The Mercian is a twice a year magazine from the Advancement Office. It features alumnae updates, school news and information on upcoming events. What is new with you? Tell us what is happening in your world. Share your story and submit an update for the next issue. Write up a short paragraph including, but not limited to, advanced education, career changes/promotions, vacations, weddings, births, etc. Please include a photo with your update. (The photo must be in jpeg format and of 300 dpi resolution.) Submit your update and photo to Deborah Daley, Communications & Marketing Director or call her at 402.553.9424.
The Advancement Office distributes a monthly e-newsletter to alumnae on the third Thursday of the month during the school year. If interested in receiving or if you have items of interest for this publication, please contact Deborah Daley, Communications Director.
Alumnae Newsletter September 2019
We will use Constant Contact to send out a bulleted edition of this newsletter every month. If interested in a particular item, more information is given under each topic area.
Prayer for the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy
September 24, 2019
On this special day we praise and honor you, Jesus, who in your coming among us marked out Mercy as the principal path on our journey to You. We celebrate Mary your mother, the Mother of Mercy, who as she held you, holds each of us lovingly and tenderly in her merciful heart. We celebrate Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Sisters of Mercy, a woman of faith, whose gift was Mercy and whose passion was to serve your suffering people.
As we rejoice in this abundance of grace, we ask you to deepen in us this wellspring of Mercy. Let us hear the pain and anguish of those who cry out for justice and let us respond generously. Let our hearts be filled with compassion for the stranger and the outcast and welcome them into our midst. Let us open our hearts to the cry of earth and reverence and care for our common home.
Gracious God, we thank you for Catherine, a woman of faith and a woman unafraid to risk. We are grateful for all who walked the path of Mercy from 1831 to today. We appreciate our relationships with each other and with all who have enriched our lives in Mercy. We value all the women and men of Mercy, who with tenderness and fidelity have devoted themselves to the works of Mercy ... Gracious God, we thank you.
Written by Sister Mary Anne Nolan
Mercy Day 2019
You can watch the seniors put on the Mercy Day live on Facebook with festivities beginning about 10:00 a.m. CT. We are also encouraging alumnae to get together and celebrate and share pictures, memories and social media posts at #OMercyDay2019.
Mercy's largest fundraiser for the Negotiated Tuition Program is scheduled for leap day on February 29, 2020. Once again we will be at the Omaha Marriott Downtown in the Capitol District. Stay tuned for more details in the weeks ahead.
Golf Fest Raises Nearly $60K
More than 156 golfers played the course at The Players Club at Deer Creek on September 9. Thanks to them, our sponsors and volunteers we raised nearly $60K for the Negotiated Tuition Program. See who won and find out more.
Fall Play is Front
The fall play will be Front by Robert Caisley, winner of the 1996 Kennedy Center/Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award. Set in England during the Blitz in World War II, a number of struggling individuals and families come to terms with war and loss. The cast includes 24 girls and three boys from neighboring high schools. Read more.
Looking for some scrumptious food and to support a great cause? Each fall Mercy High School students sell frozen food to help fund the school’s Negotiated Tuition Program. The kickoff for this important fundraiser is Thursday, September 19. As an added convenience, you can order everything online.
Our fall sports teams are doing well. Volleyball took 1st place in the Jim Bayly tournament defeating Omaha North and Omaha Central High Schools. Softball has won eight games. Golf and Cross Country are also competing well. Check out Mercy's social media to keep up-to-date.
As a school, we do our best to live the Mercy mission every day. Thanks to generous donors, including alumnae, we have some new signage in the front office and the Advancement Office. These are great visual reminders of the mission coupled with Mother McAuley’s inspirational words of wisdom. We also added powerful quotes from women leaders in the hallways to inspire students.
Golden Guild Tea
Alumnae who graduated 50 years or more ago are invited to the Golden Guild Tea on September 21. RSVP today.
Class of 1950s lunch
Alumnae of the 1950s are invited to join us for a luncheon and school update on October 10.
Class of 1960s Lunch
Graduates from the classes of 1960-1969 are invited for a lunch and school update on October 22.
Looking for Alumnae to Interview
Women of Mercy are having an amazing impact on the world as mothers, business women, entrepreneurs and their jobs range from educators, health care givers, philanthropists, artists, lawyers, and so much more. Mercy wants to spotlight your involvement through articles. If you have a story to tell or know someone who has had an interesting journey contact Deborah Daley, Communications and Marketing Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A lawyer, a recent graduate who is working for the Mercy Volunteer Corps and many more alumnae stories highlight what an impact our graduates are having on the world. Read their stories.
Once a month we will post names of Mercy graduates who have passed away. This list is compiled from official notifications and will only include Women of Mercy. If you have a loved one who passed away, please contact Naomi Chambers, Database Coordinator, or call her at 402.553.9424.
Obituaries from August 27, 2019-September 19, 2019
Rita Jessen Grudle SJ ’43
Betty Holub Hallas SJ ’48
Cecilia Kubat Larsen SM ’52
Audrey Schulte Piccolo SM ’55
Bonnie Casey Culhane ’64
Christine Kucirek Haines ’69
Volunteer at Mercy
There are all kinds of ways for our alumnae to get involved at Mercy. From joining the Alumnae Council to speaking at Career Day, we’d love to have you back at school. Click here to see a list of volunteer opportunities and to sign up.
Follow Us on Social Media
See why girls from all over Omaha choose Mercy. Play games, meet new friends, create an art project, have dinner, and learn skills from Mercy volleyball players. Cost is $25 due by October 7. Register now.
Supporting Mercy High School
Help welcome the Mercy High School student body with a gift to the annual fund. Remember, dollars raised through this fund directly support educating those students who need financial assistance the most.
Mercy High School is on Venmo and we’re accepting donations! Find us at @MercyHighSchoolOmaha to make your annual gift today.
Consider donating on a monthly basis by joining Mercy’s MX-12 program.
Interested in providing a legacy of support to Mercy High School? You might want to consider a planned gift.
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