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Alumnae Newsletter May 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.

Mercy Reflections

As we are called to see ourselves and each other as earthen vessels that hold God's presence and bring God's gifts to the world, so too, this very world and all that is above, around and within it are earthen vessels - just as easily shattered, just as much in need of our loving attentiveness and support. May our hands align with God's in caressing and shaping these vessels.
For trees, plants, crops, and forests. Let us pray.
For water, oceans, rivers, streams and ponds. Let us pray.
For air, wind, climate and weather. Let us pray.
For sun, clean energy and prevention of global warning. Let us pray.
For animals, especially endangered species. Let us pray.
For all humankind. Let us pray.
For recycling and moderate personal consumption. Let us pray.
For proper use of chemicals and disposal of toxic waste. Let us pray.
For Earth and unity. Let us pray.
Creator God, we thank you for all of creation.We ask your forgiveness where we have failed to be just stewards. And we now ask for your guidance in restoring the face of the earth. May we learn to live in harmony, safety and just sharing of resources among all so that we achieve the kingdom of God.
Peace be to this community. Peace be to this land. Peace be to all people. Amen.

School News

Spring Musical Presents Into the Woods

Alumnae, family and friends attended the spring musical and enjoyed the performance that included 50 students on stage and on the crew. 

Fine & Performing Arts Shows Showcase Mercy Talent

During the first week in May the school held an art show, a spring concert and a dance recital with current students showcasing their skills.  

Plant Sale 

Thanks to everyone who participated in the annual Plant Sale.  Thanks to your efforts we raised more than $57,000 for the Negotiated Tuition Program.

May Crowning: A Blessed Tradition

One of the most meaningful traditions at Mercy High School is May Crowning.   The ceremony honors Mother Mary by selecting a senior who exemplifies the qualities of Mary as May Queen, and having her crown Mary’s statue with a circlet of flowers.  The May Queen is accompanied by the May Court, which includes representatives from each class.  

This year’s May Queen is Allison Vana who is President of the Senior Class.     Joining her on the May Court were: 
    Seniors: Jennifer Carpenter and Claire Fink
    Juniors: Kayleen Gruhn and Gianna Jergovic
    Sophomores: Kateri Pantoja and Kelliaine Villalava
    Freshmen: Cecilia Galardi and Aluel Mareng

Outstanding Seniors Announced

Mercy students Jordan "Jojo" Fett and Katherine "Kate" Tietjen were named Outstanding Seniors this year. The winners are chosen by the senior class, faculty, and administration and must represent the class in an outstanding way. Honorees are considered by their peers and leaders to be loyal, trustworthy, spirited, compassionate, generous, and dedicated while also being involved in school activities.

Students Honored with Awards

A special Honors Convocation was held to recognize academic achievement and other awards for students. 

Graduation Class Earns $6M in Scholarships

66 students graduated on May 15th.  Seventy-five percent of the Class of 2019 have earned more than $6 million in college scholarships.   

Mercy Holds First College-Signing Day

Mercy seniors were accepted at over 58 higher education institutions.  On May 1st they celebrated their college signing day with social media posts featuring the hashtag #MercyMomentum. 

Spring Sports Fly High

Soccer:  Mercy made it to the State semifinals and finished the season the season with a 15-5 record.  

Tennis:  The team heads to State on May 16th in Lincoln.

Track Team:  Mercy did very well at Districts and is represented by several students who are headed to State on May 17th . They include:

Katie Geist-1st in discus at Districts.
Katie Smith- 4th place in 800 meter run.
Anna Youell-4th place in 1600 meter run.

Summer Camps

Looking for activities to help your elementary and high school girls build athletic skills while having a good time?  Mercy offers a wide variety of summer camps that fit the bill.  Find out more and register today. 

Alumnae Events

Into the Woods Alumnae Night

Thank you to the 125 alumnae and their guests who joined us for a special preview of Into the Woods !

Class of the 1950s Celebrate

Thank you to the 55 alumnae of the classes of the 1950s from Mercy, St. John's, and St. Mary's who joined us for lunch on May 7th. We had a lovely time at Anthony’s reminiscing about our favorite Mercy memories and learning about all of the more recent happenings at Mercy.

Mercy’s All-School Reunion is June 2nd

There’s still time to RSVP for our All-School Reunion Mass and Brunch on June 2nd. Join us to celebrate the Class of 1969 and our Distinguished Woman of Mercy Award winner, Ann Bendon Wieberg ‘57. Click here to register.

Reunion Weekend Soccer Match 

All alumnae are invited to join us on Saturday, June 1st from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for a small-sided match at the College of Saint Mary. Whether you played in high school or not, we'd love to see you on the field in your Mercy blue and gold. Sign up here.

Alumnae Living in the Denver Area

Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 22nd as the Alumnae office is headed your way for a Mile High gathering.  Join Mercy’s president, Sr. Delores Hannon, RSM that evening as she will provide an overview of the latest happens at the school. Family and friends are welcome to attend.  This is a “more the merrier” type of event, so please do spread the word.  Look for more information about it soon.  Contact Roz Parr in the Alumnae Office with questions or call her at 402. 553.9424. 

Alumnae Notes

Alumnae Items 

We want to know what is going on in our alumnae's lives.  Have you recently been promoted, taken a great trip, received an award, met with classmates, had a birth or gotten married?  Please submit these items to the Deborah Daley, editor of The Mercian or call her at 402.553.9424. You can also let us know by completing our contact form.  Our next publication will be out late this summer. 

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 March 28th, 2019-May 14th, 2019

Patricia Fogarty Griffin SJ ’46
Betty Feder Slezak SM ’52
Mary Lou Targy SM ’52
Germaine Dogoda Schweigart ’56
Kathleen McDermott Tvrdik ’57
Beverly Rocheford Wood ’58
Lois Ferro Cunningham ’59
 

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 March 16th at 9:15 a.m. Learn more and see future dates. 

Memorabilia

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! Contact Roz Parr to arrange a drop-off time.

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. 

Supporting Mercy High School

Omaha Gives

Save the date: Omaha Gives is May 22nd. Create a cheer page to encourage your friends to support your favorite high school! 

Venmo

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! 

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