Our Lady of Mercy
A Parish of the Diocese of Brownsville - Weslaco Deanery
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
A Student’s Prayer, by St. Thomas Aquinas: Creator of all things, true source of light and wisdom, origin of all being, graciously let a ray of your light penetrate the darkness of my understanding. Take from me the double darkness in which I have been born, an obscurity of sin and ignorance. Give me a keen understanding, a retentive memory, and the ability to grasp things correctly and fundamentally. Grant me the talent of being exact in my explanations and the ability to express myself with thoroughness and charm. Point out the beginning, direct the progress, and help in the completion. I ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
WELCOME BACK WINTER TEXANS: The Altar Society are hosting a “Welcome Back” coffee for Our Lady of Mercy WINTER TEXANS on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the Parish Hall after the 9:00 am Mass. Everyone is invited for coffee, juice and sweets.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MEETING will be on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the Conference Room. We are looking for new knights to serve the Lord, if you are interested in being a one of the Knights please call Grand Knight – Mr. Pedro Martinez @ 498-3500.
BAPTISM: WE ARE NOW REGISTERING FOR BAPTISM CLASSES FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY, WHICH WILL BE IN ENGLISH. Deadline to register is January 30! 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.
Interviews: The interview with Fr. Jean Olivier, pastor, will be on the first baptismal class.
FLOWERS: 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 for the weekends of February 8, 2015. Please call parish office or drop by!!!2015 SUNDAY ENVELOPES will be at the main entrance of the church, beginning on the weekend of December 6. They are by last name. If you would like to have Sunday envelopes, please call at (956) 565-1141 or drop by the parish office.
2015 Sunday Envelopes will be in the Parish office and if you would like Envelopes, please drop by the parish office or call 565-1141.
CONFIRMATION PARENTS’ MEETING (YEAR 2) will be on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 @ 7:30 pm in the School Building Room#7. For more information, contact Br. Moises A. Lopez @ 514-5138.
Adoration: We invite you to be a committed adorer. If you want to spend one hour with Jesus, please call Sylvia Gonzales @ 565-6094 or Silvia Bernal @ 975-0018.
OLM FOOD BANK - DONATIONS NEEDED
Beans: 1lb. bags; Rice 1lb. boxes or bags; Pasta: macaroni, noodles, spaghetti, vermicelli (fideo); Cans: tuna, soup, vegetables, fruit, spaghetti sauce; Cooking Oil: small, 16/24 oz. bottles. If you are able to donate any of these items, please bring them to mass or to the parish office during office hours. Thank you, Food Bank Committee
ALTAR SERVERS MEETING will be Tuesday, January 27, 2015 @ 6:00 pm in the Conference Room. For more information, please contact Rogelio Ayala @ 314-1351.
(CATECHUMEN): Angel Gabriel Garza, Pedro Luis Garza, Savannah Deeandra Guerra, Caitlyn D. Gutierrez, Kristy Lopez, Dominick Ivan Martinez, Emily Martinez, Brihanna Jazmin Navarro, Leticia Adrianna Navarro, Ashley D. Rangel, Alejandrina Robledo, Victoria Salinas, Leiah Jane Sanchez, Carolina Treviño, Rebecca Marie Treviño, Yamileth Treviño, Paulino Vasquez III, Javier Adolfo Vasquez, Yasmin Vasquez and Allen M. Ybarra.
FIFTH ANNUAL DIVINE MERCY CONFERENCE on Saturday,
January 24, 2015 at the Performing Arts Center in Weslaco, Texas from 6:30 am –
4 pm. Come Enjoy a Spirit Filled Day
with Bishop Daniel E. Flores and Nationally
Recognized speakers, Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother
of the Eucharist, OP, Denise Bossert and Father Anthony Gramlich,
MIC. For more information
contact the parish office or call Gloria: (956) 650-4601 or Yolanda (956)
MOTHER/DAUGHTER PROGRAM – The Diocese of Brownsville Family Life
Office is offering “THE MOTHER/DAUGHTER PROGRAM” that will take place at the
Bishop Adolph Marx Conference Center in San Juan, Texas on Sunday, January 25,
2015 from 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm. In a loving
and supportive atmosphere, this very special invitation is open to 10-12 year
old girls and their moms in which both mother and daughter will be able to
learn about God’s special gift of a girls’ fertility and the wondrous beauty of
God’s plan for growing up and becoming a woman. Registration fee is $10 per
family. Registration deadline is January 19, 2015. For information and registration please
contact the Family Life Office: 784-5012 or 542-2501 ext. 412.
PRO-LIFE: Prayer March and
Rally on Saturday, January 24 from 9 am till 12 Noon. Come join Bishop Daniel
Flores, Jennifer Allmon of the Texas Catholic Conference and other special
guests as we offer witness to the dignity and beauty of life and seek new ways
to transform our community. The Diocese
of Brownsville and the pro-life apostolate invite you to participate in this
prayerful march for an end to abortion in our nation and for conversion and
healing for those men and women affected by abortion. Start: Saint Joseph the Worker 922 South 23rd
Street in McAllen Texas and end: Sacred Heart Church 306 South in McAllen,
Texas. Come with your family, dressed in red (Pro-life color) and any signs to
help identify and prayerfully aid our cause. Post-abortion hotline (healing and
World Marriage Day will
be celebrated on Saturday, February
7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan Del Valle National Shrine. Most
Reverend Daniel E. Flores will celebrate the Mass of thanksgiving for couples
celebrating their wedding anniversary of 25, 30, 40, 50, 60 or more than 60
years in the year 2015. These
couples, who bear witness to God’s love through their love and commitment to
each other, will receive a certificate signed by the Bishop in the mail on the
week following the Mass. The Family Life Office sponsors this wonderful event
yearly honoring married couples for their commitment to love and faithfulness
in the Sacrament of
Matrimony. To register for this event,
call the Family Life Office at 784-5012 or 542-2501, ext. 412 as soon as
possible. Registration deadline is Friday, January 30, 2015.
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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
Julie Leal Garza,
Joaquin Dominguez, III,
Irma M. Martinez,
Alicia Z. Vasquez,
Antonia Mata Martinez,
Roy De Leon,
Daniel Avila, Jr.,
Maria de la Luz Calixto,
Eleazar Sr. Castañeda,
Felipe Martinez, Jr.,
Jesús "Chuy" Guzmán.
Prayer for a Priest
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.