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Year of Faith - Renovados en el regalo de la fe

Weekly Update

December 17, 2014


Bishops’ Website Offers Online Resources
for Advent and Christmas
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) continues the tradition of providing online resources for the Advent and Christmas seasons with daily suggestions for prayer, reflection and action. The content is presented in a clickable calendar format, with each date opening a page of suggestions and links.

The calendars feature audio retreats in English and Spanish for the four Sundays of Advent and the three Sundays of the Christmas season. The retreats were produced by Franciscan Media and made possible by the bishops’ Catholic Communication Campaign. The half-hour audio retreats feature music, a Scripture reflection and Q&A from a different bishop each week.

“Simbang Gabi” at Saint Anne Parish in Peñitas
Saint Anne Church in Peñitas will celebrate “Simbang Gabi,” a pre-Christmas Filipino tradition of novena Masses in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who has been called and chosen to give birth to our Savior Jesus Christ. To celebrate this tradition, all Filipinos in the Diocese of Brownsville are invited to a “Simbang Gabi” on Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. The Mass will be in Tagalog (Filipino).

Guests are invited to bring their own “parol” (Christmas lanterns) and the baby Jesus that each will be placing in their home Nativity scene on Christmas day for a blessing. Guests are also invited to bring traditional food to share after Mass.

Bishop Flores to Celebrate the Feast of Santo Niño Jan. 18
On the Feast of Santo Niño, Jan. 18, 2015, Bishop Daniel E. Flores will celebrate the Holy Mass for the Filipino community of the Diocese of Brownsville at Saint Anne Parish, 17109 Coconut Palm Drive, Peñitas. The celebration will begin with a Sinulog/Dinagyang/Ati-atihan procession of the image of Santo Niño at 2 p.m., followed by a Holy Mass with Bishop Flores, and a Barrio Fiesta Celebration following the Mass. Please come in traditional Filipino attire and bring your own Santo Niño for the procession.

St. Pius X Catholic Church Hosts Feast of Santo Nino Celebration Jan. 11
St. Pius X Catholic Church in Weslaco will celebrate the Feast of Santo Nino on Sunday, Jan. 11 at the 12:45 p.m. Mass followed by a procession and cultural presentation at the Parish Conference Center. The Mass is in trilingual (English, Spanish and Tagalog) and will be celebrated by Father Carlos Zuniga. The feast is celebrated every January on the third Sunday and is considered one of the most popular traditions in the Philippines.

The Filipino Community of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Weslaco celebrates the Feast of Santo Niño every second Sunday of January and it has been celebrated annually for five years in the community.

The Sinulog (Feast of Santo Nino) commemorates the Filipino people's acceptance of Christianity, specifically, Roman Catholicism, and their rejection of their former animist beliefs. The first of these conversions happened in 1521 on the island of Cebu, when Rajah Humabon and his Queen Amihan (Humamay) were baptized along with their subjects, becoming Carlos and Juana of Cebu.

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 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.

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