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"A Tribute to Our Mothers" was the Theme of Mercy's Mother Daughter Breakfast

by cnewman

Pictured here: Abigail, Mary and Jessica Teibel
Pictured here: Abigail, Mary and Jessica Teibel

The Orchard Park Country Club was the setting for the Mount Mercy Academy Annual Mother Daughter Breakfast on Sunday, November 17, 2013. The students and their mothers, aunts and grandmothers celebrated Mass at the historic Mount Mercy Academy Convent Chapel at Mercy Center earlier in the day. Principal Margaret Staszak welcomed the girls and their families, many of whom represented generations of Mercy graduates.

Guests were met by greeters Jeanne Balys and her daughters Alison and Olivia, Sharon McCormick and Daughter Mara, Renee Wolf and daughter Elissa as well as Sharon Sullivan. The procession to the Mercy altar was lead by seniors Catherine Cassidy and Haley Sullivan with celebrant Father Joe Bayne. Father Bayne celebrated a mass centering on the theme of "A Tribute to Our Mothers." The readings were proclaimed by Catherine Cassidy, Mary Kate Fitzgerald, Molly Lempko and Sara Nostrant. Gifts to the altar were presented by the Kelleher family: Colleen Gill Kelleher, Mary Ann Kelleher and Erin Kelleher. Students and their mothers also acted as Eucharistic Ministers and included Nancy Ogorek, Michelle Takacs, Mary Wagner, Brittany and Elissa Wolf. Nancy and Kelly Bojdak provided the communion reflection from both a parent and student view.

Class moderators Dawn Robertson, Jaime Faulhaber, Katharine Swieczynski and Jeanne Burvid as well as parent coordinator Kathleen Crowley Bamrick and Mercy Class Officers have been planning the annual event since September. The event, which is always popular, was once again sold out.

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