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Retreat for moms, teenage girls The Stewardship and Development Office is pleased to introduce Stacy the Caterpillar, our stewardship mascot, at an upcoming event for girls. Read the Full Story
Theology on Tap Join Campus and Young Adult Ministry for Theology on Tap with the Most Rev. Daniel E. Flores on Thursday, June 29, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Schneider’s German Gasthaus & Beergarden, 5507 N Ware Rd., McAllen.  Read the Full Story
Valley Awakening Valley Awakening, a diocesan young adult retreat, will be held on July 1-3 at Holy Spirit Parish in McAllen. Read the Full Story
Confirmation message Bishop Daniel E. Flores delivered messages in both English and Spanish about the Sacrament of Confirmation before a group of catechists from around the diocese who will share his message with the parents and confirmation candidates at their parishes. Read the Full Story
Our history Faith in the Valley, a graphic novel about the history of the Diocese of Brownsville, was produced in honor of the Golden Anniversary of the diocese. Read the Full Story

Weekly Update

June 28, 2016

“VERBUM MITTITUR SPIRANS AMOREM”

Texas Bishops highly concerned with ruling that puts women at grave risk
AUSTIN — The US Supreme Court decided on June 27, in a 5-3 decision, to strike down key provisions of Texas HB2, a law that protects women’s safety while seeking an abortion.

The Texas State Legislature overwhelmingly approved HB2. The Texas Catholic Conference supported the passage of this pro-life law and submitted an Amicus brief to the court in support of the provisions challenged by Whole Women's Heath. Thousands of Texas Catholics have attended rallies and hearings in support of this bill. Its main purpose is to secure surgical center, health and safety standards for women seeking an abortion. Their lives are as precious as those of their children.

Surgical abortion is an invasive procedure that poses numerous and serious medical complications. The state has a legitimate interest in ensuring the maximum level of safety for the woman subjected to the procedure and that viable emergency care is available if complications such as hemorrhage, infection, uterine perforation, blood clots, cervical tears, or allergic reactions occur. It is irresponsible for physicians to perform this procedure without being able to provide follow-up treatment for the associated complications.

This ruling allows abortion doctors to continue to provide abortion in Texas without providing the needed safety provisions at clinics or follow-up care in hospitals. The Catholic Church in Texas, in communion with millions of Catholics across America and the world, will continue its efforts to protect life and human dignity from conception to natural death.

Join Bishop Flores for Theology on Tap June 29
Join Campus and Young Adult Ministry for Theology on Tap with the Most Rev. Daniel E. Flores on Thursday, June 29, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Schneider’s German Gasthaus & Beergarden, 5507 N Ware Rd., McAllen.

Who are young adults? People between the ages 18-39. That includes single or married, with children or no children, student or non-student.

For more information on Theology on Tap or the Campus and Young Adult Ministry, call (956) 784-5045.



Valley Awakening Retreat for Young Adults Ages 21-35 Set for July 1-3

Valley Awakening, a diocesan young adult retreat, will be held on July 1-3 at Holy Spirit Parish in McAllen.

Awakening is a Catholic retreat held at many colleges and universities across the country, as well as in a number of dioceses. It is a weekend retreat where young adults grow closer to God, make new friends, and experience spiritual renewal.

The retreat, though focused on Catholic teachings, is open to people of different denominations who wish to experience the Christian message of hope and love. Awakening invites young adults to experience God’s unconditional love through a variety of talks, prayers, songs, fellowship, and group discussion.

The Campus and Young Adult Office of the Diocese of Brownsville offers a retreat for young adults who aren't in college (whether you never attended or already graduated).

Early registration fee for Valley Awakening is $60 before June 17 and $80 after. Register online at www.cyam.net



San Martin de Porres School Planning Pre-4th of July Festival

Please support Catholic education in the mid-Valley by attending the Pre-4th of July Festival to benefit San Martin de Porres School in Weslaco. The event, which will feature food, games, rides, chalupa bingo and more, will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 2 on the grounds of San Martin de Porres Parish and School. For additional information, contact the school at (956) 973-8642.



Sacred Heart Parish in Hidalgo to Break Ground on New Sanctuary

Bishop Daniel E. Flores and the Fathers of the Pharr Oratory invite the faithful to a Mass and groundbreaking ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 2 at Sacred Heart Parish, 208 E. Camelia St. in Hidalgo. For more information, contact the parish at (956) 843-2463.



Teenage Girl Retreat Scheduled for July 9

The Stewardship and Development Office is pleased to introduce Stacy the Caterpillar, our stewardship mascot, at an upcoming event for girls. In partnership with Simple & Natural®, a retreat for teenage girls aged 13-16 and their mothers or other female guardians is planned for Saturday, July 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bishop Marx Conference Center on the San Juan Pastoral Center grounds. Join Stacy at this fun and fact filled event on a journey to discover “Who Am I?”

At this gathering, we will celebrate the wonderful grace of having been created a girl and the gift of womanhood! Please announce the event at your parish/religious groups. This event is free of charge, breakfast, lunch and a registration packet will be provided. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. For additional information please call (956) 784-5095.



Summer Food Program Volunteers Needed

Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley is in need of volunteers for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) 2016. The SFSP was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals are provided to all children at approved sites in areas of the Rio Grande Valley.

We are in search of responsible and committed volunteers for the months of June through August to help maintain the program running smoothly. Volunteers will work out of our San Juan or Brownsville offices. Hours are flexible. All volunteers will receive training detailing their responsibilities. Volunteers should have an available form of transportation as well as a driver’s license and automobile insurance.

For questions or referrals of interested individuals please contact Tracey Perez, Food Program Coordinator, at tperez@cdob.org or (956)702-4088.

 

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