On Sunday, October 16, 82,000 Catholics from the 73 churches and missions in the Diocese of San Angelo was invited and encouraged to attend a Mass in honor of the Diocese's 50 years of spreading the faith in West Texas. The 50th anniversary Mass at the San Angelo Coliseum featured two dozen visiting bishops from as far away as India and Honduras. Cardinal DiNardo provided the homily, while providing moments of humor and more elongated moments devoted to congratulating the diocese for its service to God and the Church over the last half century. The Mass featured religious women, and deacons from parishes throughout the diocese as well as banners constructed by the 73 missions and parishes. Gifts offered at the altar also represented the different cultures found in the diocese.