90 years of tradition
Mercy opened its doors in 1928. Over the years, we have built magnificent traditions that are integral to all the members within the Circle of Mercy. This includes over 13,000 Mercy alumnae – truly women whose lives were changed at Mercy! Each of our school’s traditions has special and meaningful significance to every Mercy Girl. Quite often, alumnae return to Mercy to participate in these events that made such an impact on them during their time here.
Here are just a few of Mercy’s cherished traditions
Golden Mass, the long-standing Mercy tradition of providing food, clothing, and gifts to families in need, is perhaps the most moving ceremony held at our school each year during Advent. Following a beautiful liturgy, in which the wrapped gifts and food baskets surround the altar are blessed, students and families personally deliver the items to families in need. Many Mercy alumnae return specifically to celebrate Golden Mass. It’s a great way to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.
Each spring, Mercy juniors celebrate a milestone event in their high school career by receiving their school rings. The rings, blessed at the celebration of the Mass, are a sign of the students’ journey through Mercy’s hallowed halls, and a sign of the oneness they share with the thousands of alumnae who also wear the ring. The girls enjoy the tradition of ‘turning’ each other’s rings at the reception.
May is the month of Mary, the mother of Jesus. In her honor, Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women observes our traditional May Day celebration, which dates back to the very beginnings of Mercy. Mass is celebrated and witnessed by the May Court, students, parents, teachers, and friends. 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. The celebration of the Blessed Mother’s crowning takes place in the Grotto following Mass.
Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women celebrate our traditional Rose Mass in the Motherhouse Chapel the evening before commencement. The Mass – attended only by seniors, faculty, and staff – is the last opportunity for students and teachers to gather as a Mercy family to say goodbye. Each student carries a rose into Mass that is blessed by the priest. These roses are given to the young ladies at graduation.