OLM Parent Bulletin
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
“God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” John 3:16
The Trinity! The inner life of God! The Greatest Mystery of our Faith!
We all are used to the idea that there is one God. And we fully accept that this one God is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. On the surface, this seems like a contradiction. How can God be one and three at the same time? It’s a mystery that is worth penetrating and contemplating.
First, we need to understand that God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three divine Persons. Each one distinct from the other. Each Person has a perfect intellect and free will. Each one is capable of knowing and loving to a perfect degree.
But it is this “perfection” of their ability to know and love that makes them one. They each share in the one divine nature and, within that divine nature, are perfectly united. This means that each one knows and loves the other perfectly. And that knowledge (an act of their perfect intellect) and love (an act of their perfect will) brings about a unity so profound and deep that they live and act as one God.
What’s also inspiring to know and understand is that the unity they share by their mutual knowledge and love also offers each one of them perfect fulfillment as a Person. This shows that “personhood” is fulfilled by unity. What a wonderful lesson this is for each of us.
We are not God, but we are made in God’s image and likeness. Therefore, we find fulfillment in the same way that God does. Specifically, we find fulfillment in life by our love of others and our freewill choice to enter into a knowledge of each person, forming a communion with them. This will take on different forms depending upon our relationships. Of course, husband and wife are called to share in the deepest unity in imitation of the life of God. But all relationships are called to share in God’s life in their own unique way.
Reflect, today, as we celebrate this Trinity Sunday, on the relationships to which God has called you. How completely do you imitate the love of the Trinity in your relationships? Certainly we will all find areas in which to grow. Make a commitment to take another step deeper and, in that step of love, allow God to give you a greater fulfillment as a result.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, help me to know You and to love You. Help me to discover the love You share within Your own divine life. In that discovery, help me to also love others with Your heart. Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I trust in You.
THANK YOU, OLM Families!
Dear OLM Families,
Happy last day of school! What a year it has been!
School year 2019 – 2020 is surely one for the books. It truly is marked by lots of memorable experiences for our school community. It certainly was action and fun-filled from beginning till end. That fun first day of school seemed to have just happened not too long ago. We were all treated to all the great activities planned by our Parent Teacher Organization, Student Council, and the faculty and staff.
Who would have thought of having a totally unconventional way of ending our school year? Despite the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic, we all managed to rise above them, truly making it work for our students with flying colors. With your utmost support, the extent of teaching and learning that took place is nothing short of praiseworthy.
With our Pastor, Fr. Domingo Orimaco, and the faculty and staff, I would like to thank you, parents and guardians, for your ongoing support to Our Lady of Mercy School. We are truly blessed to have you as our partners in the work that we do to provide a faith-based Catholic Education that engages and nourishes our student’s spiritual, academic, social, and emotional formation that empowers them to be of service to God and others.
Much appreciation goes to our hardworking faculty and staff for the commendable work that they do everyday to provide optimal opportunities to ensure that our students become Self-reflective, Thoughtful, Actively Engaged, Responsible, Successful Catholic Christian Learners.
Two of our teachers, Mr. Ed Beteta and Mr. Engelbert Abellana, are leaving our school. We thank them for their dedicated service to our school community and wish them well as they take on the next steps of their respective careers.
And to our students, our Super-S.T.A.R.S, a huge thanks for an amazing school year! In our hearts, they surely are our superstars! The challenges that came toward the end of the year just proved even more how awesome our students are. They quickly got on board and did what needed to be done to continue the focused learning till the last day of school. Excellent job, Bulldogs!
A special shout out goes to the Class of 2020! Congratulations and all the best as they begin a new chapter of their lives. We are very proud of their accomplishments and are confident that they are going to do well in high school and beyond. They now join the ranks of the alumni of Our Lady of Mercy School. Prayers and blessings to all of them!
We are set to open school on Monday, August 24th. As you know, we are still working on how the school is going to be configured in the fall, given our current realities. I acknowledge that uncertainties can cause some level of anxiety. Please be assured that we are going to keep you posted as we finalize plans for the next school year. It is our commitment to provide a program that meets all state and county guidelines while fulfilling the important mission of our school.
Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a joy-filled summer! May the blessings of our Loving God, through the intercession of Our Lady of Mercy, be with us all!
Sharing the following Press Release from Superintendent Pamela Lyons
Headline: Amid Projections of Health and Safety Adjustments for all Schools in the Fall, Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of San Francisco Double Down on Being More Than “Just Public Schools with God”
Like all school systems in California, the Department of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of San Francisco is currently working with all 52 elementary, middle and high schools in San Mateo, San Francisco, and Marin Counties to prepare for a fall return to school that prioritizes whole student development within upcoming health department guidelines.
In anticipation of a variety of models for education that include both in-person and distance learning options, the schools in the Archdiocese of San Francisco have established a renewed partnership that will innovate the student experience both on campus and behind the screen. This partnership with the University of Notre Dame’s Dr. Timothy O’Malley, Director of Education in the McGrath Institute for Church Life, will lead Archdiocesan Catholic schools to the cutting edge of education while maintaining the Catholic identity and community that has been a longstanding hallmark for Catholic school families.
News of this partnership comes not a moment too soon for Catholic school families seeking assurances about what the fall will bring for school children. “As a parent, I made the decision to send my child to Catholic school because I wanted her enveloped in a community that was as committed to raising a kind, compassionate, faith-filled young person and we are as a family.” Challenged by the distance learning model and the absence of in-person contact with teachers and school leadership, “we missed that feeling of being part of such a special community. Our family is thrilled that this partnership will help our schools prioritize that ‘special feeling’ that differentiates Catholic schools from all other schools, regardless of format.” (parent, Archdiocese of San Francisco Catholic K-8 School)
What does this partnership mean for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of San Francisco? During the course of the 2020-2021 school year the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the McGrath Institute will pursue new possibilities in the development of pedagogies for Catholic education that are theologically and educationally sound. As teachers at Catholic schools consider hybrid approaches to education in the fall, this partnership will allow Catholic school educators to work with the McGrath Institute to propose an incarnate and sacramental pedagogy that will serve as a model not only for the Archdiocese but the Church throughout the world.
“The mission of the McGrath Institute is to educate Catholic leadership by making the theological and educational resources of the University of Notre Dame available to the Church throughout the United States and world. Over the last three years, Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the McGrath Institute have developed a philosophy of Catholic education grounded in the rich intellectual and spiritual treasury of the Church. COVID-19 will not cause us to stop this work.” (Dr. Timothy O’Malley, Director of Education- McGrath Institute).
Families wanting to learn more about specific plans for fall reopening at Archdiocesan Catholic schools are encouraged to contact individual school sites for more information. Updates on the Archdiocesan partnership with Dr. O’Malley and the impact on Catholic schools will be shared regularly by the Department of Catholic Schools on their website, schools.sfarch.org.
Summer Office Hours
The school office will be open this summer following this schedule:
Thursday, June 11: 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Week of June 15 - 19, 2020
Tuesday, June 16: 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Wednesday, June 17: 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Thursday, June 18: 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Week of June 22 - 26, 2020
Tuesday, June 23: 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Wednesday, June 24: 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Thursday, June 25: 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Week of June 29 - July 3, 2020
Tuesday, June 30: 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Thursday, July 2: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
July 6 - 10, 2020
No Office hours this week
Week of July 13 - 17, 2020
Tuesday, July 14: 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Thursday, July 16: 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Week of July 20 - 24, 2020
Tuesday, July 21: 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Thursday, July 23: 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Week of July 27 - August 1, 2020
Tuesday, July 28: 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Thursday, July 30: 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Week of August 3 - 7, 2020
Tuesday, August 4: 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Thursday, August 6: 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Week of August 10 - 14, 2020
Monday, August 10: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 11: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 12: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 13: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Friday, August 14: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Week of August 17 - 21, 2020
Monday, August 17: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 18: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 19 – Staff Retreat (Office is Closed)
Thursday, August 20 – Teacher Work Day / PD: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, August 21 – Teacher Work Day / PD: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, August 24 First Day of School: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
You are always welcome to reach us at (650) 756-3395 or at email@example.com should you need our assistance.