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Catholic Communication Campaign The Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) helps us to grow in faith, worship, and witness. Please be generous when asked to give in your parish. The 2016 collection will take place in most parishes the weekend of May 7-8. Read the Full Story
Theology of the Body course offered The San Juan Diego Diocesan Ministry Institute will offer a six-hour course on Theology of the Body. Read the Full Story
Marian Conference set for May 7 The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Immaculate Heart of Mary Court #2540 of Holy Spirit Parish in McAllen is hosting its annual Marian Conference on Saturday, May 7. Read the Full Story
First lady of Texas to speak at gala McALLEN — Cecilia Abbott opted to make her first appearance as first lady of Texas at a pro-life rally at the state Capitol in Austin, just days after her husband Greg Abbott was inaugurated in January 2015. 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

April 28, 2016


Latest priests’ appointments:

Effective April 12, 2016
▪ Rev. Jose Gualberto Cruz, appointed weekend Chaplain on call at Valley Baptist Health Systems and Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville while continuing as Parochial Vicar of Church of the Good Shepherd in Brownsville, Texas

▪ Rev. Eusebio Martinez, appointed Chaplain at Valley Baptist Health Systems and Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville while continuing to assist at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Raymondville, Texas

Effective May 6, 2016
 Rev. Luis R. Tinajero, appointed Pastor of Saint Benedict Parish in San Benito, Texas while continuing as Assistant Director for Vocations and Chaplain of the Catholic Student Center for The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College and relived of his responsibilities at San Pedro Mission in Brownsville, Texas

 Rev. Jesus E. Paredes, appointed Priest Administrator of San Pedro Mission in Brownsville, Texas while continuing as Spiritual Director of Apostolado de la Cruz for the Brownsville area and relieved of his responsibilities at Holy Family Parish in Brownsville, Texas

 Rev. Mario Castro, appointed Parochial Vicar of Our Lady, Queen of Angels Parish in La Joya and it’s missions St. Anthony in Peñitas and St. Mary Magdalene in Mission, Texas

Effective May 16, 2016
▪ Rev. Mishael J. Koday, appointed Parochial Vicar of Saint Joseph Parish in Edinburg, Texas and relieved of his responsibilities at Saint Mary Parish in Santa Rosa and Chaplain for the Serra Club in Harlingen, Texas

Respect Life Apostolate to Host Pro-Life Workshop
Join Father Alex Flores, director of the diocesan Respect Life Apostolate, and other pro-life advocates for the Year of Mercy Pro-Life Workshop set for 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 30 at the Youth Building of Holy Spirit Parish, 2201 Martin Ave. in McAllen.

The event will feature informative talks, planning and sharing. All are invited to come and learn more about how to defend and protect all human life.

The Youth Building is located at the end of east parking lot. For more information, contact Mary Lou at (956) 227-5386 or send an email to

Bishop Flores Delivers Message on Sacrament of Confirmation
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.

To view the message in English, visit  
To view the message in Spanish, visit

Corpus Christi Procession Planned for Mercedes
Sacred Heart Catholic Church located at 920 Anacuitas St. in Mercedes, TX gathered on Friday, April 15 to plan for our Corpus Christi procession which will take place on Saturday, May 28. Different ministries have been assigned to an altar, we will have five total. The altars have been assigned as follows: Eucharistic ministers, altar servers, youth praxis, and one family at a time, and the decoration committee. This year we will centralize our procession on, Eucharistic miracles approved by the Vatican. More info will be given at the meeting. Please make arrangements to join us for additional information call the parish office at (956) 565-0271 or by email at


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