baked goods will be between $.60 and $.75 each. Thank you for your support!

Virtue of the Month: Obedience

Our virtue of the month of December is Obedience

Pope Francis says, "Do not be afraid to cast yourselves into the arms of God; whatever he asks of you, he will repay a hundredfold."

Anyone who is serious about obtaining Everlasting Life in Heaven will do all he can to increase in the virtue of obedience. For without it, one will never please the Lord, Who is our benevolent Creator and MERCIFUL Master.

Yes, we are actually obliged to be obedient--it is our solemn duty. And in the future, God willing, we will see that it helped us to attain the crown of perfect beatitude--the unending face-to-face vision of the Most Blessed Trinity--in Paradise.

What do we mean by the virtue of obedience?

A very famous Jesuit priest, Father John Harden wrote the following about obedience - "The moral virtue that inclines the will to comply with the will of another who has the right to command."

Therefore, a person who is rooted in obedience submits his will to the one who possesses legitimate authority over him.

The virtue of obedience commits us to obey the will of God.

Students will be recognized at the School Liturgy on Friday, January 6, 2017.

Prayer to St. Juan Diego

Saint Juan Diego, you who were chosen by Our Lady of Guadalupe as an instrument to show your people and the world that the way of Christianity is one of love, compassion, understanding, values, sacrifices, repentance of our sins, appreciation and respect for God's creation, and most of all one of HUMILITY and obedience ...

You who we know is now in the Kingdom of the Lord and close to our Mother ...

Be our angel and protect us, stay with us as we struggle in this modern life not knowing most of the time where to set our priorities.

Help us to pray to our God to obtain the gifts of the Holy Spirit and use them for the good of humanity and the good of our Church, through the Heart of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the Heart of Jesus.

Student Council Christmas Service Project

During the month of December, our mission collection will benefit a local family in need. OLM is taking part in the Guardian Angel Program to try to bring joy to a local family during this Christmas season. We are sponsoring the family of a disabled veteran who has five children. The OLM Student Council will be using the money we raise to purchase Christmas gifts for the children. If you would like to purchase a specific gift, please contact Ms. Timlin at We thank you so much for your help with this special project.

Collection Dates: 11/30, 12/07, 12/14, 12/21; Dress Down Day: 12/16


Monday, Dec. 5th, 6:30pm

29 Conwell Drive

Maple Glen, PA

Please join the OLM School community at our tree lighting ceremony - right outside on the main lawn. There will be performances by our choir and band. Enjoy Christmas music and refreshments and watch as our tree sparkles.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


Parents of the Class of 2017. Please read about the Maguire application and the benefits of this program. All applicants must also complete the Smart Aid application at

THE DEADLINE IS 12/16/2016.

The application is available at:



It's that time of year and we want to make sure our current families have the opportunity to re-register for the 2017-2018 school year before we open registration to new families.

  • Register by 12/16/16 and the registration fee is discounted to $200 per family.
  • Register by 3/31/17 and the registration fee is $250 per family.
  • Anyone not registered by 3/31/17 will be automatically re-registered at $350 per family.

In order to opt out of re-registration, please contact Julie, our Advancement Director, at

A letter and the re-registration form was sent home to students. To re-register, simply fill out the family name, your parish, child(ren) name(s), grades they are going into and any NEW family member joining OLM. Send in the formalong with your payment to OLM in an envelope labeled "Registration". The registration payment must accompany the form.

SMART AID FOR 2017-2017 IS NOW OPEN! Click the link above to apply.

Smart Aid Information

The new ONLINE application is available. Click the Smart Aid Button above to access the application. The Priority Deadline is 12/31/2016.


OLM families are encouraged to complete and submit and application. This application 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.

Those families who applied in 16-17 will only need to:

1. Login in ( using the username and password from 16-17)

2. Update their information

3. Submit and pay the $25 application fee

4. Return to the site and upload their 2016 taxes when completed but no later than 3/31/2017.

OLM's online Art Museum

Please visit this link to view all the amazing works of art created by our OLM students:

Yearbook Orders

Believe it or not, it is already time to place your order for the 2016-2017 OLM yearbook! To order, follow the steps below:

1. Go to

2. Click on "Buy your Student's Yearbook" which is above the School Annual / Joston's logo.

3. Enter in school name, city, state, and then click "Go"

4. Enter in number of yearbooks to purchase, as well as child's homeroom / teacher and pay via credit card.

Please note that all 8th grade students DO NOT need to purchase a yearbook since it is included in graduation fees.

  1. All orders are due by January 31st!


Don't forget that we have two Box Tops contests running. The next contest ends on February 15th, and the class with the highest total will win a doughnut or cupcake party! The end of year contest is for a class Pizza Party! The class that turns in the most Box Tops over the entire school year will win this prize in June.

Keep sending in your Box Tops every month. All Box Tops submitted count toward both contests. The holidays are a great time to look for Box Tops on products such as: Land O' Lakes butter and cheese, Hefty disposable products, Green Giant veggies, Reynolds foil baking pans, Food Should Taste Good chips, and many more! Here is a complete list

Finally, don't forget about the new Box Tops app. It's as easy as checking the app after you do your grocery shopping, looking for any items that you purchased, and snapping a picture of your receipt. This page explains it well: Thanks to all who have already been using it. The earnings are added to our account every time you submit your receipts!

OLM’s 2nd Annual Designer Bag Bingo - Friday, January 27, 2017 (see attachment)

Bingo Starts @ 7:00

Doors open @ 6:15 • Bring your family, friends, your favorite snacks and drinks! • $30 per person…or $275 for tables of 10, $220 for tables of 8 • Additional “special” bingo cards will be available to purchase

Email for questions/ticket requests or RSVP with payment to JP Romano, (6-Opdyke) by Thursday, 1/19/17

*limited to first 250 people so act fast

* **proceeds benefit OLM Home and School Association

** ***Checks made payable to Our Lady of Mercy

*** ****Interested in donating a raffle basket, please let us know****


The HSA is organizing another Teacher's Wish List. Last year, the OLM community provided so many important items to help our teachers provide the best education to our students. Please take a moment to look at this year's requests. If you are able to provide new or gently used items, please sign up!

Consider joining together with other families and don't forget about our specials teachers!

When you have something ready, please contact the teacher it is for to set up the best way to get it to them!

Please contact Alison Bell,, with any questions!

We Can’t Do It Without You!

The Home and School Association sponsors a full calendar of social events, fundraisers, meetings and programs each year. Lots of volunteers are needed to help make this happen. Contact Mirella Palme at our volunteer coordinator to lend a hand!

To view a list of current volunteers and chairs/co-chairs, or to sign up as a volunteer, please

Volunteer for Lunch Duty at OLM!

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.

Sign up for Lunch Duty at:

Birthday Blessings this Week!

Heavenly Father, we thank you and praise you this week for the gift of life. We thank you especially for those who celebrate their birthdays this week. Thank you, Father, for gifting our lives with these individuals. Fill them with many blessings throughout the year. Make them good sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, and fellow classmates. Allow them to be good role models to all those they meet. Give them the gifts of peace, joy and happiness throughout this year. AMEN.

Sunday, 12/04

Thomas McCook

Monday, 12/05

Gavin Moore

Alexis Makoid

Nicole Funk

Tuesday, 12/06

Wednesday, 12/07

Brendan Maguire

Ms. Timlin

Thursday, 12/08

Nicholas Wilkin

Mrs. Reilly

Friday, 12/09

Saturday, 12/10

Caroline McLaughlin


Monday: Danny Bryce

Tuesday: Tim Barrett

Wednesday: TBA

Thursday: Eddie Donovan

Friday: Connor Cunningham