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Two to be ordained BROWNSVILLE—Bishop Daniel E. Flores will ordain two transitional deacons to the priesthood at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 30 at Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Brownsville.  Read the Full Story
50 Days of Easter Easter isn’t just for a day; it’s for a whole season, a season that lasts 50 days, even longer than the 40 days of the Lenten season. The season begins with the Easter Vigil and the Masses on Easter Sunday. Read the Full Story
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Synod of Bishops: XIV ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY LINEAMENTA: The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World
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Conference to address the Joy of the Gospel, feminine genius Women are invited to a Catholic Women’s Conference, scheduled during the Month of Mary on Saturday, May 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in McAllen. Read the Full Story
Cursillo in Christianity Three Cursillo weekends are coming soon. Read the Full Story

Weekly Update

May 21, 2015


Our condolences
Sister Helen Rottier of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet passed away on Tuesday, May 19 at the Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis.

She worked in the field of education in the Rio Grande Valley for more than 24 years, serving at numerous schools in the Diocese of Brownsville and most recently as coordinator for special programs at the diocesan Catholic Schools Office.

A native of West De Pere, Wisc. near Green Bay, Sister Helen would have celebrated 55 years in religious life on May 28.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Viewing on Saturday, May 23 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph of Carondelet Mother House, located at 6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63111, followed by Mass at 11 a.m. Cremation and burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery in St. Louis.

Any flowers or donations may be sent to the St. Joseph of Carondelet Mother House.

KAUSSA Personal & Spiritual Development Series
The Office of Young Adults invites all young adults to a Personal and Spiritual Development Series on June 2. How do you practice your faith in the 9 to 5? KAUSSA Young Catholic Professionals will continue their series on the book “Leading Like Jesus”. Join other local professionals for an interesting discussion and reflection sharing on servant leadership. The gathering will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the St. Francis Room at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in McAllen. Young professionals in their 20s and 30s and first time guests welcome! For more information, please contact or Raul Cabrera at (956) 784-5045.

Cursillo in Christianity Weekends Planned
Two Cursillo weekends are scheduled in May.
• Women’s Spanish Cursillo, May 21-24 at the St. Eugene de Mazenod Renewal Center in San Juan

• Men’s Spanish Cursillo, May 28-31 at the St. Eugene de Mazenod Renewal Center in San Juan

The fee for the three-day retreat is $145. For more information, contact Oscar Tamez (956) 821-1049.

In Spanish, Cursillo means a “little course.” It starts on a Thursday evening and ends on Sunday evening. During the three days, participants listen to talks given by priests, deacons and lay persons and join in small group discussions. The topics deal with life, the Christian ideal, the Catholic faith and the Christian approach to the world. Daily Mass and visits to the Blessed Sacrament are available.

Schoenstatt Day in Honor set for May 24
The Schoenstatt Family of the Brownsville diocese is hosting a one-day pilgrimage to Honor Our Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt, on Sunday, May 24 at 10 a.m. at the Shrine on Confidence/Schoenstatt Center located at 130 Front St in Rockport, Texas.This small Catholic shrine is an exact replica of the original shrine in Schoenstatt, Germany, which is the center of a Catholic religious movement of renewal. During the event, Our Lady Queen of Our Cenacle will be crowned. For additional information, contact Carlos Cantú at (956) 797-1861.

Gran Kermes planned for May 30-31
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church located at 1200 E. Lincoln Street in Brownsville is hosting its annual Kermes on Saturday, May 30 from 5 to 10 p.m. and Sunday, May 31 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Raffle tickets are available for purchase for a chance to win a $5,000 gift card. Event will also feature live music, food, games for children and also a king and queen contest. For additional information, please contact the parish at (956) 542-4823.

Office of Vocations to host discernment retreat
The Office of Vocations for the Diocese of Brownsville is sponsoring a discernment retreat for men interested in the priesthood on June 5-7. For more information, call (956) 784-5060 or send an email to

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