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Cursillo in Christianity Three Cursillo weekends are coming soon. Read the Full Story
Golden Anniversary Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley is hosting its 5th Annual Gala, “Celebrating 50 Years of Providing Help, Creating Hope,” on Saturday, March 14 at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance. Read the Full Story
Choose life over false gods, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Don't use peer pressure, greed or laziness as an excuse to chase after false gods and become a wildly successful failure, Pope Francis said. Read the Full Story
Pick up the challenge for Lent “Every year, I challenge myself and my congregation to look a little deeper during Lent,” said Father Thomas Pincelli, pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Brownsville. Read the Full Story
Volunteers needed Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley continues to assist refugees from Central America at an assistance center at Sacred Heart Parish in McAllen. Read the Full Story



Year of Faith - Renovados en el regalo de la fe

Weekly Update

March 6, 2015


Registration Underway for 2015 Historical Oblate Bicycle Trail Ride
The Development Office is sponsoring the 11th annual Oblate Trail Ride on Saturday, March 14. Jerseys for the 2015 Oblate Trail Ride are now available for purchase at the San Juan Pastoral Center for $65. Please visit during regular working hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to make a purchase.

For your convenience, the Development Office takes checks, cash or credit card payments. You may obtain a registration form and pay online by visiting For additional information on registration contact Jesse Salinas at (956) 784-5092 or by email at

2015 RGV Catholic Men's Conference March 21
The Rio Grande Valley Catholic Men’s Fellowship is hosting their annual conference on Saturday, March 21 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help beginning at 8 a.m. This year they will deviate from the usual conference format. During this year in which the family is a focus, the organizers have planned a joint Men's and Women's conference with "The Family" as the theme.
In previous years, a Friday night event has been provided for the ladies and the men gather on Saturday.

The conference will end with Holy Mass at 5:30 p.m. The conference is free and lunch is included. Bishop Daniel E. Flores is the keynote speaker. Other speakers include Father Alfonso Guevara, Pastor of St Joseph the Worker in McAllen, Sister Emma Stillman of Holy Spirit in McAllen and Deacon Martin Arteaga of San Martin de Porres of Alton.

For more information you can log onto the website Organizers ask that everyone pre-register online so that they can have a count for the lunch.

Advocacy Day 2015 Set for March 24
Join the Most Rev. Daniel E. Flores Bishop of the Diocese of Brownsville and fellow Texas Catholics at the Capitol in Austin to promote life, dignity and the common good on Tuesday, March 24. Catholics from across the Lone Star State will unite for the Texas Catholic Conference’s 2015 Texas Catholic Faith in Action Advocacy Day. The bi-annual rally is hosted by the Texas bishops to promote the Church’s values of Life, Justice, Charity and Religious Freedom to members of the 84th Texas Legislature. The Bishops and event participants will address a broad range of diverse issues including:
• Protecting Human Life
• Children & Families
• Health & Human Services
• Justice for Immigrants
• Protecting the Poor & Vulnerable
• Criminal Justice
Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley is organizing a bus trip to Austin for the rally. The trip is free and open to anyone who is interested in standing up for the Church’s values. For more information, please contact Sister Norma Pimentel or Yesenia Guzman (956) 702-4088

Pilgrimage Tours Highlight Diocese’s History
The Diocese of Brownsville is coordinating four pilgrimage tours during 2015 to celebrate its 50th Anniversary. The three available dates to choose from are June 13, Aug. 1 and Oct. 24. This one-day tour aboard a chartered bus will include visits to the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine, Our Lady of Refuge Church, Grotto of Lourdes replica, La Lomita, the Diocesan Chancery and much more.

Each tour will depart at 8 a.m. from Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle – National Shrine and will return back to San Juan at approximately 6 p.m. A $35 donation per person includes lunch and snacks. Tours are bilingual and open to everyone (minors must be at least age 12 and accompanied by parents). Space is limited; please reserve at least one week prior to tour date. For more information and registration, please contact Lydia Pesina (956) 784-5012 or email at or Miguel Santos (956) 784-5093 or by email at

Resurrection Hosts Friendship Festival
Resurrection Catholic Church in Alamo is hosting the 2015 Friendship Festival on Saturday, March 14 from 5 to 10 p.m. and Sunday, March 15 from noon to 8 p.m. There will be a lot of fun for the whole family with live music through the day, a grito contest, jalapeno eating contest, games for children, car and bike show, lots of food and drinks, different arts and crafts vendors, Zumbathon, a king and queen contest and a pet contest. For additional information contact the office at (956) 787-2963.

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