Our Lady of Mercy Church

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

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



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Beans: 1 lb. bags; Rice 1lb.

boxes or bags;

Pasta: macaroni, noodles, spaghetti, vermicelli (fideo); Canned food:

tuna, soups,

tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, vegetables, fruit, juice, spaghetti sauce, etc;

Cooking Oil.

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






†Eloy Santiago Garcia


Sonia Garcia Rodriguez

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

To All High School Youth from Grades 9th – 12th: YOU’RE INVITED to Angels of Mercy Youth Ministry Group on every Wednesday from 6-7 pm at School Building Room#8. Please contact Gina Garza 789-3467 or 514-5138.



Our Lady of Mercy

Catholic Church

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.

  • 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.

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.


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

Diocese News

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) 454-2103.

THE MOTHER/DAUGHTER PROGRAMThe 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 counseling) 956-541-2720.

Annual 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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Prayer are requested for the Following 

Marlen Gutierrez,

Marissa Garza,

Julie Leal Garza,

 Aurelia Leal,

Joaquin Dominguez, III,

Irene Gutierrez,

Irma M. Martinez,

Hilda Marquez,

Alicia Z. Vasquez,

Antonia Mata Martinez,

Roy De Leon,

Robert Marroquin,

Viola Cantu,

Nellie Galvan,

Gorgonio Trevino,

 Virigina Codon,

Jovanna Lopez,

Irma Euresti,

Irene Garcia,

Isaiah Garza,

Daniel Avila, Jr.,

 Maria de la Luz Calixto,

Lupita Verduzco,

Melissa Rincón,

Irene Cantu,

Ralphie Hinojosa,

Estela Salazar,

Ofelia Molinero,

Melissa Alaniz,

Simona Vega,

 Eleazar Sr. Castañeda,

Felipe Martinez, Jr.,

Saul Martell,

 Peter Bohmer,

Lina Blanco,

Leticia Viveros


Jesús "Chuy" Guzmán.

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.