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Alumnae Newsletter February 2020

Mercy Reflections

(The following is a communication sent by Sr. Delores Hannon, RSM, President over the weekend) 

Dear Friends of Mercy,
 
This Sunday morning, I am praying for all of you.  We are all experiencing a week of rapid changes, a roller coaster market, concerns for health, for ….  We don’t know what? Please remember you are the people (depending on your age) who have lived through Y2K2, the tragedy of September 11, the floods of 2019, personal tragedies and we will be the people who LIVE through “the virus”.  It is Ok to be uneasy.  You’re being in touch with reality.
 
Here are a few tips I am using to LIVE through these days:
 
Pray:  Every day I start with the Catherine McAuley’s Suscipe.  I do find myself focusing on the line “take from my heart all painful anxiety”.  It helps me to remember our God is with us and it helps me create the space to quiet myself and be centered in our loving God.  Find that prayer time and space for yourself, please.
 
Find Beauty and/or something that makes you smile:  Take a moment to find beauty in the day.  It may be the smile of another, a piece of artwork, a piece of music, you know where you find beauty.  Also, find that something that makes you smile, maybe laugh.  Around my house we have a dachshund.  When he comes galloping into a room I have to smile, actually I laugh. 
 
Others:  There are people who you have the power to make their lives better right now.  We can all reach out to people who are shut in—drop them a note, a call or in this day and age Facetime them.  Or do something radical like thank the clerk in the grocery store.  It is worth the look of surprise on their face.  You know what you can do.
 
Thank you for taking a moment to read this note.  You are important to me.  Please remember take care of yourself, remember all those you love and who love you, be adaptable and pray for me and all of us. 
 
Affectionately yours,
 
Sr. Dee
 

School News

FIESTA 2020! 

The FIESTA catalog is live! Check out all of the items up for auction at our annual fundraiser in support of the Negotiated Tuition Program. There are amazing trips, experiences and baskets ready for you to peruse. If you haven’t registered to join us on February 29 yet, there’s still time to RSVP at mercyhigh.org/fiesta.

Grit Scholar Named 

M. E. Adams ’20 has been named a Creighton University Grit Scholar. This half-tuition scholarship is funded by the Heider Foundation. 

School Honors 

Mercy High School coach and student athletes were honored at the second annual “Lead Like a Girl Luncheon,” held early in February.  

Kaleidoscope Takes Flight Again

Mercy's four-year leadership and empowerment program which encourages each student to maximize their individual strengths by giving them opportunities to reach their full potential, kicks off next Monday and continues through March.  The first session will introduce sophomores to CliftonStrengths, Gallup's strengths assessment. 

Freshmen Scholarship Day  

Mercy awarded scholarships to 12 future Mercy Girls from seven different schools in mid-February. Congratulations to our new Monarchs! 

Alumnae Events

Speak at Career Day 

Speak at Career Day on March 30 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Volunteer here or contact Roz Parr ’09 at parrr@mercyhigh.org or 402.553.0424.

Alumnae Performance of Spring musical

Join us for a special alumnae preview performance of Chicago: High School Edition on April 16. Seats fill quickly. RSVP here.

All-School Reunion

Save the date for the All-School Reunion on June 7. We’ll be honoring the Class of 1970. RSVP here.

Join Prayer Circle

 
Join the Catherine McAuley Prayer Circle in saying the rosary once a month. Learn more here.
 

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 daleyd@mercyhigh.org

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 chambersn@mercyhigh.org  or call her at 402.553.9424. 

Obituaries from February 20, 2020 to March 18,2020. 

Dolores Biga Crnkovich SM ’43
Catherine Magnuson Ostronic SM ’46
Mary Kay Rinn Berigan SM ’48
Marilyn Yechout Stoysich ’57
Mary Ann Ourada Gaddie ’58
Mary Jane Martin Cook ’65
Sandra Jaeger Mauro ’66

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

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

Recruitment Support 

5th & 6th grade Lock-In on March 7 

See why girls from all over Omaha choose Mercy.  Play games, meet new friends, create an art project, have dinner, and learn routines from the Mercy Cheerleaders and Dance Team. Sign up now. 

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.

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.  

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 smile.amazon.com
•    Enter your existing Amazon username and password
•    Search “Mercy High School Omaha”
•    Click “Select”
•    Start shopping!