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Alumnae Newsletter October 2020

Mercy Reflections

Prayer for the Beatification of Catherine McAuley Prayer for the Beatification of Catherine McAuley

If you wish to join the Sisters of Mercy, their Associates, Companions and friends in praying for the Beatification of Catherine McAuley, we offer you this prayer.

Loving God, you chose Catherine McAuley for the service of your people who are poor, sick and uneducated. You inspired her to found the Sisters of Mercy that these good works might endure. Give to each of us a portion of her compassionate spirit and ardent desire to serve your suffering people. Bless all our undertakings and grant that union and charity may always thrive among us. Graciously hear our prayer for Catherine, and by granting the favors we ask through her intercession, hasten the day when her sanctity will be celebrated by all the church. Amen. 

School News

FIESTA 2021: the theme is Saints & Superheroes

This theme gives a nod to the unique challenges of the current year with a focus on the positive. During times of trial, who are those in your life that provide assistance or encouragement? These are our Saints & Superheroes. Additional information is available here. 

Sr. Corrine to receive highest honor at FIESTA

Sr. Corrine served as Mercy's principal from 1978-1988. During her tenure, she increased enrollment, invested in building upgrades, renovated the parking lot, and began a student recruitment program. She also helped with the very first FIESTA, called Twelfth Night, and brought school spirit to new heights. Read more. 

Mercy Day play via video

The time-honored tradition of the Mercy Day play by seniors was done on video. This year’s two Catherine McAuleys were Anou Akot who served as the narrator of the play and Kateri Pantoja who portrayed the younger Catherine dressed in a habit. Read more. 

Support Mercy Monarch 5K

Instead of our annual student Fall Food Sale to raise funds for our unique Tuition Assistance Program we are doing something different: the Mercy Monarch 5K. This new, socially distant fundraiser gives students the chance to safely participate from their own neighborhoods, running trails, parks or treadmills. Students will walk or run 5K (3.12 miles) any time during the month of October while raising funds to support negotiated tuition. Alumnae can support this effort by pledging support here.  

This is one of two student fundraisers sponsored annually to help students participate in funding Mercy High School’s educational programs.  

Blood Drive a success. 

A big thank you goes to the students, faculty, alumnae and many parents who donated blood at Saturday's Red Cross drive sponsored by the National Honor Society and Holy Cross Parish. Forty-eight units of blood were collected and the Red Cross reports that each unit has the capability of saving three lives. This means that through the generosity of the Mercy and Holy Cross communities, 144 individuals have been given the gift of life.

Recruitment Activities 

Open House

Spread the word about Mercy's Open House Nov. 1 from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. for 8th graders and their parents which features guided tours with a Student Ambassador, where you can meet students, faculty, administration and coaches.  In order to keep with social distancing guidelines, only 8th graders and their parents (no other family members) can register for Open House. 

Lunch & Learns

Mercy is holding a series of Parents Lunch & Learns to find out more about the school.  Tell your family and friends about this activity.  Register now. 

Dates of 2020 Lunch & Learns
·    Tuesday, October 20
·    Thursday, November 12
·    Thursday, December 10

360 Virtual Tour

There is now a 3D tour of our school is now live of the school that you can view and share with others. There is a little tutorial on the first slide of how to use it, and blue tags throughout the building to guide you and highlight important info.

Alumnae Notes

Autumn Alumnae Happy Hour

 A group of alumnae gathered to paint pumpkins and enjoy seasonal drinks and snacks while socially distancing.

Hughie Thorsen '68 shares feelings about Mercy

“Hold fast to what endures” is one of Hughleen (Hughie) Thorsen’s ’68 favorite sayings from an Advent Holy Communion prayer. It also applies to how she feels about Mercy High School. She is immensely grateful for the education she received at Mercy. Hughie has many fond memories of her high school years, stays connected with the school by volunteering, and shares insights on the impact Mercy has had on her life. Read more here. 

Order your Mercy Spirit Wear 

It is not too early to start your holiday shopping.  From jackets, to t-shirts, hoodies and more check out Mercy's Spirit Store and order now. 

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 is a children's youth pastor, a vet, 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 September 18, 2020 to October 14, 2020. 

Marian Greco Pirruccello SM ’42
L. Jeane Maun Travis SJ ’45
Delores Barone Twedt SM ’53
Theresa Spirek Holman ’57
JoAnn Havranek Arnold ’62
Jean (Jeanie) Newell Paver ’63
Lorna Klein Hurst ’71

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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! 

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.  
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