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Alumnae Newsletter November 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

Prayer Before Meditation
Come, Holy Spirit, dwell in our hearts and kindle in them the fire of your divine love.
O eternal God, grant to us, we beseech you, the fullness of your divine Spirit and give us openness to the inspirations of your grace. Help us to put aside every thought and concern that may distract us from your holy presence. Through the life and death of Jesus Christ and through the intercession of Mary and all the saints, we sincerely ask that this prayer may glorify you and bring us to salvation.


School News

FIESTA 2020 Registration Open 

As a fellow Mercy grad and Chair of FIESTA 2020, I'd like to extend a personal invitation to all Mercy alumnae to join the fun and festivities that are FIESTA!  Whether you've remained a part of the Mercy community or you've lost touch with your Mercy roots, I encourage you to take this time to reconnect.  Gather your fellow Mercy alumnae and be a part of this wonderful event!  

Registration is open now at, so I welcome you to sign up today before the busyness of the holidays takes center stage.  Post your photo with a note that says "FIESTA registered" to #mercyhighFIESTA on Instagram or Twitter to see those friends who are registering for FIESTA!  I look forward to meeting many of you at this year's FIESTA 2020 at the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District on Saturday, February 29, 2020!
Nicole Liebig Lakeman '92
FIESTA 2020 Chair          

Spirit Week

Make sure to check out Facebook all week.  Students, faculty and staff are getting in the spirit by Dancing through the Decades. Classes are also collecting canned goods to support Operation Others. 

18 Students inducted into NHS 

Students were selected based on four key criteria
•    Scholarship (a cumulative grade point of 3.5 or higher); 
•    Service (30 hours of service in the last 18 months), 
•    Leadership and involvement (extracurricular activities); and
•    Character

Read more. 

NHS presents wreathes to veterans 

On November 18, the National Honor Society presented 30 decorated Christmas wreaths to Veteran’s Hospital in partnership with the Great Plains Council of the Paralyzed Veterans of America.  The presentation was made to the head of Volunteer Services for Veteran’s Hospital.  The wreaths will hang in many of the public spaces around the hospital as well as in their clinics.

Alumnae Events


Christmas at Mercy  

The entire Mercy community is invited to Mercy to celebrate Christmas with Santa on Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m. until noon at Franey Hall. You must register to attend. 

  • Bring your kids, grandkids, and friends to celebrate the season.
  • Take pictures with Santa
  • Decorate Christmas cookies
  • Make a craft
  • Play holiday bingo
  • Hear about Student Council's mission project
  • Christmas sweaters (cute or ugly) are encouraged! Sponsored by the Alumnae Council. 

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 October 11, 2019 to November 20, 2019. 

Jeane Catherine Griffin Finical SJ ’48
Donna Shober White SM ’48
Mary Ann Kripal McDonald SM ’49
Phyllis DiBaise Stessman SM ’50
Colleen (Terri) Heenan Eickelman ’59
Mary Lou Hudyka O'Loughlin ’66
Mary Ann Pisci ’69
Michaela Connolly Harper ’78
Katharine Bayerl Rachow ’94

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 Events 


8th Grade Scholarship and Placement Exam Jan. 11 


Spread the word and let family, friends and neighbors know about the required exam taking place on Saturday, January 11 from 8:00 a.m.-noon. Register today to secure your spot in the class of 2024 and to qualify for over $62,000 in scholarships and $1.8 million in tuition assistance that we provide to our students annually. Register here. For more information, contact Mrs. Anne McGill, Director of Admissions at or 402.553.9424.

New 6th and 7th Grade Practice Exam Scheduled 

Please pass along this information to family and friends.  Mercy is now offering a practice exam. Students can test their  knowledge at Mercy.  The 6th & 7th Grade practice exam is not an admissions exam, but will show achievement level in several areas and help prepare girls for high school.  Register here. 

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.

Giving Tuesday is December 3.

Join in this global day of giving by 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.  

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!