The Holiday Shop opened on Friday afternoon, and continued on until Sunday night, according to Monsignor John McGuirl of the parish. “It's hard to say how much we're going to raise,” McGuirl said, but stressed that last year's shop had raised over $10,000, with benefits going to the church and the school.
Working the confectioners booth, Maria Saab, a volunteer and pre-k teacher's assistance at the school, helped pass out pies and other baked goods to guests stopping in at the shop. “This is such an important part of getting ready for the holiday,” Saab said, who has been volunteering at the event since her sons went to the school.
And like many who attended Our Lady of Mercy in the past, some still come back to help out for the shop. “I just love Christmas,” said Caroline Roecker, a local resident who graduated from the school seven years ago. She was in charge of antiques at the event.