pastoral update

The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications

October 28, 2014


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NOVENA FOR VOCATIONS – November 1-9, 2014. Please pray for vocations beginning this Saturday, asking the Lord to open men and women to lives of service in the church and courage in doing the will of God.

Daily intentions are: 11/1- Increase in vocations; 11/2-Deceased priests and religious; 11/3- Women religious; 11/4-Priests; 11/5 – Permanent diaconate; 11/6 – Parents & families of vocations; 11/7 – Seminarians; 11/8 – Marriage; 11/9 – Bishop Plácido Rodriguez, CMF. Steps for the Novena: 1) Begin with the Sign of the Cross.
2) Announce daily intention. 3)Pray one decade of the Rosary (Our Father, Hail Mary-10 times, Glory Be).

4) Prayer:  Lord Jesus,as you gave us your life you said, “Do this in memory of Me.”
May all your disciples fulfill your command of love. Raise up humble men to the Priesthood,
faithful people to the Consecrated Life, and holy men and women to Married Life.
May all hear your call to holiness and have the courage to respond with generous hearts. Amen.
5) Sign of the Cross.

There are daily vocations events. The events open to all are:
Monday, 11/3 – Set Apart: A Night on Consecrated Life, Our Lady of the Angels Convent in Wolfforth, 6 – 8 p.m.
Wednesday, 11/5 -Vocation Presentation at St. William Church, 401 Mustang Avenue, Denver City, 6-8 p.m.
Thursday, 11/6 – Holy Hour, 6:30 p.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe, 605 S. 4th, Slaton. All are invited and welcome.
Friday, 11/7 - Holy Hour at 7:00 p.m., Our Lady of Grace, 3111 Erskine, Lubbock

Please see the attachments to this Update for a fuller version of the intentions, in English and Spanish.

HALLOWE’EN CARNIVALS & FALL FESTIVALS – See all listed under “Parishes & Around Diocese.”

SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS MASS – Saturday, November 1 @ 10 a.m., Saint John Neumann Church, 22nd and Frankford, Lubbock.

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

November 10 @ 6-8 p.m., Anson Saint Michael. Contact Alicia Alvarez: 806-792-3943 ext. 222 or
November 18 @ 6-8:30 p.m., Abernathy Saint Isidore, 17813 N. I-27, Abernathy. Contact Alicia Alvarez: 806-792-3943 ext. 222 or
December 9 @ 6-9 p.m., Saint Patrick Church Parish Hall, 1603 Cherry, Lubbock. Contact Alicia Alvarez-806-792-2234 x222.

Office of Marriage and Family Life

CATHOLIC ENGAGED ENCOUNTER (CEE) – Jan 23-25, 2015 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: April 24-26, June 5-7, Oct 9-11, 2015.

Office for Youth

YOUTH MINISTRY TRAINING SESSION – November 15, 10 a.m.-Noon. Dan Franklin of Slaton will speak on “Understanding Youth Today.” Kasteel Hall, Christ the King Cathedral, 54th & Orlando, Lubbock.  Contact: Youth office-806-792-3943 ext. 230

THEOLOGY OF THE BODY RETREAT-PLAINVIEW DEANERY – Saturday November 15, Sacred Heart Church, Plainview. This is an excellent retreat for those preparing for a Quinceañera. Fee of  $25 includes lunch, supper, materials and T-Shirt. For more information, please contact Lettie Lascano: 806-685-1643 or

THEOLOGY OF THE BODY RETREAT-LUBBOCK DEANERY – Saturday, November 22, 1:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., Slaton Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 605 S. 4th Street. This is an excellent retreat for those preparing for a Quinceañera. Fee of  $25 includes lunch, supper, materials and T-Shirt. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Trevino-806-780-6853 or, David Ariaz at (806) 781-4965 or  or Youth office – 806-792-3943 ext. 230.

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

Parishes & Around the Diocese

 – October 30, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Catholic Charities Offices, 102 Avenue J. Free candy, games, learn ‘Thriller’ dance, a surprise around every corner. All ages invited.
- October 31, 6-8 p.m., Saint John Neumann Church, 22nd & Frankford. Game and food booths, bingo, much more. Contact: Mary Reid – 806-780-1047.

--October 29, 6-8 p.m., Saint Joseph Church, 102 N Avenue P, Lubbock. Games, silent auction, heaven’s walk.
– October 31, 5-9 p.m., Christ the King Cathedral, 4011 54th Street, Lubbock. Games, food, prizes and fun. All are welcome!

MEN’S CONFERENCE - FATHER/SON RETREAT – November 14, 6:30-8 p.m., (free) Praise & Worship, talk by Jesse Romero; November 15, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Men’s Conference, ages 15 and older. Father and one son (15-18 years old)- $15, Individuals - $10. Fee includes lunch. Saint Joseph Church, 102 N. Avenue P, Lubbock. Registrations taken at parish office or online at 806-765-9935.

COWBOY CHRISTMAS BAZAAR- Saint John Neumann Church,  December 6, 10 a.m.--6 p.m. Deadline to secure booth has been changed to November 15. Contact: Kelly Zinsmeyer – 806-792-

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Office of Stewardship and Development / Catholic Foundation 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS:Not available at press time. They will be sent when available.
To access the entire month of readings, please see Stewardship e-bulletin:

Community Events

PARENTING CLASSES –  October 28, 2014 -“Helping Your Child’s Future,” by Wilma Edwards, MSSW, LMSW. This is a class that will inspire parents to follow some ways to help their kids with self-worth, confidence, and friendships. 6:30-8:30 p.m., #5 Briercroft Office Park, Lubbock. To register: 747-5577 or

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.

Retreats/ Spiritual Development

RACHEL’S VINEYARD-“When we remember and grieve our loss, we set our souls free so we can move beyond the pain of abortion.”
Come on a Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat with us.  Give yourself permission to remember, grieve and then find freedom and life in God as you become a new creation full of hope. Confidential contact for November 14-16 Retreat: and 806-577-5912
RINCON DE RAQUEL – “Cuando recordamos y lamentamos nuestra pérdidas, liberamos nuestras almas para poder movernos más allá del dolor.”
Venga a un Retiro del Viñedo de Raquel™ con nosotros.  Dese permiso de recordar, y lamentar.  Encuentre en Dios la liberación y la vida al ser una creación nueva llena de esperanza.Sanación Después del Aborto   Confidential contact for 14-16 de Noviembre Retiro: and 806-577-5912.

Saturday, November 1 @ 5 p.m., Life is Worth Living – Tale of Two Cities – Archbishop Sheen says there are only two cities: The city of the haves and the city of the have nots. [30 min]
Saturday, November 1 & 8 @ 7 p.m. Special Programming- Pius XII: Under The Roman Sky Pt. 1 & 2
Featuring James Cromwell as the title role, a portrayal of the heroic efforts of Pope Pius XII to save the Jews of Rome from the Nazis during World War II. Part 1 & 2.  [2 hours]
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

YOUNG ADULT FAITH GROUP :  Meets Mondays @ 8 p.m. at Lubbock Saint Elizabeth Pallotti Building. Catholic post-college adults including graduate students, medical and law students and young professionals in the Diocese of Lubbock. For more information, contact  Leia Arteaga,, 806-543-6265.

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

MASS ON CAMPUS: Mass on the Texas Tech Campus Wednesdays at 12:10 p.m., Graduate Center Conference Room, basement of the Administration Building. Visit
for Student Center News .

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

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EDITION DATE:   November 9                  DEADLINE:   October 29   

--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
--Holy Spirit Gala-January 31, 2015
--Footsteps in Faith- February 7 & 8, 2015
--World Marriage Day – February 8
--World Meeting of Families – September 22-27, Philadelphia

--Lubbock, Saint Joseph Parish Mission with Jesse Romero - November 15, 8 a.m. -4 p.m.
--Pep, Saint Philip Neri Thanksgiving dinner- November 27, 2014, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
--Lubbock Saint John Neumann Cowboy Christmas Chili Cookoff & Dance-December 5
--Saint John Neumann Christmas Bazaar December 6, 10-6
--NCYC Top Talent Concert- December 8
--Brownfield Saint Anthony – August 2, 2015, 12-8



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