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Alumnae Newsletter January 2020

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

MESA joins the Mercy community in prayerful support for communities and wildlife devastated by wildfire in Australia. We share the following prayer from Mercy International Association:

We pray for the safety of the firefighters, remembering particularly the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives or been injured in their efforts to protect the citizens and properties in their local communities. 

We pray for strength for those who have lost their homes and belongings and those who have lost their crops, animals and landholdings.

We continue our prayers for the end of drought gripping Australia.

We pray that the rains will come to quell the fires, soak the parched Earth, fill the dams and restore hope in the farming communities.

School News

Join us at FIESTA 2020! 

Honoring our Past While…Leaping into our Future.  Join the fun that is FIESTA!  Gather with your fellow alumnae, family and friends and enjoy an evening of fun and reminiscing all to benefit our Mercy Girls.  Celebrate Sr. Johanna Burnell, RSM, the 2020 recipient of Mercy’s highest honor, the Cor Misericordiae Award.  We hope to see you there!

February 29, 2020, 5: 00 p.m. Omaha Marriott Downtown
Make sure you register for this event.

Extracurricular Update

The Treblemakers competed in their first competition on January 11 at Papillion South, earning a trophy for 2nd Runner-up in the women’s division.  The following weekend they competed at Ralston’s Show choir competition and also were 2nd Runner-up.  Early in January, the Dance Team won first place in Class B Dance and were awarded overall grand champion of the Skutt Catholic Dance Team Competition!  On the same week the cheerleaders for their 3rd place finish at the Skyhawk Cheer Sensation.

Catholic Schools Week 

Catholic Schools throughout our country will be celebrating this special week, January 26- February 1, bringing attention to the importance and impact of Catholic education. This year’s theme is Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. Mercy High School has activities planned that are announced as a surprise for students on Monday of that week.  Stay tuned to social media for updates. 

Catholic SuperStar contest  

Celebrate Catholic Schools Week by voting at for Mercy as a 2020 Superstar Catholic School.  Winners receive awesome prizes including banners and on-air promotions.  Vote starting next week!


Alumnae Events

Flow Class

Alumnae, parents and friends join us for a basic flow class led by experienced yogi and math teacher extraordinaire, Christine Gonderinger '12 on February 1 at 9:00 a.m. in Franey Hall. After yoga, stay for a light brunch. You're welcome to bring your own yoga mat; we will also have some mats available if you need one. Sign up now. 

Sign up for Career Day 

Mercy is hosting Career Day on March 30 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. If you’re interested in chatting with students about your profession, email Roz Parr ’09 or complete this form.


All-School Reunion

This year's event is June 7.  Staye tuned to this newsletter and social media for details on this annual event. 


Alumnae Notes

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

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, at  or call her at 402.553.9424. 

Obituaries from December 20,2019 to January 23,2020. 

Marguerite Fangman Stejskal SJ ’45
Rosalie Parks Graz SJ ’50
Patricia Alexander Walworth SM ’52
Sandra (Sandy) David Rockwood SM ’55
Sondra (Sonnie) Gallagher Kalinski ’57
Janice Tegels Siragusa ’59
Margaret Fangman McKelvey ’66
Teresa (Terri) Moore ’71
Janet A. Mortensen ’72
Michaela Connolly Harper ’78

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

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Supporting Mercy High School

Gifts From Your Will or Trust: Planned Giving Form

It is the time of year when we often find ourselves thinking of others. In addition to giving to your family and friends, remembering Mercy High School in your estate plan means that we can continue promising students of all backgrounds a fulfilling education and solid preparation for a changing world. 
Click here to let us know if you have already included Mercy High School in your estate plan, OR if you would like more information about making a bequest and creating your legacy.


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.  

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!