A Message From the Director
Dear Friends of Dorothy Bennett Mercy Center,
As the season for remembering God’s gifts to us comes to a close, we at Dorothy Bennett Mercy Center having given thanks for many blessings, turn our attention to the other beautiful season of LOVE that is Christmas. During these days of Advent we will find ourselves struggling to keep God at the center of all by focusing on the celebration of Jesus’ birth – Love Incarnate and the Word made flesh.
Happily, there is a constant reminder of the real meaning of Christmas in the Center. The children are learning and singing Christmas carols and are excited about the upcoming “pageant” and, of course, they have their own interpretations of what it all means as they relate to Jesus in a way that only children can. This is a very special celebration for them – after all it is all about the Christ child.
As you may have noted in our recent newsletter, we held a GED graduation ceremony in November in the Convent of Mercy auditorium. 22 students completed the GED program and 10 were present at the graduation ceremony. It was so inspirational to hear how they attributed much of their success to the Dorothy Bennett Mercy Center program and how happy they are to recommend our program to their friends. The “valedictorian” spoke about how much she appreciated the support of her family and friends in helping to make her dream of getting her GED a reality.
Our immigrant families rely on our After School program, knowing that their children are in a safe and loving environment. The staff and volunteers have proven very adept at creating ways to help improve reading and math skills. They work hand-in-hand with the graduate students from St. Joseph’s College who assess learning styles and help to develop ways to ensure that every child has the supports needed to meet the challenges of mandated testing. But above all, there is always time for music, art and fun!
I am sure you are aware, we receive no government funding for any of our programs and the two above- mentioned comprise 60% of our expenses. I hope you will consider making a donation to Dorothy Bennett Mercy Center this Christmas season. Please know that by making a donation you are joining with us in the spirit of Mercy, ensuring that every child and adult has the opportunity to succeed. As Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy said, “do what you can, while you can, for those you can.” Your support is extremely important to us.
Please know that we will remember you in our prayers this Christmas season. May God bless you!
Sister Breige Lavery, RSM
Read our Newsletter Winter 2014-2015