pastoral update

The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications

September 16, 2014


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SPECIAL COLLECTION: Seminarian/Vocations Collection
should be taken up during the September 20 & 21 Masses.

FRANCISCAN FEST For Youth Is This Saturday! (See below for more information.)

FEAST DAY MASS:  The feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz is September 28. He is the first Filipino saint. A special Mass will be celebrated in his honor at 3:00 p.m. at Saint Elizabeth Chapel with a procession to Hanly Hall where there will be a program and meal

OPTIMIST CLUB FAIR BOOTH raises money for the many youth organizations they support and their own initiatives for youth with essay, oratory contests and scholarship giveaways. They will be selling turkey legs at the fair, September 18-27, a few feet from the Merchants Building. Parking is free before 1:00 p.m.

JUDICIAL RED MASS – October 6 @ 6:30 p.m., Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki, bishop, lawyer, author, marathon runner and advocate for legal services for the poor, will serve as keynote speaker. In attendance will be judges, lawyers, public officials, law faculty members, members of their staffs, and open to people of all faith traditions who have a concern for peace and justice for all. Sponsored by The Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Lubbock, the Mass will be celebrated at Christ the King Cathedral, 4011 54th Street. Business attire for men and women, with red accents. A reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will follow. More information is available at or by calling (806) 792-3943, extension 206.

APOSTOLADO: Levelland Saint Michael's will host an Apostolado in Spanish for all Cursillistas on October 12, 2-5 p.m. in the Parish Hall, 316 E. Washington. Everyone is welcome! 

WEEKDAY MASSES are now offered at Saint John Neumann, 22nd & Frankford, at 7:30 a.m. and 12 noon. No 5:30 p.m. weekday Masses, except First Friday Mass @5:30 p.m..

CCE TEXTBOOKS: Our Lady of Grace has a variety of  CCE classroom workbooks available for parishes who may be in need of textbooks. For information, please contact Janie López at (806) 392-0832.
BIBLICAL WALK WITH BLESSED MOTHER – 8-part Bible study at Saint Elizabeth Conference Center, Tuesday evenings, 7-8 p.m. Filmed on location in the Holy Land. Cost is $25. For more information: Deacon Waldo Martinez – or 786-0780 or Deacon Jeff Church –

TEXAS CATHOLIC NETWORK: Guided by the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, the Texas Catholic Network keeps you up to date on Texas policy issues through regular news updates, helps you stay involved through regular Action Alerts, and connects you with thousands of faithful Catholics across Texas. Sign up at:

Parishes & Around the Diocese

PEOPLE OF FAITH AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY- On September 17, the State of Texas will execute a death row inmate.  The United States bishops teach that the death penalty is morally wrong. If you have theological convictions or moral reservations about the use of the death penalty in our legal system, you are invited to a public ecumenical prayer vigil during the approximate time of the actual executions.  During this time we pray for the victims of the crime, the accused, their families and those who carry out the execution.  The vigils are held from 5:45-6:15pm, at the corner of 15th Street & University across from TTU in front of St. John’s UMC.  Call St. John Neumann parishioner Anne Cochran with questions (795-9745). 

GOLF TOURNEY -Christ the King Cathedral’s annual Golf Tournament will be Monday, October 6 at Lakeridge Country Club.  Lunch and registration will begin at noon with a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start.  Cost is $125 for individual players, $500 a team and $250 for tee box sponsors.  Includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, salsa bar after play, door prizes and fun on-course contests.  Register on-line at or contact Beverly Wink at the CTKC office 792-6168 x230 or email

VENDORS NEEDED: Saint John Neumann Church will hold its Cowboy Christmas Bazaar on December 6, 10 a.m.--6 p.m.  Market your products before Christmas!. Booth and table rentals are available. Deadline for rental is October 1. If interested, call Kelly, 806-799-2649.

SPIRITUALITY PROGRAM – Saint Francis Mission Sisters will offer a three-year “Journey of Formation” beginning Saturday, September 6, 2014 and concluding May, 2017 from 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Five classes each fall and spring semester. Fall dates: September 6 & 27, October 11, November 8 and December 6. Semester fee is $125. Sessions will meet at Our Lady of Angels Convent, 8202 CR 7700, Wolfforth. To register, contact: Sister Mary Celine (806)863-4904,,

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

September 18 @ 6:30 p.m., Post Holy Cross Hall. Contact Julie Gonzales: 806-241-6207 for information.
September 18 @ 6 p.m., Saint William Denver City. Contact Alicia Alvarez: 806-792-3943 ext. 222 or
September 30 @ 6 p.m., Crosbyton San Jose. Contact Becky Palacios, 806-543-2360.
November 10 @ 6-8 p.m., Anson Saint Michael. Contact Alicia Alvarez: 806-792-3943 ext. 222 or

ARISE: SEASON THREE – Get the word out, organize, invite and prepare.  Timeline is as follows:
September 27/28 – Prayer Commitment Sunday weekend
Week of October 5 – Small community meetings begin
November/December – Evaluation and celebration
Week of January 26 – Small community leader formation workshops

Office for Youth

BACK TO SCHOOL FRANCISCAN FEST: Saturday, September 20, 8:30-4 p.m., Our Lady of the Angels Convent, 8202 CR 7700, Wolfforth. Registration fee: $5, plus bring snacks to share. Offered by Franciscans in Lubbock and CIA groups from diocesan parishes, for all junior and senior high youth. Guest speaker is Brother Isaiah of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. Contact: Youth office for CIA involvement: 806-792-3943 ext 230; or Sister Mary Jane Alaniz- 806-863-4904,

Office of Marriage and Family Life

MARRIAGE JUBILEE CELEBRATION Anniversary Mass, Sunday, October 5, at 3 p.m., Christ the King Cathedral. All married couples are invited to attend and renew their wedding vows. Bishop Plácido Rodríguez will recognize those celebrating Jubilees of 25 or 50 years plus of marriage. Please register for this celebration with your pastor, or at your church office. Couples= names and wedding dates should be forwarded to the Family Life Office at the Catholic Center no later than October 1Fax to 806-792-8109 or

JUBILEE WEDDING PHOTOS: Send a copy of your wedding picture, along with a recent photo, your names, wedding date and parish, and we will feature you in a special South Plains Catholic edition to commemorate your jubilee. Send names and pictures no later than September 26, to South Plains Catholic, Box 98700, Lubbock, Texas 79499-8700 or  If mailed,  please send a stamped return envelope so that we can return your photos.

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER (WWME)September 19-21, Mercy Retreat Center, Slaton. This is the ONLY WWME for the Diocese of Lubbock this year. Help support marriage enrichment programs in our diocese and improve your marriage relationship. Cost is $100/couple (includes room and board for two).
Contact Family Life office: 806-792-3943 ext 231 or

CATHOLIC ENGAGED ENCOUNTER (CEE) – October 10-12 Mercy Retreat Center, Slaton. Cost is $175/couple. CEE provides quality marriage preparation for couples planning to marry in the Catholic Church, but non-Catholics are also welcome to attend. For more information, contact Richard & Elaine Ybarra, 806-792-3943 ext 231,, or see  Late registration fee of $60 will be charged for registration with two weeks before your weekend. Please make checks out to Lubbock CEE, mail to Family Life Office, Diocese of Lubbock, Box 98700, Lubbock, TX 79499-8700. Weekends are also scheduled for: Jan 23-25, April 24-26, June 5-7, Oct 9-11, 2015.

Office of Finance

DIOCESAN FACILITIES MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP originally set for September 11 has been rescheduled to December 3, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Please mark your calendars. There will be several informative speakers in several fields. Please make plans now to attend, and bring the person(s) in your parish that maintain your buildings. If you have any topics you specifically want addressed, please call the Finance Office. RSVP: Jeannie Rodriguez @ 792-3943 ext. 216 or

Office of Stewardship and Development / Catholic Foundation 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS:  Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - September 20/21-From an early age, we tend to distort the concept of “fairness”: “I am good. I deserve good things. I am not receiving good things. Something must be wrong. Who’s going to fix it?” We also know the age-old expression:
“Who ever said life was fair?” Jesus knew this expression when he offered his parable in today’s Gospel reading. Christian stewards acknowledge, with humility, that they receive good things from the Lord in abundance; even if these gifts are not the ones they think they need when they need them. Consider which servants you identify with most in the Gospel reading, the ones who demand “fairness”, or that final servant who, seemingly, deserves the least.
Vigésimo Quinto Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario- Desde la época antigua, nosotros tendemos a distorsionar el concepto de “justicia:” “Yo soy bueno, yo merezco cosas buenas. Yo no recibo cosas buenas, algo debe estar mal. ¿Quién lo va a arreglar?” También conocemos la antigua expresión, “¿Quién dijo que la vida es justa?” Jesús conocía esta expresión cuando presentó su parabola en la lectura del Evangelio de hoy. Los corresponsables cristianos reconocen con humildad que ellos reciben cosas buenas del Señor en abundancia; aun cuando estos dones no sean los que ellos piensan que necesitan. Considere con cuales servidores se identifica usted más en la lectura del Evangelio, los que demandan “justicia,” o aquel último servidor, quien aparentemente merecía lo mínimo.
To access the entire month of readings, please see Stewardship e-bulletin:

Community Events

DIABETES CLASSES: Community Health Center of Lubbock is offering free diabetes classes: October 7-November 25 – Tuesday evenings: 6 - 8 p.m.-self management, nutrition. Arnett Benson Clinic, 3301 Clovis Road. Classes will be for 8 consecutive weeks. Contact Sarina at 765-2611, ext. 1007. Registration is required.

GRANDPARENTS R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Children’s Kids) is a daytime support group that meets every 4th Wednesday, 10 a.m.-Noon, Family Guidance & Outreach Center, #5 Briercroft Office Park, Lubbock. Next group meets September 24. To sign up, call 747-5577, or stop by. Free of charge. No childcare available.

Retreats/ Spiritual Development

RACHEL’S VINEYARD-“The retreat process helped me to lay all my brokenness at the feet of Christ.  I was able to  ask Christ and my children for forgiveness.”     - Testimony after a Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat 
Forgiveness, healing and hope are awaiting you on a Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat. Join us and receive all that God has lovingly prepared for you.  Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912.
RINCON DE RAQUEL-“El proceso del retiro me ayudó a poner todas mis quebrantaduras a los pies de Cristo. Pude pedirles perdón a Cristo y a mis hijos.”  - Testimonio después de un Retiro del Viñedo de Raquel™
El perdón, la sanación y la esperanza le esperan en  un retiro del Viñedo de Raquel™. Venga con nosotros y reciba todo lo que Dios le ha preparado con tanto amor. Sanación  Después del Aborto   Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912.

Tuesday, September 23 @5:30 p.m. William M. Carrigan: Witness and Friend of Padre Pio-
William Carrigan, the long-time friend of Padre Pio reflects on the amazing life and spirituality of the famous Italian monk, mystic, and stigmatic.  [30 min]
Saturday, September 27 @10 p.m. – Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry – English filmmaker J. Paddy Nolan, brings an in-depth look at the life and spiritualit of Padre Pio, including footage of John Paul II’s visit to Saint Pio’s tomb, and personal testimonies of healing, bilocation, prophecy, and more. [1 hour]
For more programming, see:

Recurring (Weekly) Activities

SINGLE AND PARENTING program begins Mondays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. and runs for 13 weeks. To register, please call Family Life office – 806-792-3943 ext. 231 or

GRIEF SHARE program begins Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. and runs for 13 weeks.
To register, please call Family Life office – 806-792-3943 ext. 231 or

YOUNG ADULT FAITH GROUP :  Catholic post-college adults including graduate students, medical and law students and young professionals in the Diocese of Lubbock. For more information, contact Jaclyn Cañas-Carrell,, 806-438-5145 or Leia Arteaga,, 806-543-6265

BIBLE STUDY: Brother John's Catholic Books & Gifts   (13th & Slide Road) offers a bible study on Mondays @7 p.m. Bring a bible and a catechism.

COUNSELING: Affordable marriage and family counseling offered by the Marriage and Family Life Office, in collaboration with TTU Marriage & Family Clinic. To schedule an appointment call Dr. Nicole Springer at 806-742-3074. Counselors can meet at Saint John Neumann Church.

Office of Communications

TWITTER: Our bishop is now on Twitter. You can follow him @BpRodriguezCMF.

South Plains Catholic story ideas, stories, and photos (including names and explanations) can be sent to PO Box 98700, Lubbock, Texas 79499-8700, or emailed to The next deadlines are:
EDITION DATE:                 DEADLINE:            
      October 12                                      October 1

            DATES TO REMEMBER:
--Marriage Jubilee, October 5 @ 3 p.m., CTK
--Life Chain October 5 @3 p.m., 66th & Indiana
--Red Mass – October 6 @ 6:30 p.m., CTK
--White Mass – October 11 @5:30 p.m., CTK
--Nurturelife Banquet – October 23
--Catechetical & Ministries Conference –October 25, Holy Spirit Church
--Encuentro Matrimonial Mundial, Oct 31-Nov 2
--Saint John Neumann 35th Anniversary – November 15 @ 5:30 p.m.
--Facilities Workshop- December 3, 9:30-3
--Southwest Liturgical Conference, January 21-24-27, 2015, Amarillo
--Footsteps in Faith- February 7 & 8, 2015
--World Marriage Day – February 8
--World Meeting of Families – September 22-27, Philadelphia

Saint James Fall Festival, September 20, Seminole Civic Center, 10 a.m.-11p.m.
Slaton Saint Joseph Sausage Fest- October 18 & 19
Lubbock Saint John Neumann Cowboy Christmas Chili Cookoff & Dance-December 5
Saint John Neumann Christmas Bazaar-December 6, 10-6
Brownfield Saint Anthony – August 2, 2015



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