Mercy Peek & Ponder by Mr. McGrath

Volume III Issue 20 Sunday, January 29, 2017

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.

From the Principal's Desk: Catholic Schools Week 2017

Over 50 years ago, the Second Vatican Council described the purpose of the Catholic school as creating “for the school community a special atmosphere animated by the Gospel spirit … (Vatican II, “Declaration on Christian Education, 8″).”

A half-century later, the National Catholic Educational Association has as its recurring theme for Catholic Schools Week 2017, “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

Those three aspects of Catholic education always find their source in Jesus Christ. “Everything that happens in Catholic schools … should lead to an encounter with the living Christ (Congregation for Catholic Education, “Educating Today and Tomorrow: A Renewing Passion, III,” 2014).” Such an encounter gives rise to faith, permeates knowledge and inspires service within the Catholic school community.

At Our Lady of Mercy Regional Catholic School, we use our mission as a means to evangelize the young people entrusted to our care in close collaboration with parents. The family is the first Catholic school, and parents, the first and most important teachers of the Catholic faith. Our dedicated teachers and staff hand on and deepen the seeds of faith planted within the family home. Those seeds are watered and nurtured in our Catholic schools producing “fruit that will last (John 15: 16):” a community of faith, knowledge and service that reaches far beyond classroom doors.

I cannot thank parents enough for their sacrifice and trust in making Catholic education possible for their children at OLM. I cannot thank teachers and staff enough for their work and witness to all that Catholic education can and does offer. I cannot thank enough the benefactors and their generosity.

It is all of you, along with our students, who create and sustain the Catholic school communities mentioned earlier, communities animated by the Gospel and leading to Christ. I cannot imagine the Catholic Church without its schools. I hope we never have to!

With thoughts and prayers,

Mr. John C. McGrath, M.Ed.

Catholic School Week Re-Registration Incentive

In celebration of Catholic School Week, we are reducing the re-registration fee to $200 for this week only!!!

Complete the attached form and return to school.

If you are not re-registering for next year, we ask that you email or contact Julie Bebey at 215-646-0150 x113 or


Sunday, Jan. 29th, 11am

29 Conwell Drive

Maple Glen, PA

Join us for our Open House from 11AM to 1PM with a special kindergarten information session at 12PM in the library. There will be a Kick-Off Breakfast served and plenty of time to tour the school. Our celebration begins with mass at our parishes: St. Catherine of Siena – 9AM, St. Anthony of Padua – 9:15AM, and St. Alphonsus – 10:15AM.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Upcoming Events

January 29

Catholic Schools Week Kick-Off Open House, 11AM to 1PM

January 30

Parents/Grandparents are invited to join their children for lunch:

K-3 - 11:45AM to 12:30PM; 4-8 - 12:35PM to 1:05PM.

Light refreshments will be available to our guests.

January 31


Tech Tutoring for Adults, 9AM-10AM (please see brouchure)

Installation of new members into the National Junior Honor Society, 1:30PM

February 1

Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon hosted by OLM Home & School, 12:05PM

School-wide Bingo, 1:30PM

February 2

Students will enjoy a fun assembly - sponsored by OLM Home & School, 9AM and 10AM

February 3

THON, 9AM-10:30AM

Faculty vs. 8th Grade Volleyball game, 10:45AM

Family Fun Bingo, 6PM to 8PM


Date: Friday, February 3rd

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Place: OLM Cafeteria

Price: $7 per person or $25 per family

Pizza and drinks will be provided. Bring a dessert to share.

Please complete the form that was sent home today, along with your payment, by Monday, January 30th to Bea Lemanowicz c/o Bebe - 6, Mrs. Opdyke.


As part of our yearly service project, the fifth grade students we will be sponsoring a dance-a-thon to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund, which provides support for patients and families facing the battle against pediatric cancer. This event is for all OLM students and will culminate our celebration of Catholic Schools Week. We look forward to a morning of dancing, fun, and some surprises!

When: Friday, February 3rd; 9:00am - 10:30am (Eighth grade versus teachers volleyball game - 10:45am)

Where: Gym

Who: All kindergarten through 8th grade students; Parents and families are most welcome!

 If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, please donate to the weekly Wednesday mission collections or bring your donation to school during the week of January 30th. We greatly thank you for your support!

 All checks can be made payable to the Four Diamonds Fund.

 If you would like to make an online donation, follow the link below to access the OLM donor page:

 All students should wear their gym uniform and/or optional Mini-Thon tshirt on Friday, February 3 rd .

Reading Olympics 2017

Reading Olympians both Middle School and Elementary teams should check in with either Mrs. Marano or Mr. Smith this week for schedules.


The 5th Annual Run is scheduled for Saturday March 25, 2017. Registration is now open. Register before February 6th for early bird pricing! The homeroom class with the highest percentage of participation will receive a prize. Post race food courtesy of Fireside Bar & Grill. Happy running!

Click here for all the information:

From the HOME & SCHOOL

In honor of OLM's wonderful faculty and staff, please consider helping out with our appreciation luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, February 1st during Catholic Schools Week. See the link below. There are many ways to help! Thank you for all that you always do!

Class of 2017 Scholarship Awards

Gwynedd Mercy Academy:

· Megan Emmerling: Misericordia Academic

· Devon Sweeney: Trustee Academic

Mount St. Joseph Academy:

· Julia Norton: Alumnae Academic

St. Basil Academy:

· Grace Toriello: Music and Academic

· Melanie McGill: Mother Josephat Award

· Megan Emmerling: Academic

LaSalle College High School:

· Robert (Ted) Nagle : Presidential Academic

· Lucas Braccia: Principal Academic

Archbishop Wood:

· Margaret (Meg) Waltrich: Academic

· Lucas Braccia : Academic

Lansdale Catholic:

· Gavin Mook: Academic

Bishop McDevitt

· Emily Mirabelli: Lancer Academic

Neumann Academic Scholarship:

· Margaret(Meg) Waltrich: Full four-years

Total Scholarships as of 01/16/17: $253,000

Virtue of the Month: Prayer

Our virtue of the month of January is Prayer

Pope Francis says, "Prayer is very important. Never forget to pray! Nobody can tell when we are praying on the bus on in the car. We pray in silence, with the heart, so let's take advantage of these opportunities to pray."

The most important thing is to acquire the habit of prayer. It has to become a habit. Without that, we don't have an interior life; we just have an exterior life. And when all we have is an exterior life, we become anxious, restless, and that leads to greed, the inordinate love of possessing. For we end up trying to secure our own happiness and to reduce our own anxiety, and when things do not go our way in life, we become angry, impatient, irritated, we lose the peace that we long for. And when we are at that point, it means we've taken our life into our own hands. But life is not meant to be lived out of our own hands. We are meant to be carried along by God, like a baby is carried in a car seat. We are meant to be carried along by divine providence. God is in control, not us, and we have to surrender to his control. When we do so, life becomes so much more exhilarating.

St. Andre Bessette will be our model.

Prayer to St. Andre Bessette

Lord our God, friend of the lowly, you gave your servant, St. André Bessette, a great devotion to St. Joseph and a special commitment to the poor and afflicted. Through his intercession help us to follow his example of prayer and MERCY and so come to share with him in your glory. (mention your intention) We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

St. André Bessette, pray for us.

Students will be recognized at the School Liturgy on Friday, February 10, 2017.

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. ALL applications are due on or before 03/31/2017.


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.

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!


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, 01/29

Matthew Warren

Monday, 01/30

Brynn Miller

Tuesday, 01/31

Haley Lewinski

Wednesday, 02/01

Thursday, 02/02

Friday, 02/03

Meredith Bauer

Saturday, 02/04

Michelle Mirabelli


Monday: Timmy Jennings

Tuesday: Eddie Donovan

Wednesday: Timmy Barrett

Thursday: Mary McGrory

Friday: Erin Doyle