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Weekly Update

November 29, 2016

“VERBUM MITTITUR SPIRANS AMOREM”

Bishop’s Annual Dinner Scheduled for Dec. 2
The Bishop’s Annual Dinner on Friday, Dec. 2 will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Hall, 2209 Kendlewood Avenue in McAllen. The event, hosted by the Stewardship and Development Office, will begin at 6 p.m. and continue till midnight. Valet parking will greet you upon your arrival to this year’s Casablanca themed dinner.

A silent auction will kick off the night’s festivities with drinks, hors d'oeuvres and music at 6 p.m. Partake of the cigar bar and spirits until the formal program begins at 7 p.m. followed by dinner at 8 p.m. and dancing till midnight to the sounds of The Legends Sonny Ozuna, Agustin Ramirez and Freddie Martinez. Gentlemen, dust off your fedoras and white tuxedos. Ladies, acquire a khaki blazer, knee length skirt black clutch and sheer white scarf. Themed attire is actually not required, but it will be fun! Contact Jesse Salinas at (956) 784-5092 for table reservations and sponsorships. “Here’s looking at you, kid!”

Notice from the Insurance Department
It is that time of the year for the annual Health Insurance Open Enrollment. Open Enrollment will be from Dec. 5 to Dec. 16 to be effective Jan. 1, 2017. This year the diocese will not have any open enrollment meetings, but those who have any questions can contact the Insurance
Department at (956) 550-1554 or (956) 550-1549.

KAUSSA Catholic Young Professionals Announces Upcoming Events
KAUSSA Catholic Young Professionals invites young adults ages 21-39 for an evening of fellowship, networking, and personal growth based on a common Catholic identity. For more information about KAUSSA Catholic Young Professionals, please contact Raul Cabrera at (956) 784-5045 or email kaussacyp@gmail.com. The next gathering is:

Dec. 10
Service: Hospice Visit
All day
Comfort House 617 Dallas Ave., McAllen

Our Lady of Guadalupe La Villa Fall Festival Set for Dec. 10
Our Lady of Guadalupe Festival, located at 200 N. Laurel in La Villa, Texas will take place on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 4 to 10 p.m. Charro and Charra Guadalupano(a)s contest. Raffle: Five prizes of gift cards (over $3,100.00) in prizes. A talent show, and food and games for the whole family are scheduled. The festival will also feature live music. Everyone is invited to join the parish community and celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Other events will follow.

Sunday, Dec. 11
Gran Bingo (Chalupa)
2 to 4 p.m.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish hall in La Villa, Texas
Three cards for $20.

Monday Dec. 12
6 a.m., Mañanitas and Matachines.
6:30 a.m., Mass
Following Mass there will be a “convivio” in the parish hall. All are invited.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Brownsville Announces Patron Saint Festivities
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Brownsville invites the faithful to a week-long of activities and Mass celebrations in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The schedule is as follows:

Horario de Misas y Actividades
Tuesday, Dec. 6
10:30 a.m. Mass/Misa Adult Day Cares

Wednesday, Dec. 7
7:00 p.m. Misa de Vigilia/Vigil Mass

Thursday, Dec. 8 – Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
8:00 a.m. Misa/Mass
12:00 p.m. Misa/Mass
6:30 p.m. (Rosary Catholic Daughters-Spanish)
7:00 p.m. Misa/Mass

Friday, Dec. 9 – San Juan Diego
8:00 a.m. Misa/Mass
6:30 p.m. Rosario Viviente y Danza (Niños del Catecismo)
7:00 p.m. Misa/Mass

Saturday, Dec. 10
8:00 a.m. Misa/Mass
5:00 p.m. Misa/Mass
(después de Misa Actuación de Jóvenes de la Parroquia)

Sunday, Dec. 11
8:00 a.m. Mass, Spanish
10:00 a.m. Mass, English
12:00 p.m. Mass, Spanish
5:00 p.m. Mass, Bilingual
7:00 p.m. Mass, Spanish
Habrá una exposición de grupos después de todas las misas y se estará vendiendo almuerzo por la mañana.
Serenata después de la última Misa (Se estarán vendiendo antojitos mexicanos durante la Serenata/afuera)

Monday, Dec. 12
5:30 a.m. Mañanitas
6:00 a.m. Holy Mass
7:00 a.m Pan Dulce & Chocolate (Parish Hall)
5:30 p.m. Reunión en el estacionamiento de la Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion
6:00 p.m. Procesión del estacionamiento de la Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion
7:00 p.m. Misa Solemne, Oficiada por el Exemo, Sr. Obispo Daniel Flores y Sacerdotes concelebrantes
(Se estarán vendiendo antojitos mexicanos después de Misa)

Good Shepherd Parish to Host Fiestas Guadalupanas
Good Shepherd Parish, located at 2645 Tulipan St. in Brownsville, will be celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11 with a festival featuring food, live entertainment, matachines, Mañanitas, the praying of the Rosary and more. On Monday, Dec. 12, the parish will gather at 4:30 p.m. and travel in procession to Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Brownsville for an outdoor Mass with Bishop Flores, which is set for 7 p.m. For more information, call (956) 542-5142.

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