Mercy Peek & Ponder by Mr. McGrath

Volume III Issue 27 Sunday, March 19, 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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BREAKING NEWS: OLM Welcomes 101.1 More FM to the Run for Mercy

5th Annual OLM Run for Mercy

Saturday, March 25th - 9 AM start

There’s still time to register for the Run for Mercy!

A limited number of race shirts are still available - Get them while they last!

News: OLM Welcomes 101.1 More FM to the Run for Mercy

Check out OLM on their Events Calendar at:

Join us for giveaways, games, prizes, balloon art & 101.0 More Music!

Calling all volunteers!!! We can't do it without you! Please sign up for the jobs / roles you would like to do on the Sign Up Genius:

Run shirt & bib pickup schedule:

Thursday, March 23rd: 2:30 - 5:30

Friday, March 24th: 2:30 - 6:30

(Shirts/bibs can be picked up race day but early pick up is highly recommended!)

St. Joseph Day - Sunday, March 19th

We can all profit by the example and intercession of Saint Joseph. He is the pattern of the spiritual life, and his powerful intercession has wrought countless graces, providential interventions, holy promptings, and even miracles. Saint Joseph continues to protect on earth the Church, Christ’s mystical body, just as once he protected Christ’s historical body from imminent danger to His life.

Saint Joseph is the ideal saint of Lent, precisely because of his great silence (prayer, contemplation), his unfailing devotion to duty and to self-denial (fasting), and his goodness to others (charity), which still finds expression in the granting of favors and supernatural interventions recorded by grateful souls. May we strive to imitate his virtues and call upon his aid in all our needs.


Information went home on March 1st. We are very excited to bring Camp Mercy to our OLM families this summer. The camp runs from June 19th through August 18th. Families can register for the full 9 weeks or individual weeks. Before care and after care is available as well as full day and /2 day options. Check out the brochure for a complete overview of the camp. A registration form is attached to this email.

Upcoming Events

March 20

Stations of the Cross - grade 8 leads - 2PM

Terra Nova - grades 3-7

Boy Scout Open House (cafeteria), 7PM-8:30PM

March 21

Merit Awards

Terra Nova - grades 3-7

March 22

Merit Awards

Terra Nova - grades 3-7

Elementary Reading Olympics, 5PM

March 23

Terra Nova - grades 3-7

March 24

Terra Nova - grades 3-7

College Settlement Student/Parent Meeting, 2PM

March 25

Mercy 5K, 9AM

Terra Nova Testing (grades 3-7) Schedule 2017:

Monday-Thursday, March 13th to 16th : In-View Practice Tests given

Friday, March 17: In-View Testing

Monday, March 20: Reading

Tuesday, March 21: Language

Wednesday, March 22: Math

Thursday, March 23: Science

Friday, March 24: Social Studies

Volunteers for St. Catherine's Parish Event - "Coffee & Donuts"

Sunday, April 2nd, 9pm

321 Witmer Road

Horsham, PA

St. Catherine of Siena is asking for parent and student volunteers to serve coffee and donuts after the 9AM Mass on 04/02/2017 & 05/07/2017. If you are able, please RSVP below and Mrs. Bebey will contact you with all the details. Thank you so much!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


Date: Thursday, April 27th and Friday, April 28th

Grades: K-6 (Voluntary participation)

7-8 (Required participation)

Parent invite: Thursday, April 27th from 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Attached is a letter explaining the Science Fair and what it's all about. This is an exciting event for our junior high students who have been working since September and are eager to share their projects and ideas with you. If your K-6 grade child is interested in participating, please print and submit the entry form by Friday, March 31st. Any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Sharon Gribb at

Boy Scout Troop 540 is NOW at OLM!

Attention boys grade 5 - 8. Come meet the young men from Boy Scout Troop 540 on March 20th from 7pm - 8:30pm in the OLM Cafeteria. Not sure what scouting is all about? Well, come and find out. It is far more than just camping and hiking as the young men of Troop 540 give you a taste of the life skills they have learned. This will range from cooking skills to team building activities to STEM activities. Parents Welcome to join. Any questions in advance, email for details. See you on the 20th!!

Reading Olympics 2017

The elementary Reading Olympics team will be meeting on Tuesday, 3/21, and Wednesday, 3/22, at 12:35 in the library. The elementary competition is scheduled to take place on Wednesday evening, 3/22, at Hatboro-Horsham High School. The members of the elementary Reading Olympics team received a packet of information about the evening at their meeting last Friday at lunch. This packet included the schedule for the evening as well as the room assignments and chaperones for each team. If you need another copy, please email Mr. Smith before Wednesday.

Remember that you are responsible for transporting your child to and from the competition. Students should arrive between 5 and 5:30 and go directly to the classroom where their first round will take place. They should then check-in with their assigned chaperone, Mrs. Reilly or Mrs. Moffa. Thank you to both of these parents for volunteering to chaperone. The first round begins at 6. The competition should last until between 8 and 8:30. Students should wear their school uniforms with their orange Reading Olympics team t-shirts. Please note that there is no food or drink allowed in the classrooms other than water bottles. If you have any other questions about the competition, please contact Mr. Smith. Looking forward to a great evening!

The middle school Reading Olympics team will also be meeting this week in preparation for their upcoming competition on 3/30. The exact date and time of the meeting will be announced this week. Please check in with your child to make sure that they have read all of their books in preparation for the competition. If you have any other questions about Reading Olympics, please contact one of the moderators.

Our Virtue of the Month of March is FAITH

Pope Francis says, "Love and Mercy are the measures of faith."

Catholic Faith believes in the value and dignity of each individual person, including the weakest. The love of God towards us is unconditional. Catholic Faith therefore gives hope to everyone including those who had committed grave wrong in the past. Catholic Faith preaches the profound love and forgiveness of God, which we may better experience when we also forgive other people.

Although the fruit of Catholic Faith should include striving to perform acts of love, Catholic Faith is not a religion that only preaches justice and the need to do good deeds. Justice is already known to many people without Catholic Faith. The profound love and forgiveness of God surpasses even the justice of God. The coming of Jesus is not to bring justice but to reveal the unconditional love of God.

Catholic Faith believes in the gifts of different talents to each individual in order that we may use them to serve others in our daily work at home and at work. Catholic Faith believes in the love and healing from God especially when one has been deeply hurt by people in the world.

Catholic Faith believes in the love of God present in us. However the lack of love and hurt from many people often makes it more difficult to believe in the love of God. It may take strong Faith to believe in and to rediscover the love of God.

St. Katherine Drexel will be our model.

Prayer to St. Katherine Drexel

Ever loving God, you called Saint Katharine Drexel to teach the message of the Gospel and to bring the life of the Eucharist to the Black and Native American peoples. By her prayers and example, enable us to work for justice among the poor and oppressed. Draw us all into the Eucharistic community of your Church, that we may be one in you. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Students will be recognized at the School Liturgy on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 9AM.

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.


Thank you for all you have done this year to help OLM be the best possible school! In whatever way you have helped, it is appreciated more than you know.

Believe it or not, we are starting to plan for next year and Home and School needs your help. We are looking for people to join our Home and School Board.

Attached is the nomination form. If you are interested in participating or know someone who would be an asset, please complete the attached form and return it to Megan Romano by Monday, April 3rd.

We would LOVE to have our board in place by the first week of May so we can get a jump start on the 2017-2018 school year. There are many way you can help and our school can benefit.


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, 03/19

Sienna Cervone

Gabriella Lorenzo

Monday, 03/20

Tuesday, 03/21

Mr. Kinney

Christian Barboza

Wednesday, 03/22

Julia Laboy

Thursday, 03/23

Michael Forbes

Friday, 03/24

Mrs. Marano

Jack Dougherty

Saturday, 03/25

Christopher Miller