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National award Sister Norma Pimentel of the Missionaries of Jesus, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, is among three religious leaders who will receive a national award from Catholic Charities USA on Jan. 9 in Washington, D.C. for excellence in the ministry in social justice. Read the Full Story
Santo Niño On Jan. 18, the Feast of Santo Niño, Bishop Daniel E. Flores will celebrate a Holy Mass with the Filipino community of the Diocese of Brownsville at St. Anne Parish, 17109 Coconut Palm Drive in Peñitas. Read the Full Story
Pro-Life March & Rally The Annual Pro-Life March & Rally is set for Saturday, Jan. 24 in McAllen. The event will begin with opening prayers led by Bishop Daniel E. Flores at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 900 S. 23rd St. Read the Full Story
Love and Mercy The fifth annual Divine Mercy Conference is set for Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Performing Arts Center, 506 E. 6th St. in Weslaco. Read the Full Story
Youth retreat Knights of Columbus Council 12040 is sponsoring its 12th Annual Youth Retreat and Concert, "Vision of Faith" on Saturday, Jan. 31 at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in McAllen. Read the Full Story

 
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Weekly Update

January 21, 2015

“VERBUM MITTITUR SPIRANS AMOREM”

Annual Pro-Life March & Rally Jan. 24
The Annual Pro-Life March & Rally is set for Saturday, Jan. 24 in McAllen. The event will begin with opening prayers led by Bishop Daniel E. Flores at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 900 S. 23rd St. After the prayer service, the procession will depart the church and continue into downtown where it will pass by the local abortion clinic and end at Sacred Heart Parish, 306 S. 15th St. with closing prayers.

The event, which is sponsored by the Respect Life Apostolate of the Diocese of Brownsville, is held in reparation for the more than 57 million babies who have been killed in the United States since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling on Jan. 22, 1973 that legalized abortion. Pro-life activists across the nation are observing the 42nd anniversary with events of prayer and action.
Jennifer Carr Allmon, associate director of the Texas Catholic Conference in Austin, is scheduled to speak about the actions pro-life advocates can take at the local level to effect change on state and national policies.

This is the third consecutive year that the procession will be held on a Saturday in downtown McAllen, the busiest day of the week for retailers. The public witness for life captures the attention of shoppers and merchants along the route. For more information about the March & Rally, contact Becky Gonzalez at (956) 975-1721.

Workshop Focused on Engaging Parents in Faith Formation Set for Jan. 22
"Engaging Parents - Forming Family Faith," a national workshop by the Center for Ministry Development, is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the San Juan Pastoral Center. This workshop will share effective ways in which parish communities are engaging parents and helping families grow in faith together. For more information contact Monica Benitez at (956) 784-5036.

Fifth Annual Divine Mercy Conference Set for Jan. 24 “Mary, Mother of Mercy”
Fountain of Mercy Ministries, a local apostolate, is hosting its Fifth Annual Divine Mercy Conference on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Weslaco ISD Performing Arts Center, 506 E. 6th Street. The mission of the apostolate is to spread the message and devotion of Divine Mercy.

Early registration is $25. Coffee, juice, pan dulce and lunch are included. The cost should not deter those interested in attending from registering as scholarships are available. Admission is free for priests, deacons and religious brothers and sisters. Organizers ask that everyone complete the registration process, even those attending at no cost, for planning purposes. Registration is available on line at www.fomm.us or contact Gloria (956) 650-4601 or Yolanda (956) 454-2103.

Keynote speakers include:
Bishop Daniel E. Flores, shepherd of the Diocese of Brownsville, who will make a presentation on Mary, Mother of Mercy.
Father Anthony Gramlich with the Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception, rector of the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy, will speak about how St. Faustina learned from Mary to cooperate with the merciful Jesus in the work of rescuing lost souls by loving God and His people. Father Gramlich will also lead a Eucharistic Holy Hour followed by Benediction.
Denise Bossert, a daughter of a Protestant minister who converted to Catholicism in 2005 after reading books by Carmelite saints. Her syndicated column called Catholic by Grace has been published in 58 diocesan newspapers. She has also written for Catholic magazines and appeared on EWTN. She will speak on encountering Mary as a spiritual mother and on imitating Mary as a model of the New Evangelization.
The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, OP: Sister Elizabeth Ann and Sister Maria Jose will lead a procession with a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe and in the praying the joyful mysteries of the rosary They will also share practical ways to explain to others why we venerate Mary as a true masterpiece of God’s mercy in the world through the gift of her Immaculate Conception.

Diocesan Appeal Celebratory Dinner Scheduled Jan. 31
Bishop Daniel E. Flores invites pastors and coordinators of the Annual Diocesan Appeal to attend the first Celebratory Dinner for the Annual Diocesan Appeal, a post-Appeal gathering for the pastors and their volunteers who together made this diocesan effort a success.

Parishes that reached their participation goal will be recognized and a final report on the amounts raised and granted will be provided. The diocesan Stewardship & Development Office is pleased to host this free event on Saturday, Jan 31beginning at 7 p.m. at Saint Joan of Arc Parish Hall, 109 South Illinois Avenue in Weslaco.

Guests are asked to RSVP by Wednesday, Jan. 28. For additional information about this event, please contact the Stewardship & Development Office at (956) 784-5095.2014 Celebratory Dinner

Experience God’s call as his disciples and how we are to live a life of Stewardship.
Third Annual Diocesan Stewardship Conference Feb. 5-7
The Third Annual Diocesan Stewardship Conference, hosted by the Diocese of Brownsville, will convene on Thursday, Feb. 5 through Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Bishop Marx Conference Center of the San Juan Pastoral Center.

Enjoy the richness of Catholic teaching on Stewardship through presentations by dynamic speakers, including Bishop Daniel E. Flores, who will deliver the keynote address. Learn how to bring these principles back to your parish and faith community and grow in your personal understanding of how stewardship can revitalize your parish and ministry.

Sessions in English & Spanish will cover diverse topics such as basics of stewardship, stewardship & discipleship, cultivating your gifts, four pillars of stewardship, who were the Israelites?, forming councils, diocesan grants program, hospitality first & foremost and relationship building.

To reserve a spot, register by Jan. 27. Participation is open to all and is mandatory for parishes that receive a grant. Rooms are available at the Shrine Hotel on a first come, first served basis for a reduced cost. For additional information call the Stewardship and Development Office at 784-5092. 3rd Annual Stewardship Conference Flyer 2015

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