Mercy Peek & Ponder by Mr. McGrath

Volume III Issue 33 Sunday, April 30, 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.
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1. An Incarnational View of the World: OLM students learn that God is present and active in their lives and in the world. They learn to recognize the “footprints of God” in their daily experiences. They develop a sense of “sacramental awareness”. They see the signs of God’s love around them, and become instruments of God’s grace in their own neighborhoods, communities and the world. In an incarnational view of the world, there is no such thing as a secular subject as all learning helps to develop and bring to bloom that image of God that is in each person.

2. Immersion in the Paschal Mystery: Our lives are a series of small and not so small “fallings” and “risings”. In union with the Paschal Mystery, we realize that there is redemptive power in suffering, and in the power of the cross. In it lies the answer to the mystery of all of life’s successes and failures. In the experience of the Paschal Mystery, we also experience the need for COMMUNITY. Like Jesus, we encounter our own Simon of Cyrenes to help us along the way. Wins and losses on the athletic field, good marks/bad marks, and laughter and tears in our lives are ways we participate in Jesus’ dying and rising.

3. The Value of Relationships as a Reflection of the Divine: OLM students learn to experience God’s grace and presence in their lives through their relationships with family, friends and teachers. The loving and supportive relationships they experience are reflections of the love and life-giving dynamic of the Trinity. As a community we celebrate our successes and achievements. We share grief and downfalls. We unite TOGETHER in solidarity, and even challenge each other to become better reflections of the divine. We are made for community.

4. A Nuanced View of Scripture: OLM students are given the opportunity to explore the beauty and richness of Sacred Scripture seen through the lens of faith and lived out in daily practice. They experience the ongoing revelation of God in Scripture as the One who leads the Israelites through the promised land, and who redeems them through His cross and resurrection. They also come to view the human person as created in God’s image and likeness, and destined for eternal life. They learn to apply Scripture to their own lives as a tool for prayer and the true guide for virtuous living.

5. Civic Engagement: In recent research, it has been reported that Catholic school graduates are significantly more likely to actively participate in civic activities than their public school counterparts. Catholic Schools were ranked #1 in the percentage of graduates who actively participate in civic and community activities such as voting, volunteering, letter-writing to legislators, and donations to charity, not just for a tax write-off, but out of a sense of the requirements of justice. (Research conducted at the University of Notre Dame)

6. Service for the Common Good: Our Lady of Mercy School promotes SERVICE (it’s one of our foundational words) as an essential part of our curriculum. At OLM we have service projects from kindergarten through eighth grade. OLM students learn that since community is at the heart of who we are, there are no strangers, only brothers and sisters in the Lord. We have a responsibility to respond to the needs of others because we are all part of God’s family.

7. Discipline as a Faith Expectation: OLM promotes self-discipline through clarity of moral vision that is based on the Gospel. Students are challenged to be Christ-like in word and action. They are asked to examine their choices and action in light of the Ten Commandments and the Gospel law of love. They are given a theological foundation for ethical behavior. Students are not good because they act in accord with rules and expectations. Rather, because students are good, i.e. sons and daughters of God, they are expected to act and make choices that are in keeping with this dignity.

8. The Centrality of Arts, Ritual, Drama, Music to the Life of Faith: At OLM, students are exposed to the richness of the religious tradition. Music, Art, Literature, Drama and Rituals are rooted in the rich history of the Church, and find their truest glory as an expression of divine praise.

9. The Fullness of the Catholic Identity as the Heart of the Church: Catholic education has always been at the heart of the Catholic mission. Catholic education, and the students who are a product of it, have been called the “greatest work of the Church”. They have been entrusted with the fullest of faith and have been charged with the mission of evangelization. They go out into the world and share the gifts they have received, as doctors, lawyers, police officers, fire fighters, business men and women, teachers, priests an religious, all as Catholic school graduates. Catholic School graduates are a leaven in society, helping the broader community to be the best that it can be

10. Personal Excellence as a Spiritual Goal: Our Lady of Mercy students learn that excellence is a response to God’s blessings. Academic excellence is not a gospel value in and of itself. The Sermon on the Mount doesn’t say “Blessed are you who get all A’s.” Education must have an altruistic orientation. Our students learn so as to help others, and make a difference in the world around them.

Our Lady of Mercy, Pray for Us!

John C. McGrath, M.Ed.


Upcoming Events

May 1

Club Day/STREAM Academy

May 2

Grade 4: Harrisburg Trip

May 4

Talent Show, 12:45PM & 6:30PM

May 5

School Liturgy (with Peacemakers), 9AM

May 9

May Procession, 2PM

OLM Volunteer Luncheon & Prayer Service

Wednesday, May 17th, 12:30pm

29 Conwell Drive

Maple Glen, PA

Did you volunteer at our Fall Ice Cream Social, participate in lunch duty, gave of your time working in centers, helping to plan the 5K, Mother/Son Bowling, the Sweetheart Dance or 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!

We hope you will join us after the luncheon for a Prayer Service at 1:30PM.

Since this will be a catered event, PLEASE RSVP by clicking below or complete the form attached to the email and return. Please RSVP by May 12th. *If you are interested in learning more about how you can get involved, please reach out to Janine Braccia @ or Megan Romano @ *

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


Saturday, May 6th, 10am-4pm

655 Welsh Road

Maple Glen, PA

We are looking for students and/or their families to staff a Alex's Lemonade Stand this coming Saturday. The event will take place mere minutes from OLM at "Believe in Me 2". There is a flyer attached to this email. If you can donate one-hour to serve the community and help spread MERCY, please click the link below to offer your time:

For additional information, please contact Julie Bebey at


Wednesday, May 10th, 7-9pm

29 Conwell Drive

Maple Glen, PA

The Masquerade for Mercy Solicitation Committee needs your HELP to make the 2017 Auction a SUCCESS!! And we’ll provide the wine and beer!

- Stuffing Envelopes

- Filling out online solicitation forms

- Calling past and new donors

- Brainstorming

PLEASE EMAIL if you can make it or RSVP to our facebook event! OR just click the link below to RSVP. It is that simple!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Our Virtue of the Month of May is JOY

Pope Francis says, " Christianity spreads through the JOY of Christians who know that they are saved and loved."

"Christianity is, by its very nature, joy--ability to be joyful," wrote the theologian Joseph Ratzinger. "A Christian," said Pope Francis more concretely in a recent sermon "is a man and a woman of joy . . . . The Christian sings with joy, and walks, and carries this joy."

Joy is a central theme in the Scriptures. Indeed, the Gospel, which is to say the very inception of Christian sacred history, virtually begins with the announcement of joy: "Rejoice!" was the first work spoken to Mary by the angel Gabriel to the Good News that the Word was to become flesh. (Luke 1:28)

Jesus' teachings are intended to cause us joy. "These things I have spoken to you," said Jesus to his apostles, "that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full." (John 15:11) "Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete." (John 16:4)

Joy is a fruit of the Spirit, that Holy Spirit of Truth (John 16:13), the Spirit of Love, against which there is no law. (Gal. 5:22-23)

Perhaps the most famous is St. Paul's commandment to rejoice: "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice." (Phil. 4:4)

What is this Christian joy? In its essence, Christian joy is supernatural in origin, which is to say it is something beyond our natural powers. Christian joy is anchored in Jesus Christ. "Christian joy," wrote Pope Paul VI in his apostolic exhortation on joy Gaudete in Domino, "is the spiritual sharing in the unfathomable joy, both divine and human, which is in the heart of Jesus Christ glorified."

Christian joy is therefore, a grace, a gift of God. "Joy is a gift from God," "a grace we must seek," observed Pope Francis in his sermon. Like the heart of Jesus in which it is found, like the Holy Spirit from which it comes, like sanctifying grace which justifies us, it "fills us from within." It is the product of our adoption as sons of God, of our divinization and at the same time our true humanization.

Saint Damien of Molokai will be our model.

Prayer to St. Damien of Molokai

St. Damien, brother on the journey, JOYful and generous missionary, who loved the Gospel more than your life, who for love of Jesus left your family, your homeland, your security, your dreams, Teach us to give our lives

with a joy like yours, to show MERCY to those in need, to celebrate Eucharist
as the source of our JOY. Help us to love everyone with JOY & MERCY.


Students will be recognized at the School Liturgy on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 9AM.


On Friday, May 19th, at 1:30PM, Our Lady of Mercy will be holding a walk-a-thon to raise money for the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. Dan Cronin, Class of 2017, is spearheading this event for his friend, Antonio (also Class of 2017).

There have been tremendous strides made in research, as treatments have greatly improved, and the average life expectancy for those with CF has risen. This means that $$ raised for CF research truly does make a difference! Having CF means a daily struggle and you can help. Last year, Dan was able to raise $1250 through his personal page and another $750 with our dress down day at school, for a total of $2k. In 2017, their last year together at OLM, Dan is hoping to double the amount raised through his page, and is asking the OLM Community for help.

Please see the link to his personal page below where you can donate.

Click here to visit my personal page.

Donations will be accepted at school.


Due to the large amount of entries, acts for the afternoon show may need to be limited to between one and two minutes. Full acts can be performed at the evening show.


The family of Elizabeth Myers, daughter of former teacher Allison Myers, is sponsoring a Beef and Beer to benefit Elizabeth and her family on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 7 - 11 PM at St. Anthony of Padua, Friendship Hall. Please see the attached flyer for more information. To purchase tickets, please follow this link: or you can also donate to the Go Fund Me page at:

May Procession: Tuesday, May 9th at 2PM

  • 8th Grade: Their class picture in graduation robe will be taken before the May procession. Boys need to wear a dress shirt and tie. They wear their long khaki pants, school shoes, and socks. Girls will wear their uniform skirts and button down shirt with flat dress shoe or sandals. Shoes must have backs (no flip flops). No socks. Please try to carefully press their robes to remove the creases.
  • 6th Grade: Sixth graders will wear their Confirmation robes over their school uniform: boys – school shirt, long khaki pants, school shoes, and socks & girls – school shirt, skirt with school shoes and socks.
  • 2nd Grade: Second graders will wear their Communion attire. Students should wear their school uniforms to school. They will change into their Communion attire during lunch recess. Parent volunteers will be needed to supervise this and to assist students in getting ready. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact your child's teacher.
  • Kindergarten: Students in kindergarten will wear their “Sunday Best”.
  • All other grades: Students are to wear their school uniform. Girls are to wear their jumpers/skirt and boys are to wear long pants. No student is permitted to wear shorts. Practices:
  • Process into Church: All grades will assemble in classrooms except 8th grade. We will follow an all-afternoon schedule. Please arrange your students in two lines (boy/girl) in height order. The order of procession: 2-6-K-1-3-4-5-7-8 After the May procession: Students will return to their classrooms for regular dismissal.

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!


If you have kids that have outgrown their OLM uniforms, please contact Julie Bebey, 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.

Class of 2017 Scholarship Total: $265,000

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!

Home & School Sports Club Survey (see attachment)

The OLM Home and School Association would like to offer a new after school sports club for all interested 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students next year at Our Lady of Mercy School! With all of the public and private sports clubs in our area, and how successful our OLM Ski and Board Club was, Home and School is considering an instructional and/or just for fun club involving TENNIS, GOLF, OR SQUASH for our students. With the help of a few parent volunteers, the program will be offered on six to eight dates in either the fall of 2017 or spring of 2018. We need your help to determine the level of interest and availability of our Middle School students so we can plan transportation, secure a club, and select dates for the sessions.

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, 04/30

Monday, 05/01

Marianna Sowden

Tuesday, 05/02

Wednesday, 05/03

Amanda Amoia

Thursday, 05/04

Lucy Yeomans

Christian Amoia

Friday, 05/05

Olivia Cordua

Timothy Jennings

Katherine Wesztergom

Saturday, 05/06


Monday: Nicky Araco

Tuesday: Timothy Barrett

Wednesday: Andrew Boles

Thursday: Siobhan Brogan

Friday: Danny Brice, AJ Citro, Connor Cunningham