Mercy Peek & Ponder by Mr. McGrath

Volume III Issue 18 Sunday, January 15, 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.

Upcoming Events

January 16

MLK Day - No School

January 18

Grade 3 Class Mass, 9AM

Mission Collection: THON

January 19

Middle School Reading Olympics Meeting, 12:05PM

January 20

Dress Down Day: THON

Elementary Reading Olympics Meeting, 12:35PM

January 25

Grade 2 Class Mass, 9AM

Mission Collection: THON


Ski Club #2

January 27

Progress Reports

Martin Luther King Day

I recently came across this prayer written by Dr. Martin Luther King:

Thou Eternal God, out of whose absolute power and infinite intelligence the whole universe has come into being, we humbly confess that we have not loved thee with our hearts, souls and minds, and we have not loved our neighbors as Christ loved us. We have all too often lived by our own selfish impulses rather than by the life of sacrificial love as revealed by Christ. We often give in order to receive. We love our friends and hate our enemies. We go the first mile but dare not travel the second. We forgive but dare not forget. And so as we look within ourselves, we are confronted with the appalling fact that the history of our lives is the history of an eternal revolt against you. But thou, O God, have mercy upon us. Forgive us for what we could have been but failed to be. Give us the intelligence to know your will. Give us the courage to do your will. Give us the devotion to love your will. In the name and spirit of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

This is what I hear in Dr. King's prayer -- a cry for strength to carry on the work of peace and justice; for courage to be nonviolent, come what may; for blessings on the movements for civil rights, justice and peace; for healing for the oppressed and the oppressors; and for the coming of God's reign of peace, love and nonviolence here and now. May all our prayers for peace with justice be answered!

Please look for a brochure of events for CSW that will be sent home shortly. So much is planned to celebrate OLM and Catholic Education.

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Mission Collection: January

Our theme for this school year at OLM is “Rooted in God and Growing in MERCY”. Keeping this theme in mind our OLM community will be collecting donations throughout the school year to help organizations that show and promote mercy in the world. In this way we can help others throughout the world experience mercy as a result of our generosity. These mission collections will take place each Wednesday. Please encourage your child to bring donations regardless of how large or small the donations are. Every donation makes a difference in helping more people to experience the circle of mercy.

During the month of January, we will be raising money for the Four Diamonds Fund. The Four Diamonds' mission is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children treated at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. Each year, Four Diamonds provides direct support to approximately 600 children with cancer – 100 who are newly diagnosed and 500 who are continuing their fight. Since its creation in 1972, Four Diamonds has helped more than 3,600 children and families and supported a diverse platform of childhood cancer research at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital, seeking improved treatments and cures to benefit those around the world.

We here at OLM are answering the call to help those facing pediatric cancer and we are asking for your support. We will be collecting donations each Wednesday in January and the fifth grade will sponsor our fifth annual Mini-Thon on Friday, February 3rd. More information about this exciting event to follow! We look forward to continuing to support organizations that help others to experience the circle of mercy throughout the school year. Thank you in advance for your generosity.


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: ent&eventID=1701

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


We will be selling t-shirts that may be worn to the Mini-Thon and on gym days.

The cost of the t-shirt is $10 (cash or check made payable to OLM). All proceeds benefit the Four Diamonds Fund and pediatric cancer research.

Please return the order form that was sent home on 01/11 to the OLM office in an envelope marked "Mini-Thon Shirt Order" by Wednesday, January 18th. * No late orders can be accepted.

Reading Olympics 2017

The first meetings for both our middle school and elementary Reading Olympics teams took place on Thursday, 1/12. At these meetings students had the chance to hear more about Reading Olympics and to get the book list that their team will need to read before the competitions. Students were encouraged to review the book list to see which books they had already read and which books they would like to read. The students do not have to read all of the books on the list as they will be working with a team of other students. The books are available in our school library.

At each of these meetings the students received a letter to share with their parents regarding their participation in the Reading Olympics program. If your child would like to participate in the Reading Olympics program, please sign and return this letter to school. The middle school (grades 6-8) letters should be returned to Mrs. Marano and the elementary (grades 4-5) letters should be returned to Mr. Smith. If your child did not attend these meetings and would like to participate in the program, please have them talk to Mrs. Marano (middle school) or Mr. Smith (elementary) and they can receive the letter about the program as well as the book list to read.

The next meeting of the elementary Reading Olympics team will take place this Friday, 1/20, at 12:35 in Mr. Smith's classroom. Your child should bring their lunch to this meeting. If there is indoor recess, the meeting will take place in the library. The middle school Reading Olympics team will be meeting on Thursday, 1/19, at lunch in Mrs. Marano's classroom. If you have any questions about the Reading Olympics program, please contact one of the moderators.


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.



  • Register by 3/31/17 and the registration fee is $250 per family.
  • Anyone not registered by 3/31/17 will be automatically re-registered at $350 per family.

In order to opt out of re-registration, please contact Julie, our Advancement Director, at

A letter and the re-registration form was sent home to students. To re-register, simply fill out the family name, your parish, child(ren) name(s), grades they are going into and any NEW family member joining OLM. Send in the formalong with your payment to OLM in an envelope labeled "Registration". The registration payment must accompany the form.

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. The Priority Deadline is 12/31/2016.


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!

OLM’s 2nd Annual Designer Bag Bingo - Friday, January 27, 2017

Bingo Starts @ 7:00

Doors open @ 6:15 • Bring your family, friends, your favorite snacks and drinks! • $30 per person…or $275 for tables of 10, $220 for tables of 8 • Additional “special” bingo cards will be available to purchase

Email for questions/ticket requests or RSVP with payment to JP Romano, (6-Opdyke) by Thursday, 1/19/17

*limited to first 250 people so act fast

* **proceeds benefit OLM Home and School Association

** ***Checks made payable to Our Lady of Mercy

*** ****Interested in donating a raffle basket, please let us know****


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, 01/15

Vincent Vacchiano

Monday, 01/16

Emily Mirabelli

Tuesday, 01/17

Wednesday, 01/18

Jaxson Carroll

Paige Hoeger

Logan Curcio

Madeline Curcio

Ella Pensabene

Thursday, 01/19

Gabriella Youngers

Alexander Sheak

Friday, 01/20

Conor Bryce

Saturday, 01/21

Oscar Contreras-Martinez


Monday: Bebe Lemanowicz

Tuesday: Mark O'Brien

Wednesday: Meghan Dennin

Thursday: Gretchen Wolpert

Friday: Erin Doyle