October 4, 2017


Churches to Host Blessing of the Animals on Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
Several churches in the Diocese of Brownsville will have the Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron of animals and the environment, today, Wednesday, Oct. 4.

The faithful bring their dogs, cats, fish, birds and other animals to the church grounds for prayers and a special blessing. All animals are invited but should be properly restrained.

San Felipe de Jesus Parish, 2218 Carlos Ave., in Brownsville at 5 p.m. in front of Casa Sofia
Holy Family Parish, 1302 E. Champion St., in Edinburg at 6:30 p.m., front lawn of the church
St. Joseph Parish, 114 W. Fay St. in Edinburg, at 5:30 p.m., south lawn of the parish
St. Anthony Parish, 1015 E. Harrison Ave. in Harlingen at 6:15 p.m., outside the entrance to Community Center conference rooms
Sacred Heart Parish, 306 S. 15th St. in McAllen at 6:30 p.m., school playground
Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle in San Juan, after 5:30 p.m. Mass, at the mosaic
St. John the Baptist Parish, 216 W. First St. in San Juan at 6:30 p.m. by the tower

White Mass for Healthcare Professionals
All healthcare professionals are invited to attend the Annual White Mass & Conference hosted by the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville, Thursday, Oct. 5 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in McAllen. Event highlights include a Mass and Blessing at 6:30 p.m. with Bishop Daniel E. Flores followed by a conference and dinner at 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Hall. The topic of the conference will be, “Treating Infertility in the Rio Grande Valley.” This event is free, but we request that you RSVP by calling (956) 784-5007.

Diocesan Encuentro Set for Oct. 14
The Diocese of Brownsville is hosting its Diocesan Encuentro at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in McAllen. The event will conclude with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Daniel E. Flores at 11 a.m.

Diocesan Encuentros are the current phase of what is a four-year process of ecclesial reflection and action. First came parish-level Encuentros, next will be regional Encuentro in Austin. The process will culminate in the Fifth National Encuentro, known as “V Encuentro,” next September 2018 in Grapevine, Texas.

For more information, contact Deacon Luis Zuniga at (956) 784-5059 or via email at lzuniga@cdob.org

Prayer Warriors Needed for 40 Days for Life Vigil
The 40 Days for Life campaign is an international effort to end abortion through prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil and community outreach. The fall campaign runs through Sunday, Nov. 5. Vigils will be held daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. outside of the McAllen abortion facility. More prayer warriors are needed to ensure that the sidewalk is covered throughout the campaign.

For information about 40 Days for Life in McAllen, visit: www.40daysforlife.com/mcallen

For assistance or for more information, please contact Edna Flores at eflores402@aol.com or (956) 445-6949.

San Felipe de Jesus Parish to Host Kermes Oct. 6-7 in Cameron Park
San Felipe de Jesus Parish, 2215 Rancho Viejo Ave. in Brownsville, is hosting its annual kermes from 6-11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 7. The event will feature rides, games, live entertainment, homemade foods prepared by the parishioners, a raffle and more. For more information, please contact the parish office at (956) 982-2007.

Fall Kermes Set for Oct. 7-8 at St. Eugene de Mazenod in Brownsville
St. Eugene de Mazenod Parish at 5409 Austin Road in Brownsville, will be hosting its Fall Kermes from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, and on Sunday, Oct. 8. This event is filled with games, Lotería, food, live music, and a raffle. For more information, please contact the parish office at (956) 831-9923.

Holy Family Parish in Brownsville to Host ‘A Weekend at Hollywood’
Holy Family Church, 2405 E. Tyler St. in Brownsville, is sponsoring its annual kermes from 6:30-11:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, Saturday Oct. 7 and Sunday, Oct. 8. The theme of the event is, “A Weekend at Hollywood.” Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact the parish at (956) 546-6975.

Fall Kermes Set for Oct. 7-8 in Rio Hondo
The faith community of St. Helen Church in Rio Hondo will be hosting its annual fall kermes from 4-10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7 and Sunday, Oct. 8. This is a two-day family event filled with fun games, awesome food and live entertainment. For more information, contact the parish at (956) 748-2327.

Annual Bazaar Set for Oct. 7-8 in Port Isabel
Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, 705 S. Longoria St. in Port Isabel, is holding its annual bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 7 and Sunday, Oct. 8. There will be rides, food and games, live music and a raffle with a $3,000 Visa gift card grand prize and nine other prizes. For more information, contact the parish at (956) 943-1297.

Sacred Heart Church in Hidalgo Preparing for Fall Festival-Jamaica 2017
Sacred Heart in Hidalgo has set its annual fall festival for Sunday, Oct. 8 from 3-9 p.m. at the Hidalgo City Pavilion. Festival highlights include the traditional grand raffle with a main prize of a $10,000 prepaid VISA card and 19 other prizes. Chalupa bingo, games, delicious food; live music, and fun for the entire Family. For raffle tickets, call (956) 843-2463.

Getting to Know Peru in October
Father Francisco J. Solis, pastor of St. Joan of Arc in Weslaco, will be leading a pilgrimage to Peru Oct. 8-19. Visit the land of St. Rose of Lima and St. Martin de Porres, with Mass every day and stops in Lima, Arequipa, Colca, Cusco, Valle Sagrado and Machu Picchu. Includes airfare from Reynosa to Lima, ground transportation, hotels and all meals except on the days of departure and return, plus train fare and entry to Machu Picchu. Cost is $3,800 per person, double occupancy. For more information, call Ms. Briones at (956) 369-6797.

Mass of Innocents Honors Lost Children
Bishop Daniel E. Flores will celebrate the annual Mass of Innocents at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in McAllen.

This Mass is for all who have lost a child before or shortly after birth and their loved ones. Please share this information with those who might be interested in attending the Mass.

St. Pius X Fall Festival Set for Oct. 14-15
St. Pius X Catholic Church, located at 600 S. Oklahoma in Weslaco is having their annual Fall Festival from 4-10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 and from 2-9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. We will have live music by Southern Ashes, Joe V and Midnight Run, Texas Sweethearts, plus other bands. Both days will be filled with fun, good food, games and rides for the whole family. For additional information, please contact our parish office at (956) 968-7471.

Tour Vatican, Italian Spiritual Highlights in October
Father Joe Villalón, pastor of St. Theresa of Lisieux Parish of San Benito, is leading a Graces of Italy tour from Oct. 16-27 that will include stops in Rome, Manopello, Monte Sant Angelo, Loreto, Assisi, Florence, Padova, Venice and Milan. Several days in Rome include an opportunity to see Pope Francis on Oct. 18 and visits to the Catacombs of St. Callisto, the Basilicas of Santa Maria Maggiore, Santa Prassede and St. Paul Extramuri, and St. John Lateran. One afternoon will be devoted to Padre Pio. Cost is $3,750 per person, double occupancy. For more information, contact Transcending Tours L.L.C. McAllen at (956) 651-0361 or (956) 624-1024; transcendingtours@gmail.com; or Father Villalón at jvillalon@cdob.org.

‘First Contact’ Support Staff Workshop Set for Oct. 18-19
A workshop for parish support staff and diocesan support staff will be held Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the San Juan Pastoral Center and Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall in Harlingen. Topics to be covered include excellence in customer service and communication. The workshop will also include spiritual nourishment with a mini retreat and stress management tips.

The workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. both days. There is no fee to attend and lunch is included. For more information, contact Genie Treviño at gtrevino@cdob.org

St. Joseph the Worker Parish Preparing Fall Festival in San Carlos
St. Joseph the Worker in San Carlos has set its annual fall festival for Oct. 21-22. Festival highlights include a raffle with a $5,000 Visa card first prize, Chalupa bingo games, lots of food; live music, carnival rides and fun for the entire family.

For more information, contact the parish at (956) 383-5880.

St. Luke Catholic Parish and School 2017 Annual Fall Festival & Raffle
St. Luke Catholic Church at the corner of Price Road and Rockwell Drive in Brownsville invites you to come enjoy food, games and a variety of music and entertainment under the autumn skies on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 5-10 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 22 from 5- 9:30 p.m. Raffle tickets are $5 each for a chance to win one of 10 gift cards with $5,000 as the first prize. Drawing will be held at 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. Need not be present to win. For more information, call the parish office at (956)-541-1480.

Corazón Puro to Host Stage 2 Retreat
Stage 2 Retreat: The Heart, Emotions & Relationships (Oct. 20-22) – Must have attended Stage 1 Retreat to attend. Site and cost of retreat to be announced.

For more information, please Contact Carmen Castrejon at carmenc@corazonpuro.org; (956) 784-2970 or (956) 322-3662.

Annual Red Mass to be Held in Starr County Oct. 26
The 23rd annual Red Mass, which celebrates the legal profession, will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26 at Immaculate Conception Church, 101 E. Third St. in Rio Grande City.

Bishop Daniel E. Flores will celebrate the Mass and offer a blessing to all protectors and administrators of the law, including lawyers, judges, government officials and law enforcement agents, as well as their families and support staffs. A dinner and reception will follow at Lopez-Tijerina Courtyard, 407 E. Mirasoles St. in Rio Grande City.

For more information on the Red Mass, please contact Judge Ana Lisa Garza at (956) 802-8789 or via email alglaw1@aol.com

Jamaica de Otoño 28 de Octubre en Escobares
La Iglesia Sagrado Corazón de Escobares esta preparando su annual Jamaica de Otoño
El dia Sábado 28 de Octubre dando inicio a 6 de la tarde hasta las 10 de la noche. Música en vivo, bailables, Lotería mexicana, ricas comidas, juegos para los niños y la Rifa. (956) 849-1741

Juan Diego Academy’s Gala Fundraiser
Juan Diego Academy Catholic Regional High School will hold its seventh annual gala fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, on their campus in Mission. The evening will include a semi-formal dinner, live music, and a silent and live auction.

This year’s gala theme, Noche de Rosas, connects their many blessings as a school community to their source: the humble servant and noble St. Juan Diego who spoke truth to power by his zeal and courageous witness. The roses that fell from his tilma continue to fall there today. The school’s greatest treasure, its students, will welcome guests, seat them, serve them, and entertain them throughout the evening. Proceeds from this year’s event will go towards the expansion of Seton Hall (math, science and technology building), the cafeteria, and the continued growth and development of academic and extracurricular programs.

Individual tickets and sponsorships are available. Donations of silent and live auction items are also welcome; please see the list on the web site. For more information on the Juan Diego Academy 2017 Gala, please call the school office at (956) 583-2752.

St. Mary’s Fall Festival Slated for Nov. 4
St. Mary’s in Brownsville will be having their annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Nov. 4. Festival highlights include a raffle with a $5,000 Visa card first prize, lots of food, live music, carnival rides and fun for the entire family. For raffle tickets, please call the office at (956) 546-3800.

Our Lady of Mercy Parish to Honor Veterans at Nov. 4 Festival
Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Mercedes will be having their Fall Festival from 4-11 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. There will be fun games, food, a country store, live entertainment and a Veteran’s Recognition Ceremony honoring those dedicated men and women who have served their country. If you have a relative, friend, neighbor or co-worker that you would like to honor at this event, please call the parish office at (956) 565-1171.

Gran Fiesta at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish
Put on your sombreros and mosey on down to Our Lady of Perpetual Help’s Gran Fiesta from 4-10 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4 on the church grounds at 2209 Kendlewood in McAllen. Raffle for a 2018 Chevy Equinox plus lots of food, music, games for all ages, and much more. Proceeds go for church needs. For more information, call (956) 682-4238.

‘Nada Te Turbe’ Concierto 7 de Noviembre
Hermana Glenda y su Nada Te Turbe concierto-oración, martes el 7 de noviembre
• Hora: 6 p.m.
• Lugar: KC Hall, Rio Grande City
• Donación: $15
• Información: Iglesia San Pablo Apóstol (956) 488-8349
¡Todos invitados! Tendremos venta de CDs de la Hermana Glenda y venta de refrescos y comida.

San Antonio Stewardship Conference Set for Nov. 11, Open to Other Dioceses
The Archdiocese of San Antonio is sponsoring a stewardship conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11 at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 10703 Wurzbach Road in San Antonio. Tracy Earl Welliver, an international speaker and author; Father Larry Christian, vicar general of the Archdiocese of San Antonio and praise and worship leaders Paradise Awaiting will be the event’s presenters.

The event is open to the public and the cost is $15 per person online and $20 onsite and includes continental breakfast, lunch and materials. Clergy and religious are free. To register online or for more information, visit www.sastewardshp.weconnect.com

Holiday Shopping and Fun Nov. 12 at Holy Spirit Parish’s Market Square
The Catholic Daughters of America are sponsoring a holiday Market Square from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 12 at Holy Spirit Church in McAllen. More than 60 vendors will be selling unique gifts including jewelry, crafts, candles, religious items, home décor, rustic furniture, door blessings, aromatherapy, children’s items and more. The Market Square will also feature a raffle, silent auction, snack bar, a St. Nick Children’s Workshop and pictures with St. Nick. The event will be in the Holy Spirit Parish Hall at 2201 Martin Ave. in McAllen. For more information, call Juanita Tijerina at (956) 686-8156; Maria Luisa Guerra at (956) 648-0233; or the parish office at (956) 631-5295.

Calling All Cooks: Pan de Campo Cook-Off in November
St. Theresa Catholic Mission of Faysville (Edinburg) will host its annual Pan de Campo Cook-Off Nov. 18 and is looking for cooking teams. To participate, call Juan Reyes at (956) 457-9928. The event will feature carnival rides, live music, raffle tickets, chalupa bingo (Pay once, play all day for 100 + prizes.) and lots and lots of food. For more information, call the office at (956) 383-5880.

Save the Date
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 rrodriguez@cdob.org; or Jesse Salinas at (956) 784-5095 or jsalinas@cdob.org.

Join Our Communications Team
If you enjoy taking photos and video, we invite you to share your talents. We are looking for a videographer to help us cover different events in the Diocese of Brownsville and provide training for our mobile journalists.

Please email Brenda Nettles Riojas at briojas@cdob.org or call Paul Binz at (956) 784-5055.

Join Us for TVC Live Every Tuesday at Noon
The communications team for the Diocese of Brownsville is bringing you the latest news from around the diocese during TVC Live, a 15-minute program featured on the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville Facebook page, @CatholicRGV, every Tuesday at noon. The show features stories, interviews and highlights. For more information, call (956) 784-5009.

Protecting God’s Children Announcement
The 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. This now needs to be refreshed/redone every five years. 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 wlukaszek@cdob.org

Protecting God’s Children 3.0 is now available in both DVD and a flash drive. The price for either is $35. It has both the English and Spanish programs. If you need the teaching notes, email wlukaszek@cdob.org.

Keeping the Promise Alive has an updated DVD that reinforces PGC 3.0. Using the original DVD still has the important information that we wish to share with parents and is used as an annual refresher for Religious Education teachers and volunteers. It has both the English and Spanish programs. The price is $15. If you need the teaching notes, email wlukaszek@cdob.org.

Touching Safety is still in the original DVD format, five-minute “ice breakers” for lessons 1 to 8. It has both the English and Spanish programs. The price is $15. If you need complete copies of the lesson plans from K-12, email Walter (wlukaszek@cdob.org).

Religious Education staff may now download the touching safety lessons from the CDOB web site: http://www.cdob.org/safety/

Programming Note: Diocese Insight Airs on Sunday Mornings
Diocese Insight, a half-hour interview program hosted by Brenda Nettles Riojas, Diocesan Relations Director and editor of The Valley Catholic, airs at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays on Channel 38.1 or Cable Channel 10. For more information on Diocese Insight, call (956) 784-5008.

School Bus For Sale
Our Lady of Sorrows School is selling a 2002 yellow school bus. For more information, contact the school at (956) 686-3651.

Job Openings
Custodian – The Campus Ministry Office is accepting employment applications for a part-time (15 hours a week) custodian. Interested qualified candidates should contact Human Resources, gtrevino@cdob.org or (956) 542-2501; and/or Raul Cabrera, rcabrera@cdob.org or (956) 784-5045.
Parish coordinator – St. Anne, Mother of Mary, Pharr. Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Publisher, Excel, etc.); excellent organizational skills. Previous secretarial experience is a plus. Interested applicants may come by the Parish Office to pick up an application packet or call (956) 787-8122.
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.
Math teacher – St. Joseph Catholic School, Edinburg is seeking a math teacher for grades 6-8. Turn in résumé and college degree transcript with application, which may be picked up at the school, 119 W. Fay St. in Edinburg. For more information, call (956) 383-3957.
School counselor (part-time) – St. Anthony School, Harlingen. Master’s degree required. For more information, call the school office (956) 423-2486

Calendar of Events
Oct. 4 – Blessing of the Animals
Oct. 5 – Annual White Mass and Conference for health care professionals at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, McAllen
Oct. 6-7 – Kermes at San Felipe de Jesus Parish, Brownsville
Oct. 7-8 – Kermes at St. Eugene de Mazenod Parish, Brownsville
Oct. 7-8 – Kermes at Holy Family Parish, Brownsville
Oct. 7-8 – Kermes at St. Helen Parish, Rio Hondo
Oct. 7-8 – Bazaar at Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Port Isabel
Oct. 8 – Jamaica at Sacred Heart Parish in Hidalgo
Oct. 8-19 – Pilgrimage to Peru, St. Joan of Arc Parish

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