Mercy Peek & Ponder by Mr. McGrath

Volume III Issue 32 Sunday, April 23, 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.

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

Divine Mercy Sunday celebrates the merciful love of God shining through the Easter Triduum and the whole Easter mystery. The feast recovers an ancient liturgical tradition, reflected in a teaching attributed to St. Augustine about the Easter Octave, which he called "the days of mercy and pardon," and the Octave Day itself "the compendium of the days of mercy."


Pope John Paul II's interest in Divine Mercy goes back to the days of his youth in Krakow when Karol Wojtyla was an eyewitness to so much evil and suffering during World War II in occupied Poland. He witnessed the round ups of many people who were sent to concentration camps and slave labor.


In his hometown of Wadowice, he had many Jewish friends who would later die in the Holocaust. During that time of terror and fear, Karol Wojtyla decided to enter Cardinal Sapieha's clandestine seminary in Krakow. He experienced the need for God's mercy and humanity's need to be merciful to one another.


While in the seminary, he met another seminarian, Andrew Deskur (who would later become cardinal), who introduced Karol to the message of the Divine Mercy, as revealed to the Polish mystic nun, St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, who died at the age of 33 in 1938.


Pope John Paul II wrote an entire encyclical dedicated to Divine Mercy -- Dives in Misericordia (Rich in Mercy) --illustrating that the heart of the mission of Jesus Christ was to reveal the merciful love of the Father.


In 2000, when Pope John Paul II canonized Sister Faustina Kowalska, he stated in the homily for her Mass:

"Her mission continues and is yielding astonishing fruit. It is truly marvelous how her devotion to the merciful Jesus is spreading in our contemporary world, and gaining so many human hearts!"


Our Lady of Mercy Regional Catholic Schools exists primarily to spread MERCY - within our school community, our neighborhoods, and the world. For when we do, we pass on the love of Christ and the MERCY humanity needs and craves.

Upcoming Events

April 24

Dine & Donate: Fireside (more information follows)


April 25 & 26

Merit Dress Down Days


April 25

Earth Day Assembly, 9AM, Grades K-4

Home & School General Meeting, 7PM (OLM cafeteria)


April 26

Grade 4 Class Mass, 9AM

Earth Day Assembly, 9AM, Grades 5-8


April 27 & 28

Science Fair (more information follows in the Peek)


April 28

Dress Down Day for WAGS Rescue (more information follows)

Grade 4 Trip to Churchville Nature Center

Progress Reports

DINE AND DONATE @ The FIRESIDE

Date: Monday, April 24th

Time: All Day - Eat in or Take out

For: 4th Grade class trip to Harrisburg.

Students will meet Representative Tom Murt for a special tour of the State Capitol.

HOME AND SCHOOL MEETING

Tuesday, April 25th, 7pm

29 Conwell Drive

Maple Glen, PA

Mark your calendars and join us for an informational evening benefiting our OLM parents and staff. The topic of the meeting is "How to Eat Healthy on the Run" and "Stocking a Healthier Pantry", presented by Lisa Foster, CHC Health and Wellness Coach. Wine and cheese will be served. We hope to see you there. The meeting will take place in the OLM cafeteria.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

OLM SPRING OPEN HOUSE

Wednesday, April 26th, 6-8pm

29 Conwell Drive

Maple Glen, PA

OLM OPEN HOUSE

Please spread the word! If you have friends or neighbors with school-age children attending another school or looking for a school, please tell them about our Open House on Wednesday, April 26th from 6 - 8 PM. Attached is the flyer. Remember, we offer a $500 tuition referral credit to anyone who refers a family who registers.

If you have registered for Camp Mercy, please stop by and meet the Camp Director and some of the counselors. Ask them some questions....


If you are on a high visibility street and would like to display a lawn sign, please see Julie Bebey @ jbebey@olmrcs.com.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

SCIENCE FAIR

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

Any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Sharon Gribb at sgribb@olmcatholicschool.com.

April Dress Down Day to benefit Wags Rescue: April 28th

Wags Rescue is a small group of volunteers from Bucks County, Philadelphia and Montgomery County who joined together to help animals affected by Hurricane Katrina. Over the years, they have expanded and now work tirelessly to save dogs from overcrowded high-kill shelters in the south by placing them in loving and safe homes.


We will be collecting the following items for Wags Rescue:

K-3 should collect

- Metal dog bowls

- Leashes

- Collars

- Puppy Food


4-8 should collect

- $1 Donation to Wags Rescue


Feel free to dress down in an animal themed shirt or accessory to show your support for Wags Rescue. The dogs will be so happy!

TALENT SHOW

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.

BENEFIT BEEF AND BEER FOR ELIZABETH MYERS

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:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d44a5a729aa8-evening or you can also donate to the Go Fund Me page at: https://www.gofundme.com/zhmpyadw.

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.

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.

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!

6TH GRADE PRETZEL SALE FUNDRAISER

The 6th Grade students will be selling regular sized pretzels for the students to enjoy in the month of April and May during snack time. Complete the form that was sent home if you would like your child to have pretzels. All pretzels MUST be pre-ordered. The dates for pretzels are 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15 and 5/22. The cost is $5 per child. Send in cash or checks made payable to OLM to JP Romano (6-Opdyke) by Wednesday, April 18th.

UNIFORM EXCHANGE

If you have kids that have outgrown their OLM uniforms, please contact Julie Bebey, jbebey@olmcatholicschool.com 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

Church


**More information can be found on the 8th Grade Teachers Websites!

A MESSAGE FROM THE HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION...

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!


www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0F48A5AC2CA0F85-teaching

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: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4daaa622a6f49-april1

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, 04/23

Faith Delaney


Monday, 04/24

Devin Lee

Julia Norton


Tuesday, 04/25



Wednesday, 04/26

Mrs. Saxton


Thursday, 04/27

James Phillips

Ciara Peyton


Friday, 04/28

Emma Harbison

Carly Lewinski

Luke Topley


Saturday, 04/29

ALTAR SERVICE THIS WEEK 9AM

Monday: TBA

Tuesday: TBA

Wednesday: TBA

Thursday: TBA

Friday: TBA