Mercy Peek & Ponder by Mr. McGrath
Volume III Issue 31 Sunday, April 16, 2017
Our Lady of Mercy Regional Catholic School
Happy Easter from Our Lady of Mercy Regional Catholic School
Once upon a time, the God of the universe was basically fed up with being on the receiving end of all our human imperfections, tired of being nothing more to us than what we thought God should be: angry, show-offy, defensive, insecure -- in short, the vengeance-seeking tyrant we would be if we were God. So, at that time, over 2,000 years ago, God's loving desire to really be known overflowed the heavens and was made manifest in the rapidly dividing cells within the womb of an insignificant peasant girl named Mary. And when the time came for her to give birth to God, there was no room in our expectations -- no room in any impressive or spiffy or safe place. So this God was born in straw and dirt. He grew up, this Jesus of Nazareth, left his home, and found some, let's be honest, rather unimpressive characters to follow him. So, with his little band of misfits, Jesus went about the countryside turning water to wine, eating with all the wrong people, angering the religious establishment, and insisting that in him the kingdom of God had come near -- that through him the world according to God was coming right to us. He touched the unclean, and used spit and dirt to heal the blind, and said crazy, destabilizing things, such as "the first shall be last and the last shall be first," and "sell all you have and give it to the poor."
And the thing that really upset people wasn't the question "Is Jesus like God?" It was, "What if God is like Jesus?" What if God is not who we thought? What if the most reliable way to know God is through a person? What if the most reliable way to know God is to look at how God chose to reveal God's self in Jesus?
Because that changes everything. If what we see in Jesus is God's own self, revealed, then what we are dealing with here is a God who would rather die than be angry. A God who would not lift a finger to condemn those who crucified him, but went to the depths of Hell rather than be apart even from his betrayers. A God unafraid to get God's hands dirty for the ones God loves. This is the God who rises to new life with dirt still under God's nails.
The God of Easter, the God who brings life out of death doesn't want to make you perfect. If you think that's what resurrection looks like, you might be wrong. God is about making you new. And new doesn't always look perfect.
STREAM ACADEMY/MIDDLE SCHOOL CLUBS
Barn Hill Preserve Assembly (Grades K-5), 1:30PM
Whale Watch Assembly - K, 9A-11AM
Jr. High Dance #6 (OLM 6th Grade invited), 7:30PM
April 25 & 26
Merit Dress Down Days
Earth Day Assembly, 9AM, Grades K-4
Home & School General Meeting, 7PM (OLM cafeteria)
Grade 4 Class Mass, 9AM
Earth Day Assembly, 9AM, Grades 5-8
April 27 & 28
Science Fair (more information follows in the Peek)
Dress Down Day for WAGS Rescue (more information to follow)
Grade 4 Trip to Churchville Nature Center
April Dress Down Day to benefit Wags Rescue: April 28th
Students in grades K-3 are asked to donate things such as cat food, dog food and small animal toys. Students in grades 4 -8 are asked to donate $1.00. All students are encouraged to wear a t-shirt that has an animal on it to show support for animals in need.
Our Virtue of the Month of April is COMPASSION
Pope Francis says, " A Christian is merciful by nature; this is the heart of the Gospel."
God is compassionate, loving kindness. All we’re asked to do is to be in the world who God is. Certainly compassion was the wallpaper of Jesus’ soul, the contour of his heart, it was who he was.
Jesus was not a man for others. He was one with others. There is a world of difference in that. Jesus didn’t seek the rights of the lepers. He touched the leper even before he got around to curing him. He didn’t champion the cause of the outcast. He was the outcast. He didn’t fight for improved conditions for the prisoner. He simply said, “I was in prison.”
The strategy of Jesus is not centered on taking the right stand on issues, but rather in standing in the right place—with the outcast and those relegated to the margins.
Compassion isn’t just about feeling the pain of others; it’s about bringing them in toward yourself. If we love what God loves, then, in compassion, margins get erased. Be compassionate as God is compassionate means the dismantling of barriers that exclude.
Saint Gianna Beretta Molla will be our model.
Prayer to St. Gianna Beretta Molla
God, our Father, You have granted to Your church the gift of Gianna Beretta Molla. In her youth she lovingly sought You and drew other young people to You, involving them, through apostolic witness and Catholic Action, in the care of the sick and aged, to help and comfort them.
We thank You for the gift of this young woman, so deeply committed to You. Through her example grant us the grace to consecrate our lives to COMPASSION AND MERCY, for the joy of our brothers and sisters.
Students will be recognized at the School Liturgy on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 9AM.
Class of 2017 Scholarship Total: $265,000
Camp Mercy: Where summer memories are made!
Special April Camp Sale!
During the month of April, Camp Mercy is making it rain with Camp Discounts!
Register in April & Save $$$$
- Full nine (9) Weeks of Camp
- Special April Price: $1500 - save $450
- OLM Student Rate: $1400 - save $300
- Multi-child Family Discount - save an additional $75 off a 9-week session
HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Enrichment week, faith-based activities, community service projects, outdoor adventures, STREAM activities, Legoland, bowling, indoor and outdoor sports, swimming ... and much, much more!
6TH GRADE PRETZEL SALE FUNDRAISER
The 6th Grade students will be selling regular sized pretzels for the students to enjoy in the month of April and May during snack time. Complete the form that was sent home if you would like your child to have pretzels. All pretzels MUST be pre-ordered. The dates for pretzels are 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15 and 5/22. The cost is $5 per child. Send in cash or checks made payable to OLM to JP Romano (6-Opdyke) by Wednesday, April 18th.
If you have kids that have outgrown their OLM uniforms, please contact Julie Bebey, firstname.lastname@example.org with what you are looking for and the sizes needed. If we have them, she can send them home with your child. Also, if you have outgrown uniforms that are in good shape, please feel free to send them to school and we will re-distribute them.
Date: Thursday, April 27th and Friday, April 28th
Grades: K-6 (Voluntary participation)
7-8 (Required participation)
Parent invite: Thursday, April 27th from 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Attached is a letter explaining the Science Fair and what it's all about. This is an exciting event for our junior high students who have been working since September and are eager to share their projects and ideas with you. If your K-6 grade child is interested in participating, please print and submit the entry form by Friday, March 31st. Any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Sharon Gribb at email@example.com.
Eighth Grade Events - CLASS OF 2017
Eighth Grade Events
Tuesday May 9th: May Procession 2PM
Wednesday May 24th: Class Trip to Baltimore, MD
Friday June 2nd: Graduation Dinner NHCC 6-10PM
Thursday June 8th: Class Picnic ~Noon to 2:30
Final Walk at 2:50 PM; Last Class Day for Eighth Graders
Wednesday June 14th: Graduation Mass 4PM St. Alphonsus
**More information can be found on the 8th Grade Teachers Websites!
A MESSAGE FROM THE HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION...
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!
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: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4daaa622a6f49-april1
Birthday Blessings this Week!
Alexandra Della Franzia