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St. Peter kindergartner Yunaimy Martinez and Mercy, Burlingame freshman Ciara Finucane decorating placemats in the high school’s cafeteria Sept. 23.

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Mercy Burlingame, St. Peter School students join for Mercy Day
October 3rd, 2016

Students from both schools joined together Sept. 23 for a Mercy Day celebration including prayer, lunch and a commemoration of the Sisters of Mercy beginnings in Ireland in 1827. Both Mercy High School and St. Peter School were founded by the Sisters of Mercy.

Capuchin Father Michael Mahoney, pastor of Our Lady of Angels Church, Burlingame, welcomed the group of more than 600 for Mass to start the day. Students later moved to the high school campus just blocks away. “Students joined forces to create decorative placemats for the residents of Mercy Retirement Center in Oakland,” said Sandy Flaherty, Mercy’s director of mission integration. “Students also created cards for Park Rangers who work with endangered species.”

Students then enjoyed a skit prepared by student body officers from both schools.

“The skit recounted the story of Mercy foundress Catherine McAuley and the sisters’ journey to San Francisco from Kinsale, Ireland in 1854,” Flaherty said. “The day concluded with the Mercy students encircling the St. Peter’s students and singing Mercy High School’s alma mater.”

From October 6, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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