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2018 Benefit Off Broadway

Saturday, February 10, 2018

It's time to get groovy at the Studio 5801!

On February 10, 2018, Mercy hosts our annual Benefit Off Broadway. This event features live and silent auctions, dinner, a Wheel of Chance, a $25,000 capital prize drawing and the opening of the treasure chest. So, grab your bell bottoms and platform shoes, and get ready to dance the night away in support of our Mercy girls.

Click here to preview items on our Wheel of Chance, and click here for the order form.

To purchase tickets, contact Leslie Hibdon at (502) 671-2021.


Community Leadership Award Recipient - Diane Nelson '77

Mercy Academy awarded Diane Nelson '77 with the Community Leadership Award, which recognizes an individual whose leadership in service impacts the community. Diane is widely known and respected throughout the community through her many volunteer roles and accomplishments. She was named Executive Director at the Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) in 2008 when she decided to shift away from the corporate world to follow her non-profit calling. VIPS's mission is to empower families by providing educational excellence to children with visual impairments.

Diane treats these young children like her own. She oversees all administrative and financial functions associated with running a successful non-profit, and she has grown the agency's reach and impact over 100% in six years. We are so fortunate to have her on our Board of Directors at Mercy, and we are honored to celebrate her accomplishments.


A Christmas Midnight Mass Reflection on Isaiah 9:1-6

In the first reading at Christmas Eve Midnight Mass, we hear a very familiar passage from the prophet Isaiah proclaimed:

"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light... for a child is born to us, a son is given to us. Upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace."

Two years ago for Midnight Mass, I heard these words while sitting in the pews. My wife, Kate, and I went with my family to Holy Trinity parish. I remember it vividly because ten days before the two of us had found out that she was pregnant. Our Christmas Eve was in that electric time when no one else, only she and I knew the secret: a great joy had just entered into the world.

Holy Trinity, that night, was jammed packed. So full that we sat in overflow seating in a separate section of the church with no view of the altar and with the audio piped into our room. That suited us fine because she needed to sit close to the bathroom because of her morning sickness. The smell of maple-syrup flavored graham crackers that a woman next to us fed to her child almost sent Kate over the edge.

Despite our distance from the action of the liturgy, the readings and the meaning of Jesus' incarnation absolutely riveted us. I can't describe what it is like to go through Advent with its stories of waiting and expectation, the couples deeply desiring and unexpectedly becoming pregnant beyond hope, while yourself living that story. It is one of the times when Scripture has most poignantly spoken directly into my own life:

"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light... for a child is born to us, a son is given to us." Those were words written with fire. Spoken by God directly into my own heart. I had a hard time not breaking into tears when I heard them proclaimed there, surrounded by a press of people (including my own family) unaware of the mystery.

People all throughout history and around the world have wanted and needed to hear this same good news. We have all been walking in darkness. The darkness of war, of violence, of sin and death. This long, dark night of humanity has persisted like an endless winter. Like a nightmare from which we can't awaken.

Occasionally a brief flash of light has cracked across the sky: the birth of a king named Hezekiah in the time of Isaiah was one such example. The people of Judah hoped that he would bring an end to the night. Isaiah called him "Emmanuel," which means "God is with us."

The joy of this king did not last. Like many promises, indeed like many false messiahs that have come and gone, the light flared briefly and was gone, making the darkness and cold feel even greater.

I am sure that we can relate to that feeling: a job that we thought that would be fulfilling that ends up crushing our spirits; experiencing the excitement of a political candidate who ultimately disappoints or betrays; or the thrill of a new Christmas gift—perhaps one that we waited in line for days for—that ends up satisfying us for an hour but finally leaves us empty and unfulfilled. Perhaps even the child we were so excited about who ends up breaking our hearts.

And so it is on this night, out of the silence and the gloom and fear of oblivion, the hope of all people is born. A great light has come to pierce the darkness. A child who is at once a tiny squawking infant and also truly Emmanuel is born.

The light is shining in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it. What makes this child different is that he has conquered death. This child, this God with us, will show us on Easter morning that we need never again fear sin and death. The light and love and grace of God has overcome even the darkness of the tomb.

The sign for us of this momentous change is a tiny infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. It is the weakest, most vulnerable creature who has rocked the world tonight. God is with us and daylight is breaking.

Sisters and brothers, I give you tidings of great joy. The good news that Kate and I experienced last Christmas has been given to all of us a complete and permanent way. A child is born; a son has been given. We are invited to come to adore him and to spread his light into all the places in our world that remain dark. Let us pray that we can be heralds of the light, shining the grace and love that is Emmanuel.


High School Placement Test

The high school placement test is the nationally standardized test that is given by all the Catholic high schools in Louisville. It is required for admission to Mercy Academy. Only eighth-graders are permitted to take the test.


For those who were unable to make the original test, a make-up test is offered Saturday, January 6. For more information please call Paige Stewart at (502) 671-2021.

  • There is a $10 fee, and students are asked to bring two #2 pencils.

Open House

Join us at our Open House on Saturday, December 2, anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Mercy's Open House is an opportunity for families to tour our beautiful 24-acre campus, meet current students, and speak with our teachers about our innovative curriculum and academic programs. You also have the chance to visit with coaches and representatives from our sports and extra-curricular activities. Our counseling department and business office will also be available to answer questions you may have.

If you are not available to attend Open House and would like a personal tour, please contact Paige Stewart at (502) 671-2021.

"We truly enjoyed meeting so many of the students and faculty at Open House and were impressed with the educational opportunities available for our daughter. We felt genuine hospitality the second we walked through the door! Thank you!"

- Mercy Family


Mercy Equestrian Club

Love horses? Want to ride with your friends? Interested in learning about horsemanship and the equine vet profession?

To learn more about the Mercy Equestrian Club, join us at the Louisville Equestrian Center on Saturday, December 2, 2:30-4:00 p.m.

There will be a horsemanship lesson, you will groom a horse, and participate in a free mini riding lesson.

Students will meet at Mercy the fourth Tuesday of every month to learn from an expert in the equestrian field. We will rotate riding at different barns throughout Louisville.

Whether you are a seasoned rider or someone who just loves horses, this club is for you!


The Wizard of Oz

ALL SHOWS ARE SOLD OUT.

Performance Dates:

Wednesday, November 15: 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 16: 7:00 p.m.
Friday, November 17: 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 18: 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 19: 2:00 p.m.Friday, November 17, all alumnae and their family are invited to Cookies with the Characters where light refreshments will be served along with an opportunity to meet the cast. 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 18, enjoy Dinner and a Show. Please RSVP by emailing Amanda Simmons no later than Wednesday, November 15 if you would like to attend. 5:30 p.m. $25

Sunday, November 19, all are invited to Cookies with the Characters. 1:00 p.m

What are you looking forward to most this year?

As I begin my final year at Mercy, I can't help but think about all the lasts I will experience this year. Last Back-to-School Blast, last Walk, last Winter Dance, last retreat, all the way down to my last day in my beloved Mercy skirt. While these thoughts sadden me, they also excite me. I feel so fortunate to have spent my years at Mercy with the best friends I could ask for, and I am only looking forward to all the amazing memories we will make together this year. It is hard to say what I am looking forward to the most this year because everything I am looking forward to is what I am dreading at the same time. I am dreading experiencing these things for the last time as I realize that my days at Mercy are quickly diminishing, but I know they will create some of my most cherished high school memories.

That being said, I think the thing I am most looking forward to this year is Prom. As seniors, this is one of our last chances to get to spend time with each other. Simply choosing Mercy has given me the privilege of having 113 immediate sisters I know I can turn to, both in times of joy and sorrow. Prom is one of those times of joy, where we will be able to celebrate our amazing four years together. Prom is our last hoorah together, with a week of sorrow following, as we prepare to graduate. This experience will be something we can all look to in those times of sorrow – a time we can all look back on and remember the wonderful times we had together at Mercy.

Looking back at my time at Mercy, I realize the value of each day and the happiness it brought me. This year, I strive to make every day a day I look forward to. Realistically speaking, not every day will be a good day, but I know simply walking into the doors of the Academy make each day a little brighter – and that is something I can confidently say I look forward to.

$10,000 Grant for Mercy's STEM Program

Mercy graciously accepted a $10,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation in coordination with our friends at the Catholic Education Foundation last Friday, September 22. This grant a huge advancement for the STEM program!

The grant funded our DJ Inspire2 Drone and complimentary high-tech imaging components for students to utilize inside and outside the classroom.

Students will use drone technology to create a viable drone prototype, market a company, and test their prototype using professional grade technology.

Check out this video to learn what the grant provides for our students: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VD2pfJQzDtc&feature=youtu.be.


Give for Good Louisville

Give for Good Louisville is today, September 14. This 24-hour giving period opened at 12:00 a.m. and ends at 11:59 p.m.

Giving to Mercy is simple. Visit giveforgoodlouisville.org/organizations/mercy-academy, and select the amount you would like to donate. Your donation supports the education of Mercy girls for years to come.

Your donation, no matter the amount, truly makes a difference. Thank you.

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