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Next stop: MEXICO BROWNSVILLE — Bishop Daniel E. Flores is one of two bishops asked to represent the U.S. bishops during Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to Mexico Feb. 12-17. Read the Full Story
OSV names Sister Norma Pimentel a Catholic of the Year SAN JUAN — It all started with a “Yes,” said Sister Norma Pimentel, a sister of the Missionaries of Jesus, and a string of yeses followed that reflect the kindness and generosity of the people in the Rio Grande Valley. Read the Full Story
Journalism workshop, challenge Feb. 5-6 The Valley Catholic newspaper is partnering up with local media professionals and hosting a Mobile Journalism Workshop and Challenge in February. Read the Full Story
World Marriage Day 2016 Celebrating a milestone wedding anniversary in 2016? A Mass will be celebrated in honor of World Marriage Day at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine. 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

January 27, 2016


Spirit Awards Banquet Kicks Off Catholic Schools Week
The 19th Annual Spirit Awards banquet is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29 at Msgr. Ralph Hall at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in McAllen.

Sponsored by the Catholic Schools Office of the diocese, the event honors outstanding individuals whose dedication, generosity and service have made an impact in the 13 Catholic schools in the Rio Grande Valley. An honoree or honorees from each of the schools will be recognized at the event. Bishop Daniel E. Flores will be recognized as the diocesan honoree.

“Bishop Flores has certainly made his presence known in all our schools,” said Sister Cynthia Mello of the Sisters of St. Dorothy, superintendent of schools for the diocese. “He celebrates Mass with the students, is present to faculty and staff, attends school events where you can find him relaxing and interacting with the children.

“We honor him and thank him for his continued support to Catholic education.”

Proceeds from the event benefit the diocese’s tuition assistance program, which is dedicated to making Catholic education accessible to all families.

The Spirit Awards banquet kicks off the annual observance of Catholic Schools Week, which in 2016 is Jan. 31 – Feb. 6. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

For more information on the event or for sponsorship opportunities, contact the Catholic Schools Office at (956) 784-5051.

Latest priests’ appointments:
Effective November 11, 2015
▪ Rev. Jose M. Villalon, Jr., appointed Pastor of Saint Theresa Parish in San Benito, Texas

Effective December 15, 2015
▪ Rev. Gustavo Obando, returned to the Diocese of Granada, Colombia

Effective December 28, 2015
▪ Rev. Msgr. Patrick J. Doherty, appointed Confessor of the Capuchin Poor Clare Nuns of Saint Joseph and Saint Rita Monastery in Alamo, Texas

Effective January 15, 2016
▪ Rev. Rigobert Poulang Mot, returned to the Archdiocese of Bertoua, Cameroon

Effective January 19, 2016
▪ Rev. Andres E. Gutierrez, appointed Parish Administrator of Saint Helen Parish in Rio Hondo, Texas and its mission Saint Vincent de Paul in Lozano and Chaplain for the Texas State Technical College in Harlingen, Texas while continuing as Vice-Chancellor for the Diocese of Brownsville and Chaplain for the Serra Club in Brownsville, relieved of his responsibilities as Parochial Vicar at Saint Luke Parish in Brownsville

Mother-Daughter Program Celebrates God’s Special Gifts
The Mother-Daughter Program, which explores God’s special gift of human fertility and the wonder of growing up and becoming a woman, is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 31.

The event begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Bishop Adolf Marx Conference Center, 700 N. Virgen de San Juan Blvd. in San Juan.

The program, which is designed for mothers and their daughters, ages 10-12, will encourage girls to appreciate their femininity, as well as their changing bodies and personalities. The presentations emphasize respect and appreciation for God’s gifts.

Topics include the physical and emotional changes in a young woman’s body in preparation for motherhood, the sacredness of human life and the virtue of chastity.

The presenters will also emphasize that each girl is precious and unique, and that every girl changes and develops at different times and in different ways.

For more information, call the Family Life Office at (956) 784-5012.

Medical Guild Sponsors Lenten Retreat
There will be a Lenten Retreat, sponsored by Our Lady of San Juan del Valle Medical Guild on Friday, Feb. 12 from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Bishop Adolf Marx Auditorium in San Juan. The retreat will be led by Father Ed Hauf of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, who will give a talk on Friday evening entitled:" Healing the Whole Person: The Physician and God's Mission to Heal His People." Saturday morning he will continue the retreat with a talk entitled:" Yielding Ourselves to the Merciful Healing of Jesus." There is no fee for the retreat, but donations are welcome to help cover the costs. For more information, please contact Dr. Stephen Robinson at (956) 970-9327 or

Programming Note: Diocese Insight to Air On Sunday mornings
Diocese Insight, a half-hour interview program hosted by Brenda Nettles Riojas, Diocesan Relations Director and editor of The Valley Catholic, airs at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays on Channel 38.1 or Cable Channel 10. For more information, call (956) 784-5055.

Faithful Encouraged to be Witnesses for Life at March on Jan. 30
The diocesan Respect Life Apostolate is organizing a peaceful and prayerful march on Saturday, Jan. 30 in McAllen to spread the message of life in our community.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. with opening prayers and remarks by Bishop Daniel E. Flores at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 900 S. 23rd St. After the prayer service, a procession will depart the church and file into downtown. Throughout the procession, the Rosary will be prayed and hymns will be sung.

The procession will pass by the local abortion facility and end at Sacred Heart Parish, 306
S. 15th St. with closing prayers. All are invited to give witness to life. Prayer groups, church groups, Catholic schools, families and individuals are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

The march is held in reparation for the more than 57 million babies who have been killed in the United States since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling on Jan. 22, 1973 that legalized abortion. Pro-life advocates across the nation are observing the anniversary with events of prayer and action.

Pasa “Una tarde con Jesús”
La Movimiento de la Renovación Carismática de la Diócesis de Brownsville los invita a participar a la Asamblea Carismática – Kerygmatica “Una tarde con Jesús” a las 3 de la tarde, el 31 de enero el La Iglesia San José Obrero, 900 Calle 23 Sur en McAllen. Tema por Enrique de la Cruz, música por Roberto Mora de Edinbug. Para más información llame al (956) 371-3923 (Enrique De la Cruz); (956) 330-1419 (Diacono Alex Gamboa) o (956) 624-2728 (Joe López).

Open House, Entrance Exam Planned for Juan Diego Academy
Juan Diego Academy will be having its annual open house on Sunday, Jan. 31, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The entrance exam for prospective students will be administered on Saturday, February 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, call (956) 583-2752.

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