The Office of Campus & Young Adult Ministry supports single and married young adults (ages 18-39) to live the Gospel message through prayer, community and service. To learn more about our mission, click here.
Young adults (ages 18-39) and their families are invited to come together for an unforgettable time of fellowship in a picnic at La Lomita in Mission, TX (map here).
The free event is taking place on Sunday, April 27 from 2-6 p.m., and will have food, games for young adults and children, and music.
Bishop Daniel Flores will be present to join us in celebrating the canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII. Bring a friend, a lawn chair, a blanket, and plenty of sunscreen!
Theology on Tap: The Rosary
Come and invite a friend this Monday, April 28, to Arturo's Bar & Grill (map here) in Weslaco from 7:00-9:00 pm for an evening of fellowship!
David N. Calvillo will be the speaker on the topic of "The Rosary: What's the Big Deal?"
Theology on Tap is a speaker series for those in their 20’s and 30’s, married or single to meet together in the relaxed setting of a local pub. Through lively conversations and interesting speakers, young adults have an opportunity to reflect on their faith and connect with other young adults.
If there is any topic you would be interested in discussing deeper, please email Miguel Santos:email@example.com
AYCP to Hold Its Second Gathering in McAllen
Mark your calendars for May 6 to attend the second gathering of this our newest endeavor!
Join other young adult business and community leaders, age 21-39, for an evening of fellowship, networking, and personal growth based on a common Catholic identity.
The featured presenter for the night is Deacon Ray Thomas,from the Kittleman Thomas Law Firm. Meet at Tony Roma's (map here) in South McAllen from 6:30-8:00 pm; free hors d'oeuvres.
Valley Awakening #3 Fundraiser Dance
Dance the night away and show off your best dance moves! There will be door prizes and a dancing contest for singles and couples.
This fun-filled event is taking place Friday, April 25, at the UTPA Catholic Newman Center (map here) from 8:00-12:00 pm.
Bring a friend or your dancing partner, and meet some new friends! Donation is only $5 per person at the door, with funds supporting VA#3 retreat July 25-27.
Bronc Awakening #20: A World of Success!
With the Scripture message: "If you bestow your bread on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted; then light shall rise for you in the darkness, and the gloom shall become for you like midday. (Isaiah 58:9-10),” students from UTPA and STC to Texas A&M Kingsville and CC campuses prepared for Holy Week by attending a retreat at Camp Loma de Vida this past April 11-13.
Congratulations to the BA#20 retreat team for planning and carrying out another fun and faith-filled experience for college students! Blessings to all who attended the retreat.
If you'd like to keep posted on more opportunities to gather with young adults, pleaselike our CYAM Facebook page and let us know how we're doing.
What is the Easter Triduum?
"Just as Sunday is the high point of the week,Easter is the high point of the year. The meaning of the great feast is revealed and anticipated throughout the Triduum, which brings the people of God into contact — through liturgy, symbol, and sacrament — with the central events of the life of Christ: the Last Supper, His trial and crucifixion, His time in the tomb, and His Resurrection from the dead."
To read on the significance of the Church's celebration of the Lord's Passion, Death, and Resurrection, see The Easter Triduum: Entering into the Paschal Mystery.
CRS Virtual Votive
Got a minute to request a prayer?
Light up a virtual candle at the CRS' Virtual Chapel.
You can add your intentions, petitions, and thanksgiving to be prayed for at Mass offered in St. Stephen's Chapel at Catholic Relief Services world headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland.
May your prayers be answered according to God's loving will.
World Youth Day Info Meeting
WYD 2016 is set for July 25-31, 2016 and we plan to partner with the Office of Youth Ministry to take a diocesan contingent.
The package we're looking at includes budget accommodations at hostels (or university dorms) and costs about $3300-$3500/pp.
To begin our discussions about the pilgrimage to WYD 2016, we invite you to an informational meeting at 10am onSaturday, May 3, 2014at the San Juan Pastoral Center.
This meeting will serve to provide details of the package as well as preparation (both physical and spiritual) for the WYD. Attend the meeting if you're interested, no commitment necessary at this point.
For more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Message of Blessed Pope John Paul II (Lent 2002)
"We are preparing to follow the path of Lent, which will lead us to the solemn celebration of the central mystery of faith, the mystery of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ. […] Lent is a return to the roots of our faith, so that by pondering the measureless gift of grace which is Redemption, we cannot fail to realize that all has been given to us by God’s loving initiative. […] 'What do you have,' Saint Paul asks, 'that you did not receive?' (1 Cor 4:7). The demand which follows this recognition is that of loving our brothers and sisters, and of dedicating ourselves to them. […] What better time is there than Lent for offering this testimony of gratuitousness which the world so badly needs? In the very love which God has for us, there lies the call to give ourselves freely to others in turn…."
This and other spiritual reflections you can find at the Vatican News Website.
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Looking for Holy Mass Times?
Whether you're in a new town, on the road, or just haven't been to church in a while, MassTimes.org can help find times for Masses nearby.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Has it been a while since you approached the Sacrament of Reconciliation (or even thought about it?)
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has a list of a how-to guide and answers to frequently asked questions. Busted Halo also made a video about it, as a part of the site's sacraments 101 series.
The Forgiveness and mercy of Jesus is waiting for you!