Our Lady of Mercy Church

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

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

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Rev. Jean Olivier M. Sambu, Pastor

Deacon Roberto Cantu

Annita Gonzalez, Bookkeeper

Diana Enriquez, Secretary

Sergio Garcia, Maintenance

Brother Moises A. Lopez, MSC, DRE

Gloria Cabarrubio, IT

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

 

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Our Lady of Mercy Church

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

                                        FEBRUARY 14, 2016
Grant, almighty God, through the yearly observances of the riches hidden in Christ and by worthy conduct pursue their effects.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,  who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 PARISH NEWS

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Every Friday at 6:30 pm in the Church beginning on

         February 12      Altar Servers

         February 19     CDA

         February 26     Knights of Columbus

         March 4           Adoration

         March 11         Altar Society/Angel Rosary Group

         March 18         RCIA

         March 25         Live Stations of the Cross @ 3:00 pm

                               by the Youth Group & CCE Students


CARRY-OUT BBQ CHICKEN: The Knights of Columbus will selling tickets after all Masses for their Annual BBQ Chicken. On Sunday, April 3, 2016 from 10 am till 2 pm. $8 a plate. For more information and tickets, please contact Pedro Martínez @ 498-3500 or Coach Pete Martínez @ 463-9075 or any of the organization coodinators. PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS #12869. THANKS AND GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES.


YOUTH GROUP MEETING on Sunday, February 21, 2016 @ 2:30 pm in School Building Room#9.


PASSION PLAY PRACTICE on Sunday, February 21, 2016 @ 3:00 pm in Our Lady of Mercy Church Grounds.


PARENT'S MEETING FOR RCIA-CHILDREN: on Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 6:00 pm in the Church. For more information, please contact Br. Moises A. Lopez at (956) 514-5138.

Lent-Easter Guidelines from the Office of the Bishop – The time of Lent is to be observed by Catholics as a special season of prayer, penance, and works of charity, fast and abstinence.

 Ash Wednesday and Friday of the Passion and Death of Our Lord are the most important penitential days of the liturgical year.  They are days of both fast and abstinence.  All Fridays in Lent are days of abstinence.

In the United States, fasting on all weekdays of Lent is strongly recommended; on all Fridays of the year, the USCCB recommends that we select one or more of the following: abstinence from meat, prayer, penance (especially by eating less food) and almsgiving, for the sake of world peace. The rule of fasting states that only one full meal may be taken per day. Two small meals, “sufficient to maintain strength” are allowed but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals breaks the fast but drinking liquids does not. Abstinence (of meat) refers to the eating of meat of warm blooded animals (e.g. beef, lamb, chicken, pork). Under the present law, it does not include egg or milk products, meat broth or gravies. The substantial observance of the laws of fast and abstinence is a serious obligation.  Those who are not able to observe the laws because of work or health related issues are excused from fasting and abstinence. The individual conscience can decide if there is a proper cause to excuse.  A more serious reason should be present to excuse from the Ash Wednesday and Good Friday penance.

Prayers are requested for the Following: Armando Adame, Antonio Anzaldua, Jr., Danny Avila, Kasey Banda, Ricardo Banuelos, Consuelo Barroso, Daniel Barroso, III, Deacon Roberto Cantu, Jeralyn Cantu, Odilia B. Cavazos, Anthony Chronis, Seth Aaron Cruz, Nellie Galvan, Rogelio Galvan, Delia Garcia, Eliodoro Garcia, Eloy Garcia, Margarita T. Garcia, Isaiah Garza, Kayana Garza, Ofelia Gomez, Adriana Gonzales, Janie Gonzales, Sylvia Gonzales, Dalia Gutierrez,  Aurelia Leal, Jovanna Lopez, Saul Martell, Ofelia Molinero, Tony De Ochoa, Alicia Ortiz, Ramona Peña, Dalia Presas, Cleo & Gloria M. Ramirez, Elva Riojas, Gregoria Rincon, Roberto Romero, Lydia Rodriguez, Rene Rodriguez, David Ruelas, Estela Salazar, Casey Uresti and Lupita Verduzco.