San Felipe de Jesús • Brownsville, TX
"Christ Renews His Parish" Ignites Our Lady of the Assumption Parish
Many consider the parish their family, and Reverend James Duffy, S.M., pastor of OLA, attributes much of this feeling to a long-standing, thriving parish ministry –Christ Renews His Parish™ (CRHP).
On the weekend of February 5-7, 2016, participants gathered for the 41st CRHP weekend at OLA. Father John Hamf, S.M. first introduced CRHP to OLA in 1980. Since then, over 1000 parishioners have attended this lay directed weekend that now takes place once a year. Unlike CRHP weekends held at other parishes, the weekend here at OLA is co-ed, and participants do not spend the night. Read the full story>
San Felipe de Jesús Parish Celebrates Patronal Feast
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'...." Read the full story>
When Brother Albert Phillipp FMS arrived at the newly formed parish in 1996 with Fr. Michael Seifert SM, he found an area in dire need of help.
The Brownsville, Texas parish of San Felipe de Jesús consisted of desperately poor people who lived in ramshackle houses, many of which were unsafe. The sun-baked rural community lacked paved streets, garbage collection and streetlights....
Soon after Br. Albert began his ministry in Brownsville's Cameron Park, he went to the head of the county and asked it to provide garbage collection and other services for Cameron Park. The county commissioner refused because the people in that colonia didn't vote.
"He said he would act if 250 people voted," Phillipp said. So Albert worked with others in his parish to get people to the polls. In the November 1996 election, 250 people from the colonia voted.
Then, he said, "Local officials began to get interested in the needs of Cameron Park." Read the full story>
Special Children's Easter Morning Liturgy
BROWNSVILLE, TX —Fr. Tony O'Connor, S.M. conducts a
special children's liturgy on Easter Sunday morning,
celebrating the Ceremony of the light and blessing of
the Easter water in the frontier parish of
San Felipe de Jesus, Marist Fathers, Brownsville.
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