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San Felipe de Jesús Parish Celebrates Patronal Feast

Fr. O'Connor SM shares the delight of Fiesta de San Felipe de Jesús with two of the younger parishioners.
Father O'Connor SM shares the delight of Fiesta de San Felipe de Jesús with two of the younger parishioners.
Fiesta de San Felipe de Jesús was celebrated on Wednesday, February 5, the feast day of the Brownsville parish's patron saint.

One parishioner wrote in the bulletin:
"I decided to investigate and discover who this saint was who carries the title of Proto-Martyr of Mexico .... What impressed me was that Felipe de Jesús was a migrant from Mexico who, after looking for adventure in southeast Asia, took up vows in the Franciscan order. While returning to Mexico, he was shipwrecked off the coast of Japan, rescued, but then was martyred for his faith. His last words were: ‘Jesus, Jesus, Jesus’...."

San Felipe wrote on the 4th of February 1597 the night before he was martyred:

Dear Fathers and friends,

The night is slipping by so quickly. Tomorrow I will die executed on the cross, but I am not afraid. My thoughts fly to you and my beloved country.…

Blessed be God who came to my help and I came to understand that it was not worth it to live like I was doing. I wanted to be a missionary, but now God rewards me instead of working, allowing me to give my life to show my love.

I am sorry I have not returned to Mexico even though it seems a day ago that I was there: I will return. I am sure I will return to tell all of you that the real life that is worth living for is Eternal Life.

Peace and all good,
Fray Felipe de Jesús

San Felipe de Jesus Parish Celebrates Patronal Feast

Pastor Anthony O'Connor SM relates that San Felipe connects strongly with the migrant roots in the Brownsville community. Another parishioner observed the future in the children gathered: "What impressed me was not only the presence of the children and young people but also their active contribution to the festivities. Congratulations children and young people. You have shown us the way to the future.... Maybe this year we will see the parish of St. Felipe de Jesús blossoming with a multitude of children and youth. Because they also are the ‘salt of the earth’ not only of today but of tomorrow."

San Felipe de Jesús Parish Celebrates Patronal Feast
San Felipe de Jesús Parish Celebrates Patronal Feast

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