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Mass for children with special needs Holy Family Church in Brownsville will be hosting a Mass for children with special needs and their families on the 1st Sunday of every month. Read the Full Story
Humanitarian crisis Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley is accepting monetary donations for the ongoing humanitarian crisis in our area. Read the Full Story
Summer Semester Registration is underway for Summer Semester 2014 courses through the Diocesan San Juan Diego Ministry Institute for Lay Leadership Formation. Read the Full Story
New priest BROWNSVILLE — From a very young age, Jose Garza was enthralled by the priests who served at the altar of Divino Pastor Parish, his home church in Matamoros, Mexico. Read the Full Story
Projects at Basilica SAN JUAN – In the next few months, pilgrims will see noticeable changes on the property of the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine. Read the Full Story



Year of Faith - Renovados en el regalo de la fe

Weekly Update

June 4, 2014


Priest Ordination Set for June 14
BROWNSVILLE — Bishop Daniel E. Flores will ordain Jose Garza to the priesthood at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 14 at Holy Family Church in Brownsville.

Garza, 31, who is originally from Matamoros, Mexico, considered joining a religious community in San Luis Potosí, Mexico but ultimately decided to serve the faithful of the Rio Grande Valley.

Garza earned a bachelor’s degree from Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio and completed his theological studies at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio.
As a priest, he hopes to minister to the youth, teaching them the faith and bringing them closer to God and his Church.

Garza is the son of Maria Elena Hernandez and the late Jose Garza. He has two older sisters, Ana Rosa and Maribel. To read more about Garza read The Valley Catholic newspaper or visit online at

Summer 2014 Courses Offered through
Diocese’s San Juan Diego Ministry Institute
Registration is underway for Summer Semester 2014 courses through the Diocesan San Juan Diego Ministry Institute for Lay Leadership Formation. Courses are listed below and pre-registration is required to ensure enough books and materials are ordered. Course fee for the summer semester is $30 plus the cost of books.

Please call to verify starting date for each summer course (*dates subject to change).

Youth Ministry 101 FASTRACK:$30 cost for two books
Monday through Thursday beginning on June 30 from 9am – 4 p.m. at SJDMI Classroom in San Juan-Instructor: Angel Barrera (Director of Youth Ministry)

Meeting Saint Matthew Today: $15 cost of books
Mondays beginning July 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Mary, Mother of the Church in Brownsville – Instructor: Deacon Luis Zuniga
Tuesdays beginning July 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church in La Puerta (12 minutes from Rio Grande City) – Instructor: Deacon Francisco Flores
Thursdays beginning July 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at SJDMI Classroom in San Juan-Instructor Deacon David Espinoza

Theology of the Body: $25 cost of books
Saturday’s beginning on June 21 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Campus Ministry Newman Center (Chancery Building) in Brownsville - Instructor: Father Jorge Gomez
Starting Date in July (TBA) – at the Diocesan San Juan Diego Ministry Institute in San Juan – Instructor: Father Andy Gutierrez

The Diocesan San Juan Diego Ministry Institute provides the laity opportunities for continued formation through a programs of prayer, study and reflection that will deepen their knowledge of the faith and develop pastoral abilities in order to answer their baptismal call of the Second Vatican Council to spread the Gospel in word and deed through discipleship and service to the Catholic Church.

For more information and/or registration, please contact the San Juan Diego Ministry Institute at (956)784-5059 or (956)542-2501 or via email: Cynthia Castillo (secretary); Deacon Luis Zuniga (Director); or Deacon David Espinoza (Facilitator)

Summer Food Program Volunteers Needed
Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley is in need of volunteers for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) 2014. The SFSP was established to ensure that all children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals are provided to all children at approved SFSP sites in areas of the Rio Grande Valley.

Due to recent budget cuts to our previous funding methods the program is looking to our young adult community for help. Our summer food service program is in search of seven to 10 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.

We ask that you help us in the recruiting process by posting or forwarding this memo to the type of applicants we seek. These volunteers will receive training and a work description detailing their responsibilities. Applicants should have an available form of transportation as well as a driver’s license and auto insurance.
Some of the duties for the volunteers include:
• Complete applications for new sites
• Keep track of the number of meals that are served on a daily basis
• Organize information by site, city and date.
• Ensure all forms are completed
• Conduct site reviews
For questions or referrals of interested and capable candidates for these volunteer positions please contact Laura Ortiz, food program coordinator, at or (956) 702-4088. Thank you for your support.

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