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Holy Week 2014 Holy Week, the week from Palm Sunday (April 13) to Easter (April 20), is a week for Christians to commemorate the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Read the Full Story
Chrism Mass - A Celebration of the Priesthood The faithful of the Rio Grande Valley gathered April 15 at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine for the annual Chrism Mass, one of the most signifcant and solemn liturgies of the Church. Read the Full Story
Cast your vote Please show your support for Sister Carolyn Kosub, Sister Emily Jocson and Sister Fatima Santiago of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Bishop Daniel E. Flores' 2014 nominees for the Lumen Christi Award. Read the Full Story
Restoring our Cathedral Repairs on the roof of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral are almost complete and the next phase is to construct a new altar. Read the Full Story
Walkathon 2014 More than 4,000 students, faculty, staff, parents and grandparents from the 13 Catholic schools in the  Rio Grande Valley are expected to participate in the 17th annual Catholic Schools Walkathon on April 24. Read the Full Story



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Weekly Update

April 16, 2014


Holy Week – Valley Catholics Observe Triduum
Special services for Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil are planned at Catholic Churches throughout the Diocese.  The last three days of Holy Week, which occur on April 17, 18, 19 of this year, are essentially one unified celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection broken into three parts.  Traditionally, they are known as “the Triduum,” meaning the three days.

For a schedule of parish events please see the following link Parish Schedules.

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Film “Heaven Is For Real” Available in Spanish
The film “Heaven is For Real” opens in theaters Wednesday, April 16. This Easter, the book about Heaven that has everyone talking, hoping, and believing is coming to the big screen. This heartfelt telling of one family’s story brings to life everyone’s hopes of Heaven. The film, directed by Randall Wallace and written by Chris Parker, is based on a 2010 NY Times best-selling book by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent.

The film stars Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Jacob Vargas and Nancy Sorel. Click here to view trailer or visit  for more information.

This Week on Diocese Insight
This week on Diocese Insight, a half-hour program on KMBH-TV, host Brenda Nettles Riojas talks to Father Greg Labus about the Holy Week. The show will broadcast on Sunday, April 20 at 11 a.m. and on Friday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m.

Youth RECONNECT Set for April 26
The Diocese of Brownsville Youth Ministry Office invites all youth ministry coordinators and youth leaders to come learn and share about youth ministry events and programs. This meeting will allow youth leaders to network, pray, and plan together. The Youth RECONNECT will begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon on Saturday, April 26 in San Juan.  Sandy Perez, a local counselor, will present on "Suicide Prevention for Struggling Teens". Please send your youth ministers to learn about how to minister in this crisis.

Please contact Angel Barrera at or (956) 784-5042 to RSVP for the meeting. Your RSVP will enable us to have sufficient copies and food.

Holy Triduum at the Benedictine Monastery in Starr County
Single women ages 18-50 who are wondering if they are called to the consecrated life are invited to come and walk with the Benedictine Sisters through these solemn liturgies of Holy Thursday April 17 at 6:30 p.m. to Easter Sunday noon.  Father Don Krebs will be at the monastery as the celebrant of the liturgies. There is no fee for the four-day stay. Please call (956) 486-2680 or email

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