Mercy Peek & Ponder by Mr. McGrath

Volume II Issue 36 Sunday, May 15, 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.


Friday, May 20th, 9:30-10:30am

29 Conwell Drive

Maple Glen, PA

Open to any pre-schooler ages 2-5. Come out and visit the OLM library. Read with Winston, our mascot. Arts and crafts and lots of fun. Call Julie Bebey, Advancement Director to RSVP - 215-646-0150 X113

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Summer Worshops at OLM

Monday, July 11th, 9am-12pm

29 Conwell Drive

Maple Glen, PA

Our Lady of Mercy Regional Catholic School is offering a one-week summer workshop in reading and math - Monday, July 11 to Friday, July 15 from 9AM to 12PM. Research conducted by Johns Hopkins University showed that students not involved in a summer program lost several months of reading and math skills. The research gives great support to a summer program. Research also supports the notion that children will never have a chance for higher achievement without higher-level reading skills. Students will receive Math & Reading Instruction each day from OLM teachers. Teachers will also provide enrichment. Cost is $150 for the week. Please refer to the information packet that was sent home two week ago.

Upcoming Events

May 17

Grade 5 Trip to USS New Jersey

May 18

Volunteer Luncheon & Prayer Service, 12:30PM

Mission Collection - Daisy Days

May 19

Student Council Speeches

May 20

Dress Down Day

May 24

Grade 4 Wax Museum, 6PM

May 25

Class Mass, grades 1 & 2, 9AM

Spring Concert, 2PM & 6:30PM

Mission Collection, Daisy Days

May 26

Grade 8 Trip to Washington, DC

Grade 2 Trip to Briar Bush Nature Centetr

Grade 5 State Fashion Show, 1:15PM

May 27

No School

May 30

Memorial Day - No School

May 31

Grade 1 Trip to Crayola Factory

Pentecost Sunday

We have just heard Jesus announce the new creation.

As God breathed life into Adam, so Jesus breathes new life into his disciples – the gift of the Holy Spirit. As they breathe in the Spirit, they are able to receive and give forgiveness.

St. Luke describes the coming of the Spirit in more dramatic fashion. As the Spirit descends as tongues of fire on the disciples, they begin to make bold proclamation of the Good News in an astounding way.

The same Spirit is given to each of us at our Baptism, and his presence has been strengthened in Confirmation. St. Paul points that that we are one in the Body of Christ because we all share the one Spirit.

Each of us has special gifts that have been given to us as a way of manifesting the Spirit’s presence in us. Our gifts are given, not for our own good, but for the good of others; when we use our gifts for others, we witness to our oneness in Christ. No one’s gift or ministry or work is more important than anyone else’s; all are needed for the unity of the community of the Church.

Each of us is important because each brings a gift or talent or way of working that no one else can bring to the group. We all lose something when an individual person’s gifts are not welcomed or used in the community. The same is true at Our Lady of Mercy School.

That’s why a welcoming attitude is so important in the Church community. It’s also why forgiveness is so important among us. We need one another in order to experience the full wonder of God’s love for us.

As we celebrate this feast of new life, our breathing can be a graced reminder. The Spirit is as close to each of us as our very breath, taken deeply into our lungs thousands of times every day, a constant life-giving force.

As we exhale, the Spirit’s power directs us outward to our mission - spreading the love, peace and MERCY we have inhaled from the risen Lord Jesus.

May we breathe deeply today!

Peacemakers: April 2016

Our Peacemakers of the month help us to maintain and strengthen our OLM community. During the month of April, students were asked to look to Saint Bernadette and continue to choose right from wrong and do works of mercy

The following students have been chosen Peacemakers of the month of April for the virtue - GOODNESS. We offer them a big OLM CONGRATS!

Kindergarten: Isabella Waters, Lucy Yeomans, Blair Park

1st Grade: Luke Cirelli, Faith Delaney, Benjamin Selgrath

2nd Grade: Sally Reilly, Sophia Moore,

3rd Grade: Mali Sowden, Jack Donnelly

4th Grade: Katie Brown, Julia LaBoy, Andrew Van Stone

5th Grade: Matthew Braccia, Bebe Lemanowicz

6th Grade: Antonio Fabrizio, Caitlin Hart

7th Grade: Sydney McKernan, Amanda Klemick, Paige Fedoryczuk

8th Grade: Michaelina Carter, Shannon Reilly

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

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 .

From the OLM Home & School

Dear Parents,

We are trying something new this year to hopefully help the amazing teachers at OLM. It isn't easy or cheap to set up a classroom and have everything you need to create the best learning environment to benefit students…so let's help the teachers have access to what they need to do their best!

We asked the teachers to create a wish list of additional things they would like to have in their classrooms. We have created a sign up genius with the items the teachers are hoping to get. We are asking an interested families to view the wish list and help out by either purchasing a specific item off the list, a gift card to a place where the teacher could purchase an item, go in with a group of parents to purchase something or donate any items that you might have on the list that are gently used.

Please don't overlook the specials' teachers! This would be a great way to get a group of families to contribute together!

If this works the way we are hoping, we plan to have an ongoing sign up genius that teachers can add to at any time throughout the year and have parents sign up when they are able! As always, thank you for your support!

Click on the link below to take you to the sign up genius…feel free to ask teachers to clarify a specific item if you are unsure of what it is or where to purchase! When you have something ready, please contact the teacher it is for to set up the best way to get it to them!

Thank you,

Mrs. Penna

Please contact Jennifer Penna at with any questions!

OLM Home & School News

Home and School is pleased to announce our Board Members for the 2016/2017 school year:

• President: Janine Braccia
• Vice-President: Megan Romano

• Treasurer: Jeanette Campbell
• Secretary: Alison Bell
• Social Co-Chair: Bea Lemanowicz
• Social Co-Chair: Jennifer Penna
• Programs: Nancy Emma
• Programs: Liz Selgrath
• Volunteer Coordinator: Mirella Palme
• Publicity: Diane Broomhead
• Fundraising: Shelia Miller
• At-Large: Danielle Moore
• At-Large: Carrie O’Donnell

Home and School would like to thank those individuals who will be leaving the board this year, but who have graciously helped our school over the past year! We appreciate all of you hard work and dedication to Our Lady of Mercy! The following individuals are leaving the board this year:

• Danele Herron
• Diane Joyce
• Kelli Boles

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

Chiappa, Isabella May 15

Klein, Aaron J. May 15

Hughes, JT May 16

Rath, Mary Kate May 18

Rietzke, Erin May 18

Coleman, Emilia F. May 19

McDonald, Hayden May 20

Guerra-Solano, Cesar E. Jun 19 - Sunday

Mrs. Collier Jun 19 - Sunday

Holden, Raelynn R. Jun 20 - Monday

Knisell, Anthony Jun 20 - Monday

McDonnell, Owen T. Jun 20 - Monday

Connelly, James J. Jun 21 - Tuesday

Froehlich, Stephanie Jun 22 - Wednesday

Liebsch, Max Jun 23 - Thursday

Mrs. Reilly Jun 23 - Thursday

Klein, Evan P. Jul 17 - Sunday

Westhoff, Joseph Jul 17 - Sunday

New, Kelsey B. Jul 18 - Monday

Mrs. Mullin Jul 18 - Monday

Donegan, Colin P. Jul 19 - Tuesday

Detwiler, Steven Jul 20 - Wednesday

Mr. Ferraro - Jul 20 - Wednesday

White, Griffin E. Jul 21 - Thursday

Wills, Matthew Jul 21 - Thursday

Brown,, Avery T. Jul 22 - Friday

Eustace, Ella C. Jul 22 - Friday

Bell, Benjamin Jul 23 - Saturday

Bell, Megan Jul 23 - Saturday

Playground at Lunch Recess

Monday, 05/16: Mrs. Reilly

Tuesday, 05/17: Mrs. Nowaczyk

Wednesday, 05/18: Mr. Smith

Thursday, 05/19: Mrs. Kennedy

Friday, 05/20: Mrs. Marano

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.

Altar Servers 9AM

Monday, 05/16: Nicky Araco

Tuesday, 05/17: Jimmy Johnston

Wednesday, 05/18: Gretchen Wolpert

Thursday, 05/19: Antonio Fabrezio

Friday, 05/20: Timothy Barrett