Friday, April 17, 2009

Call to Action-RGV


Transparency Urged

Catholic Diocese of Brownsville

McAllen, TX
April 16, 2009

Members of Call To Action-RGV will deliver a letter to Bishop Raymundo Pena urging him to release the names of the priests in the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville who have serious allegations of sexual abuse filed against them.

In front of Bishop Pena's office on the east side of the Basilica in San Juan, TX.

April 20, 2009 at 11:00AM.

For the past 5 years CTA-RGV has urged Bishop Pena to make public the names of priests in the Brownsville Diocese who have serious allegations of sexual abuse against children and adults. To date, he has refused to make these names public.

Other bishops in Texas have already made public the names of priests who have serious allegations of sexual abuse against them. It is time Bishop Pena follows suit to ensure greater protection of the children in our diocese.

We encourage all concerned citizens of the Rio Grande Valley to make your voices heard by standing with us in support of the sexual abuse victims of our diocese. It is not only the victims that suffer, but the entire family of those that have been sexually abused.

CTA-RGV is a nonprofit 501(c)3 entity whose mission is to educate, support and stand-up for issues of social justice in our Catholic Diocese and our community. More information may be found at: or by contacting David Saavedra @ (956)345-5444

Downtown Stations of the Cross

Thanks to everyone who attended!
See you next year.
(click to enlarge picture)

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Holy Spirit Peace and Justice Community will sponsor their annual Stations of the Cross through downtown McAllen this Friday, April 10, 2009, from noon until about 2:30PM, beginning and ending in Archer Park.

This prayer emphasizes how the suffering of Jesus continues today in the lives of the poor and oppressed, in sickness, unemployment, AIDS, addictions, violence, and war.

Participants will take turns carrying a large cross as the group winds it's way through the downtown area stopping at fourteen different places, depicting the fourteen stations of the cross which tell the suffering of Christ from his trial to his Crucifixion and burial.

The first station in the Catholic tradition is "Jesus is condemned to death." The first station will be the Federal Court, where participants will pray about the death penalty.

The third station remembers Jesus falling. Participants will stop in front of a downtown bar to pray for those who have fallen under the cross of addictions.

Another station will be that of the food pantry at Sacred Heart Catholic parish, where participants will donate canned goods, rice, beans and other food items to the food pantry.

Joining us in our Way of the Cross this year will be about 100 students and teachers from Saint Joseph Academy in Brownsville, who have been participating in service projects this week in the mid-Valley with various non-profit organizations.

Everyone is cordially invited to participate in this annual event.