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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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


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Our Lady of Mercy

Catholic Church

A Parish of the Diocese of Brownsville - Weslaco Deanery


O God, who have commanded us to listen to your beloved Son, be pleased, we pray, to nourish us inwardly by your word, that, with spiritual sight made pure, we may rejoice to behold your glory. 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.


THIS WEEKEND OUR LADY OF MERCY invites you to attend our MINISTRY FAIR, which will be on the weekend of Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1 after each Mass in the Parish Hall.  Please come and join us to see what our organizations and ministries can offer you.

* Adoration; * Altar Servers; *Altar Society; *Angel Rosary Group; * Baptism Preparation Team; *Catechists; *Catholic Daughters of America; *Choirs 5pm, 9am, 7am and 1pm; *ACTS; *Collection Counters; *Eucharist Ministers; * Lectors; *Food Bank Committee; *Ministry of the Sick; *Marriage Sponsor Couple; *Knights of Columbus; *Rosary Group; *Moviemiento Familiar Cristiano (MFC); *Ushers; *Sacritans and *Youth Group.


    Every Friday at 6:30 pm in the Church beginning on

February 27       Knights of Columbus

March 6             CDA

March 13           Altar Servers

March 20           Altar Society

March 27           RCIA

April 3               Live Stations of the Cross @ (3:00 pm)

                        by the Youth Group & CCE Students

LENTEN CONFESSIONS: “Go to confession at least once a year!”

Lent is the most appropriate season for our yearly spiritual renewal.  Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), God forgives the sins of those who approach Him with humility. On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, we are having Parish wide confessions, starting at 6:30 pm in the Church.  It is Open to everyone. Please take advantage of this celebration and go to confession in preparation for Easter. (4 to 5 priests will be available to hear our confessions.)

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Meeting will be on Thursday, March 5, 2015 @ 7:00 pm in the Conference Room.  For more information, please contact Pedro Martinez @ 498-3500.

Masses for 2015: The Mass Book will be opened on MONDAY, MARCH 2 for the months of April thru June, 2015. Please drop by the parish office.

Please pray for our CATECHUMENS: 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.

PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING: Parishioners, who have comments or suggestions, please contact Tilly Castaneda @ 463-1890.  Meeting will be on Monday, March 2, 2015 @ 6:00 pm at the Conference Room.  All members please be present: President: Tilly Castaneda, Sylvia Gonzales, Silvia Bernal, Angie Garza, George Salinas and Alfredo Hinojosa.

DON'T FORGET TO CHANGE THE TIME: SPRING FORWARD: The clocks are set ahead one hour on SUNDAY, MARCH 8. Set your clocks before going to bed on Saturday.

RCIA PARENTS/SPONSOR MEETING will be on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 @ 6:30 pm in the School Building Room#8.  For more information, contact Br. Moises A. Lopez @ 514-5138.

ATTENTION CHOIR HEADS: please email the hymns or songs to Gloria Cabarubio @ olm.gloria.cabarubio@gmail.com.

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: Robert Marroquin, Nellie Galvan, Jovanna Lopez, Irma Euresti, Isaiah Garza, Daniel Avila, Jr., Maria de la Luz Calixto, Melissa Rincón, Estela Salazar, Ofelia Molinero, Melissa Alaniz, Simona Vega, Eleazar Sr. Castañeda, Felipe Martinez, Jr., Saul Martell, Lina Blanco, Leticia Viveros, Jesús "Chuy" Guzmán, Debbie Saldana, Beatriz Ruiz, Evangelina P. Torres, Alfonso Zarate, Velia Sánchez, Jose Carlin, Kevin Trevino, Gregoria Rincón, Jesús Barrera, Maria del Carmen Domínguez, Baby Carreon, Jr., Victoria & Tomasita Navarez, Lupita Verduzco, Juan Jose Garcia and Bobby Galvan.