Queen of Peace turns 50

HARLINGEN — Look who is turning 50.

Queen of Peace Catholic Church will celebrate 50 years Saturday with a large Mass and reception.

The church was founded in 1967 after Cardinal Humberto Medeiros came to minister in the Valley in 1965.

According to the church’s website, the name was assigned by Father Regis Kwiatkowski.

Kwiatkowski inherited the parish with land that was for low-income housing. The land was sold and a corner lot where the church stands was bought.

The actual anniversary of the church is on Sept. 12, but the church will be celebrating the Saturday before.

The Mass celebration will include priests and Bishop Daniel Flores.

Laura Jones, the church secretary, said the congregation is looking to share their faith and celebrate years to come.

The celebration will include a liturgical dance or movement that incorporates the worship service.

Father William Penderghest will lead the service. Penderghest has been a part of the church for more than 20 years. He joined the church in January of 1972 and left in 1984. He then returned to the church in 2009.

Jones said everyone is invited to the Mass service and the worship that will begin at 4 p.m. After the worship services, a special dinner and dance will be hosted for ticket holders.

Currently, tickets are sold out for the social gathering. Jones said the dinner and dance maxed out with 600 guests.