Serving others through the eyes of our Blessed Mother is the aspiration of Our Lady of Mercy School’s Mary’s Club members. The club was started by the Salesian Sisters during the 1970s as an extracurricular for young ladies to guide them in loving our Blessed Mother more deeply. At the time, the boys had a similar club called the Dominic Savio Club, which encouraged young men to consider entering religious life.
Mary’s Club eventually disappeared from campus life but thanks to the efforts of the OLOM Early Childhood Center’s religion teacher, Ms. Sherri Montagnino and her amazing team of volunteers (OLOM School Teachers Ms. Delilah Tibbetts, Ms. Tonya DeSoto, and Ms. Andrea Hulse), Mary’s Club livened up the campus once again nearly six years ago, welcoming girls in grades second through eighth to participate.
Borrowing from the school’s motto, Prayer, Knowledge, and Service, Mary’s Club incorporates those same aspects into their meetings. The structure of the monthly meetings consists of an opening prayer; followed by a lesson about a special community organization’s needs, the life of Mary, lessons taught by religious leaders, just to name a few examples; then the girls are tasked with a project from making scarves for the elderly, to learning about sewing and making clothes from cotton and wool from sheep the way Mary would have done, to throwing a Christmas party for children in need.
One of the most memorable and exciting service projects each year occurs during 40 Days for Life. Members of Mary’s Club pray a group rosary inside the church, then host a baby shower for expectant mothers. The gifts that are collected by the group are donated to Catholic Charities’ Sanctuary for Life.
Longtime Mary’s Club member, Gabrielle Montagnino (8th grade) describes the goal of the club as a way to grow closer to Jesus through Mary. When the club was reestablished on campus six years ago, it started with twenty members. Today the club has grown to over seventy members. With the help of her volunteer team, Montagnino also offers a Mary’s Club summer camp each year. Activities include daily Mass, a tour of the church, fun crafts, guest speakers, and daily lessons. For more information about Mary’s Club, contact Ms. Sherri Montagnino, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Lady of Mercy, Pray for us!