Our Lady of Mercy Church

322 S. Vermont (PO Box 805) Mercedes, Tx. 78570

(956) 565-1141 Office/565-1640 Fax/514-5139 CCE

olm@olmmercedes.org

 

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Prayer for a Priest

O Jesus, our great High Priest, Hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priest, Father Olivier. Give him a deep faith, a bright and firm hope and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of his priestly life. In his loneliness, comfort him In his sorrows, strengthen him In his frustrations, point out to him that it is through suffering that the soul is purified, and show him that he is needed by the Church, he is needed by souls, he is needed for the work of redemption. O loving Mother Mary, Mother of Priests, take to your heart your son who is close to you because of his priestly ordination, and because of the power which he has received to carry on the work of Christ in a world which needs him so much. Be his comfort, be his joy, be his strength, and especially help him to live and to defend the ideals of consecrated celibacy. Amen.

News & Highlights

(see more about these below)

·        See Mass Schedule

& Readings of the week!

·        Mass Intention

·       ALTAR SERVERS Schedule

·      LECTORS Schedule

EUCHARIST MINISTERS

Rev. Jean Olivier M. Sambu, Pastor

Deacon Roberto Cantu

Annita Gonzalez, Bookkeeper

Diana Enriquez, Secretary

Sergio Garcia, Maintenance

Brother Moises A. Lopez, MSC, DRE

Gina Garza,

Coordinator of Youth Ministry

Angie Garza,

Marriage Couple Sponsor

Office Hours:

(Closed 12 pm - 1 pm)

Mon  ~  9am - 6pm

Tue  ~  9am - 6pm

Wed  ~  9am - 5pm

Thu  ~  9am - 6pm

Fri  ~  9am - 6pm

Sat/Sun  ~   Closed

 

Tel.  (956)565-1141

Welcome

to

Our Lady of Mercy

Catholic Church

A Parish of the Diocese of Brownsville - Weslaco Deanery


 ACT OF FAITH:

O my God, I firmly believe that you are one God in three Divine Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; I believe that your Divine Son became man, and died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths the Holy Catholic Church teaches because You have revealed them, who can neither deceive nor be deceived.

PHOTOS OF CONFIRMATION, PLEASE SEE SACRAMENTS!

PARISH NEWS

ALTAR SOCIETY “CHALUPA” MEXICAN BINGO: Chalupa will take place Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm in the Parish Hall. 3 cards for $10.00. Prizes are appliances and other kitchen items, and there will be 3 specials. All proceeds are for Altar needs!!! For more information, please call Delia Hinojosa @565-4463.

 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MEETING will be on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the Conference Room. For more information, please call Gran Knight – Mr. Pedro Martinez @ 498-3500.

 

REQUIESCAT EN PACE: Please pray for those who died: †Pablo Munoz.

 

HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION-THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY:  Mass at 7:00 am on Friday, August 15, 2014.


MINISTERS NEEDED:

ALTAR SERVERS: If you have received your First Communion and would like to serve as an Altar Server, please contact Rogelio Ayala at (956) 314-1531.

 

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF COMMUNION AND LECTORS: If you have received all your Sacraments: Baptism, Communion, Confirmation and if married, married by the Catholic Church, and would like to serve as a Eucharist Minister or Lector, please contact the parish office or one of Leaders: Sylvia Gonzales 565-6094/605-7517 for Saturday Mass in English @ 5 pm; Joe Salazar 565-1791 for Sunday Mass in Spanish @ 7 am; Alfredo Hinojosa 565-4463/463-9571 for Sunday Mass in English @ 9 am; David Ruelas 363-3237 for Sunday Mass in English @ 11am or Dolores Garcia 246-0075 for Sunday Mass in Spanish @ 1 pm.

 

USHERS: If you are interested in serving as a Usher at one of the Masses, please contact Juan Resendez, Sr. @ 565-6449.

 

MASSES FOR 2014: The Mass Book is open for the months of July thru September, 2014.  Please drop by the parish office.

 

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.

DIOCESE NEWS

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.

A Steward’s Reflects: Our Father: Did you know that the Lord’s Prayer, the Our Father, was a stewardship prayer? Right there at the beginning it lays the groundwork for good stewardship by acknowledging God as Father, as Provider and Source of all we need. And then we ask for a piece of the action – “Thy Kingdom come, thy Will be done on earth…,” we pray.  But How? And by Whom? It would be convenient if just praying for it were sufficient, but God, our loving Father, has given us each a part to play, according to the talents with which we’ve been blessed. St. Paul says, “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service, but the same Lord…. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit” (1 Cor 12:4-7).  God has given us all the gifts together as the Body of Christ.  In that same passage, St. Paul goes on to say, “If one part (of the body) suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy” (1Cor 12:26). “Give us this day our daily bread,” we continue.  Here we ask the Lord to provide us with whatever we need, just for today, and to free us from whatever impediments keep us from serving Him with our whole hearts.  For, ultimately, we know that everything is and was and always will be God’s – the kingdom, the power and the glory. Good stewards understand that all we are and have are gifts from our loving God.  And our grateful response must always be to use those gifts wisely and responsibly – to do our part to help Our Father’s Kingdom come, His Will be done on earth.  Amen!

 

VIDA: Need help for college? Are finances preventing you from enrolling… or staying in college?  VIDA may be able to help.  Basic Eligibility Requirements: 18 years of age or older and US Citizen or Permanent Resident. Must meet one of the following: Receive Public Assistance (Food Stamps/TANF); Unemployed with family responsibilities; Underemployed (earning $8.50/hr or less) with family responsibilities.  VIDA is a community based, non-profit 501 (c) 3 agencies, created in 1995 by community leaders of Valley Interfaith and private industry business leaders. Partner schools STC, UTPA, TSTC, UTB and TSC. Call or register online today to reserve a seat at the next VIDA Placement Session 1-800-478-1770 or www.vidacareers.org.

GOOD LUCK - OUR LADY OF MERCY

YOUTH GROUP

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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 

Rudy Elizondo,

Isaiah Garza,

Raul & Celia Rivera,

Emilio Rincon,

Beatriz Ruiz,

Amparo Aldape

Marlen Gutierrez,

Maria Valdez Perez

Joaquin Garcia,

Manuela Cantu,

Margarita S. Gonzalez,

Gloria Castaneda,

Maria Corker,

Juana Martinez,

Maria de luz Coronado,

Melissa Rincon,

David Hinojosa,

Roy De Leon,

Cleo Martinez,

Diana C. Gomez,

Albert Garnica,

Antonia Mata,

 Nellie Galvan,

Dakota Miller,

Pearl Guerrero,

Aurora Cantu,

Lolo Cantu,

Yvette & Irene Garcia,

Guadalupe Reyes,

Milton K. Chamberlain,

Agapito Lopez,

Dan Martinez, Jr.,

Don King,

Belia Sanchez,

Gloria & Cleo Ramirez,

Sylvia S. Martinez, 

Javier Garcia,

Robert Fernandez,

Andres Losoya Fuerte,

Beatriz Salazar

and Martina Guerra.

FLOWER DONATION
I would like to invite parishioners to consider donating flowers for our beautiful altar.   A $50 donation is sufficient for two arrangements of fresh flowers for our Sunday Masses on the weekends of the month of August and September, 2014.
Please call parish
office or drop by!!!

Flower donations:

In Loving Memory of

†Esteban Martinez,

by Pedro & Yolanda

Martinez & Girls