Pastoral Update

The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications

July 19, 2016


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CATHOLIC CHARITIES SEEKS VOLUNTEERS - Opportunities are available in the food pantry, reception area and Donation Center, 2218 34th Street.  For more information, contact Efrain Duarte 765-8475 or

PARENTING CLASSES are scheduled to begin in August at the Family Guidance Center, 5 Briercroft Office Park, Lubbock, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.. Call 806-747-5577 to register. Tuesday, August 2- Parenting Tips for Back to School (Billie Russell, LISD); Tuesday, August 9 - Parent Involvement- What It Is & Is Not (Dr. Vickie Cooper, LISD); and Tuesday, August 16- Creating Safe & Healthier Meals (Mary Alice Roberts, AgriLife).

BACK TO SCHOOL SUMMER FUN FESTSaturday, August 5, 9 a.m.-Noon, Arnett-Benson Medical & Dental Clinic, 3301 Clovis Road. Free immunizations (with current shot record), free backpacks & school supplies (child must be present). Games, prizes, food and more!

VAMOS A PESCAR, LET’S GO FISHING!- Children up to 17 yrs. must be accompanied by an adult, limit 4 fish/person. No fishing license needed; good sportsmanship required. Items to bring: fishing poles, chairs, sunscreen & bug spray, water bottles & snacks, your special bait and anything extra for a comfortable day. Pre-register for “Vamos a Pescar, Let’s Go Fishing” FREE event, Saturday, August 13, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Buddy Holly Lake at Cesar Chavez & N. University. Pre-Register: or call (806)792-1212.

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

DID YOU KNOW? The Office of Evangelization and Catechesis has an extensive collection of Catholic DVDs for all ages, CCE classes and adult ed classes for use in your parish. Please contact Rose Martin, 792-3943 ext. 224 or, or 

Office of Marriage and Family Life

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE for next year’s Family Summer Camp June 19-22, 2017.

Office for Youth


Office for Vocations

QUO VADIS CAMP FOR YOUNG MEN – August 1-3, Plains Baptist Campground, Floydada. Young men ages 13-19 are invited. To register, or for more information, contact the Vocations Office at 806-792-3943 or  Registration deadline is July 22, 2015.

FIAT CAMP FOR YOUNG WOMEN – August 10-12, Plains Baptist Campground, Floydada. Young women ages 13-18 are invited. To register, or for more information, contact the Vocations Office at 806-792-3943 or  Registration deadline is August 5.

Parishes & Around the Diocese

DON’T FORGET THESE UPCOMING  JAMAICAS:  July 24 – Lubbock Our Lady of Guadalupe
July 24—Wilson Blessed Sacrament, 11-7;  July 24—Morton Saint Ann, 11-8

INDOOR COMMUNITY RUMMAGE SALE - July 22 & 23, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 3111 Erskine (east of Indiana). Sausage wrap sales to benefit the Texas Boys Ranch!

HEALING SERVICE – Friday, July 29, @7 p.m., Sacred Heart Church, Littlefield., conducted by Deacons and Wives Healing Ministry. Everyone is invited to attend.

BIBLE FESTIVAL – July 25-29, 6-6:45 p.m. in the cafeteria (Meal $1/person each night)., 7-8:30 p.m. class time. Saint John Neumann School, 22nd & Frankford. Newborn to seniors. Pre-registrations after all Masses. For more information, Roy or Ellie Contreras – 795-1310 or

EN-COUN-TER CATHOLICISM: Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. in Kasteel Hall, Christ the King Cathedral, 4011 54th Street, Lubbock.  en•coun•ter Catholicism©. A different topic and presenter each week:
July 20: “The Parables of Mercy” - Presented by Renée Underwood - Three stories in Luke 15:1‐32: the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son are commonly identified as the “parables of mercy.” Six other parables in Luke expand the concept of mercy and draw us to become part of the story through a disarming truth that causes us to rethink our everyday relationships. The three‐way relationship: “he, I and other” structure of these parables links God’s mercy to the mercy displayed by human beings. “Be merciful, as your Father is merciful” (Lk 6:36) is the central architectural beam of mercy in parable form. Common to all the parables is a reversal that catches the hearer off guard. In this Year of Mercy en-coun-ter no one will be left untouched as we actively reflect on the parables of mercy and how they might challenge us in our own lives.
July 27"The Treasure of Grandparents" Presented by Richard and Elaine Ybarra  --Pope Francis says, “The elderly pass on history, doctrine, faith, and they leave them to us as an inheritance.” Many grandparents today have taken a much more direct role in the lives of their grandchildren due to working parents, the breakdown of the family and single parenthood, which, sadly, are ever increasing in modern society. During this en-coun-ter, directors of the diocesan office of Marriage & Family Life Richard and Elaine Ybarra will lead a dialogue on Catholic grandparenting and share insights into the patrons of grandparents, Saints Joachim and Anne, Mary’s parents and Jesus’ grandparents, whose feast day we celebrate on July 26.

DIABETES & NUTRITION CLASSES – Tuesdays, June 7 – July 26, 6-8 p.m., Community Health Center Main Clinic, 1610 5th, Lubbock. For diabetes management. Free of charge. Contact: 806-765-2611

PARTY/MEETING/RETREAT OPEN DATES: Planning a retreat, reunion, parish meeting, family, business or civic event? Mercy Retreat Center has great facilities to meet your needs, weekends or weekdays. Available open dates: July 21-31, August 25-28, October 13-16, 27-30, November 17-27, December 1-18. For more information: 806-828-6428 or or Cell/Text (806) 789-8456

Office for Finance


Catholic School News

TEACHING POSITION:  Saint Joseph Catholic School, Slaton, is currently accepting applications for an elementary school teaching position. Position is full-time and candidate must be enthusiastic about working in a small, Catholic school environment.  Please contact Sister Mary Brenda Haynes, Principal at (806)828-6761 or Christine Wanjura, Superintendent at (806)535-2605 for additional information and application.

OPEN ENROLLMENT –for grades Pre-K-5th at Saint Joseph Catholic School (806- 828-6761) in Slaton, and at Christ the King Cathedral Schools (806-792-8283) for Pre-K through 12th grades. Call today to secure a place for your child(ren). Scholarships are available.

HOLY SPIRIT PARENTS DAY OUT & PRESCHOOL - The only Catholic Parents Day Out in Lubbock. Three different options:  Monday thru Thursday from 8:30-2:45; Mondays and Wednesday 8:30-2:45; or Tuesday and Thursday 8:30-2:45. With extended stay option until 4:30. Please call the Holy Spirit PDO office at 698-1668 for more information or

Office of Stewardship and Development / Catholic Foundation 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 23/24 - Today’s Gospel parable speaks to generosity. In the deep of night, a sleepy friend responds to his neighbor’s request for food for an unexpected guest. Jesus suggests that it would be unthinkable that a friend would deny a friend in need. A friend would most certainly give what is asked and more. Through this story, Jesus illustrates God’s generosity. Good stewards realize the extraordinary love and graciousness with which God showers us. We need never convince God to be generous. God is already that generous friend. His abundant love bathes us in goodness. This week, prayerfully reflect on God’s generosity and what our response should be to that generosity.
Décimo Séptimo Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario- La parábola del Evangelio de hoy habla de la generosidad. En lo profundo de la noche, un amigo somnoliento responde a la petición de su vecino de comida para un huésped inesperado. Jesús sugiere que sería inimaginable que un amigo pudiera rechazar a un amigo en necesidad. Un amigo indudablemente daría a su amigo lo que le pide y más. A través de esta historia, Jesús ilustra la generosidad de Dios. Los buenos corresponsables son conscientes del extraordinario amor y bondad con las que Dios nos ha colmado. Nosotros nunca necesitamos convencer a Dios de ser generoso. Dios, es ya ese generoso amigo. Su abundante amor nos baña de su bondad. Esta semana, reflexione piadosamente sobre la generosidad de Dios y sobre cuál debería ser nuestra respuesta a esa generosidad.

To access the entire month of readings, please see Stewardship Reflections

Retreats/ Spiritual Development

A.C.T.S. RETREAT UPDATE: Men’s Acts August 18-21is now accepting registrations. Lay Director is Federico Gamboa, Co-directors are David Masionet and Leo Olvera, Spiritual Companion is John Rodriguez and Rev. George Roney is Spiritual Director. Register online at or contact Maria Chavira at or 469-507-1454. The fee for Retreats is $180 per person, partial scholarships available. Women’s Acts #32 November 3-6to ensure your slot Register online at or contact Maria Chavira at or 469-507-1454. The fee for Retreats is $180 per person, partial scholarships available.

RACHEL’S CORNER  “Without this retreat, I would not have experienced the healing that I desperately needed.  I am completely healed from severe depression that I’ve had for over 10 years, praise God!  I am at the beginning of a beautiful spiritual journey with God my Savior.”      - Testimony after a Rachel Retreat
Begin your beautiful spiritual journey with your Savior at a Rachel Retreat for healing after abortion.  Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912.
RINCON DE RAQUEL“Sin este retiro, yo no habría experimentado la sanación que necesitaba desesperadamente.  Estoy completamente sano de la depresión severa que había tenido durante más de 10 años, gracias a Dios!  Estoy en el comienzo de una hermosa jornada espiritual con mí Dios Salvador”.  -El testimonio después de un retiro de Raquel
Comience tu maravillosa jornada espiritual con tu Salvador en un retiro de Raquel para la sanación después del aborto.Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912.

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Recurring (Weekly) Activities

YOUNG ADULT/PROFESSIONALS FAITH GROUPMondays @ 8 p.m., Lubbock Saint Elizabeth Pallotti Building.   To join the email list or for more information, contact Leia Arteaga,, 806-543-6265 or Peggy McGrath, Join us on Facebook:

MASS ON THE TEXAS TECH CAMPUS -suspended until Fall semester

FIRST FRIDAY MASS to end abortion and euthanasia, Saint John Neumann, 24th & Frankford, 5:30 p.m. Every First Friday of the year.

HOLY HOUR & BENEDICTION-Saint John Neumann, 22nd & Frankford, 7 p.m., every Thursday.  Join us for an hour of Adoration and experience the SJN Schola Choir (Gregorian Chant).

HOLY HOUR for Vocations- Christ the King Cathedral has a Holy Hour for Vocations at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month. All are welcome.

CATHOLIC MOMS OF LUBBOCK - For more information: 607-226-6398 or

COLLEGE LIFE - Christ the King Cathedral, Friday nights @ 7 p.m., Family Activity Center (Game Room)

FIRST SATURDAY DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET-  3 p.m. at Christ the King Cathedral, 4011 54th Street, to venerate the image of the Divine Mercy and to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

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.

DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET-  3 p.m. First Saturdays at Christ the King Cathedral, 4011 54th Street.

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

Office of Communications

PLANNING A JAMAICA OR FESTIVAL? First check the Diocese of Lubbock Calendar to help with setting a date for your event:

OUR LADY OF VICTORY RADIO: Visit 102.9 FM website at to hear live streaming of EWTN. For program schedule, please see

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

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EDITION DATE:    August 14         DEADLINE:       August 3

Diaconal Ordination – August 6, 2016, Jacob Powell
Raider Promise Banquet – Saturday, October 1 @ 6:30 p.m.
Marriage Jubilee – Sunday, October 2 @3 p.m.
October 4 Red Mass with Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, 6 p.m.
October 22, White Mass, 5:30 p.m.
October 29, Catechetical & Ministries Conference, Lubbock Civic Center
November 3 – NurtureLife Banquet
November 4, Seminarian Fundraising Dinner
November 20—Year of Mercy Closing Ceremony, 11 a.m.
Footsteps in Faith – February 4 & 5, 2017
April 4, 2017 - Advocacy day at the Capitol

July 30 – Anson Saint Michael, 10 -10
July 30 – Brownfield Saint Anthony, 12-8 p.m.
July 30 – Abernathy Saint Isidore, 11-7
July 31 –Hale Center Saint Theresa, Noon-8 p.m.
August 6- Littlefield Sacred Heart, 12-9 p.m.
August 6- Lorenzo San Lorenzo, 3-11 p.m.
August 7- Lamesa Saint M.Margaret & OL Guadalupe, 12-9 p.m. (OLG grounds)
August 7 - Our Lady Queen of Angels, New Deal
August 13- Floydada Saint Mary Magdalen
August 13-- Our Lady of Guadalupe, Slaton, 12-12
August 14- Denver City Saint William, 11-8
August 14- Lubbock Our Lady of Grace, 12:30-8:30
August 21 – Shallowater Saint Philip, 11-8
August 28 - Pep Saint Philip Neri, 12-8 p.m.
September 4 – Levelland Saint Michael, 1-9 p.m.
September 10- Rotan Saint Joseph
September 18 – Sacred Heart Plains, 11-7
September 24 – Spur Saint Mary
September 24 – Seminole Saint James Fall Festival, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.





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