Mercy Peek & Ponder by Mr. McGrath

Volume III Issue 29 Sunday, April 2, 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.

LENTEN REFLECTION: Baseball's Opening Day

Baseball fans say time begins on Opening Day. I tended to think that way as a child. Maybe I still do, at least a bit. The idols of my youth were Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton and they are still quite vivid in my imagination. This week's news that Brock Stassi making the Phillies really got me thinking. Brock Stassi?

Brock Stassi is 27 and has spent his six-year career in professional baseball bouncing around the Phillies’ minor league system. When he found out this past week that he’d get his first taste of the big leagues with a spot on the team’s Opening Day roster, his reaction was very earnest and very real.

It was for Brock Stassi, a transfiguration, a glimpse of glory.

At the end of February the Gospel presented us with the Transfiguration story from Matthew. The Hebrew Scripture reminds us that salvation history begins not on Opening Day, but with Abraham, and his journey to the Promised Land.

Like Abraham on his journey, we’re still sacrificing in Lent. And those sacrifices may be wearing. That candy bar starts to look delicious. That pledge for patience with a co-worker who drives you crazy seems like an impossible cause. A trip through the tough side of town makes you question all this Church talk about giving to the poor. Couldn’t they get up and do something about their condition?

The Church presents us with the Transfiguration as a reminder. If Lent is the tough road of minor league ball, of interminable bus rides and fast food meal budgets, the glory of the big leagues and the potential of the World Series lies off the horizon, the distance from April to October.

Upcoming Events

April 3

Summer Uniforms Begin

April 4

Stations of the Cross (5th Grade), 2PM

April 6-7

College Settlement - Grade 6

April 7

School Liturgy (Peacemakers), 9AM

Tooth Assembly (Grades K-1), 1:30PM

April 11

Tenebrae, 2PM

April 12 - April 17

Easter Break

April 18

Classes resume

April 19


Barn Hill Preserve Assembly (Grades K-5), 1:30PM

April 21

Jr. High Dance #6 (OLM 6th Grade invited), 7:30PM


Our OLM School Lenten Theme is THE GIVING TREE. This year we are enhancing our theme “OLM Rooted in Mercy” in our seasonal celebrations. At Christmas, we focused on the message of the Jesse Tree and now, during this season of Lent, we are focusing on the message of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. At the end of this story, after the tree had given everything it had to the little boy, the tree then provided a special place for the boy to rest and reflect. We have placed our OLM Giving Trees at the end of each hallway and the students have added their personal leaves on the trees to share their special Lenten promise to God. This symbol of the Giving Tree represents the life that Jesus lived on earth and the ultimate sacrifice that He made so we can rest and reflect in the eternal happiness of salvation made possible because of His love for us.


In conjunction with St. Joe's Prep, OLM will be hosting a book drive to benefit students in elementary schools in North Philadelphia. We will be collecting gently used and new books in the range starting with a child's first book all the way up to an 8th grade reading level.

Our book drive will take place from Wednesday, March 29th to Wednesday, April 5th. All books will be collected in homeroom. Thank you for your support!!

Our Virtue of the Month of April is COMPASSION

Pope Francis says, " A Christian is merciful by nature; this is the heart of the Gospel."

God is compassionate, loving kindness. All we’re asked to do is to be in the world who God is. Certainly compassion was the wallpaper of Jesus’ soul, the contour of his heart, it was who he was.

Jesus was not a man for others. He was one with others. There is a world of difference in that. Jesus didn’t seek the rights of the lepers. He touched the leper even before he got around to curing him. He didn’t champion the cause of the outcast. He was the outcast. He didn’t fight for improved conditions for the prisoner. He simply said, “I was in prison.”

The strategy of Jesus is not centered on taking the right stand on issues, but rather in standing in the right place—with the outcast and those relegated to the margins.

Compassion isn’t just about feeling the pain of others; it’s about bringing them in toward yourself. If we love what God loves, then, in compassion, margins get erased. Be compassionate as God is compassionate means the dismantling of barriers that exclude.

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla will be our model.

Prayer to St. Gianna Beretta Molla

God, our Father, You have granted to Your church the gift of Gianna Beretta Molla. In her youth she lovingly sought You and drew other young people to You, involving them, through apostolic witness and Catholic Action, in the care of the sick and aged, to help and comfort them.

We thank You for the gift of this young woman, so deeply committed to You. Through her example grant us the grace to consecrate our lives to COMPASSION AND MERCY, for the joy of our brothers and sisters.

Students will be recognized at the School Liturgy on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 9AM.

Class of 2017 Scholarship Total: $265,000

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.


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

Reading Olympics 2017

We are so PROUD of our elementary Reading Olympics team. Congratulations to our students and their families. Special thanks to Mr. Smith and Mrs. Costanzo. They will be celebrating this week with a special lunch just for them!

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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!

Quilting Club at Our Lady of Mercy

OLM’s Quilting Club is about to celebrate its 5th year. The quilting club is a service project organized by former teacher Mrs. Marge Ayers and Mrs. Sharon Gribb. To date the club has donated over 100 quilts to local hospital neonatal units. Club participants work in pairs to purchase the fabric, and over eight weeks they cut and sew a quilt from scratch. This year we have a total of 31 students participating and will produce 16 quilts for distribution. Mrs. Carol Opdyke and Mrs. Natalie Marano will also be volunteering their time and sewing skills. Once completed, the finished quilts can be seen hanging in the hallways of OLM before going off to their final destinations.


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!

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, 04/02

Katelyn McGuire

Colin Hora

Monday, 04/03

Grace Detwiler

Jake Weidner

Tuesday, 04/04

Mrs. Quinn

MaKenzie Smith

Wednesday, 04/05

Mrs. Makoid

Michael McMullen

Thursday, 04/06

Friday, 04/07

Saturday, 04/08


Monday: JP Romano

Tuesday: Danny Bryce

Wednesday: Gina Princivalle

Thursday: Antonio Fabrizio

Friday: Jimmy Johnston