06/25/18 6:00am
06/25/2018 6:00 AM

A lot changes in a school over 50 years. Blackboards turn to smart boards. A Common Core curriculum is required. And students are glued to cell phones and social media. 

But in all that time, at least one thing has remained constant at Our Lady of Mercy Regional School in Cutchogue: beloved teacher Rosemary McGoey.  READ

06/22/18 5:58am
06/22/2018 5:58 AM

The white walls were bare in the hallways at Our Lady of Mercy Regional School Monday morning. 

On a single bulletin board, spelled out in yellow lettering, was a message: “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”

Boxes filled up one room and inside a pre-K classroom across the hall, the cubbies were empty. READ

03/25/14 3:00pm
03/25/2014 3:00 PM
Our Lady of Mercy students (Credit: Courtesy)

Our Lady of Mercy students participate in Generation Nature. (Credit: Courtesy)

First graders at Our Lady of Mercy Regional School in Cutchogue are participating in Generation Nature, SeaWorld’s new environmental awareness program.

The program is led by Bindi Irwin — daughter of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin — and is designed to inspire kids to protect wildlife and natural habitats.

03/06/14 5:00am
03/06/2014 5:00 AM
Our Lady of Mercy Regional students donated proceeds from a recent T-shirt sale to the North Fork Parish Outreach (Credit:

Our Lady of Mercy Regional School students donated proceeds from a recent T-shirt sale to the North Fork Parish Outreach (Credit: Our Lady of Mercy Regional School)

Our Lady of Mercy Regional School students recently raised about $200 through a T-shirt fundraiser and donated the money to North Fork Parish Outreach.

School officials said the students were inspired to help the less fortunate after participating in a recent school assembly that talked about the importance of good nutrition.

06/09/13 9:43am
06/09/2013 9:43 AM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Our Lady of Mercy’s production of Alice’s Adventures continues at North Fork Community Theater today at 2 p.m.

Our Lady of Mercy Theatre Group presented its first performance of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the North Fork Community Theatre Saturday night.

Written by Lewis Carroll and adapted by Christine Watts, the play follows Alice as she discovers the strange world that exists down the rabbit hole.

A second performance is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m.

12/15/11 1:00pm
12/15/2011 1:00 PM

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Students play during recess at Our Lady of Mercy Regional School in Cutchogue.

Might the East End’s three Catholic elementary schools be in jeopardy of closing or downsizing in the near future? That’s a question many in the community were asking last week after the Diocese of Rockville Centre announced cuts to Catholic school education on Long Island for 2012-13.

The diocese said six Long Island Catholic schools will close their doors for good at the end of the current school year as part of a plan to reduce costs. The diocese also announced that the three East End Catholic elementary schools will be asked to form a “strategic alliance” to remain viable in the long term.

Diocesan spokesperson Sean Dolan said Friday that St. Isidore’s Roman Catholic School in Riverhead, Our Lady of Mercy Regional School in Cutchogue and Our Lady Queen of Apostles Regional School in Center Moriches are being asked to find ways to come together next year for economic viability.

“Parishes, administrations, pastors, the diocesan elementary and the bishop’s advisory committee will be sitting down to assess how to make this work,” Mr. Dolan said.

Mr. Dolan said that while none of the three East End schools is currently slated for closure, a possible scenario might be for one of them to downsize.

“They’re not going to close right now,” he said. “Hypothetically, it could be that one school becomes a lower grade school.”

Since Our Lady of Mercy already offers only kindergarten through sixth grade, that would make St. Isidore’s or Queen of Apostles, both of which offer seventh and eighth grade classes, the more likely of the schools to downsize.

While an official at Our Lady of Mercy said St. Isidore’s will “potentially go to six grades,” Pastor Robert Kuznik of the Riverhead church said such speculation is premature.

“None of the three schools — Cutchogue, Riverhead or Center Moriches — are closing or downsizing in any way,” he said.
St. Isidore’s might seem like the most likely candidate to downsize since Bishop McGann-Mercy High School, which also calls Riverhead home, already offers seventh- and eighth-grade classes.

But Pastor Kuznik said ultimately the three elementary schools are simply being asked to come together in an effort to increase enrollment by finding ways to make the schools more attractive to the parents of prospective students. He said improving use of technology in the classroom is one way Catholic schools could become more appealing to the community.

Our Lady of Mercy principal Lorraine Delgenio said she’ll be sitting down next month with the principals of the other two schools to discuss how to strengthen their programs as a Catholic school community and promote Catholic education as an alternative to public education.

“Maybe we’ll take out advertising as a group,” she said.

Ms. Delgenio says she hopes the diocese is a part of the meeting, to offer direction.

“The diocese has been a wonderful help, support and advisor,” she said. “I’m sure that won’t stop.”

Mr. Dolan said the East End Catholic school community should view last week’s announcement as a good thing.

“Bishop [William] Murphy’s intent is not to close schools,” he said. “The hope is that the schools will be able to continue.”

In a Dec. 6 letter to parents posted on St. Isidore’s website, Bishop Murphy said it’s his goal to make sure there will be no more school closures during his tenure.

Our Lady of Mercy school board president Eileen Powers said it will be business as usual next year at the three schools.

“They just want us to work together and we already do work together,” she said. “Our kids are not going to school anywhere else.”

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11/19/11 7:00am
11/19/2011 7:00 AM

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Loretta Hatzel-Geraci, the director of Greenport-based North Fork Parish Outreach, loads bags of food into her car donated from Our Lady of Mercy Regional School in Cutchogue. Rosemary McGoey’s fifth-grade class organized the food drive.

Rosemary McGoey’s fifth-grade class at Our Lady of Mercy Regional School in Cutchogue organized a food drive this month, beating its 500-item goal by over 170 items. Students carried bags of food out to the school’s parking lot, where Loretta Hatzel-Geraci, the director of North Fork Parish Outreach in Greenport, piled them into her car Thursday.

“It looks like there will be enough food this Thanksgiving for needy families,” Ms. Hatzel-Geraci said about the bags of donated food. “This is wonderful.”

For more information about donating food, visit the North Fork Parish Outreach at 69465 Main Road or call (631) 477-6607.