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

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·        See Mass Schedule

& Readings of the week!

·        Mass Intention

·       ALTAR SERVERS Schedule

·      LECTORS Schedule

EUCHARIST MINISTERS

Requiescat
in Pace:
Please pray for
those who died:
†Miguel L. Garza
and
†Ester Dueñas

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


   PRAYER FOR STRENGTH AND FAITH

In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray, Dear Lord, see me through these hard times. In these troubling times, I am filled with unspeakable fears. I reach out my hand to you now, and ask you to walk besides me. I cannot carry all my burdens, but I know you can, and will. Please walk beside me. Please guide me. Please help me hold on strong, through the trials and storms. Help me hold on to my faith, in even the darkest hour. Stay with me Lord, and show me your way. In your love and Holy Spirit I abide. Amen.

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 – need chairperson
  • 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 - need chairperson
  • Set up/Breakdown – Robert Gonzales 565-6094 or

                                    George Salinas 463-9491

Our next Fall Fest meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 18 @ 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 ngarza@magicvalley.coop or Tilly Castaneda, President of Pastoral Council @ 463-1890 or email mcasta8310@aol.com.
 
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.
PHOTOS OF CONFIRMATION, PLEASE SEE SACRAMENTS!

PARISH NEWS

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

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS #12869: Meeting will be on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the Conference Room. 

 

ALTAR SOCIETY MEETING will be Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 7:00 pm in Parish Hall. For more information, please contact Delia Hinojosa @ 565-4463.

 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BACK TO SCHOOL BASH: CCE School Supplies Drive on Friday, August 22, 2014 from 11 am till 3 pm in the Parish Hall. Donations welcome!


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.

CCE NEWS 2014 - 2015

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CATECHIST FOR YOUR PARISH? We are in need of Catechists, regular people like you and I, who want to teach and evangelize the younger church, our children.

 

What do I need, in order to become a Catechist? Have the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion); If Married, must be married through the Roman Catholic Church; Must be attending Holy Mass; Must be willing to volunteer their time to the catechizing and evangelizing of the children and youth.

 

All applicants must: Fill out a Catechist Application; Must have an interview with the DRE; Must take the Protecting God’s Children Workshop; Must be willing to go through a Criminal Background Check.

 

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 Elementary (Grades 1-5)/Sacraments on Sunday, August 24 @ 3 pm; For High School (Grades 9-12)/Confirmation on Wednesday, August 27 @ 6:30 pm; and 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 

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

Martina Guerra,

Maria Elenda Casares

and Dora Munoz.

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

†Gilberto & †Beatrice Moody

by Hector & Martha Gorena