Our Lady of Mercy
A Parish of the Diocese of Brownsville - Weslaco Deanery
PRAYER ON CARRYING YOUR CROSS
"You must try to continually overcome yourself in those daily struggles that the Lord presents to you." "Don't desire anything but what you are; concentrate on perfecting yourself and on carrying crosses, either small or large, that you will encounter on your journey to Heaven."- Back of a Padre Pio prayer card.
On behalf of the planning committee, we are excited to inform you that preparations have begun for Our Lady of Mercy Fall Fest 2014 which will take place on Saturday, October 25th. Let us support our following committee chairpersons:
- BBQ – Knights of Columbus: Pedro Martinez 498-3500
- Raffle – Brian Acosta 496-5956 and
Diana Enriquez 565-1141;
- Sponsorships – Armando Lopez 565-9359
- Music – Rogelio Ayala 314-1351;
- Game Booths – Angie Garza 514-1592/463-2992 or
Maribel Galvan 367-0060;
- Food Booths – Diana Olivarez 975-5030;
- Country Store – Pete & Yolanda Martinez 565-3285;
- Circle of Love – Josie Rodriguez 571-8103;
- Rummage Sale – Sandra Escamilla 463-6626
- Car/Bike Show - Samuel Longoria 343-3175 or
Juan Martinez 376-7135;
- Set up/Breakdown – Robert Gonzales 565-6094 or
George Salinas 463-9491
Our next Fall Fest meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 8 @ 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. If you are interested in volunteering or for more information, please contact Mrs. Nancy Garza, Chairperson of Fall Fest @ 453-6252 or email email@example.com or Tilly Castaneda, President of Pastoral Council @ 463-1890 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Fest Chicken BBQ: To offset the expenses for our Fall Fest Chicken BBQ on Sunday, October 12, we are asking our parishioners to donate a box of chicken (cost: $50.00). If anyone is interested in helping us with this donation (make check to Knights of Columbus), please contact Pedro Martinez at (956) 565-3285 or 498-3500 or Fred Hinojosa, Chairman of BBQ at 565-4463/463-9571. And if you would like to help by selling tickets contact any of the Knights.
CIRCLE OF LOVE: The Circle of Love is a one-time $20 donation. Envelopes for the Circle of Love are located at the main entrance of the church. All Circle of Love participants will be recognized on Cross Heart Memory Signs that will be placed in front the music stage during the Fall Fest. If you would like be a Circle of Love contributor, please put your envelope in the collection or drop by the parish office. You can also contact Josie Rodriguez at 571-8103 or call the church office at 565-1141.
PARISH/COMMUNITY RUMMAGE SALE: If you would like to rent a space at the parish/community rummage sale on Friday, October 3 from 8 am till 1 pm and Saturday, October 4 from 8 am till 3 pm please contact: Sandra Escamilla @ 463-6626 (leave message) or call the parish office. Cost per day $30 and two days $40. We have 60 Spaces available, space size is 10x12 ft.
BAPTISM: WE ARE NOW REGISTERING FOR BAPTISM CLASSES FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER, WHICH WILL BE IN ENGLISH. Deadline to register is August 28, 2014.
THESE ARE THE GUIDELINES FOR BAPTISM:
Must reside within the Parish Boundaries of Our Lady of Mercy Church.
Choosing the Godparents:
Godparents, if single must have all sacraments of initiation(Baptism/Confirmation/First Eucharist), and, if married, must be married through the Roman Catholic Church. They should actively participate in the Sacramental life of the Church. All Godparents (married by the Catholic Church or single) must be practicing Catholics (attending Mass on Sunday). Only one sponsor is needed but if there are two, they must be a male and a female.
At Time of Registration please provide:
* Child’s original birth certificate from the city/state.
* If baptism classes have been taken within the past 3 years, please present letter confirming classes taken at time of registration.
Interviews: The interview with Fr. Jean Olivier, pastor, will be on the first baptismal class.
Knights of Columbus #12869: Meeting will be on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the Conference Room.
Masses for 2014: The Mass Book will open on Monday, September 1, 2014 for the months of October thru December, 2014. Please drop by the parish office.
2014 Annual Diocesan Appeal envelopes are the front of the Church. If you would like to make a gift to the 2014 Annual Appeal, you may send your gift to the Diocese of Brownsville at 700 North Virgen de San Juan Blvd., San Juan Texas 78589.
CCE NEWS 2014 - 2015
2014 CATECHETICAL CONVOCATION on Saturday, September 27 from 11 am till 4:30 pm at the McAllen Convention Center. Cost $20 per person. Please register by September 4, 2014.
CCE REGISTRATION SCHEDULE: Office Hours are Monday thru Thursday from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm and 2:00 – 7:30 pm and Sundays from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm. Please bring a copy of Sacrament Records: Baptism, Communion and Confirmation; RCIA Students bring their Birth Certificate and Godparents names; if transferring a student bring a letter of attendance of previous Religious Education program, a permanent record and a copy of Sacramental Record. The cost of registration is $15 per student and Family plan is $35 with 3 or more students.
PARENT ORIENTATION AND MEET YOUR CATECHISTS: on the following dates: For Middle School (Grades 6-8)/RCIA on Tuesday, September 2 @ 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION BEGINNING DATES:
Elementary (Grades 1- 5) on Sundays from 9 -11:30 am
(Mass from 9 – 10 am) & (Class from 10:05-11:30 am) Class begins on Sunday, September 7;
Middle School (Grades 6-8) & RCIA Children on Tuesdays from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.
Class begins on Tuesday, September 9;
High School (Grades 9 – 12) on Wednesdays from 7-8:30 pm;
Class begins on Wednesday, September 10.
For more information or to register, please contact Br. Moises A. Lopez at (956) 514-5138.
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LET'S PRAY FOR ALL
THE UNBORN, CHILDREN,
ELDERLY, POOR, LONELY,
SOLDIERS, AND MOST OF
ALL OUR PRIEST!
OUR LADY OF MERCY,
PRAY FOR US!
LORD HAVE MERCY!!!
Prayer are requested for the Following
Gloria & Cleo Ramirez,
Sylvia S. Martinez,
Yvette & Irene Garcia,
Sr. Maria Elena Maldonado,
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weekends of the month
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