pastoral update

The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications

April 22, 2014


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DIOCESAN COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN Plainview Deanery-Spring Meeting - Saturday, May 3rd at Sacred Heart Parish in Littlefield. The theme of the meeting is "In Her Shoes- Mary's Shoes". Sister Celine Thames will be the keynote speaker. There will be two workshops in the afternoon- one in Spanish and one is English. Registration-8:30-9a.m., and closing liturgy at 3 p.m.. Pre-registration is $10 ( includes meal) before April 26.  After that, or at the door, registration is $12. For questions: Olivia Galindo- 806-518-9392 or Molly Martinez at 806-385-6137, or Evelyn Ball-806-293-4043.

FILIPINO MASS -The Filipino Catholic Community of the Lubbock Diocese has a Mass the first Sunday of every month at 12:30 in St. Elizabeth's Chapel (the old church). The next date for the Filipino Mass is May 4, 2014. All are welcome.

Parishes & Around the Diocese

MERCY SUNDAY PRAYER CELEBRATION – April 27, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Our Lady of the Angels Convent, 8202 CR 7700. Led by Deacons Isidoro Saldana & Rudy Calsoncin, the celebration includes exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, two talks on Divine Mercy, silent prayer, Benediction, and sung Chaplet of Mercy. Participants may bring a snack to share. To RSVP: email or 806-863-4906.

RURAL LIFE MASS – Monday, May 5, Triple A Farms, 3801 N State Road 1490, Levelland. Bring side dishes or desserts to share during the dinner. You may also bring containers or sacks or soil and seed which Bishop Rodríguez will bless for using in fields and gardens at home. 
Directions from Anton – From Highway 84, travel 9.8 miles south on FM 597. Turn left onto US 385 S and travel 1.1. miles. Turn right onto FM 597 and travel 4.2 miles. Turn right onto FM 1490. Triple A Farms on right.
Directions from Levelland – Travel 14 miles on US 385 N. Turn left onto FM 597 and travel 4.2 miles. Turn right onto FM 1490. Triple A Farms will be on the right. 

AFRICAN MASS: The African Catholic Community Of Lubbock (AFRICCOL) invites you to celebrate African Mass with us Sunday, April 27, 12:00 pm, Saint Elizabeth Chapel, 2305 Main, Lubbock.

SAUSAGE FEST – Snyder Saint Elizabeth Church, 3005 Avenue A, will host the annual all-you-can-eat sausage dinner on Sunday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults-$9/plate, child-$6. Country store, silent auction, game booths, cash card raffle, bulk sausage sales and more. All are invited.

WIVES OF DEACONS- Day of Recollection, May 3, 9 a.m.  to 3 p.m. at the Mercy Retreat Center, Slaton. Davlyn Duesterhaus is the retreat leader. Please RSVP to Tricia Vowels,

VENDORS NEEDED – Saint John Neumann Parish will host a “Cowboy Christmas” Dance and Bazaar December 5 & 6. They will have openings for almost 100 vendors with new handmade items only. (No garage sale/flea market items) Place your booth rental request by October 1, 2014, by calling 806-799-2649.

LIVE STREAMING OF MASSES- As a service to those who are hospitalized, home bound or traveling outside the diocese, Christ the King Cathedral will offer Live Streaming of its Masses on Sunday 8, 9:15 and 11 a.m. Masses will be live streamed on the cathedral website.

EVENING OF HOPE AND HEALINGFriday, May 2 @ 7 p.m., San RamonChurch, 15706 Loop 493, Woodrow. A ministry sponsored by diocesan deacons and wives. The sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick will be available, as well as prayer for healing. For more information: 806-239-9899 or

FAMILIES ENCOUNTERING CHRIST SUMMER CAMP – June 24-27, 5:30-9:00 p.m., Catholic Renewal Center, 4620 4th Street, Lubbock. “Discovering God’s Plan 4 Love & Life.” Come one day or all four, bring the whole family for: praise, teachings, worship, food, jumpers, games, crafts and more. To Register: email or call 806-792-3943 ext 232. Sponsored by Diocese of Lubbock & the Nurturing Center.

GRADUATION PHOTOS: High school and college graduates may submit photos for the annual supplement published by Bishop Rodriguez in the South Plains Catholic. Wallet-sized photos are best, but any close-up will do. Be sure to include your name, address, school, and parish on the back of the photos, and include $1 and a self-addressed envelope for your photo to be returned. Mail to: Graduation Issue, PO Box 98700, Lubbock TX 79499-8700. Photos may be e-mailed to Include the above information in your e-mailDeadline for receiving photos: May 15, 2014.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Christ the King Cathedral Annual Athletic Department Golf Tourney is scheduled for Friday, May 16, at Shadow Hills Golf Course, 6002 3rd Street, Lubbock. Shotgun start at 1:00 p.m., 18 hole, 4-person scramble. Sign-in starts at noon. Fee includes green fee, cart, range balls and dinner. $1000 Sponsorship includes 4-man team, shirt, golf balls and signage. $500 sponsorship includes 4 man team and signage. $100/per player.  All donations will gladly be accepted. Limited to 120 registered and paid players. Make checks payable to Christ the King School c/o Athletic Department. Contacts: Lori McComas-795-8283 or Abel Mendoza at 789-2824.   Sponsorship deadline is May 7.

JOB OPENING - Executive Director – Catholic Charities (CC) – Details—see Applications may be submitted by means of a resume to be delivered no later than May 10, 2014 to: Catholic Charities -Diocese of Lubbock, Attention: Dean Koetting - Search Committee, 102 Avenue J, Lubbock, TX 79401

Office of Evangelizatin & Catechesis

FREE CASSETTES - To anyone who may still be able to play an audio cassette: There are a number of Liturgical Music cassettes in the office. We will dispose of them soon. If anyone wishes to secure a favorite tape…call our office 806-792-2234 or e-mail .

Office of Vocations

ALTAR SERVERS’ APPRECIATION MASS – Saturday, April 26, at 11:00 a.m., Holy Spirit Church, 9821 Frankford, Lubbock. Note: Parishes—please send in the number of servers you are bringing so meal preparations can be adequate. Call Sister Olivia Rico- 806-792-3943 ext 227 to RSVP-or

Office of Youth Ministry

YOUTH RALLY – “Do Not Be Conformed to This World” will take place April 25 (7-11 p.m.) and April 26 (9 a.m.-10:30 p.m.) at Christ the King Cathedral School, Lubbock, featuring keynote speaker Michael Hoffman and the Texas Tech Catholic Student Ministries DYRT band. For information, contact your parish youth leader or the diocesan Office of Youth Ministry @ (806) 792-3943.

Sunday, April 27 @ 6 pm [3.5 hrs] & Monday, April 28 @ 10 p.m. [1 hr] – Holy Mass & Canonizations of Blessed John XXIII & Blessed John Paul II –From Vatican City, His Holiness Pope Francis canonizes his predecessors.
Saturday, May 3 @ 8:30 a.m. - Children's Programming- My Time With Jesus – Purgatory- Christine, Eva, Enrique and Joseph witness scenes in the Old and New Testaments that show the importance of praying and offering sacrifices for the dead.
[30 min]
Saturday, May 3 @ 4 p.m. -Eucharistic Journey For The New Evangelization - Father Alfred Delp: The Suffering Evangelizer, Pt. 2-Sister Joan reflects on Father Alfred Delp, who was martyred by the Nazis. Learn about his virtues of a Eucharistic spirituality, his spiritual formation and the grace of not only surrendering to the Lord, but a heroic Eucharistic surrender. [30 min]
For more programming, see:

Office of Stewardship and Development / Catholic Foundation 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS:  Second Sunday of Easter-Divine Mercy Sunday - April 26 / 27 - In today’s first reading, the four activities of the earliest church are introduced to us as priorities of the church: devotion to the teachings of the apostles, communal fellowship, the Eucharist and prayer. The early members of the church saw themselves as devoted stewards of these activities. These were not options. They were the fruits of a genuine conversion to a life in Christ. Sharing in the Eucharist was the most intimate expression of fellowship while the most common expression of fellowship in the New Testament was that of sharing financial resources – giving. It was not a perfect community, but one that gave evidence of God’s active presence in its midst. This early community offers us an excellent example of how to better exercise stewardship in our own parish families.
Segundo Domingo de Pascua /Domingo de la Divina Misericordia- En la primera lectura de hoy, son presentadas ante nosotros las cuatro actividades de la primera iglesia como prioridades de ella: la devoción a las enseñanzas de los apóstoles, el compañerismo comunal, la Eucaristía y la oración. Los primeros miembros de la iglesia se vieron a sí mismos como devotos corresponsables de estas actividades. Éstas no eran optativas. Eran los frutos de una conversión genuina a la vida en Cristo. Compartir en la Eucaristía fue la expresión más íntima de compañerismo, mientras la expresión más común de compañerismo en el Nuevo Testamento fue la de compartir recursos económicos – dar.  Esta no era una comunidad perfecta, sin embrago dio evidencia de la presencia activa de Dios en medio de ella. Esta primera comunidad nos ofrece un ejemplo excelente sobre cómo ejercitar mejor la corresponsabilidad en nuestras propias familias parroquiales.
To access the entire month of readings, please see Stewardship e-bulletin:

Retreats/ Spiritual Development

RACHEL’S VINEYARD -  What Jesus did for the woman at the well and for Mary Magdalene, He longs to do for women who have had abortions.
Come with us on a Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat, and find the well of living water that assures you to never be thirsty again. Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912.
RINCON DE RAQUEL- Lo que nuestro Señor Jesucristo hizo por la mujer del pozo y por Maria Magdalena, apasionadamente desea hacer por la mujer que ha tenido abortos.. 
Venga con nosotros a un Retiro del Viñedo de Raquel™ y encuentre el pozo de agua viva que le asegura no volver a tener sed nunca más.  Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912.

Community Events

FREE PARENTING CLASSES: “A Look Inside Blended Families” – May 13. Creating harmony in a blended family is hard. Wilma Edwards, MSSW, LMSW, will offer suggestions on how to decrease family stress and sent a foundation for positive interaction, new traditions and communication.

“The First Year of Year of Your Child’s Life” - May 1, 8, 15 & 22 four-part series. Learn how to cope with and enjoy your child’s first year. (Parents who attend all four sessions receive free diapers.)
For information/to register for a class, call 806-747-5577 or email  Classes run from 6:30-8:30 p.m., #5 Briercroft Office Park, Lubbock. No childcare available

DIABETES CLASSES: Community Health Center of Lubbock is offering FREE Diabetes Self-Management and Nutrition Classes- March 18-May 5, 6-7 p.m. for Self-Management & 7-8 p.m. for Nutrition; Behner Place, 4115 36th St, Lubbock. Classes run 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.                                                                                   

Recurring (Weekly) Activities

SINGLE AND PARENTING Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m., Marriage and Family Life offices, 4th & Toledo, Lubbock. No fee; to register call 806-792-3943 ext 231.

YOUNG ADULT FAITH GROUP : Catholic post-college young people including graduate students, medical and law students and young professionals in the Diocese of Lubbock. Mondays, 8 p.m, Lubbock Saint Elizabeth University Parish, Pallotti Building. Led by Father Jorge Rativa. Plans are for at least two social gatherings each month – one meal at a local restaurant and one pot-luck at someone’s house, usually 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month. 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 Monday nights lead by Arnold Garcia. They will be studying the Book of Romans. It starts at 7 p.m. Bring a bible and a catechism.

GRIEF SHARE CLASSES for those who have lost someone close to them will meet Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Marriage & Family Life Offices, 4th & Toledo. No fee; to register call 806-792-3943 ext 231, or

MASS  ON THE TEXAS TECH CAMPUS - Wednesdays at 12:10 p.m. for Student Center News visit

MASS AT REESE CENTER Wednesdays, 12:05 p.m. in South Plains College Building, RC 822A, building 8. All are welcome!

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 deadline dates are:
EDITION DATE:                 DEADLINE:            
         May 11                           April 30

--Altar Server Appreciation Mass—April 26 @11 a.m., Holy Spirit
--Youth Rally, April 25-26
--Snyder Saint Elizabeth Sausage Fest-April 27, 11-2
--DCA Pre-Appeal Sunday – April 27
--DCA Appeal Sunday—May 4
--Rural Life Mass – Monday, May 5, Albus Farms
--DCA Post-Appeal Sunday—May 11
--Footsteps in Faith- February 7 & 8, 2015

June 1- Saint Patrick, 12-7 p.m.
June 8 – Idalou Saint Philip, 12-8 p.m.
June 8 – Saint Theresa, Carlisle
June 22- Lubbock Saint Joseph, 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.
June 22 – Wilson Blessed Sacrament, 11-7
June 29 – Levelland Saint Michael, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
June 29 – O’Donnell Saint Pius X, 12-8 p.m.
June 29 – Wolfforth Saint Francis, 12 – 7 pm. 
July 12 – Ralls Saint Michael
July 13—Anton, Saint Anthony, 12-6 p.m.
July 19 – Abernathy, Saint Isidore, 11am-8 pm
July 20 – Morton Saint Ann, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
July 20—Lubbock Saint John Neumann, 12:30-7:30 pm
July 26 – Floydada Saint Mary Magdalen
July 26 & 27- Lubbock Our Lady of Guadalupe
July 27 – Hale Center Saint Theresa, 12-8 p.m.
July 27 – Tahoka Saint Jude, noon-10 p.m.
August 3 –Lockney San Jose de Calasanz
August 3 – Lamesa- Saint Margaret Mary/Our Lady of Guadalupe, 12-9 p.m.
August 3 – Pep Saint Philip Neri, 1-8 p.m.
August 15 & 16- Slaton Our Lady of Guadalupe
August 17 – Shallowater Saint Philip Benizi, 12-7 p.m.
August 30 – Spur Saint Mary, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.



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