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Fall Festivals 2014 Please support these upcoming fundraising events. For most parishes, schools and other Catholic organizations, these events are more than just fun and games — they are also a main source of income for the entire year. Read the Full Story
ICM Sisters win 2014 Lumen Christi Award PEÑITAS — Sister Carolyn Kosub, Sister Emily Jocson and Sister Fatima Santiago of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary were awarded the national 2014 Lumen Christi Award, which in Latin means, “Light of Christ.” Read the Full Story
New altar BROWNSVILLE — Bishop Daniel E. Flores consecrated the new altar at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral on Sept. 15. Read the Full Story
Volunteers needed Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley continues to assist refugees from Central America at assistance centers at Sacred Heart Parish in McAllen and at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Brownsville. Read the Full Story
YouthBLAST WESLACO — Youth ministers, catechetical leaders and Catholic school educators, mark your calendars. YouthBLAST, a conference for high school youth, is set for Saturday, Oct. 25. Read the Full Story



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Weekly Update

October 22, 2014


White Mass for Health Care Professionals Oct. 23
The Diocese of Brownsville’s Health Ministries Department invites all health care professionals to the 11th Annual White Mass celebration. This event is scheduled to take place on Thursday, Oct. 23 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in McAllen. It begins with the celebration of the Mass at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a conference and dinner.

All Valley residents working and serving in the health care field are invited to attend and receive a special blessing by Bishop Daniel E. Flores. Dr. William Toffler, professor and director of the Medical Student Education Section of the Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University will give the keynote address on the topic of physician orders for life-sustaining treatment (POLST). It is a relatively new document that states a person’s end-of-life wishes.

This event is free. Reservations are encouraged. To RSVP or for more information, call (956) 784-5007 or

21st Annual Red Mass Oct. 30
The 21st Annual Red Mass celebration is set for Thursday, Oct. 30 in Brownsville. The intentions of the Red Mass are for all protectors and administrators of the law, including lawyers, judges, government officials and their support staffs.

The festivities will begin with a procession at 5:30 p.m. from the Dancy Building, 1100 E. Monroe St., to the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, 1218 E. Jefferson St., where Bishop Daniel E. Flores will celebrate Mass at 6 p.m. Immediately following the Mass, a banquet will be held at La Hacienda Event Center located at 1060 Ruben Torres Blvd.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman, the first Latina on the court, will deliver the keynote address. Two Brownsville natives who have expressed Christ’s love through dedicated service to others will be honored at the banquet: Sister Norma Pimentel of the Missionaries of Jesus and executive director of Catholic Charites of the Rio Grande Valley and Jesuit Father T.J. Martinez, founder of Cristo Rey High School in southeast Houston, which provides a tuition-free Catholic education to children whose families are living at or below the federal poverty level.

For additional information contact Perla Diaz at (956) 544-0856

Youth Ministry Upcoming Events
Youth BLAST 2014: Oct 25
Youth BLAST 2014 is just around the corner. Save the Date for Saturday, Oct. 25 at Mary Hoge Middle School in Weslaco. Ennie Hickman, Dave Moore and Bishop Daniel E. Flores are scheduled for the event. Preparations are underway and registration has begun. Forms and promotional information are available on the website: For information, please contact Monica Benitez at or 956-784-5036.

Workshop on Sacramental Guidelines Set for Oct. 29, Oct. 30
Deacon Luis Zuniga will host two workshops in October to provide clarifications regarding the Diocese of Brownsville Sacramental Guidelines.

The target audience for these workshops are individuals who are responsible for giving out information regarding the Sacraments (Baptism, First Eucharist, Confirmation, and Marriage) and those who prepare candidates for the Sacraments, this includes directors and coordinators of religious education as well as Pre-Baptism and Marriage Preparation Coordinators and/or secretaries and bookkeepers who are the record keepers of these sacramental records. Pastors and principals are also invited.

The workshops will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 29 in San Juan at the Marx Auditorium and on Thursday, Oct. 30 in Brownsville at the St. Mary’s Parish Hall. The workshops will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on both days.

Please call or email or call (956) 550-1545, or you may leave a message with Eddie (Chancery receptionist) at (956) 542-2501 to confirm attendance by Friday, Oct. 24 so that proper arrangements can be made.

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