pastoral update

The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications

August 26, 2014


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RANDOM STEWARDSHIP IDEAS On occasion, try turning your prayer before meals into a spontaneous prayer of thanks.

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE- the 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 informative topics given by speakers in several fields. Please make plans now to attend, and to 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. To RSVP: Jeannie Rodriguez @ 792-3943 ext. 216 or

FILIPINO MASS: Filipino Catholic Community of the South Plains has a Filipino Mass the first Sunday of every month at 12:30 at St. Elizabeth's Chapel, 2305 Main, Lubbock. The next is scheduled for September 7 @12:30 p.m.

STEWARDSHIP WEBINAR – Tuesday, September 9 @1 p.m. - Parish Planning - Where are we now? Where do we want to be in the future, and how are we going to get there? Learn more about developing a parish strategic plan in a FREE webinar presented by Deacon Bill Koniers. The webinar will describe basic steps of developing a strategic plan, whether your parish is large or small. To register, please go to: Insert promotion code "September.&qu
ot; This webinar is provided free of charge by the Diocese of Lubbock Office of Stewardship and Development. For more information: 792-3943- ext. 207.

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. Back to School Franciscan Fest offered by Franciscans in Lubbock and CIA groups from diocesan parishes, for all junior and senior high youth who want to know and love the spirituality of Saint Francis of Assisi. 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,

SPECIAL COLLECTION: September 13/14 – for Diocesan Retreat Centers: The Catholic Renewal Center and Our Lady of Mercy Retreat Center. Please be generous in your support of these important facilities.

FREE OBESITY PREVENTION TWO-DAY WORKSHOPSeptember 9: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and September 10: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Clarion Grand Park Hotel 3201 S. Loop 289, Lubbock. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Nutrition education workshops focus on regional obesity prevention and networking with program leaders representing schools, health services, human services programs, faith and community-based organizations, etc. Information on programs that can benefit individuals and their communities. Continuing education credit for multiple disciplines will be provided for this event. To register:

Parishes & Around the Diocese

CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ ASSISTANCE FUND – Knights of Columbus has established a fund to assist those—particularly Christians as well as other religious minorities—facing violent persecution and possible extinction—in Iraq and surrounding regions. They have pledged $500,000 and will match additional $500,000 in donations from the public. Those seeking to assist with the relief efforts can donate to K of C Christian Refugee Relief by visiting or sending checks or money orders to K of C Christian Refugee Relief, Knights of Columbus, Box 1966, New Haven, CT 06509-1966

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.

AFRICAN MASS –August 31 @ 12 noon at Saint Elizabeth Chapel, 2305 Main, Lubbock.  All are welcome.

SPIRITUALITY PROGRAM – The Saint Francis Mission Sisters will offer a three-year “Journey of Formation” course beginning Saturday, September 6, 2014 and concluding May, 2017 from 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Five classes each fall and spring semester. Dates for Fall, 2014:  September 6 & 27, October 11, November 1 and December 6, 2014. Basic spirituality themes, with an ongoing focus on our goal of union with God. Semester fee is $125 (scholarships available). All sessions will meet at Our Lady of Angels Convent, 8202 CR 7700, Wolfforth. To register, contact: Sister Mary Celine (806)863-4904,, www.stfrancismissionsisters.comNote: This spirituality course is Catholic in content. However, the overall content is broadly applicable to all Christians seriously walking the spiritual journey.

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

SAFE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM (SEP) TRAINING– Contact: Alicia Alvarez-792-3943 ext. 222 or to participate in one of these trainings.
August 27 @ 6 p.m., Holy Spirit, 98th & Frankford
August 28 @ 6 pm, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Plainview

ARISE: SEASON THREE – Get the word out, organize, invite and prepare.  Timeline is as follows:
September 13/14Sign-up Sunday weekend
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 of Evangelization and Catechesis

YOUTH MINISTRY TRAINING – September 6, 10 a.m.-Noon. Christ the King, Kasteel Hall.Given by Soyla Castillo, Our Lady of Grace, the topic will be “Supporting a Coordinator of Youth Ministry.”
Contact: Youth office – 792-3943 ext. 230.

Office of Marriage and Family Life

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 Stewardship and Development / Catholic Foundation 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS:  Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 30/31 - In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus brings up the topic of the cross to his followers. They would not realize the cross was part of God’s plan and was to be their legacy until after the Resurrection. Today’s followers of Christ recognize they are stewards of his entire legacy, including his cross; that through their mutual sacrifices God’s glory is revealed. They don’t live their life in Christ only when it is convenient for them. They make a decision to take up their cross and carry it, no matter what the cost. What crosses do we bear in order to reveal God’s glory?
Domingo Vigésimo Segundo del Tiempo Ordinario- En la lectura del Evangelio de hoy, Jesús menciona el tema de la cruz a sus seguidores. Ellos no sabían que la cruz era parte del plan de Dios y era su legado hasta después de la resurrección. Los seguidores de Cristo en nuestros días, reconocen que son corresponsables de su completo legado, incluyendo su cruz; que a través de sus sacrificios recíprocos la gloria de Dios es revelada. Ellos no viven su vida en Cristo sólo cuando es conveniente para ellos. Ellos toman la decisión de llevar su cruz y cargarla, sin importar cuál sea el costo. ¿Qué cruces soportamos para revelar la gloria de Dios?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 self-management and nutrition classes: September 3– October 22- Wednesday mornings: 10-11a.m. for Self-Management & 11am-12pm for Nutrition; Mae Simmons Community Center, 2302 Oak Ave, Lubbock.
October 7-November 25 – Tuesday evenings: 6 -7 p.m.-self management, 7-8 p.m.-nutrition. Arnett Benson Clinic, 3301 Clovis Road, Lubbock. Classes will be for 8 consecutive weeks.
Learn what diabetes is, what the risk factors are, and how you can have better control with proper nutrition and exercise. 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 ever 4th Wednesday, 10 a.m.-Noon, Family Guidance & Outreach Center, #5 Briercroft Office Park, Lubbock. It begins on August 28th. To sign up, call 747-5577, or stop by. Free of charge. No childcare available. Open to other parenting situations, aunts, uncles, godparents, friends of family, etc.

Retreats/ Spiritual Development

RACHEL’S VINEYARD-The process of healing from abortion isn’t about who you are and what you have done. It is about who God is and what He has done! Trust in His mercy and begin your journey of healing.
God invites you to begin your journey with us on our next Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat, Nov.14-16. Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912.
RINCON DE RAQUEL-  El proceso de sanación del aborto no se trata de quién es usted y de lo que usted ha hecho.  Se trata de quien es Dios y de lo que Él ha hecho por usted! Confíe en su misericordia y empiece su jornada de sanación.
Dios lo invita a empezar su jornada con nosotros en el próximo Retiro del Viñedo de Raquel.
Sanación Después del Aborto   Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912.

Monday, September 1 @ 5:30 p.m. – Mother Teresa – All for Jesus – ‘I Thirst’ – Father Maasburg discusses the various kinds of poverty tackled by Mother Teresa, as well as her concept of the meaning of suffering and the redemptive power contained therein. [30 min]
Tuesday, September 2 @ 5:30 p.m. – Mother Teresa – All for Jesus – In the Eyes of God We Are All Lepers – Father Maasburg discusses the background of Mother Teresa herself, her efforts to champion the lepers, and her special devotion to the Miraculous Medal. [30 min]
Saturday, September 6 @ 7 p.m. – MOTHER TERESA – Part 1 - The first of a two-part drama of the little woman who called herself, 'a pencil in God's hands.'  [1:30]
For more programming, see:

Recurring (Weekly) Activities

YOUNG ADULT FAITH GROUP : Catholic post-college young people including graduate students, medical and law students and young professionals in the Diocese of Lubbock. To join the email list or for more information, please 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:            
      September 14                    September 3

            DATES TO REMEMBER:
--Marriage Jubilee, October 5 @ 3 p.m., CTK
--Red Mass – October 6 @ 6:30 p.m., CTK
--Nurturelife Banquet – October 23
--Catechetical & Ministries Conference –October 25, Holy Spirit Church
--Encuentro Matrimonial Mundial, Oct 31-Nov 2
--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

Post Holy Cross, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.- September 6
Saint James Fall Festival, September 20, Seminole Civic Center, 10 a.m.- 11p.m.
Slaton Saint Joseph Sausage Fest- October 18 & 19



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