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Written by: Very Reverend Anthony Mendoza

Parochial Vicar of the Diocese of Laredo and pastor of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Laredo

On May 24, an 18-year old male in the small town of Uvalde shot his grandmother in the face, then drove her truck to an elementary school, where he shot and killed 19 young students and two teachers.  The gunman was eventually killed by law enforcement.


In a letter to Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Bishop James A. Tamayo offered prayers on behalf of the Diocese of Laredo. "The clergy, Religious and faithful of the Diocese of Laredo are united in prayer with you and the people of the Archdiocese in asking our dear Lord to bring comfort and strength to the families impacted by the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas. May these beautiful souls be received into the glory and peace of heaven. May the families be comforted by the countless prayers offered for their consolation."

Effective May 28, masks are no longer required at Mass, Catholic schools or Diocesan buildings.

A partir del 28 de mayo, ya no será necesario el uso de mascarilla en Misa, escuelas Católicas o edificios de la Diócesis.

In honor of National Police Week, members of the St. Jude Court #2363 of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas presented police officers with a gift. A special prayer was printed and tied onto bags filled with goodies to satisfy the sweet tooth! The law enforcement officers who received the gift bags were sure that the treats would lift the spirits of their fellow officers who face a lot of pressure and stress.   


On Monday, May 16, 2022, Bishop Tamayo officiated a Blue Mass. This Mass honored all of the brave men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and to those who protect and serve their community everyday.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Jesus Christ is Risen!

My dear brothers and sisters, Christ is truly risen! As Christians, we know this to be true. May our hope in Christ be renewed as we proclaim Christ’s resurrection today.

In our joy, we must not ignore the pain and the suffering of this world: innocent families who have been torn apart due to the war in Ukraine; migrants who, fleeing violence and danger, are seeking asylum; families who have lost their homes due to wildfires; loved ones whom we have lost due to illness. There is immense suffering in this world.