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World Youth Encounter Inspired by the call of Pope Francis to create "a culture of encounter," and in light of the upcoming World Youth Day in Poland, we unite to celebrate the First World Youth Encounter. Read the Full Story
Prayers needed The Jail Prison/Ministry of the Diocese of Brownsville will be hosting a Kolbe Prison Retreat on July 21-23 at the Lopez State Jail in Edinburg.  Read the Full Story
Krakow 2016 A group of 22 pilgrims from our diocese is preparing to travel to Krakow, Poland from July 24 through Aug. 2 for the 31st World Youth Day. 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
Our history Faith in the Valley, a graphic novel about the history of the Diocese of Brownsville, was produced in honor of the Golden Anniversary of the diocese. Read the Full Story

Weekly Update

July 28, 2016


Pope Francis delivers personal video message to youth of the Rio Grande Valley
“God calls you to create hope. God calls you to receive mercy and to give mercy. God calls you to be happy. Do not be afraid. Do not be afraid. Risk it all. Life is like that,” said Pope Francis via a personal video message to the youth of the Diocese of Brownsville.

On July 26, as millions of youth from around the globe were gathering for World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, the pope’s message was viewed at St. Anne Parish in Peñitas where a local World Youth Day celebration was held.

Full text of the Pope’s message:
Dear young people of the Diocese of Brownsville, gathered on the feast day of Saint Anne, the grandmother of Jesus. I know that you are gathered in Texas, very close to Mexico, very close to Latin America. And I know that you are gathered to come together spiritually with World Youth Day in Krakow. I want to be close to you. I want to tell you to always look forward, always look towards the horizon, don’t let life put walls in front of you, and always look at the horizon. Always have courage to want more, more, more … with courage, but, at the same time, do not forget to look back to the heritage you have received from your ancestors, from your grandparents, from your parents; to the legacy of faith that you now have in your hands, as you look forward.

I know that some of you will ask me: “Father, yes, you tell us to look at the horizon and to remember things, but today, what do I do?” Play life to the full! Today, take life as it comes and do good to others. In the world today, a game is being played out in which there is no room for substitutes: either you’re in the team or you’re out. Take the memories you’ve inherited, look towards the horizon and today, grasp life and carry it forward, use it productively, make it fruitful. God calls you to be fruitful! God calls you to transmit this life to others. God calls you to create hope. God calls you to receive mercy and show mercy to others. God calls you to be happy. Do not be afraid! Do not be afraid. Play life to the full! That is life.

I wish you a good meeting of young people, united to World Youth Day, united with young people who are in Krakow. Live enthusiastically and go forward! May the Virgin Mary take great care of you and may Jesus bless you. And please do not forget to pray for me. Thank you.

Tables Available For Sacred Heart Parish Garage Sale
Sacred Heart Parish, located at 306 S. 15th St. in McAllen is hosting a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30 in the CCD playground area.

Tables are available for rent at a cost of $15 for one day or $25 for both days. For information, please come by the parish office or call Irma at (956) 686-7711.

KAUSSA Catholic Young Professionals
KAUSSA Catholic Young Professionals invites young adults ages 21-39 to join 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 The next gatherings include:

Aug. 2
Film Night: Patch Adams
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Alfredo Gonzalez Texas State Veterans Home
301 East Yuma Avenue, McAllen

Sept. 6
Featured Speakers:
Mr. & Mrs. Jesus Saenz, Saenz Pharmacy
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Our Lady of Sorrows Conference Room
1108 W. Hackberry Ave., McAllen

Oct. 4
Theology on Tap
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Nov. 8
Election Night Party Mixer
6:30 – 8:30 pm
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
3200 W. Expressway 83, McAllen

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

Young Adult Ambassadors Needed
Are you passionate about young adult ministry? The office of Campus & Young Adult Ministry encourages you to apply for Bishop’s Young Adult Ambassadors. Applicants must either live, work, study, and/or worship in the boundaries of the Diocese of Brownsville and be between the ages of 18 and 39. They must also demonstrate an ability to speak and advocate on behalf of their peers, work collaboratively with other young adults, and be open to using their spiritual gifts, talents, and leadership abilities in the service of the Catholic Church. The deadline to apply is Aug. 12. All applicants will be contacted with the final decision the third week of August. Download the application at For more information about Bishop’s Young Adult Ambassadors, please contact Raul Cabrera at (956) 784-5045 or email

54th Annual Stewardship Conference of the ICSC
The Stewardship and Development Office respectfully requests your reply to this inquiry regarding the upcoming 54th Annual Stewardship Conference of the ICSC. The conference will be held October 2 – 5, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

At this time, we are assessing the parishes’ interest in sending a representative to the conference.

• Pastors, Parochial Vicars, Deacons, and Coordinators of the Annual Diocesan Appeal highly encouraged to attend.
• As in the 2014 conference, we will charter a bus, register the attendees and secure the lodging.
• The parish will be responsible for the lodging of the conference attendees, four nights total, while the diocese will cover the cost of transportation and conference.
• The early bird rate of $499 per attendee is effective through July 31, so please send in your reply and names as soon as possible. No one will be registered after this date.
• Don’t miss this opportunity to hear what other parishes, bishops conferences and organizations are doing to promote stewardship as a way of life!

Please call us with any questions regarding this event. Thank you for your time and consideration, we look forward to hearing from you!

For more information, contact Jesse Salinas, Proposal Writer, and Stewardship & Development Office at (956) 784-5092

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