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Rev. Jean Olivier M. Sambu, Pastor


Deacon Roberto Cantu


Yolanda Escobar,

Pastoral Assistant


Annita Gonzalez, Bookkeeper


Diana Enriquez, Secretary/DRE


Sergio Garcia, Maintenance


Javier Tinoco,

CCE Assistance


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

 

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CCE NEWS:

CONFIRMATION PARENTS MEETING:
will be on Thursday,
March 30, 2017 @ 6:00 pm.

For more information, please contact
Diana Enriquez, DRE
at (956) 565-1141.


READINGS FOR THE WEEK of
March 27 -
April 2
Monday:
†Is 65: 17-21;
Jn 4: 43-54

Tuesday:
Ez 47: 1-9, 12;
Jn 5: 1-16

Wednesday:
Is 49: 8-15;
Jn 5: 17-30

Thursday:
Ex 32: 7-14;
Jn 5: 31-47

Friday:
Ex 32: 7-14;
Jn 7: 1-2, 10, 25-30

Saturday:
Jer 11: 18-20;
Jn 7: 40-53

Sunday: 
Ez 37: 12-14;
Rom 8:8-11
Jn 11: 1-45
CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST
Saturday     5:00 pm   English
Sunday       7:00 am   Spanish
                   9:00 am   English
                  11:00 am  English
                    1:00 pm  English
Monday - Thursday 7:00 am S
Friday 7:00 am
Liturgy of the Word with Laudes

Welcome

to

Our Lady of Mercy

Catholic Church

A Parish of the Diocese of Brownsville - Weslaco Deanery


NEW!  Make your contributions to OLM online through our Online Giving portal.
FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT
                                           MARCH 26, 2017

O God, who through your Word reconcile the human race to race to yourself in a wonderful way, grant, we pray, that with prompt devotion and eager faith the Christian people may hasten toward the solemn celebrations to come. 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.

LENTEN SEASON AT OUR LADY OF MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH

The time of Lent is to be observed by Catholics as a special season of prayer, penance, and works of charity.

 

1). Abstinence and Fast: Abstinence and fast are forms of penance. The substantial observance of the laws of fast and abstinence is a serious obligation.

 

WHAT:

* The rule of fasting states that only one (1) full meal may be taken per day.

* Abstinence refers to refraining from eating of the meat of warm blooded animal (chicken, beef, pork, etc…)

 

WHO:

* All adults. To put a number but without abusing of the spirit of the law, one says that fast and abstinence apply to all Catholics roughly from age 14 through 60.


WHEN: Ash Wednesday and Friday of the Passion and Death of the Lord (Good Friday) are the most important penitential days of the liturgical year.  They are days of both fast and abstinence. Additionally, all Fridays in Lent and even through the year are days of abstinence.

 

2). Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation: The faithful are clearly and positively encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Penance during Lent.  At Our Lady of Mercy Church, a communitywide penance service followed by individual confessions will be held on Tuesday, March 28, starting at 6:30 pm.

 

3). Stations of the Cross: On Fridays of Lent, the Faithful gather inside the Church to reenact the Stations of the Cross and pray together as they remember the betrayal, suffering and death of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  Different ministerial organizations take the leadership of this service on Fridays, starting at 6:30 pm.

LENTEN & IMPORTANT DATES
Saturday, March 18:       Wedding: Enrique Camargo & Karina Maldonado
                                       Confession @ 4 pm & Mass @ 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 19:         3rd Sunday of Lent & 1st Scrutiny @ 9 am Mass (Church)
                                       Breakfast @ 8 am (Hall)
Monday, March 20:        Mass @ 7 am & CCE @ 5:30 pm
Tuesday, March 21:       Mass @ 7 am & CCE @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, March 22:  Mass @ 7 am & CCE & RCIA @ 7:00 pm
                                       Adoration @ 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
                                       Vespers & Benediction @ 6:30 pm
Thursday, March 23:      Mass @ 7 am & Bible Class @ 7 pm
                                       Pastoral Council Meeting @ 7 pm
Friday, March 24:           Liturgy of the Word with Laudes @ 7 am
                                       Stations of the Cross @ 6:30 pm
Saturday, March 25:       Baptism @ 10 am (Church)
                                       Confession @ 4 pm & Mass @ 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 26:        4th Sunday of Lent & 2nd Scrutiny @ 9 am Mass (Church)
                                       CDA Bake Sale @ 9 am
Monday, March 27:        Mass @ 7 am & CCE @ 5:30 pm
Tuesday, March 28:       Mass @ 7 am & CCE @ 6:00 pm
                                       Penance Service & Confession @ 6:30 pm (Church)
Wednesday, March 29:  Mass @ 7 am & CCE & RCIA @ 7:00 pm
                                       Adoration @ 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
                                       Vespers & Benediction @ 6:30 pm
Thursday, March 30:      2nd Lenten Talk @ 6:30 pm (Conference)
                                       Confirmation Parents Meeting @ 6:30 pm (S#9)
Friday, March 31:           Stations of the Cross  @ 6:30 pm (Church)
Sunday, April 2:              5th Sunday of Lent & 3rd Scrutiny @ 9am (Church)
Friday, April 7:                Stations of the Cross @ 6:30 pm (Church)
Sunday, April 9:              Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord (Church)
Tuesday, April 11:          Chrism Mass @ 6:30 pm (Basilica)
Thursday, April 13:         Holy Thursday, Mass of the Last Supper @ 7pm (Church)
Friday, April 14:              Good Friday of the Lord's Passion
                                        Live Stations of the Cross @ 3 pm (Church Grounds)
                                        Liturgy of the Word & Veneration of the
                                                 Holy Cross @ 6:30 pm
Saturday, April 15:          Holy Saturday - Easter Vigil @ 9 pm (Church)
Sunday, April 16:            Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
                              Masses: 7 am (Spanish); 9 am & 11 am (English); 1 pm (Spanish
PASSION PLAY PRACTICES: ON SUNDAY, MARCH  26 FROM 3:00 TILL 4:00 PM. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22 AND 29 DURING CCE. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT COACH PETE MARTINEZ @ 463-9075.
PARISH NEWS:

Holy Baptism:  We are now registering for Baptism Classes for the month of April, which will be in SPANISH. 

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 Communion),
and, if married, must be married through the Roman Catholic Church.  They should be 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 or 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 Father Olivier, Pastor, will be on the first baptismal class.

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.

MASSES FOR 2017: The Mass Book will be open on Monday, March 6, 2017 for the months of April thru June 2017.  Please drop by the parish office.

EASTER LILIES: Flower offering envelopes are available at main entrance of the Church or in the parish office for anyone who wishes to make a petition for their Loved One.  You can also us the envelope in Sunday Box. Please return your offering envelope to parish office by Sunday, April 2.


PRAYERS ARE REQUESTED
FOR THE FOLLOWING
Rosie Almanza
Eleazar Castaneda, Sr.
Victor Cardenas
Jose Galvan
Bernardo Garza
Frank Garza
Isaiah Garza
Ruben Gonzalez
Aida Guajardo
Aurelia Leal
Pedro Martinez
Gloria Ramirez
Angie Rios
Elva Riojas
Gregoria Rincon
Celia Rivera
David Ruelas
Rita Strickland
Rebecca Vasquez
Juan Antonio Zepeda

WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING

CREDIT OR DEBIT CARDS

IN THE PARISH OFFICE!

OUR LADY OF MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH
322 S. VERMONT AVE (PO BOX 805)
MERCEDES, TEXAS 78570
(956) 565-1141
(956) 565-1640 FAX
(956) 514-5138 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION OFFICE
EMAIL ADDRESS: olm@cdob.org