Our Lady of Mercy Church

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

(956)565-1141 Office  ~  (956)565-1640 Fax  ~  (956)514-5138 CCE Office

 olm@cdob.org

 

Home Visiting of the Sick: 

Visiting those in the hospital, the sick, homebound and elderly. The coordinator is Mrs. Delia Longoria (956) 565-5980. Please call the parish office if you have a love one who needs to receive Communion on Sundays.

Office Hours:

(Closed 12 pm - 1 pm)

Monday  ~  9am - 6pm

Tuesday  ~  9am - 6pm

Wednesday  ~  9am - 5pm

Thursday  ~  9am - 6pm

Friday  ~  9am - 6pm

Saturday - Sunday  ~   Closed

 

Tel.  (956)565-1141

Ministries



 

Pastoral Ministries

 

The church provides a number of services to the faithful.  Please contact the Parish Office for any questions or to set an appointment to discuss these and other services.


  • Funeral Services

  • Wedding Ceremonies

  • Wedding Vow Renewals

  • Holy Day Observations

  • New Home & House Blessings




Liturgical Ministries


The church ministers are a collection of individuals who receive a calling from God to serve not only their church but their community.  There are a great number of opportunities to serve and strengthen your own faith, and help strengthen the faith of others .  Pastoral and Liturgical ministries continue to be vital roles in the church and there are many that have answered the call to serve.  If you too wish to answer God's call to serve, please contact the Parish office to discuss your interests.


Greeters & Ushers   -   Ministers of the Eucharist   -  Adoration   -   Lectors - Altar Servers   -   Mass Coordinators   -   Sacristans - Rosary Group   -   Choirs  -   Food Bank  - Altar Society - Catholic Daughters of America (CDA) - Religious Education Program (CCE) - RICA for Children and Adults - Lectors -  Home Visiting of the Sick - Knights of Columbus - Youth Group


Information on these ministries is provide below, or contact the parish office.


                 Greeters & Ushers

Greeters and Ushers welcome all to our Sunday liturgies, especially guests and new parishioners, distribute bulletins and assist at communion.  Greeters and ushers serve our parish to mirror God's welcoming nature.

 

SEE EUCHARIST MINISTERS LIST FOR SCHEDULE OF THE USHERS

 

For information about this ministry, contact: George Salinas, Coordinator (956) 463-9491

Catholic Daughters of the America (CDA): meet once a month, the second Tuesday of the month. Who are the Catholic Daughters of the Americas? The Catholic Daughters of the Americas is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the Americas. They donate to charities, administer scholarship programs and strive “to be helping hands where there is pain, poverty, sorrow or sickness.” The CDA motto is “Unity and Charity.” Our Lady of Mercy President is Eustolia Hernandez @ 472-1966.


Ministers of the Eucharist

Ministers of the Eucharist assist the celebrant and deacons distributing the Eucharist at liturgical celebrations.  Ministers of the Eucharist serve our Parish under appointment by the Bishop through the Pastor.  The Eucharist constitutes the very life of the Church, for the Lord said, "I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me shall ever be hungry, no one who believes in me shall ever thirst."  In addition to serving during the celebrations, ministers for the homebound is also an important ministry.

 

SEE LECTORS AND EUCHARIST MINISTERS SCHEDULE    


For information about this ministry, contact: Parish Office, 956-565-1141


ADORATION

Adoration is a sign of devotion to and worship of Jesus Christ, who is present Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, under the appearance of the consecrated host.  As a devotion,  Eucharistic adoration and meditation are more than merely looking at the Blessed Host, but a continuation of what was celebrated in the Eucharist.  The Blessed Sacrament is exposed to and adored by the faithful weekly on Wednesdays between 7:30 a.m. concluding with Vespers and Benediction at 6:30pm.


For information about this ministry, contact:
Sylvia Gonzales, Leader (956) 565-6094 OR 605-7515
Silvia Bernal, Leader (956) 565-3455 OR 975-0018

                                                         LECTORS

Proclaiming the Word of God is truly a service to the Church. Lectors bring the living Word of God to the liturgical assembly.  The Word of God is a powerfully prayerful experience shared with the entire assembly.

SEE LECTORS AND EUCHARIST PAGE!

For information about this ministry, contact: Parish Office, 956-565-1141.


ALTAR SERVERS

Altar servers assist the presider at liturgy.  Their role in serving during Mass is a vital one not only for the church but in their own service and love for God.  OLM Altar Servers meet on the last Monday of each month at 7pm in the OLM Parish Hall.

SEE PAGE OF THE ALTAR SERVERS FOR SCHEDULE!!!

For information about this ministry, contact:

Rogelio Ayala, Leader (956) 314-1351

Christopher Garza, Assistant (956) 975-8882


MASS COORDINATORS

Mass coordinators provide a valuable role in preparing the Church, Sacristy, altar servers, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, ushers, and care for numerous details in preparation of the celebration of mass. For information about this ministry, contact:

Sylvia Gonzales 5 pm Mass (956) 565-6094 OR 605-7517

Joe Salazar 7 am Mass (956) 565-1791

Alfredo Hinojosa 9 am Mass (956) 463-957

Ed (Armando) Martinez 11 am Mass (956) 463-2146

Maribel Galvan 1 pm Mass (956) 246-0060


                                SACRISTANS

Sacristans serve the assembly by preparing all the physical objects and elements needed for the Mass. They prepare the vessels for the Eucharistic liturgy, set out appropriate quantities of bread and wine, assist the priest and other ministers in vesting, ensure that the books are properly placed, and when the Mass is over, clean and put away all the vessels and objects used during the celebration.  By being responsible for the material things of worship, sacristans grow in appreciation of how liturgy works as a series of signs. By enabling reverent and joyful celebrations, sacristans create a hospitable house for the church as they prepare the place for the liturgy.


For information about this ministry, contact:

Cheto Cavazos   565-3040

Juan Fierro        532-8176

Joe Salazar         565-1791

Lynn Stevens      532-8541

Mike Perez          651-2002

Armando Martinez 463-2146

Daniel Ybarra     463-7316


                            ROSARY GROUP

Devotion to the rosary is one of the most notable features of Catholic spirituality.  The Rosary Group gathers to honor this important tradition and devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary.

 

For more information about this ministry, contact:

Eustolia Hernandez 472-1966


CHOIR

The choir is an important leader in worship, guiding the gathered assembly in prayer and praise through song.  The choir includes both musicians and vocalists who share their God given talents by leading music and song during mass celebration.

 

For more information about this ministry, contact:

Mike Fernandez 5 pm Mass

Tony Anzaldua 9 am Mass

Noemi Ruelas 11 am Mass


                                 FOOD BANK

The Food Bank is a valuable part of our parish providing much needed resources to those families in most need.  Feeding our families in need is one of those fundamental ways of sharing with the less fortunate in a very important way.  This ministry gives food to the needy and the homebound.

Distribution:  Every 3rd Thursday of the Month (3:00-4:00 p.m.)

For more information about this ministry, contact:

Tilly Castaneda, Coordinator  463-1890

Silvia Bernal 565-3455/975-0018



For more information on any of these ministries or to serve, contact or call the Parish Office at (956)565-1141 or via email at olm@cdob.org.