Weekly Update Archive

March 28, 2012


Chrism Mass to be Streamed Live
Priests, Bishop Come Together April 3
The Chrism Mass will be streamed live on the Diocese’s website at www.cdob.org.

All the priests of the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville will gather for the Chrism Mass along with Bishop Daniel E. Flores during Holy Week on Tuesday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine in San Juan.

The Chrism Mass is a celebration of the priesthood of Jesus Christ.  It commemorates the institution of the priestly office at the Last Supper when the Lord told his disciples “Do this in memory of me.”  During the celebration, the Bishop and the priests renew their commitment to priestly service.  It is also a time that the Bishop will consecrate the Chrism and will bless the other sacred oils used by the Catholic Church during the year.

Holy Week Starts this Weekend with Palm Sunday
Holy Week, the week from Palm Sunday (April 1) to Easter (April 8), is a week for Christians to commemorate the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  While on Ash Wednesday Christians begin their spiritual preparation for Easter; Holy Week marks the final phase of that preparation.

Special services for Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil are planned at parishes throughout the Diocese.  The last three days of Holy Week, which occur on April 5, 6, 7 of this year, are essentially one unified celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection broken into three parts.  Traditionally, they are known as “the Tridiuum,” meaning the three days.

For a schedule of parish events please see the following link Holy Week Schedule.  For parishes not listed, please contact parish directly.

Cyclists Ready for Oblate Trail Ride
Hundreds of cyclists will be participating in the Seventh Annual Oblate Trail Ride, a bicycle tour with 25- and 62.5-mile routes, on Saturday, March 31.

The route follows the famous Oblate Trail along Military Highway, an area the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate traveled by horse more than 100 years ago to celebrate Mass in the remote communities along the Rio Grande.

Onsite registration the day of the event will be $30.  Funds raised from this event will go towards the Catholic Campaign for Human Development to help break the cycle of poverty in the Valley. For additional information about the ride call Rosie Rodriguez or Jesse Salinas at (956) 781-5323 or visit www.cdob.org/about-us/oblate-trail-ride.

Bishops Promise To Continue ‘Vigorous Efforts’ Against
HHS Violations of Religious Freedom in Health Care Reform Mandate
WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops are strongly united in their ongoing and determined efforts to protect religious freedom, the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) said in a March 14 statement.

The Administrative Committee, chaired by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the USCCB, is the highest authority of the bishops’ conference outside the semi-annual sessions of the full body of bishops. The Committee’s membership consists of the elected chairmen of all the USCCB permanent committees and an elected bishop representative from each of the geographic regions of the USCCB.

The full statement can be found at www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/upload/Admin-Religious-Freedom.pdf and www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/march-14-statement-on-religious-freedom-and-hhs-mandate.cfm

This Week on Diocese Insight: Luis Espinoza
New Catechesis Facilitator Talks about His Plans
Diocese Insight, a half-hour program on KMBH-TV which highlights news, information and interviews about the Catholic Church in the Rio Grande Valley, will feature an interview this Sunday with Luis Espinoza, the new Catechesis facilitator. The show will broadcast on Sunday at 11 a.m. and on Friday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.

CYAM News (Campus and Young Adult Ministry):
Awakening Retreats
The Awakening Retreat program is a weekend retreat for college students and young adults in general. Focused on Catholic teachings, the Awakening Retreat is a faith-sharing experience: an opportunity to discover (or rediscover) one's faith and spirituality through the variety of talks, activities, and testimonies given by other young adults and ministry leaders.  Below are some of the upcoming Awakening Retreats in our diocese:
AWAKENING 2012 (March 31 - April 1).  For more information please contact Cristina Aldape:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

VALLEY AWAKENING (June 22 -24). For more information please contact Miguel Santos:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Young Adult Matters...Young Adult TV Show
A new television show produced by KMBH and the Office of Campus and Young Adult Ministry (CYAM) airs on Valley Catholic Network, Channel 38.3, weekly on Monday nights at 7:30 p.m., with a re-broadcast on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.  The show also airs on 38.1 (Cable Channel 10) Sundays at 9:30 a.m.  Join young adults from across the diocese as they discuss current issues relevant to their faith, education and culture.   Please send your comments and suggestions for the show to Miguel Santos:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Juan Diego Academy to Hold Entrance Exam for Prospective Students
Juan Diego Academy Catholic Regional High School is holding an entrance exam on Saturday, April 14, beginning at 9 AM in Building A (Administration Building), at the school located at 5208 South FM 494 in Mission. This exam is for all prospective students wishing to enroll in the 9th or 10th grade for the coming 2012-2013 school year. Students currently enrolled in Catholic elementary schools of the Diocese of Brownsville are exempted from this test. The cost for the test is $25.00 (non-refundable) and is part of the admissions fee to begin the registration process.
For more information, please call the school at 583-2752.

Lenten Cookbook Available
The Diocese of Brownsville's latest publication, Meatless Recipes for Lent: A Collection of Recipes from the Rio Grande Valley, is available now. The book compiled by The Valley Catholic includes 70 recipes from more than 40 contributors. Call (956) 784-5055 to purchase your $10 copy.

The cookbook features traditional Lenten dishes which have been passed on from our abuelitas, mothers, and tías. You will certainly want to try the different capirotada recipes, as well as the ones for nopalitos and albóndigas.

St. Pius X Church Hosts Passion Play April 1
St. Pius X Church in Weslaco is sponsoring two performances of the Passion Play on Sunday, April 1 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Weslaco ISD Performance Arts Center. Tickets may be purchased at the St. Pius X Parish Office for $3.
Monastic Experience Offered at Good Shepherd Monastery
Sister Nancy Boushey of the Benedictine Sisters of the Good Shepherd invites young women between the ages of 18 to 50 to come together to “See how the Lord in his love shows us the way of life,” during a monastic experience April 5-8 for the Holy Tridumm at the Good Shepherd Monastery in Rio Grande City. Father Don Krebs will be celebrant of the liturgies.

The experience is designed for those who are hearing a call to religious life at no cost. For additional information, call (956) 486-2680.

Festival and Cook-Off Showdown
St. Joseph Catholic Church in Edinburg will be hosting their 4th Annual Festival and Cook-Off Showdown on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21. Friday is Mariachi Night. Bring the family for a night of live entertainment, games, food, children’s carnival, and more on both days.

For festival information, visit www.stjoseph-edinburg.org or call the Parish Office at (956) 383-3728. For Cook-Off information, contact Flo Prater at (956) 279-4451 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Our Lady of Sorrows 14th Annual Golf Classic and Car Raffle
Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School in McAllen will host their 14th Annual Golf Classic Tournament and car raffle on Friday, April 27.  Teams are being organized, and car raffle tickets are being sold for $100. Tickets are limited as only 1,000 are being sold.  Tickets are available at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School, at the church office and after Saturday and Sunday Masses. 

Individuals interested in organizing a team or purchasing a raffle ticket may call Minna Tamez at (956) 686-3651.

Basilica Golf Tournament April 28
The Friends of the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle are hosting their 3rd Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 28, at Los Lagos Golf Course, 1720 South Raul Longoria in Edinburg. Proceeds will benefit the needed funds to build, preserve, and restore the architecture of the Basilica.

For more information call (956) 787-0033 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

San Isidro Festival / Bash-in-the-Brush Biker Rally
St. Isidore Parish in San Isidro will host their Annual Festival in conjunction with the Bash-in-the-Brush Biker Rally on Saturday, April 28 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Bring the family for a fun-filled day.
Events for the day include: cook off, parade, trail ride, live music, silent and live auction, bike show, car show, vendors, dance and much more.
For festival information, visit www.sanisidrofestival.org or call the Parish Office at (956) 481-3392.  Contact information is found in our website. Admission is free.

Two Performances of "Sound" Set for April 28
St. Pius X Church in Weslaco is sponsoring two performances of the play, "Sound" which deals with the realities of bullying. “Sound,” written by Mount Carmel students and Father Benjamin Aguilar, O. Carm., will be performed by Mount Carmel’s Caravan Alley Players at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at the WISD Performing Arts Center.

The story of “Sound” centers on the new kid in town, Andrew, who quickly becomes a target for ridicule and humiliation by the popular crowd at his high school and receives abuse from four bullies on a daily basis.

“It is important for people to learn that bullying is an unfortunate reality for too many kids,” said Father Aguilar when asked about the importance of the show. "We have to face the fact that bullying is real and traumatic. Yes, it's always been around, but today, because of the ubiquitous nature of cyber-technology, our kids may have to relive many of their childhood traumas later on in life.  Once a threat or an abuse becomes a digital tattoo, no laser treatment in the world can erase it.”

The play uses adult language and explores themes that are not meant for audiences under the age of 13. Anyone under 13 years of age must have a release signed by their parents. The form can be obtained where tickets are purchased.  Tickets are available at St. Pius X Church and at the Catholic high schools in the Valley – St. Joseph Academy in Brownsville, Oratory Athenaeum in Pharr and Juan Diego Academy in Mission.
For more information, call St. Pius X Church at (956) 968-7471.

Mother’s Day Dance and Raffle
St. Joseph the Worker Church in San Carlos and St. Theresa mission Church in Faysville is having a Mother’s Day Dance and Raffle on May 12. The raffle tickets are for $5 each and may be purchased at St. Joseph or St. Theresa. The dance will be at the Gallito Ballroom in San Carlos. For more information call the offices at (956)383-5880 or (956)318-5135.

Our Lady of Assumption Kermes
Our Lady of Assumption and San Felipe Neri Mission in Harlingen are hosting “Reina de las Flores” Kermes on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Come join the fun and festivities with delicious homemade food and live music games for the whole family.

For additional information please call parish office at (956) 423-4670.

Pilgrimage to Holy Land Scheduled for November
Resurrection Parish in Alamo invites you to an 11-day pilgrimage Nov. 12 through Nov. 22 to the Holy Land. During the pilgrimage, the group will have the opportunity to visit the land where Jesus was born, lived and died. The cost for the 11-day pilgrimage is $3,389 per person and is based on double occupancy.  The price includes roundtrip air transportation from McAllen, 3 meals a day, and hotel accommodations. 

For additional information and to receive a free brochure, call Mari Borrego at (956) 971-8796.

Summer Pilgrimage to Rome
St. Anthony Parish in Harlingen announces their first pilgrimage to Rome, Italy and the Marian shrines in Europe including Our Lady of Lourdes in France, Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal and other shrines and churches in Italy and Spain. 

Father Lawerence Klein will lead the pilgrimage June 11 through June 24. The $3,750 per person fee includes flight, hotel and some meals. A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to officially register. For additional information contact the parish at (956) 428-6111 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

English as a Second Language
The English Language Institute, UTPA, Edinburg, offers courses in English as a Second Language. For information, call (956) 665-2133.

Job Openings   

• Assistance Principal St. Mary’s Catholic School of Brownsville Application for Employment may be downloaded from our website at www.stmarys-cs.org.  Please send cover letter, resume, completed Diocesan application and written references to:  St. Mary’s Catholic School, Attn:  Principal, 1300 E. Los Ebanos Blvd., Brownsville, Texas  78520 or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Associate Director of the Family Life Office - Interested, qualified candidates contact Human Resources (956) 542-2501.

• Campus Minister - full time - Newman Center in Brownsville Interested, qualified candidates to Human Resources (956) 542-2501 and/or Miguel Santos.

• Director for Religious Education - Interested qualified candidates should submit resumes by mail, fax or email to St. Paul’s Catholic Church 1119 Francisco Ave. Mission, TX 78572 Fax: 956-581-4801 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• Jail Ministry Coordinator – Interested qualified candidates contact Human Resources at (956) 542-2501 or Sr. Norma Pimentel at (956) 702-4088.

• Liturgical Musician/Choir Coordinator (Part Time) – Juan Diego Academy Interested persons should contact Bob Schmidt, Principal of Juan Diego Academy in Mission at (956) 583-2752.

• Maintenance Foreman – La Merced Homes, Mercedes – Interested, qualified candidates contact Mirtala Sifuentes at (956) 565-2622 or Fax resume to (956) 565-4185.

• Part-time Assistance Campus Minister - Newman Center in Brownsville Interested, qualified candidates to Human Resources (956) 542-2501 and/or Miguel Santos.

• Part-time Bookkeeper - St. Joseph the Worker – McAllen Qualified interested candidates should be referred to Rev. Alfonso Guevara at 956-682-1351; fax: 956-618-3317.

• Part-time Development Coordinator - Sacred Heart Church, Mercedes, for more information (956) 565-0271.

• Part-time Janitor – Basilica Our Lady of San Juan del Valle – National Shrine Contact Melinda Singleterry at 956-787-0033 (weekends and Monday)

• Part-time Secretary – San Juan Diego Lay Ministry Institute - Interested, qualified candidates contact Ofelia Martinez (956)784-5010.

• Part-time - Receptionist/Secretary - Qualified interested candidates should be referred to Msgr. Luis Javier Garcia at 956-787-8563; fax: 956-702-4509.

Calendar of Events

• March 26 – 30 - Mision Cuaresmal, Our Lady of Guadalupe Brownsville

• March 30 – 31 Divine Mercy, Brownsville Men's Retreat, Rio Grande City

• March 31 – Oblate Trail Ride

• March 31 - DYRT - Immaculate Conception RGC

• April 1 – Palm Sunday

• April 1 – April Fool’s Day

• April 2 - SJDMI YM Level 1 - San Juan

Please submit information to be included in the Weekly Update to Brenda Nettles Riojas, Director of Diocesan Relations by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by fax to (956) 784-5082.

Diocesan Relations
Catholic Diocese of Brownsville
700 N. Virgen de San Juan
San Juan, TX 78589

Phone:(956) 784-5008
Director: Brenda Nettles Riojas