November 29, 2017

Bishop’s Annual Dinner Set for Dec. 1 in Weslaco
Feria de las Flores, Bishop’s Annual Dinner will be 6 p.m.-12 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1 at St. Joan of Arc Church, featuring live music, silent and live auctions, drinks, food and fun. Contact the Stewardship & Development Office to reserve your table today, to donate an item for auction or to sponsor this event, which benefits Bishop’s charities throughout the Diocese of Brownsville. For more information, contact Rosie Rodriguez at (956) 784-5062 or; or Jesse Salinas at (956) 784-5095 or

Diocese Unveils Land Donation for Plaza Amistad Project in Donna
The Diocese of Brownsville extends a cordial invitation to a ceremony honoring the generous donation from the Bonham family of Edinburg to be used for the Plaza Amistad project, embracing the potential and goodness of faith community collaboration. The ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at Mile 13 and Salinas Boulevard in Donna. For more information, call (956) 874-4677.

Voces Unidas Conference to Discuss Immigrants’ Rights, Issues
Voces Unidas, a conference dedicated to educating immigrants about their legal rights, is set for 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 2 at Christ the King Parish, 2255 Southmost Road in Brownsville. Those who work with or minister to immigrants are also encouraged to attend. For more information by phone, please contact Ramona Casas at (956) 783-6959 or via email Carmen Castrejón at

All Faiths United Presents Interfaith Food & Culture Day
All Faiths United invites the entire community to an “Interfaith Food & Culture Day: Giving Thanks for the Gift of Faith” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 at Gonzalez Elementary Park, 201 E. Martin Ave. in McAllen. Different faith traditions will offer a sampling of foods and games. Presentations and performances are also scheduled throughout the event.
All Faiths United, an organization whose mission is to build bridges that foster religious unity and understanding among faith traditions, embrace diversity and bring about positive influence on society, evolved from the work of different faith groups.

For more information, email

Diocesan Employees Invited to Attend Open Enrollment Session
It is the time of the year for our annual Health Insurance Open Enrollment. Representative from our health insurance carrier, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and our broker, Gallagher Benefits will be available to answer any questions. A representative from Insurance Solutions “GAP”, AFLAC, and BUC Financial (403B) will also be present for any questions and concerns.

The following is the schedule for the Open Enrollment Session:

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
Our Lady of Assumption Church (Parish Hall),
1313 W. Buchanan St., Harlingen.
10 a.m. to noon

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
Bishop Adolph Marx Conference Center,
700 Virgen de San Juan Blvd., San Juan.
2-4 p.m.

This invitation is for all full-time employees who are presently covered or are eligible and considering coverage under the Diocese Health plan. If you have any questions, please call the insurance department at (956) 550-1554 or (956) 550-1549.

Special Needs Mass at the Basilica
A Special Needs Mass is set for 11:30 a.m. Dec. 9 and the second Saturday of every month at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle in San Juan. All are welcome at this Mass, which is made to serve children and individuals with special needs so that they may worship in their own special way without judgment. Acceptance and inclusion are at the forefront of this special bilingual Mass.

‘King of Love – A Christmas Musical 2017’
King of Love – A Christmas Musical 2017 is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. The production features the Divinities Choir and is directed by Ruben B. Bosita.Choreography is by Gracie Cantu; narration by Bill Hiriak; front act performance by The Quartet; and soloists include Princess Chita Almase, Marianne Bosita and Yumi Castor.

Tickets for this fundraising event may be purchased through the Ticketmaster website, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or by calling any of the committee members below.

For donations, sponsorships, program advertisements or more information, call Ramon Capanzana at (956) 358-5579; Anna Maria Barrera at (956) 655-5964; Jo A. Thomason at (956) 624-8979; or Gaby Hernandez at (956) 648-3085.

McAllen Parish to Mark Golden Jubilee
The parish community of St. Joseph the Worker and its pastor Fr. Edouard Atangana announce the 50th anniversary of the dedication of St. Joseph the Worker Church in McAllen. Everyone is cordially invited to attend a Golden Jubilee Celebration Mass presided by Bishop Daniel E. Flores at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10, followed by a luncheon in the parish hall. The Golden Jubilee Mass will initiate the beginning of a yearlong jubilee celebration. There will be events and activities scheduled throughout the year. Please join the community of St. Joseph the Worker for this most joyous occasion at 900 S. 23rd Street in McAllen.

Breakfast and Raffle Fundraiser in Donna
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Altar Society in Donna will host a breakfast/raffle fundraiser Dec. 10. Come and enjoy homemade breakfast tacos and delicious menudo, just like Grandma used to make! Baked goods to satisfy any sweet tooth. Santa Claus will be there to take pictures with the kids – no charge. The event will feature games and entertainment for all to enjoy and a super raffle of great prizes. Door prizes after each Mass (no purchase necessary for door prizes). Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. Raffle will be held at 1:30 p.m. (need not be present to win). Great food and great fun for the whole family at 306 S. Salinas Blvd. in Donna. For more information, call (956) 472-3032

90th Anniversary of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Consecration
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Brownsville will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the consecration of the church on Dec. 12. In preparation for the milestone, a parish renewal is scheduled for Dec. 7 through Dec. 12. For more information, call (956) 542-4823.

‘Good Grief’ – Training for Grief Ministry Program
The Family Life Office in collaboration with the Diocesan San Juan Diego Ministry Institute is presenting “Good Grief,” facilitator training for parish leaders, catechists and others interested in facilitating a 10-week grief ministry program in their parishes to help people who have lost a loved one through death or divorce.

Participants will be introduced to two grief programs: “The New Day Program” for those who have lost a loved one, and “Divorce and Beyond” for those who have lost a spouse through divorce. Training will include:
• Studying the stages of grief and the journey to healing.
• Reflecting and sharing on their own experience of dealing with loss.
• Completing written homework assignments.
• Practicing facilitation skills (Role play both as a participant and as a facilitator).

Course fee is $35 includes and includes two books. Registration is open until Jan. 12, 2018.
Classes will be held 7-9 p.m. each Tuesday from Jan. 16 through March 6, 2018 at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 109 S. Illinois Ave. in Weslaco.

For registration information, contact Cindy Castillo at (956) 784-5059 or email For information on the course, contact Lydia Pesina at (956) 784-5012 or email

Divine Mercy Parish to Host New Year’s Celebration
The Lord of Divine Mercy Parish will be hosting its Annual New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance Gala from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31 at the Brownsville Events Center. Cost is $50 for adults and $25 for children. For additional information or reservations, please contact the parish office at (956)544-2112 or (956)572-8897.

2018 Annual Catechetical Conference
The 2018 Annual Catechetical Conference is set for 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic School in Edinburg. The conference is for catechists, Catholic school teachers, parents and/or adult leaders. (No youth or children.) Cost is $20 per person and includes conference, T-shirt and lunch. Register through your parish catechetical leader (DRE or CRE) or Catholic school principal. The deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018; no late registrations. More information coming soon.

Swing for Catholic Education” Golf Tourney to Benefit Juan Diego Academy
Sponsors are wanted and participants sought for the inaugural La Lomita Golf Tournament to be held Jan. 29, 2018, at Cimarron Country Club in Mission. Registration begins at noon and tee-off is at 1 p.m.

Tournament features:
• Entry fee includes green fees, cart, dinner and drinks.
• Mulligans sold at registration at $20 per player or $60 per player.
• Shoot out – $25 per hole or both for $40.
• Team prizes total $2,000
• Individual prizes – Closest to the pins (2); hole in one (2); and other prizes.

Join in supporting the future of Catholic education in the upper Rio Grande Valley by partnering with people for a purpose. For those with a limited budget, a team sponsorship is available at $500, or a hole sponsorship at $250.

For more information, contact Aldo Bertini at or (956) 583-2752; or Sandra Bitner at or (956) 583-2752.

Registration Open for April Pilgrimage to Marian Sites
A Wonderful Marian Pilgrimage: April 5-17, 2018 (13 days), $3,370. Visit or revisit the most inspiring apparition sites: Fatima, Lourdes, Santiago de Compostela and Garabandal with spiritual companions Sister Therese Ann Ridge, IWBS, and Sister Emma Marie Stillman, IWBS. Email us at or call (956) 342-8881 or (956) 342-1399 to reserve your place now. First come, first served.

Summer Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Assisi and Rome Planned
Father Arturo Cardenas, parochial vicar of Parish of the Lord of Divine Mercy in Brownsville, is organizing a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Assisi and Rome from June 15-28, 2018. The cost is $4,390 and includes round-trip flight from McAllen, four-star hotel accommodations, English/Spanish-speaking tour guides, deluxe coach ground transportation and more. For more information or to make a reservation, call (956) 800-2433 or email

Job Openings
Certified bus driver – Our Lady of Sorrows School, McAllen, is in need of a certified part-time bus driver. For more information, contact the school at (956) 686-3651.
School counselor (part-time) – St. Anthony School, Harlingen. Master’s degree required. For more information, call the school office (956) 423-2486
Maintenance Person – The Pharr Oratory Schools is accepting employment applications for a full-time maintenance person. Contact Sylvia Diaz at (956) 781-3056 or
Videographer (part-time) – The communications team of the Diocese of Brownsville is seeking an experienced videographer/editor to create and develop video projects, cover events and provide training for our mobile journalists. Please email Brenda Nettles Riojas at or call Paul Binz at (956) 784-5055.
Bus driver – St. Joseph in Edinburg School in Edinburg is seeking a part-time bus driver to work two hours a day, mornings from 6:30-7:30 a.m. and afternoons from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Salary is $400 monthly. Valid driver’s license and clean driving history required. For more information, contact the school at (956) 383-3957.
Food program coordinator – Catholic Charities is accepting employment applications for a full time food program coordinator for the San Juan Office. Interested qualified candidates may apply directly with Catholic Charites. Contact Tracey Perez or Edna Martinez; (956) 702-4088, fax: (956) 782-0418; or

Calendar of Events
Nov. 29 – Plaza Amistad project introduction ceremony in north Donna
Dec. 1 – Bishop’s Annual Dinner in Weslaco
Dec. 2 – Voces Unidas: educating immigrants about legal rights, Brownsville
Dec. 2 – All Faiths United Interfaith Food & Culture Day in McAllen

Submit information to be included in the Weekly Update to Brenda Nettles Riojas, Director of Diocesan Relations, by e-mail at or by fax to (956) 784-5082.