Dear Mercy Parishioners,
It is with great joy and enthusiasm that we begin the 63rd year at Our Lady of Mercy School on Monday, August 10. The faculty, staff and administration have been hard at work preparing for the arrival of our students for what promises to be a wonderful year for our parish school.
As I begin my fourth year as principal, our school will be using the scripture passage from Matthew 5:14-16 as our theme for the year, which reminds us that we “are the light of the world.” Fr. Cleo often shares that our parish school is the largest, and one of the most important, ministries at Our Lady of Mercy. As such, our faculty and staff are called to share the light of Christ with our students and their families. Furthermore, our role as a Catholic school also calls us to instill the light of Christ in the hearts and minds of our young people so that they are able to share this same light with the world wherever the Lord may call them to do so.
It is our responsibility as parents to pass on the Catholic faith to our children and to raise them in the image and likeness of Jesus Christ. At Our Lady of Mercy School it is our privilege to partner with parents to fulfill this task and to educate our students in an authentically Catholic environment. For all of us working in the ministry of Catholic Education, this is why we do what we do. Our Lady of Mercy provides an outstanding academic program and intellectual formation. However, our primary goal is to help our students grow in their faith by fostering a strong relationship with Jesus Christ and cultivating a life of virtue that will help our students get to heaven.
I am excited to share that our school’s enrollment has reached over 870 students. This number reflects an increase of over 100 students in the past few years, with waiting lists in multiple grade levels. We are in an exciting time of growth, and the campus master plan “Traditions for Tomorrow” could not have come at a better, or more necessary, time for our school. The unveiling of the master plan on August 19 will show our plans to build additional classrooms, athletic facilities and performing arts space to accommodate the growing number of students at Our Lady of Mercy.
We are blessed with wonderful children and parents in our school community. I invite you to pray for our teachers – who are the best! – as we work to provide the young people entrusted to our care with a Catholic school education that will help them fulfill their destiny to become saints. May our light so shine that they may see our good works and give glory to our Father who is in Heaven (Matthew 5:16). God bless!
Mr. Brian Moscona