Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Mercedes

"Jesus Christ the way to Salvation by Conversion, Communion and Solidarity." 

St. John Paul II

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Mission Statement:  

The purpose and focus of the Sacred Heart Parish Institute is to prepare and provide the faithful of Sacred Heart Catholic Church with opportunities to learn and develp so that they may be grounded in their Catholic Faith, therefore allowing them give witness to the spiritual tradition of the Catholic Church, while at the same time being able to extend to others the invitation to join in mission of the Church.


Adhereing to the exhortation by St John Paul II in his New Evangelization and Ecclesia in America...

The Sacred heart Parish Institute will provide opportunities for further formation in the Roman Catholic Faith. Therefore, further enabling all the faithful to fulfill their Baptismal Promise to proclaim the Good News of Jesus to all. The Institute's vision will be with the focus of the following Biblical Directives:  "Salt of the Earth" (Matthew 5:13); "Light of the World" (John 8:12); and "Go therefore and Baptize" (Matthew 28:19). Zacchaeus is the Patron Saint for the Institute.

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations..."  Matthew 28:19-20

"I invite you to join me in prayer for the next couple of months in discernment of Jesus' particular mission in our parish. I present to you a prayer especially composed in preparation for this great mission. God has already provided with all we need to fulfill his command, it is time for us to just GO! "


                                                                                                                      Father Eduardo Ortega

The "Abuelitos" is a group of seniors, both men and women, that meet with Father Eduardo Ortega every 1st  and 3rd Friday of the month from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Abuelitos enjoy delicious  lunch after the meeting, attend adoration of the  Blessed Sacrament and hold very interesting discussions. Prayer and singing is always part of the activities of the group. The group engages in different discussions, learn about the Catholic faith, sing and also pray the Liturgy of the Hours. The Abuelitos have learned a lot from Fr. Ortega and he has learned from the wisdom of the abuelitos. They discuss experiences of how they grew up, how they learned their prayers and how they practiced their Catholic faith while growing up. Every abuelito will say that Fr. Ortega has taught them about the Catholic religion and their faith. Discussions have been funny, interesting and motivational. There are about 12-15 members of the group. Please come join the Abuelitos and learn about the faith so that you can pass it on to your children and grandchildren.