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Alumnae Newsletter November 2020

Mercy Reflections

A Prayer of Thanksgiving during the Pandemic 

God, our Creator, by your great love and mercy, you have lavished us with everything we need for our wholeness and holiness! Please listen to our prayer as we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 
While it is true that we suffer during this COVID-19 pandemic, we also acknowledge the things for which we are most grateful:

Our common home, Earth, having a great vacation from our carelessness in polluting her; 
More people spending longer time in prayer, meditation and creation walks; 
Wild animals reclaiming their sacred spaces without humans disturbing them; Families building closer relationships among themselves during lockdowns; 
More people awakened to help those who are in need; 
Hearts learning to accept the uniqueness of others, may it be their race, color, ethnic background, beliefs, religion or traditions; 
The reduction in manufacturing of non-essentials; 
More and more people learning to reduce waste 
Creativity in educational instruction including online, modular, blended and home-school learning; 
The gifts of life, freedom and relationships, which we often take for granted; 
The generosity of so many people who recognize and respond to the extraordinary and abundant needs of others during these unprecedented times; 
The technology that helps us connect with each other.

As a whole, we the people on Earth are learning and preparing to treat our beloved Mother Earth and all God’s people with respect and reverence when this pandemic ends. Amen. 

This prayer was written for MESA by Sister Helen Libo-on, directress of School of Saint John the Baptist; Sister Hilda Jimenez, director of Mercy Junior College; and Sister Virgencita Alegado, director of Holy Cross High School. All three schools are located in Mindanao, Philippines.

School News

The Christmas Market premieres to support FIESTA

Celebrate the holidays and support FIESTA 21 by purchasing some special Mercy-spirited gifts from our Christmas Market.  Click here for more information. 

20 Inducted into NHS

Twenty students--two seniors and 18 juniors-- were inducted into Mercy High School’s McAuley Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) on November 10. Inductees are invited to apply based on 3.7+ cumulative GPA and exhibit excellence in leadership, service and character. Read more. 

Recruitment Activities 

Lunch & Learn

Mercy's last 2020 Parents Lunch & Learn for 7th and 8th grade parents is scheduled for December 10 from noon-1:00 p.m. and gives parents a chance to find out more about the school.  Tell your family and friends about this activity.  Register now. 

Alumnae Notes

Drive by to meet Santa Claus and get a Christmas Celebration to go!

 Purchase a Christmas Celebration To-Go and meet Santa from your car on Saturday, December 5 from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  The $25 package includes cookies, frosting and sprinkles, Christmas ornament craft supplies, hot cocoa and mugs and more holiday surprises.  Order by December 1 here. 

Nominate someone for an Alumnae Award

Do you know an alumna who embodies the mission of Mercy?   Nominate her to be the next Distinguished Woman of Mercy or Young Woman of Mercy!   Learn more about the awards and nomination process here. 

Alumnae items for Mercian

We are interested in knowing what is happening in your lives---jobs, travels, celebrations, important events and more.  Submit your item on this form. 

Alumnae Features

We feature interesting stories of Women of Mercy and the impact they have on the world.  Read about an alumna who had a chance to report on the elections, a former teacher, a current volunteer and more. 

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 15, 2020 to November 19, 2020. 

Shirley Guthman Maxwell SM ’44
Geraldine (Jeri) Higgins Langenegger SM ’47
Theresa Lukowski Kohanek SJ ’48
Dolores Grzywa Lessing SM ’48
Josephine Kubat Letak SJ ’50
Alice A. Mech SJ ’51
Dorothy Bogacz Jarzynka SM ’52
Eleanor Kros Frady SM ’53
Joann Braniff Andrews SM ’54
Kathleen Norris Horton SM ’54
Lorraine Lehre Eurek ’56
Elaine Micek Ellefson ’57
Sr. Marilyn Wallace, RSM ’60
Maureen Molloy Rushenberg ’63
Rita Macias Hall ’68
Janelle A. Stolen ’90

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Supporting Mercy High School

COVID-19 Support COVID-19 impacted many Mercy families. Support our unique Negotiated Tuition Program to help us keep a Mercy education accessible. Give here.  You can also contact Nate Driml, Vice President for Advancement, at 402.553.9424 or

Gifts From Your Will or Trust: Planned Giving Form

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! 

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