One of the responsibilities of the Church is to care for those most vulnerable and particularly those who have no voice of their own. There are many whose voice is not heard-the poor, the marginalized, the immigrant-but Pope Francis reminds us, none are more defenseless than the unborn children in the womb. Bishop Daniel E. Flores invites us to join him and the rest of the Church in the United States in the prayer of the Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life. Every Friday, starting on August 3rd and ending September 28, the call is to pray and fast. We thank you in advance for your prayers. May the Mother of God assist us in our mission to defend the most vulnerable among us and to heal our nation from the self-inflicted wound of legalized abortion on demand.



Una de las responsabilidades de la Iglesia es vigilar por los mas vulnerables y particularmente por aquellos que no tienen una voz propia. Hay muchas personas cuya voz no es escuchada los pobres, los marginalizados, los inmigrantes, pero, como el Papa Francisco nos ha recordado, ninguno de ellos es mas indefenso que los niños no nacidos. El Obispo Daniel E. Flores nos invita a todos los fieles de la Diócesis de Brownsville a que nos unamos con él y a los esfuerzos de la Iglesia en los Estados Unidos de participar en la Novena Nacional para la Protección Legal de la Vida. Se llevará a cabo cada viernes, comenzando este 3 de agosto y terminando el 28 de septiembre. Esta es una llamada para colaborar orando y ayunando. Les agradecemos de antemano por sus oraciones. Que la Madre de Dios nos asista en nuestra misión de defender a los más vulnerables entre nosotros y también para sanar la herida tan grande que hemos causado en nuestra nación por medio de la legalización del aborto.

Saint Pio Comes To The Diocese of Brownsville


Following the historic tour of the United States in 2017, relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina – better known as Padre Pio – will resume touring several Archdioceses and Dioceses in the United States of America from February 6th to May 11th (first part), and from September 6th to November 11th 2018 (second part). The relics will also be touring for the first time in Mexico and Canada. The 2018 tour follows last year's sensational and headline-making tour that attracted an estimated 250,000 faithful. In addition, some of the most important secular media covered this event, including FOX NEWS, NBC, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, to mention just a few. 
The relics will be at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle of the Diocese of Brownsville, on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m..

The relics of Saint Pio available for public veneration will be the following: Saint Pio's glove; Saint Pio's crusts of the wounds; Cotton-gauze with Saint Pio's blood stains; A lock of Saint Pio's hair; Saint Pio's mantle; Saint Pio's handkerchief soaked with his sweat hours before he died;

The Most Reverend Daniel E. Flores, Bishop of the Diocese of Brownsville, will celebrate a Mass in honor of Saint Pio at 5:30 p.m.. The Saint Pio Foundation, which is sponsoring the tour on the occasion of the 50th commemoration anniversary of his passing, will sell books and items related to Padre Pio in the entryway of the Cathedral.

St. Pio was born on May 25, 1887 in Pietrelcina, Italy, and baptized Francesco Forgione. He first expressed his desire for priesthood at age 10. In order to pay for the preparatory education, his father, Grazio Forgione, emigrated in the United States on 1899, where he worked for several years.

The future saint entered the Capuchin order at age 15, taking the name Pio. He was ordained a priest in 1910 at the age of 23. During his lifetime, Padre Pio was known as a mystic with miraculous powers of healing and knowledge, who bore the stigmata. Stigmata is the term the Catholic Church uses to speak about the wounds an individual receives that correspond to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ. They can appear on the forehead, hands, wrists, and feet.

His stigmata emerged during World War I, after Pope Benedict XV asked Christians to pray for an end to the conflict. Padre Pio had a vision in which Christ pierced his side. A few weeks later, on September 20, 1918, Jesus again appeared to him, and he received the full stigmata. It remained with him until his death on September 23, 1968.

Pope John Paul II canonized him in 2002.


In the Catholic Church, relics are physical objects associated with a saint or candidate for sainthood – part of the person’s body or something with which he or she was in contact. Relics are not worshiped, but treated with religious respect. Touching or praying in the presence of such an object helps a faithful individual focus on the saint’s life and virtues, so that through the saint’s prayer or intercession before God, the individual will be drawn closer to God. 

Introduction to the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle

This video premiered at 2018 Mystical Rose Gala this past Saturday. We would like to thank all of those who joined us and all of those who helped make it possible.

 Este video se estrenó en la Gala de la Rosa Mística 2018 este sábado pasado. Nos gustaría dar las gracias a todos los que nos acompañaron y a todos los que ayudaron hacerlo posible.



Special Needs Mass

Dates Available at Renewal Center

We have some dates that have opened up at the Renewal Center for retreats. Contact Melissa Salazar for more information (956) 787-0033.

Dates are:

May 10-13, 2018 

December 13-16, 2018

December 20-23, 2018