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World Youth Encounter Inspired by the call of Pope Francis to create "a culture of encounter," and in light of the upcoming World Youth Day in Poland, we unite to celebrate the First World Youth Encounter. Read the Full Story
Prayers needed The Jail Prison/Ministry of the Diocese of Brownsville will be hosting a Kolbe Prison Retreat on July 21-23 at the Lopez State Jail in Edinburg.  Read the Full Story
Krakow 2016 A group of 22 pilgrims from our diocese is preparing to travel to Krakow, Poland from July 24 through Aug. 2 for the 31st World Youth Day. Read the Full Story
Pilgrim churches Bishop Daniel E. Flores designated the basilica and the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Brownsville as the two pilgrim churches of the diocese for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  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

July 20, 2016


Pope Francis to Address Rio Grande Valley Youth Via Personal Video Message

Bishop Daniel E. Flores announced at a news conference on July 19 that the pope will address the youth in our diocese via a personal video message at a local World Youth Day celebration.

The video message will be presented on Tuesday, July 26 during the first World Youth Encounter/Encuentro Mundial de los Jóvenes at St. Anne Parish in Peñitas, as millions of youth from around the globe are gathering for World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland.

“It will be his way of being two places at the same time because he will be in Poland, in Krakow for the world celebration where millions will be gathered with him, but in a certain way, giving a special sign that he’s always mindful of those who can’t make a trip,” Bishop Flores said. “He has taken the time to really prepare a local message for the youth of this diocese.

“It’s also a sign of his awareness and his love for the people of the Rio Grande Valley because he makes the effort to offer a word of encouragement and a word of consolation.”

Our condolences
Our condolences go out to Sister Norma Pimentel and her family on the passing of her brother, Alberto Pimentel. Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Funeraria Del Angel Buena Vista
125 McDavitt Blvd.
Wednesday, July 20
Viewing 3:30 p.m.
Rosary 7 p.m.

Mass service at 11 a.m.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
1200 Lincoln St.
Thursday, July 21

Please keep Sister Norma and her family in your prayers.

Youth Invited to World Youth Encounter in Peñitas
Inspired by the call of Pope Francis to create "a culture of encounter," and in light of the upcoming World Youth Day in Poland, we unite to celebrate the First World Youth Encounter.

St. Anne Parish in Peñitas and the Office of Youth Ministry invite the youth of our diocese to participate in the World Youth Encounter, set for Tuesday, July 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. To register, contact your parish or call the Office of Youth Ministry at (956) 784-5037.

Not everyone can travel to Poland for the World Youth Day but we believe that even in our area, a profound and meaningful encounter with the world's youth can be organized.

The event will feature four levels of Encounter:
• Encounter of young people in our diocese
• Encounter of our young people with the world's youth
• Encounter of our young people with the saints (history and tradition)
• Encounter of our young people with our Lord Jesus Christ

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 or (956)702-4088.

Tables Available For Sacred Heart Parish Garage Sale
Sacred Heart Parish, located at 306 S. 15th St. in McAllen is hosting a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30 in the CCD playground area.

Tables are available for rent at a cost of $15 for one day or $25 for both days. For information, please come by the parish office or call Irma at (956) 686-7711.

Prayers, Volunteers Needed for Jail/Prison Ministry
The Jail Prison/Ministry of the Diocese of Brownsville will be hosting a Kolbe Prison Retreat on July 21-23 at the Lopez State Jail in Edinburg.

Please keep the team leaders and retreatants in your prayers.

The Kolbe Prison Retreats, similar to the ACTS Retreats undertaken in Catholic parishes, has had tremendous impact on the lives of men behind bars across the State of Texas. Begun by a group of men in the Austin Diocese, the Kolbe Prison Retreats have brought new hope to men who are cut off from their families and loved ones - who are in pain - who are suffering - who are forgotten. Trained volunteers provide a life-changing experience coupled with follow-up ministry to men desperately in need of faith, hope and love.

After the retreat, the Kolbe Team Members continue visiting their brothers behind bars weekly to share their faith and provide faith formation.

Do you feel called to join this ministry? Call the Jail/Prison Ministry Office at (956) 784-5046 for more information.

KAUSSA Catholic Young Professionals
KAUSSA Catholic Young Professionals invites young adults ages 21-39 to join for an evening of fellowship, networking, and personal growth based on a common Catholic identity. For more information about KAUSSA Catholic Young Professionals, please contact Raul Cabrera at (956) 784-5045 or email The next gatherings include:

Aug. 2
Film Night: Patch Adams
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Alfredo Gonzalez Texas State Veterans Home
301 East Yuma Avenue, McAllen

Sept. 6
Featured Speakers:
Mr. & Mrs. Jesus Saenz, Saenz Pharmacy
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Our Lady of Sorrows Conference Room
1108 W. Hackberry Ave., McAllen

Oct. 4
Theology on Tap
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Nov. 8
Election Night Party Mixer
6:30 – 8:30 pm
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
3200 W. Expressway 83, McAllen

Dec. 10
Service: Hospice Visit
All day
Comfort House
617 Dallas Ave., McAllen

Young Adult Ambassadors Needed
Are you passionate about young adult ministry? The office of Campus & Young Adult Ministry encourages you to apply for Bishop’s Young Adult Ambassadors. Applicants must either live, work, study, and/or worship in the boundaries of the Diocese of Brownsville and be between the ages of 18 and 39. They must also demonstrate an ability to speak and advocate on behalf of their peers, work collaboratively with other young adults, and be open to using their spiritual gifts, talents, and leadership abilities in the service of the Catholic Church. The deadline to apply is Aug. 12. All applicants will be contacted with the final decision the third week of August. Download the application at For more information about Bishop’s Young Adult Ambassadors, please contact Raul Cabrera at (956) 784-5045 or email

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