September: Spirit Week & Field Day
Spirit Week, hosted by Student Council, is held the last week in September. Each day has a different theme to encourage class spirit. The week culminates in Spirit Day with a noon dismissal. The day begins in the auditorium with a scavenger hunt and class competitions . Weather permitting, games and activities can also be held on the beautiful campus grounds. Although all grades participate in the week long spirit-building activities, Spirit Day, itself is for Grades 9-12 only. Grades 6 and 7 experience their annual class retreat, and Grade 8 participates in their first Ministry Day of the year, off campus.
September: Mercy Day Liturgy
Our opening Catholic liturgy of the school year is held on or near the feast of Our Lady of Mercy.
December: Christmas Baskets & Golden Mass
Sponsored by Campus Ministry Board (CMB), this long-standing tradition of providing food, clothing and gifts to families in need is perhaps, the most moving ceremony held at Mercy. Each homeroom “adopts” a family , which can be as many as 32 families benefiting from this project. Culminating in a beautiful liturgy, the wrapped gifts and food baskets surround the altar to be blessed. Students personally deliver these items to the individual families. Often times, this is the most moving act of service for our students during their time here. Many alumnae and families return specifically to celebrate Mercy’s Golden Mass.
March: Mission Month
Mission Month is a tradition unique to Mercy, reflecting our desire to support the mission of The Sisters of Mercy. Rooted in the belief that we are “Women Who Make A Difference”, students help with both local and global needs. A concerted effort is made on the part of all to participate in fund and fun-raising efforts that directly benefit others!
April: Arts Fest
This is a one-day event that encourages students to showcase their talents and to learn more about various art forms. Past workshops and demonstrations include art, pottery, dance, poetry readings ,theatre and photography.
April: Accepted Student/Family Picnic
This much-anticipated event is hosted each spring by Mercy Faculty and Staff. Students participate in a scavenger hunt around campus and enjoy several ice-breaker activities, ending with a family style dinner.
May: Father-Daughter Dinner Dance
This Mercy favorite is open to students in grades 9-12 and their father, guardian or grandfather. The evening includes dinner and dancing and is a tradition year-after-year for many families. Not to be missed, this very fun evening is a wonderful chance for Dads to connect, as well as spend time with their daughters.
May: Junior Ring Ceremony
The very meaningful Junior Ring Ceremony takes place in the context of the celebration of the Eucharist. Juniors and their families celebrate this visible symbol of the Circle of Mercy by having this very unique ring blessed by the Mercy Community. Following a reception, the girls are permitted to leave, as it is also the same day as Junior Prom.
May: May Day
This beautiful tradition dates back to the beginning of Our Lady of Mercy After a Eucharistic liturgy on campus, everyone is invited to gather in the grotto while the May Court processes to the Blessed Mother and Senior May Queen crowns Mary. Chosen by their classmates and staff, the junior and senior May Court exhibit qualities that represent Our Lady of Mercy and the entire student body, Dismissal is at 10:30am, as the Senior Ball also occurs on this special day.
June: Teacher Swap Day
Sometime during the winter months, the middle school students bid for spots as teachers, assistant principals, and principal. For one day, the lucky student whose name is drawn performs the duties of that teacher/administrator. While the students are busy teaching, the teachers (some perhaps in school uniform) are busy being students.
June: Moving Up Ceremony
Held on the last day of classes, at the end of the day, different classes are celebrated, and then tradition has it that they “move up” to the next position in the auditorium seats. Seniors celebrate throughout the day.
June: Eighth Grade Commencement
Eighth grade students participate in a prayer service and awards ceremony to highlight their successes over the past two years. Families are invited to share in this memorable event held in the auditorium. Current seventh graders provide a reception immediately following.
June: Rose & Mass Graduation
This very special Mass is for graduates and faculty only. Held in the beautiful Motherhouse Chapel, it is truly a special evening held prior to graduation.
All Months: Ministry Days
Middle School Students participate in three days of service per school year, providing service to 20 different local venues.
All Months: Dress Down Days
A number of student organizations/clubs sponsor a dress down day to gather funds for their activities. Faculty and students pay a minimum of $1.00 for this privilege. Participation is strictly voluntary and occurs on average once a month.