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Mount Mercy Holds Its Annual Mother-Daughter Mass and Breakfast

began with a mass at Holy Family Church in South Buffalo.  The Women’s Choir provided the vocal music for the mass.  Sophomore Emily Rhoads (Orchard Park) and junior Gina Szumigala (Elma) proclaimed the readings.  Senior Alana Szumla (West Seneca) and freshman Raeanne Gott (Buffalo) offered the prayers of the faithful and Marian Kotwica (Orchard Park) and her two daughters, senior Madeline and junior Jillian presented the gifts. During the mass senior Alesia Hamm and her mother Pat (Class of 1990) gave a reflection about mothers and daughters and the growth Alesia has experienced at Mount Mercy.

                After the mass the mothers and daughters traveled to Ilio DiPaulo’s in Blasdell for a family style breakfast.  Before breakfast began, seniors Kaitlyn Morris (Orchard Park), Madelyn Bentkowski (Buffalo) and Julia Walsh(Buffalo) shared what the senior class wrote about what their mothers mean to them.

Jill, Marian and Madeline Kotwica.

"Mount Mercy has taught me some of the most important things in my life and I am so grateful for that. I know that incorporating the principles of a woman of Mercy has made me the best version of myself. I can only hope that in the future, I will continue to grow and teach others the valuable lessons that I was taught at Mount Mercy. While I have learned so many things here, the greatest thing by far that I have learned is that DNA does not always make a family, love makes a family and that is exactly what I have gained here, a second family."

Mariah Rullan

Class of 2019

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