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Alumnae Newsletter November 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

by Sister Pat Kenny, RSM 

Loving God, you inspire us with love for all persons
and concern for the well-being of all creation.
Give us today the strength and courage
to transform the compassion of our hearts
into acts of peace, mercy, and justice.
Forgive us for desires for vengeance and retaliation.

Help us to renounce all forms of violence:
prejudice, unfair allegations, intolerance, and injury.
Give us the courage to resist
all actions that threaten the lives and livelihoods of innocent people.
Empower us to live out the caring presence
of the merciful and generous persons we claim to be.
Make us channels of your peace, bearers of healing,
women and men who hear and respond with alacrity
to pleas for justice in our world.
We ask all this in the name of Jesus
Who came among us to show us the way. 

School News

FIESTA 2019: Destined to Shine

Information on Mercy's biggest fundraiser to support Negotiated Tuition is being frequently updated on  Do know someone who would like to advertise with us?  Would your company consider being a sponsor? Make sure you have marked February 16, 2019 on your calendar.  

National Honor Society

Twenty students were inducted into the Mercy chapter of NHS.  Students were selected based on four key criteria
•    Scholarship (a cumulative grade point of 3.7 or higher); 
•    Service (30 hours of service in the last 18 months), 
•    Leadership and involvement (extracurricular activities); and
•    Character.

Read more and see the students named. 

Food Sale 

Thanks to everyone who bought food from our students to support our fundraiser for Negotiated Tuition Program.  We raised $51,573. 

Christmas Concerts

The annual Christmas program is Tuesday, December 11th in Franey Hall at 7:00 p.m.  Concert Choir, Mercy High Singers, and Beginning Guitar will all perform as ensembles and also as selected soloists and small groups. Come and enjoy the beautiful sounds of the Christmas season with our Mercy Girls! Admission is free.
The Durham Museum Holiday Concert
Mercy High Singers will be performing in the beautiful Durham Museum on December 15th at 2:00 p.m. This performance backdrop is incredibly beautiful with not only amazing acoustics but also stunning holiday decorations! Cost is the admission charge to the museum.  The performance will run about 25 minutes.

Show Choir Camp

Tell your family, friends and neighbors. The Treblemakers, Mercy’s Show Choir are putting on their annual middle school show choir camp on Saturday, December 8th. from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The camp is run entirely by the Treblemakers and they even create the choreography that the participants will learn.  The camp is open to girls who are in grades 4th-8th. Participants will work on singing, stage presence, choreography, and find out more about show choir! At the conclusion of the day, attendees will perform their newly learned show choir show for friends and family. This is also the first time that the Treblemakers will perform a portion of their 2018-19 show.  The performance is at 3:30 p.m. and is open to friends and family members of both the participants and the Treblemakers. ´╗┐Cost of the camp is $35 and your can register here.

Spirit Week

Our Student Council does a series of events to celebrate Spirit Week including costumes.  The theme was Dressing Up Nocturne with categories each day.  Wednesday was Dorothy Lynch Ladies Wednesday and several students and teachers dressed up as Rosie the Riveter. 

Alumnae Events

Christmas at Mercy

On December 16, Santa Claus is coming to Mercy! From 2-4 pm, kids of all ages are welcome to decorate cookies, make ornaments, hear the Mercy High Singers carol, and visit with Santa in Franey Hall. Please RSVP by December 12 using this form or email Roz Parr. 

Classes of the 70's

Graduates from 1970-1979 are invited to join us for lunch on January 23, 2019. Mercy's President, Sr. Delores Hannon, RSM will provide a school update with time for questions and answers. RSVP here.

Classes of the 60's

On November 6th, 35 alumnae who graduated from 1960 to 1969 joined us for lunch at La Casa Pizzaria. Principal Kristi Wessling ’88 provided an overview of this school year and answered questions about all things Mercy. Our alumnae had a great time reminiscing, looking at old yearbooks and Pivots, and rekindling friendships.

Memorial Mass

More than 200 alumnae attended Memorial Mass as they celebrated the lives of those who have passed and been memorialized at Mercy in the last year.

Class of 1963

The Class of 1963 has monthly luncheons at Harrah's Council Bluffs, Iowa at 11:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of every month. For more information, please contact Kay Mahoney Zielinksi at

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 Vankant 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 October 19, 2018-November 14, 2018

Elizabeth Fogarty Clavin SJ ’43
Regina A. Begley SJ ’47
Maureen Doran Kees SM ’52
Joyce Watson Vondrasek SM ’54

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 here. All are welcome to join us for the scriptural Rosary on November 10 at 9:15. Learn more and see future dates here. 


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 here. 

Volunteers Needed

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

Follow Us on Social Media

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

Recruitment Support

Have family, friends or neighbors interested in knowing more about Mercy?  Sign up today for the Lunch & Learn for Parents.  The next one is on Thursday, December 6th from noon to 1:00 p.m. Register here.  

Support 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.  Click here to learn more.

Planned Giving

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

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
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  • 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!