Mercy Peek & Ponder by Mr. McGrath

Volume II Issue 28 Sunday, March 20, 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

March 21

Students may wear their 5K shirts with their gym pants and sneakers.

March 22

Report Cards are distributed

Tenebrae Service, 2PM

March 23 - March 28 - Please Note the School Office is also CLOSED.

Easter Break

March 29

Classes resume

March 30

Spring picutres

OLM Tenebrae Service

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2pm

29 Conwell Drive

Maple Glen, PA

Please join us for our Annual Tenebrae Service on Tuesday, March 22nd at 2PM in Church.

The word ‘tenebrae’ is Latin for shadows. The purpose of the Tenebrae service is to recreate the emotional aspects of the passion story - to recreate the betrayal, abandonment, and agony of the events, and it is left unfinished, because the story isn’t over until Easter Day.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Weekly Reflection: The Lord's Passion

As we enter into Holy Week, let us recall how Jesus comes to us always at the darkest times. In Advent, during winter, He comes as a child to light our way. And now, He comes to us as the consoler and savior to give us strength. For through Him we shall find strength to bear any hardship. With arms opened wide on the cross, Jesus invites us to draw near to His Sacred Heart of love. So we must also invite Him into our suffering, knowing that He will come to the aid of the weary.

Where can I open my arms to embrace little trials of patience over the next week?
How can I find refuge in Jesus when I feel completely abandoned?
How can I let Jesus process into my life, my day, my heart?

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Virtue of the Month: PATIENCE

Our virtue of the month of March is PATIENCE. Students will learn that patience enables each of us to endure disappointments without sadness, to bear difficulties without complaint, and to accept hardships with spiritual joys. Saint Dominic Savio will be our model. Students will be recognized at the School Liturgy on Friday, April 1st.

Dear Saint Dominic, you spent your short life totally for love of Jesus and His Mother. Help youth today to realize the importance of God in their lives. You became a saint through fervent participation in the sacraments, enlighten parents and children to the importance of frequent confession and Holy Communion. At a young age you meditated on the sorrowful Passion of Our Lord. Obtain for us the grace of a fervent desire to suffer for love of Him.

We desperately need your intercession to protect today's children from the snares of the world. Watch over them and lead them on the narrow road to Heaven. Ask God to give us the grace to sanctify our daily duties by performing them perfectly out of love for Him. Remind us of the necessity of practicing virtue especially in times of trial.

Saint Dominic Savio, you who preserved your Baptismal innocence of heart, pray for us.

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.

The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (Middle States Association or shorter as M.S.A.C.S. or M.S.A.) is a voluntary, peer-based, non-profit association dedicated to educational excellence and improvement through peer evaluation and the proper accreditation of public and private universities, colleges, secondary/high schools, and elementary schools in the United States and foreign institutions of American origin. Our Lady of Mercy will be re-accredited from April 10th to April 13th, 2016

Our Team

Internal Coordinators

Caroline Maher

Eighth Grade Teacher/Asst. to the Principal

Natalie Marano

Third Grade Teacher

Planning Team

John McGrath


Linda Reilly

First Grade Teacher

Stephanie Cox

Fourth Grade Teacher

Alison Dudenbostel

Sixth Grade Teacher

Carol Opdyke

Sixth Grade Teacher

Karen Ryan


Caroline Maher

Eighth Grade Teacher/Asst. to the Principal

Natalie Marano

Third Grade Teacher

Mercy 5K - Saturday, March 19, 2016 Results

Male Age Group: 1 -13

1. Michael Lombardi

2. Daniel Bryce

3. Jimmy Johnston

Female Age Group: 1 - 13

1. Caroline Shegogue

2. Katie McMullen

3. Reese Miller

Male Age Group: 14 - 18

1. Jimmy Lombardi

2. Nick Cardamane

3. Thomas Emma

Female Age Group: 14 - 18

1. Sara Smith

2. Audrey Bryce

3. Molly Mook

Male Age Group: 19+

1. Mark Tallon *Overall Winner

2. Domenick Addesi

3. John Santangelo

Female Age Group: 19+

1. Hillary Goodman

2. Valerie Santangelo

3. Jennifer Sowden

Kindergarten: Henry Lemanowicz

First Grade: Reese Penna, Luke Cirelli

Second Grade: Katie McMullen, Connor Schmalbach

Third Grade: Raegan Penna, Conor Bryce, Scott McKenna

Fourth Grade: Lynley Koschineg, Scott Hughes

Fifth Grade: Caroline Shegogue, Mark O'Brien

Sixth Grade: Caroline Mullen, Danny Bryce

Seventh Grade: Maggie Mikalic, Michael Lombardi

Eighth Grade: Maeve Gallagher

For all results:

OLM Home & School News

2016-17 Home and School Association Board Nominations

The Home and School Association is now planning for next year. We are looking for enthusiastic, committed parents to help us support our school. We need your help planning social events for our children and families, sponsoring fundraisers to provide wonderful enrichment opportunities for our students, and lending general support to our wonderful faculty. Please consider nominating yourself or someone else to join the board or to chair one of our many events. You will work with a great, welcoming group of parents who, like you, value Catholic education and want to see it thrive. Your children will love to see you taking time out of your busy schedule to get involved in their school! Nominations forms were sent home with your child. They are due back by Wednesday, April 6th. Thank you for your consideration.

Upcoming Events:

4/19 General Home and School Meeting

5/18 Volunteer Luncheon

6/1 New Kindergarten Families Ice Cream Social

6/6 Golf Outing at Sandy Run

Link to their webpage:

Birthday Blessings this Week

Laboy, Julia Mar 22 - Tuesday

Mrs. Marano Mar 24 - Thursday

Hope, Colin Mar 26 - Saturday

Playground at Lunch Recess

Monday, 03/21: Mrs. Quinn

Tuesday, 03/22: Mrs. Ronzoni

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, March 21: Anna Emma

Tuesday, March 22: Meghan Dennin

Wednesday, March 23: Owen McFadden