Alumnae Newsletter
December  2015

Happy Holidays!


May you have the gift of faith, the blessing of hope and the peace of love at Christmas and always.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your families! 


FIESTA 2016
This event wouldn't be a success without the help of our countless Alumnae! We are still looking to fill FIESTA with auction items! 
Here are a few suggestions of gifts we could use more of:

Bottles of wine
Baskets (themed baskets are always a crowd favorite)
Gift cards to restaurants
Gift cards for shops/services
Tickets to events
Points/Miles for hotels and airlines
 
*We hope to have as many gifts turned in by January 8th in order to meet our catalog deadlines.
 
Don't forget to reserve your seat to celebrate FIESTA on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at the Embassy Suites in La Vista!

If you are looking to purchase a raffle ticket or reservation please contact Sandy Gaydusek at gayduseks@mercyhigh.org

For more information regarding donations, contact Kristen Martin Beck at  beckk@mercyhigh.org or 402.553.9424.



Prayer Circle  
The next prayer circle is on January 9. We will offer up special intentions of those in need and pray the scriptural Rosary.  Coffee and conversation will follow the rosary.

If you would like us to pray for a special intention, please contact Naomi Chambers at chambersn@mercyhigh.org or 402.553.9424. 

Trivia Night   
Mercy High Monarch Parents Club presents its annual Trivia Night on Saturday, January 9, 2016 in the McAuley Athletic Center. 
6:30-7:30 p.m. social hour and dinner, 7:30 p.m. the first round begins! $240/Table of 8 or $35 a person - dinner and drinks included. Please call the school office with any questions or email Holly McCoy at  mccoyh@mercyhigh.org.

Even though the deadline has passed there are still a few spots left and we would like to fill them by Monday, December 21st!

For more information.  

A Comfortable Cup of Tea
One of the traditions of Mercy High School, dating back to the life of foundress, Catherine McAuley, is a "comfortable cup of tea." While on her deathbed McAuley remarked to her sisters,  " Be sure you have a comfortable cup of team for them when I am gone." The cup of tea has become a universal signature of hospitality for the Sisters of Mercy.
 
Carrying on that tradition is Sister Jeanne O'Rourke, who has spent nearly 20 of her 60 years as a Sister of Mercy ministering to the students at Mercy High School. The current spiritual advisor at the school has tea time in a special room with Mercy students every Tuesday and Thursday.

This tradition was featured in a front-section story in the Omaha World-Herald complete with a video.  Read more. 

News About You
We are collecting alumnae updates for the winter Mercian edition. Please send us anything new that is happening in your life for the winter edition. We would love pictures and stories to share! Send all updates to the alumnae relations director, Kristen Martin Beck '05 at beckk@mercyhigh.org. 
Year-End Giving
Did you know that 75% of all donations take place during the holiday season?  Consider making an end-of-the-year gift to Mercy High School.  Not only can you help provide a Mercy education for a deserving girl, you will get a tax advantage.  It is easy, just donate online. 

Employer Match Charitable Contributions
Does your employer match charitable donations? If so and if you donated to Mercy this year, don't forget to complete the paperwork for the corporate match. If you have questions, please contact Jim Pogge at  poggej@mercyhigh.org  or 402.553.9424.
Save the Date
Prayer Circle
Saturday, January 9 at 9:15 a.m.
Our Lady of Mercy Chapel.
Please RSVP to Naomi Chambers at chambersn@mercyhigh.org or 402.553.9424. 

Trivia Night 
Saturday, January 9 at 6:30 p.m.
McAuley Athletic Center
Please RSVP by December 21, 2015
Visit our website for more information!
 
FIESTA 2016
Saturday, February 20, 2015
Embassy Suites La Vista
To Donate an auction item contact - Kristen Martin Beck '05 at beckk@mercyhigh.org
To Purchase a raffle ticket or advertisement contact - Sandy Gaydusek at gayduseks@mercyhigh.org 
To Underwrite or Purchase a table contact-Jim Pogge at  poggej@merychigh.org. 

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