The 21st annual Red Mass for the seven counties comprising the diocese—Webb, Maverick, Dimmit, Zavala, La Salle, Zapata and Jim Hogg—will take place on Tuesday, October 19, at 6:00 p.m. at the newly renovated San Agustin Cathedral. Bishop James A. Tamayo will celebrate the Mass and the Honorable Oscar J. Hale, Jr., Judge of the 406th Judicial District Court, will be the keynote speaker. A reception following the Red Mass will follow at the patio courtyard of La Posada Hotel. The event will follow CDC and local health guidelines, including the Diocese’s policy of requiring attendees to wear masks at its events.
Administrative Judge for the Webb County District Courts Monica Notzon remarked on the selection of Judge Hale by the Red Mass Committee: “Judge Hale exemplifies the highest standards as a judge. In addition to his dedication to the cases in his court, he tirelessly commits his time to rehabilitative programs and innovative court strategies that impact our community in positive and life-lasting ways. As his colleague, I continue to be amazed by his energy, cleverness and candor.”
“I extend an invitation to people of all faiths and of every branch of government to join us for the Red Mass, where we continue the tradition of asking God’s blessing upon members of our judicial and legislative bodies,” said Bishop James A. Tamayo, D.D., of Laredo. “Everyone is welcome to attend and pray for all those involved in the administration of justice.”