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Bishop’s Annual Dinner Set for Dec. 6 The Bishop’s Annual Dinner is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6 at the Catholic War Veterans Hall, 1501 International Blvd. in Weslaco. As in previous years, the proceeds from the Bishop’s Annual Dinner will benefit the bishop’s charities.
A silent auction begins at 6 p.m. and precedes the formal banquet and dance with entertainment by Little Joe y La Familia. Parishes and individuals may help by contributing an item or service to the silent auction, by planning to attend on Dec. 6, and by purchasing/selling tickets to the event. For donation or sponsorship information contact Jesse Salinas at (956)784-5092 or email@example.com
Training Session for Parish Coordinators The Development Office has scheduled a training session for parish coordinators of the 2014 Bishop’s Annual Appeal for Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 9:30 a.m. at the Bishop Adolph Marx Conference Center located at the Catholic Pastoral Center in San Juan.
The Development Office advises pastors that it is vitally important for the success of the Appeal that each designate a parish coordinator to attend this training. The timeline of the Annual Appeal will be presented as well as the mechanics of its successful implementation. The goal is to answer any questions about how to implement the Bishop’s Annual Appeal at the parish when the campaign is launched early next year. The Development Office asks that pastors designate a reliable candidate who will be their point person for any and all facets of this stewardship effort. For additional information contact Jesse Salinas at (956) 784-5092
Feast Days Honor Blessed Virgin Mary Immaculate Conception – Dec. 9; Our Lady of Guadalupe – Dec. 12 Catholics throughout the Rio Grande Valley will celebrate the Immaculate Conception on Monday, Dec. 9. In this year of 2013, Dec. 8—normally the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception—falls on the Second Sunday of Advent. In accordance with no. 5 of the Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, the observance of the Solemnity is transferred to Monday, Dec. 9.
Such a transfer is seen as a pastoral concession to the desire of the faithful to observe a beloved Feast even though it is impeded liturgically by a higher observance. The obligation of the faithful to attend Mass remains attached to the day itself (Dec. 8), however, and so it does not transfer with the liturgical observance, according the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The Immaculate Conception, a solemnity usually celebrated on Dec. 8, is the patronal feast of the United States. This day commemorates that the Virgin Mary, in view of her calling to be the Mother of Christ, was preserved from the first moment of conception from original sin and was filled with grace from the very beginning of her life.
Celebrations begin Dec. 11 for the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas. This year the feast day falls on Thursday, Dec.12, and Catholics throughout the Rio Grande Valley will celebrate with Masses, processions, midnight vigils, mañanitas and plays honoring the Virgin Mary.
Bishop Flores will also celebrate Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Brownsville at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12. Before the Mass, a procession will start at 6 p.m. from the Immaculate Conception Cathedral.
Bishops’ Website Offers Online Resources for Advent and Christmas WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) continues the tradition of providing online resources for the Advent and Christmas seasons with daily suggestions for prayer, reflection and action beginning on the first Sunday of Advent, December 1. The content is presented in a clickable calendar format, with each date opening a page of suggestions and links. The calendars feature audio retreats in English and Spanish for the four Sundays of Advent and the three Sundays of the Christmas season. The retreats were produced by Franciscan Media and made possible by the bishops’ Catholic Communication Campaign. The half-hour audio retreats feature music, a Scripture reflection and Q&A from a different bishop each week. The calendar is interspersed with excerpts from Pope Francis’ audiences and homilies from the first year of his papacy and observations on Catholic doctrine and practices from the For Your Marriage website’s “Catholic 101” series. Other resources highlighted on the calendars include a Festival of Lesson and Carols podcast, a list of recommended holiday-themed movies from USCCB, and prayers and blessings from the USCCB publication Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers.
This Week on Diocese Insight This week on Diocese Insight, a half-hour program on KMBH-TV, host Brenda Nettles Riojas talks to Father Alfonso Guevara, Deacon Alejandro Gamboa and Irma Gomez about the Charismatic Renewal Confrence. The show will broadcast on Friday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m.
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