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Bishop Flores greets Pope Francis Bishop Daniel E. Flores was one of about 25 bishops from around the United States selected to greet Pope Francis on Sept. 23 after a Mid-Day Prayer Service at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C. Read the Full Story
Deacons Day 2015 The annual Deacons Day celebration was held on Sept. 12 at Resurrection Church in Alamo.  Read the Full Story
St. Paul Parish marks centennial Bishop Daniel E. Flores celebrated Mass on Sept. 13 to commemorate St. Paul Parish’s centennial. Read the Full Story
Virtual audience with Pope Francis McALLEN — At Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, members of the community, most of them volunteers at a respite center for immigrants at Sacred Heart parish hall, were invited to a special event by ABC News, but were not informed in advance of just how special that event would be. Read the Full Story
Convocation 2015 The 2015 Catechetical Convocation is set for Saturday, Sept. 19 at the McAllen Convention Center. Read the Full Story

Weekly Update

October 1, 2015


Bishop, Imam and Rabbi to talk on Oct. 7
The community is invited to an Interfaith Conversation with religious leaders of different faiths from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at the UTRGV (Community Engagement & Student Services (CESS) Building, 1201 W. University Dr. in Edinburg.

Faith leaders who will lead a public dialogue include Bishop Daniel E. Flores, Diocese of Brownsville; Imam Noor Ahmad, Masjid Umar Al-Farooq Mosque in McAllen; and Rabbi Claudio Kogan, Temple Emanuel in McAllen.

The faith leaders have been meeting regularly to promote interfaith dialogues for peace in the community and understand each other's faiths and cultures.

A recording of one of their conversations taped in May is available online -

Latest priests' appointments:
Effective September 11, 2015
▪ Rev. Esteban Hernandez, appointed Parish Administrator of San Martin de Porres Parish in Weslaco, Texas and its missions Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe and Saint Jude Chapel

▪ Rev. Mario Castro, on leave of absence

Effective October 2, 2015
▪ Rev. Francois Tsanga, SCJ, appointed Chaplain for the Hospital Ministry program for service at Harlingen Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas, assigned in residence at Saint Theresa Parish in San Benito, Texas, relieving him of his responsibilities at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine

▪ Rev. Thomas W. Sepulveda, C.S.B., appointed Campus Ministry Chaplain for South Texas College in Starr County

Red Mass for protectors, administrators of the law set for Oct. 8
Bishop Daniel E. Flores will celebrate the 21th annual Red Mass at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8 at Sacred Heart Church, 501 E. Kuhn St. in Edinburg.

The Red Mass is celebrated to invoke God's blessing upon all protectors and administrators of the law, including lawyers, judges, government officials and law enforcement agents, as well as their families and support staffs.

The Mass will be followed by a banquet at the parish hall. Thomas Mengler, J.D., president of St. Mary University in San Antonio will serve as the keynote speaker. The theme of the celebration is "Blessed Are the Merciful."

For more information, call Sacred Heart Parish at (956) 383-3253.

White Mass for health care professionals to be held on Oct. 15
The annual White Mass for the special intentions of healthcare professionals will be celebrated by Bishop Daniel E. Flores at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Our Lady of Perpetual Church, 2209 Kendlewood Ave. in McAllen.

All men and women religious and laypersons serving in the health care field, including chaplains, are invited to attend.

A reception sponsored by the Office of Health Ministries, will be held in the parish hall after the Mass. For more information, call (956) 784-5007.

Train the Trainers class offered
Walter Lukaszek will offer a "Train the Trainers for Protecting God's Children," for those interested in becoming facilitators in your parish, from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Nov. 3 or Saturday, Tue. Nov. 7, at the Bishop Fitzpatrick building, Madonna Room in San Juan. There is no charge. Please reserve you attendance by email: OR call Walter Lukaszek @ 956-457-0010 (cell) so that appropriate handouts are available. Please include full name, date attending, language preferred and contact information with your reservation.

Protecting God's Children Announcement
Our diocesan plan is for all people who work with children to have viewed the safety awareness DVD: "Protecting God's Children," to submit to a DPS background check, and sign the code of ethics. Second, religious education leaders are to plan and present a "Touching Safety" lesson during both the fall and spring to all children from kindergarten to 12th grade. Finally, parishes will present safety awareness material to all parents who have their children in either the First Communion or Confirmation classes.

If you have questions or need material, please contact Walter Lukaszek at (956) 457-0010 or at

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