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Weekly Update

July 1, 2015


Mark your calendars: Golden Jubilee Mass set for Sept. 2
Bishop Daniel E. Flores will celebrate an open air Mass at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2 in front of the mosaic at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Diocese of Brownsville.

The event is open to the public and will serve as the principal event of the Jubilee Year. Sept. 2 marks the date the Most Rev. Adolph Marx was installed as the first bishop of the Diocese of Brownsville.

The Diocese of Brownsville was officially established on July 10, 1965 by Pope Paul VI.

Vespers for clergy and religious will be prayed at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18 at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Brownsville.

For more information on these events, contact Father Gregory T. Labus at (956) 383-3728.

Juan Diego Academy schedules entrance exam
Juan Diego Academy, a Catholic Regional High School in Mission, will hold an entrance exam for students in 8th grade who were unable to previously test on Friday, July 3, from 8 a.m. to noon at the campus located at 5208 South FM 494. The cost for the exam is $25 and is required for all entering freshmen. No materials are needed. For more information/to register to take the exam, please contact the school office: (956) 583-2752.

Oratory Athenaeum for University Preparation will hold an entrance exam
The Oratory Athenaeum for University Preparation will hold an entrance exam for students in 8th and 9th grades who were unable to previously test. The exam will be held from 9 a.m. through 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 2 at the Pharr Oratory School, located at 1407 W Moore Rd. Pharr TX. For more information or to register for the exam please contact Mrs. R. Muñoz at (956) 781-3056.

Test drive a car and raise money for La Posada Providencia
La Posada Providencia is raising funds to build a pavilion on its property, which will be used by staff, clients and volunteers for outdoor classes, performances and other outdoor activities.

The Harlingen Sunburst Rotary Club and Boggus Ford Harlingen have partnered to support the construction of the pavilion with the Drive 4UR Community Car Show and Car Test Drive, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 11 at Treasure Hills Presbyterian Church, 2120 Ed Carey Dr. (located next to Valley Baptist Hospital area and across from the Heart Clinic) in Harlingen.

Individuals will have the opportunity to take a free test-drive of Boggus Ford’s vehicles. The Ford Motor Company will donate $20 for each test-drive. Three hundred drivers will be needed to meet the $6,000 donation goal.

No purchase or donation will be necessary to help La Posada Providencia achieve its goal. Drivers must be 18 years of age or older. Limit one donation per household.

Located in San Benito, La Posada Providencia is an emergency shelter for indigent immigrants, asylum seekers and asylees recently processed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. La Posada Providencia, which is sponsored by the Sisters of Divine Providence, provides clients with safe, clean shelter, local transportation, English and life skills classes and many other services.

For more information, call La Posada Providencia at (956) 399-3826

Valley Awakening #4
Are you 21-39 and never attended a college Awakening Retreat? Campus & Young Adult Ministry invites you to attend Valley Awakening #4! Join other young adults and ignite your faith in this weekend retreat taking place July 24-26 in San Juan. Early-bird registration is only $25 before June 30th, $50 after. Register today online at Hurry, space is limited! For more information, please call (956) 784-5045 or e-mail

Become a Young Adult Ambassador!
Are you between the ages of 18 and 39? Are you passionate about your faith? Do you want to nurture your leadership skills? Do you want to create young adult opportunities for others in your community and the diocese at-large?

If you have experience in demonstrating ability to speak and advocate on behalf of your peers, working collaboratively with other young adults, and being open to using your spiritual gifts, talents, and leadership abilities in the service of the Catholic Church, apply to become an Ambassador!

Download your application, and submit it by June 30. For questions, please contact Miguel Santos at or (956) 784-5093

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