Pro-life gatherings underway in Valley

Special to the PRESS

The national observance of “40 Days for Life” is underway throughout the Rio Grande Valley through Nov. 1.

In the observance, pro-life advocates from Catholic parishes from Starr through Cameron Counties gather daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to pray outside the Whole Women’s Health Clinic in McAllen. Participants will pray for an end to abortion and a greater love for all life, pre-born until natural death. Prospective volunteers are asked to contact Patricia de la Tejera at (956)227-5105 or via email, according to the Diocese of Brownsville.

Pro-life advocates in Cameron County have organized a Hike for Life on Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1701 E. Harrison St. in Harlingen. Registration for the march is set for 7:30 a.m. Organizers hope to open a crisis pregnancy center in Harlingen with the funds raised from the hike. For more information, contact Russel Moreland at (956)536-9213 or via email

At Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Port Isabel, the next scheduled baptisms will be Oct. 31. Classes are schedule for Mondays, Oct. 19 and 26 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Parents and Godparents must attend the classes.

In another activity, Our Lady of Sorrows Church in McAllen will host a Mass of Innocents in honor of lost children at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13. This Mass is for all who have lost a child before or shortly after birth. Parents, siblings, grandparents and friends are invited to commemorate and celebrate the lives of their children. Contact Father Alejandro Flores at (956)682-5155,, or

The Diocese of Brownsville’s Health Ministries Department invites all health care professionals to the Annual White Mass celebration. This event is scheduled to take place on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in McAllen. It begins with the celebration of the Mass at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a conference and dinner. Also, all Valley residents working/serving in the health care field are invited to attend and receive a special blessing by Bishop Daniel E. Flores. This event is free, though a reservation is encouraged. To RSVP or for more information, call (956) 784-5007 or

Additionally, a Bread, Wine & Cheese event, Celebrating Young Adults, is scheduled Saturday, Oct. 24. Father Amador Garza, rector of the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle, will lead the celebration in front of the mosaic at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine.

In commemoration of the golden anniversary of the Catholic Church in the Valley, a graphic novel about the church’s history has been published and will be available for sale through the diocese. They are $15 each and quantities are limited.

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