Diocese to welcome two new priests
By ROSE YBARRAThe Valley Catholic
HARLINGEN — Bishop Daniel E. Flores will ordain two transitional deacons to the priesthood at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 25 at St. Anthony Church in Harlingen.
Pharr native part of historic Apollo 11 moon landing
SAN JUAN — As a young boy growing up in Pharr, Deacon Hector Garcia never imagined that one day he would be on the frontlines of history, working as an aerospace engineer at NASA.
Downtown jewel celebrates centennial
By BRENDA NETTLES RIOJASThe Valley Catholic
BROWNSVILLE – Agnes Browne, 99, was born a year after Sacred Heart Church was built in 1913 on the corner of 6th and East Elizabeth Streets in Brownsville. As the oldest parishioner attending the Centennial Celebration for the historic church on April 13, she said it brought back memories of her grandmother, Agnes A. Browne.
Diocesan office provides services at low cost
By IRVING TAPIAThe Valley Catholic
The Church in the United States is a Church made up of immigrants. Since its beginning, the Church has been embracing diversity and providing pastoral care for immigrants, refugees, and people on the move.
Raymondville youth practice works of mercy
By SUE GROVESThe Valley Catholic
RAYMONDVILLE – Five mobile journalists ranging in ages from 12 to 16, who worked on a project to build awareness of their community, helped bury a homeless veteran, Kent Karl Kauten, who they had interviewed a week before his death.
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Parish: St. Joseph Catholic Church
Located: We are located on the corner of D. Salinas Blvd. and Fordyce Avenue, approximately 3 blocks from Business 83 in Donna
Pastor: Rev. Alberto T. Treviño, Jr., MSF
Other Clergy: Rev. Franciscus Asisi Eka Yuantoro, MSF, Parochial Vicar; Rev. Simon Brzozowski, MSF, In Residence
Parish Established: 1928
Population: 2,200 Registered Families
History: St. Joseph Church in Donna dates back to the early 1900’s. It was built by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and dedicated on June 18, 1916. Twelve years later on November 12, 1922 it was replaced with a new church.
It became an independent parish in 1928 under the direction of Father James Smith, O.M.I. Father Smith built a parochial school, which was directed by the Holy Ghost Sisters from San Antonio. For a time in the 1950’s, the parish was placed under the guidance of the Holy Family Fathers. To meet the needs of a growing community, and replace the aging building, a new church was built in 1979.
Its mission church, Christ the King in Colonia Nueva, provides for the spiritual needs of the community in the colonia.
Festivals/Feast Day Celebrations:1. Annual Fall Festival (Bazaar): Held on the first weekend of November over the weekend (Saturday and Sunday), held both indoors and outdoors. We have a variety of different booths such as: food and desserts, arts & crafts, Chalupa Bingo, Cake Walk, lots of games for the kids, raffle, etc. This year for the first time we raffled a new car which helped boost our revenue. We are hoping to continue raffling a car in our future raffles.2. Chicken BBQ Plate Sales: The parish holds 2 annual BBQ plate sales. One is held in September and one is held in February. The BBQ plate sales along with the annual Fall Festival are the main fundraisers for the Parish.3. St. Joseph Feast Day (Our Patron Saint): On the Saturday closest to St. Joseph Feast Day (March 19th), the parish has an annual parade from the City Park to the Church. Upon arrival at the church, a special mass is held and then everyone present is invited to the Parish Hall for food and fellowship.4. Feast of the Virgen de Guadalupe: Beginning the evening of December 11th, the Parish has starts a vigil in honor of the Virgen de Guadalupe. We have prayers, singing and even the Danza’s performing outside the church. This culminates at midnight with parishioners signing the Mañanitas to the Virgen de Guadalupe. Processions take place before both masses of the day. Masses with Mariachis and are held at 6:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. in honor of the Virgen de Guadalupe. This year we were blessed to have three (3) different Danza’s participating in our festivities.5. Christmas Posadas: The parish has been hosting Christmas Posadas for several years. Posadas take place from December 16th through the 24th on the Parish grounds. Organizations and individuals volunteer to assist with the posadas. Many individuals attend this annual event and enjoy participating in the actual posada, by helping to pray the rosary, donating items for the refreshments, etc.6. Feast of Christ the King: A procession is held annually from Cristo Rey Mission to St. Joseph Church. This year with had the Knights on Bikes leading our Procession. All organizations join together for this special procession.7. Stations of the Cross: Stations of the Cross are held every Wednesday and Friday during Lent. As of 2012, we began holding the Stations of the Cross in the church Parking lot. Each organization carries a “cross” from one station to the other. It is a great way to involve more individuals in the Stations of the Cross.8. Fourth of July Family Celebration: This past July 2012, for the first time ever, the Parish sponsored a Family Fourth of July Celebration. There was games for kids, volleyball for teenagers and young adults, free food, chalupa bingo, piñatas for the kids, then we ended the day with a the family movie “Courageous”. A great and time was held by all that attended. Plans to continue this event are in place.9. Children Eucharistic Holy Hour: A procession and adoration is held every year where children of all ages are invited to attend and participate.
Parish Organizations:1. ACTS2. Altar Servers3. Altar Society4. Caballeros de Cristo Rey5. Catholic Daughters of the Americas6. Children’s Choir7. Cursillistas8. Divine Mercy Prayer Group9. Guadalupanas10. Knights of Columbus11. Legion of Mary12. Movimiento Familiar Cristiano13. Voluntarios de la Sagrada Familia14. St. Vincent de Paul15. Valley Interfaith16. Young Adult Ministry17. Youth Ministry
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