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Seven new saints VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The seven new saints of the church were holy not because of their own efforts but because of "the Lord who triumphs in them and with them," Pope Francis said. Read the Full Story
Festival de Matachines A Matachines Festival is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22 at St. Margaret Mary Parish, 122 W. Hawk Ave. in Pharr. Read the Full Story
Respect Life Month WASHINGTON — All human life must be “cherished and protected,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities. Read the Full Story
Red Mass 2016 Bishop Daniel E. Flores will celebrate the annual Red Mass at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, at St. Anthony Church in Harlingen. Read the Full Story
Pilgrim churches Bishop Daniel E. Flores designated the basilica and the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Brownsville as the two pilgrim churches of the diocese for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  Read the Full Story

Weekly Update

October 13, 2016


Migrant Welcoming Festival Set for Oct. 15
The Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine is hosting its annual Migrant Welcoming Festival from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 15 near the mosaic.

The event will feature a car and bike show, live music and entertainment, vendors, kiddie rides, games and food. Guests are welcome to bring chairs and blankets.

The Migrant Welcoming Festival is celebrated to honor all migrant families who have for years been faithful devotees to Our Lady of San Juan del Valle. The basilica celebrates a special Mass every year in mid-April to bless all the families who travel up north to work in the fields. On their safe return, they come to the basilica to pay tribute to Our Lady of San Juan del Valle.

Each year at the festival, a migrant family is honored. The Serna-Galvan Family was selected for 2016 and will share their testimony after the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

For more information on the Migrant Welcoming Festival, visit or call (956) 787-0033.

Respect Life Walk to be Held Oct. 15 in San Benito
St. Theresa Church, located at 3100 Combes St. in San Benito, invites the faithful to join in praying the Rosary while walking the parish grounds at 8:30 a.m. followed by fellowship and a pro-life presentation.

For additional information, contact coordinator Celina P. Garza at (956) 792-5515 or Valerie Sanchez (956) 521-9947.

Bishop to Lead Midpoint Rally for 40 Days for Life Campaign in McAllen
Bishop Daniel E. Flores will be the keynote speaker at a midpoint rally for the 40 Days for Life Campaign at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16. The event will be held in the enclosed parking lot on the corner of S. 15th St. and Houston. Ave. in downtown McAllen.

The 40 Days for Life is a peaceful and prayerful campaign to end abortion. Through prayer, fasting, constant vigil and community outreach, the goal is to create awareness about the realities and consequences of abortion.

A 40-day prayer vigil outside the abortion facility in downtown McAllen began on Sept. 28 and will end on Nov. 6. Volunteers are needed to come and pray on the sidewalk.

The local campaign has already saved 12 babies, according to Rosita and Edwin Rodriguez, who are organizing the campaign. For more information, call (956) 279-1349.

Red Mass Celebrates Those Who Seek Justice
Bishop Daniel E. Flores will celebrate the annual Red Mass at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, at St. Anthony Church in Harlingen.

The Red Mass is celebrated to invoke God's blessing upon all protectors and administrators of the law, including lawyers, judges, government officials and law enforcement agents, as well as their families and support staffs. The celebrant, concelebrants, deacons and honored guests enter the church in procession wearing red vestments or red clothing, symbolizing the Holy Spirit's role in guiding those who seek and pursue justice in their daily lives.

In the Rio Grande Valley, the Red Mass is held annually in the fall, alternating between Hidalgo and Cameron counties. For more information, call Mari Salinas at (956) 550-1479.

Faith Victorious: Annual Middle School Retreat Set for Oct. 29
All sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from the diocese are invited to attend the Fourth Annual YouthJAM “Faith Victorious” from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Weslaco East High School, 810 S. Pleasantview Dr.

Jeremy Rodriguez will serve as the keynote speaker of YouthJAM. Rodriguez has been leading worship since 2000 in his home parish in Lockhart, Texas. He formed an alternative/pop/rock band called Soundwave in 2007. The band has lead worship all over Texas for various youth conferences and church events.

Bishop Daniel E. Flores will celebrate Mass to close the event. Joe Garcia, campus minister of the Newman Center in Edinburg, will serve as the master of ceremonies and Sounds of a Revolution will lead praise and worship.

Please contact your parish youth coordinator or your parish DRE / CRE to register. The cost to attend is $15.

For more information, visit or call (956) 784-5037.

Diocese to Host Regional Cursillo Encuentro
The Region VIII Fall Encounter of the Catholic Cursillo Movement will be held Oct. 14-15 at the Mazenod Renewal Center in San Juan. The theme of the event is “Peace, Mercy and Joy in the Year of Mercy.”The English-language Encounter is open to anyone who has lived their Cursillo.

Speakers will include Father Alex Waraksa, the National Spiritual Advisor for the Cursillo Movement in the United States and Father Carlos Zuniga, Diocesan Spiritual Director for the Cursillo Movement in our diocese. Bishop Daniel E. Flores will celebrate Mass on Saturday evening.

Region VIII encompasses Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Cursillistas from all over the region are expected to gather at the event.

For more information, contact Father Zuniga

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