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Alumnae Newsletter December 2018

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. 

Mercy Reflections

O God, along awaited One, as we join the long procession of those who have waited for you over the centuries, give us patience to use this time of waiting in a way that brings direction and hope to our world. Remind us that, day by day, we are on our way to you. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our companion on the way. Amen. 


School News

FIESTA 2019: Destined to Shine

Thank you to the following alumnae for volunteering to be Class Raffle Captains for FIESTA.  Purchase a FIESTA raffle ticket for the chance to win $10,000. 
Christine Gonderinger ’12
Emily Gonderinger ’09
Caitlin Botsios ’08
Molly Huerter ’06
Anne Stanley Mollner ’05
Ashley Shrader Miller ’04
Jackie Lee ’02
Marie Cusic ’01
Angela Burton Vogel ’00
Josah Driml Powers ’98
Helen Holmes Giambrone ’97
Sara Neuberger Coniglio ’96
Meg Neuberger Lee ’93
Kari Anzalone-Stavneak ’92
Katie Liebentritt Rozmajzl ’89
D'Lynn Gannon Buck ’88
Kelly Nystrom ’86
Amy Pistone Moore ’85
Jena Wilcox Mitzlaff ’82
Patricia Draney Hayden ’78
Judy Niemoller Sorenson ’75
Diane Hope Kean ’69
Marrianne Safranek Driml ’65
Be on the lookout for your invitation to FIESTA, which should be arriving in early January.  Get a table of your classmates together and join us at the Omaha Marriott Downtown on February 16 to celebrate FIESTA 2019!
Please also consider donating to this important event.  Donations of items, gift cards and monetary donations are always accepted with much gratitude.  You can also donate to our Wheelbarrow of Liquid Gold or wine table.  See what is needed.  Thank you for your generosity. 

Art Recognition

Congratulations to the 10 Mercy artists who had work selected for publication in Celebrating Art. Celebrating Art is a regional competition that accepts only 25 percent of art work entered. The judges noted that Mercy's student art was exceptional and 100 percent of our entries were accepted to be published. The judges felt that Mercy's artwork was beyond the grade level in comparison to other students. Artists include: Maggie Reinard, Ruby Kraft, Claire Fink, Anna Marie O'Donnell, Bridget Koley, Lexi VonDollen, Dani Stolze, Makayla Kennedy, Josie Browning, and Sarah Cordwin.

Mercy on KVSS

KVSS, Spirit Catholic Radio, 102.7 FM, will be broadcasting live from the school on Tuesday, January 15 from 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.  Topics included will be FIESTA, why Mercy is the school of choice for students, a conversation on a Bible reading, and musical selections from Mercy Singers. 

Runza Student of the Week

Senior Kate Tietjen has been named Runza Student of the Week.  KETV was at the school last week filming Kate for the honor which includes a $500 scholarship.  The TV segment will air on Sunday, January 6 during the 10:00 p.m. news.  Congrats Kate!



Athletic Events

Don’t forget to attend winter sports events.  See the complete athletic schedule. 

Trivia Night

Mercy High Trivia Night is Saturday, January 12, 2019 in the Catherine McAuley Athletic Center.  This is a 21 and over event.  Cost is $280 for a table of eight.  The cost includes food & drink.  
6:00 pm – Social Hour
7:00 pm – First Round Begins


Alumnae Events

Christmas at Mercy 

More than 250 alumnae, families, friends and volunteers attended this new alumnae event.  We hope to make it an annual affair. 




Alumnae Basketball Night

Join us for Alumnae Basketball Night on January 8th, 2019. Former players will be honored and watch our current Monarchs take on Wahoo. 

The Classes of the 70's

If you graduated between 1970 and 1979, you’re invited to Lunch with the Classes of the 1970s.  

Alumnae Notes

Update Your Information\

What’s new? Have you moved, gotten married, had a baby, or been promoted? Let us know by completing our contact form. 

Alumnae Awards

Do you know an alumna who is such a great Woman of Mercy that she deserves an award? Now’s your chance to nominate her for the Distinguished Woman of Mercy Alumna Award or the Young Woman of Mercy Alumna Award. 

Go to Ireland

The school is going on a trip to Ireland from June 2-9, 2020.  Space is limited. Email Julie Vankat for more information. 

Please Remember 

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 November 15,2018-December 18, 2018

Ruth Tigges Niver SM ’46
Dolores Cushing Gerbeling SJ ’49
Joan Marsicek Schlondorf SM ’49
Sharon Staroski Abboud ’63
Cora Smith Behnke ’63
Carmen Alba Bracken ’70

Prayer Request

One Saturday morning each month, the Catherine McAuley Prayer Circle meets in the Our Lady of Mercy Chapel to pray for the Mercy community. Submit a prayer intention. All are welcome to join us for the scriptural Rosary on November 10 at 9:15. Learn more and see future dates. 


Is your old Mercy sweater, shirt, or beanie taking up room in your closet? Send it to us as we build our collection of memorabilia! Email Roz Parr to arrange a drop-off time.

Lead Prayers

We are looking for volunteers to lead morning prayers on Tuesday mornings.  Volunteer. 

Volunteers Needed

There are many ways you can volunteer in support of Mercy. Check out our volunteer opportunities

Follow Us on Social Media

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.  You have to join LinkedIn to participate. 

Recruitment Support 

Scholarship & Placement Exam

As ambassadors for Mercy, please pass along the following important information. Our 8th Grade Scholarship & Placement Exam is Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 8:00 A.M. -Noon.  Students must take the exam to be eligible for scholarships and admission.  

Supporting Mercy High School 


Mercy High School is on Venmo and we’re accepting donations! Find us at @MercyHighSchoolOmaha to make your annual gift today. 

MX12 Program 

Consider donating on a monthly basis by joining Mercy’s MX-12 program.  

Planned Giving

Interested in providing a legacy of support to Mercy High School? You might want to consider a planned gift.  

Mercy is on Amazon Smile! 

With every purchase, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Mercy. It's a super easy way to support your favorite high school.  
•    Go to
•    Enter your existing Amazon username and password
•    Search “Mercy High School Omaha”
•    Click “Select”
•    Start shopping! 

Make a Tax-Free Gift to Mercy!


Did you know that, if you are 70 1/2 years old or older, you can donate up to $100,000 annually from your IRA directly to Mercy High School and receive tax benefits in return? Contact Vice President of Advancement, Nate Driml at 402-553-9424 to learn more!

Happy Holidays!

Students, faculty, staff and members of the Mercy community wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!