pastoral update

The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications

October 21, 2014


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FREE FAMILY CONCERTSunday, October 26, Our Lady of Grace Church, 3111 Erskine, Lubbock. Family activities:  5 p.m. – food, face painting, instrument petting zoo, learn conducting, dance activity station, make your own instruments; 6:30 p.m. – Fun & interactive concert with Maestro David Cho from Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, music from Haydn and Handel.

SAFE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING (Spanish)Tuesday, October 28, 7-9 p.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe Church parish hall, 52nd and Avenue L, Lubbock.

CRS RICE BOWL WEBINARWednesday, October 29, 1 p.m., Learn about featured countries, new resources and ways to animate communities during Lent. Register at

HALLOWE’EN CARNIVALOctober 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.

HALLOWE’EN CARNIVALOctober 31, 6-8 p.m., Saint John Neumann Church, 22nd & Frankford. Game and food booths, bingo, much more. Contact: Mary Reid – 806-780-1047.

FALL FESTIVAL – October 31, 5-9 p.m., Christ the King Cathedral, 4011 54th Street, Lubbock. Games, food, prizes and fun. All are welcome!

NOVENA FOR VOCATIONS – November 1-9, 2014. More information in next week’s Update.

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.

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 Evangelization and Catechesis

ANNUAL CATECHETICAL AND MINISTRIES CONFERENCE- October 25, Holy Spirit Church, 98th and Frankford, Lubbock. 8 a.m. (registration & exhibits)- 3:15 p.m. Keynotes by Matthew Halbach- “Building ‘The Church of Mercy:’ Understanding and Living Pope Francis’ Vision of 'Church” and Sister Patricia M. McCormack, IHM – “Transfigured and Transformed via Gospel Prayer.” Registration forms.

FREE VHS TAPES - Office of Evangelization and Catechesis is donating the following videos to anyone who could use them in teaching youth. YOU CAN CHOOSE! (Elkind & Sweet Communications, Inc.) – Series of 10 videos designed for youth guidance. They take a bold new approach using drama, music, peer-education, and role modeling into a lively format that captivates and challenges young viewers: Resolving Conflicts, Being Friends, Asking for Help, Appreciating Yourself, Dealing With Disappointment, Doing the Right Thing, Saying No, Dealing With Feelings, Being Responsible, Cooperation. You may call or e-mail Rosalie Martin, Resource Librarian, 806-763-8312 –

November 10 @ 6-8 p.m., Anson Saint Michael. Contact Alicia Alvarez: 806-792-3943 ext. 222 or
Tuesday, October 28, 7-9 p.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe Church parish hall, 52nd and Avenue L, Lubbock.

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

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

BULLYING AND SUICIDE PREVENTION SUMMIT – Friday, October 24, 7 a.m.- 4:45 p.m., Knipling Center,  sixth floor of west parking garage, Covenant Medical Center. Continuing education credits for physicians, nurses, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors. Techniques and resources available will be covered. To register: or https// The fee is $50, Flashdrive presentations-$10. Payments will be collected at sign-up the day of the activity.

OCTOBERFEST - Saturday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m., Christ the King Cathedral, Family Activity Center.  There will be German food and music, an auction and dance.  Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling 806-792-6168 or visit  Come and have some fun!

PEOPLE OF FAITH AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY-On October 28, the State of Texas will execute two death row inmates.  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 crimes, the accused, their families and those who carry out the execution.  The vigils are held from 5:45-6:15 p.m. 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). 

COWBOY CHRISTMAS BAZAAR- Saint John Neumann Church,  December 6, 10 a.m.--6 p.m

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:

Office of Stewardship and Development / Catholic Foundation 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS:Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time- October 25/26 - There is one word or command that summarizes today’s Gos­pel - love. For Jesus there is no distinction between these two commands of loving God and neighbor. One naturally flows from the other. In fact, for Jesus, these commands constitute a way of life for Christian stewards; a unique approach to life and to their relationship with others. Our neighbors include everyone with whom we come into contact: family members, friends, people we don’t like, strangers and particularly those most in need of our love and compassion. Love is always for doing well and helping others grow closer to the Lord. What are ways in which we might do better at following Christ’s love command?
Trigésimo Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario- Hay una palabra o mandamiento que resume el Evangelio de hoy – amor. Para Jesús no hay distinción entre estos dos mandamientos de amar a Dios y amar al prójimo. Uno fluye naturalmente del otro. De hecho, para Jesús, estos mandamientos constituyen una forma de vida para los cristianos corresponsables; un acceso único para la vida y para su relación con otros. Nuestros prójimos incluyen todos aquellos con quienes tenemos contacto: miembros de la familia, amigos, personas que no nos gustan, extraños y particularmente aquellos que más necesitan de nuestro amor y compasión. El amor siempre está para hacer el bien y ayudar a otros a crecer más cerca del Señor. ¿Cuáles son las maneras en las que podríamos hacerlo.
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-“My wounds are healing little by little, and I know one day soon, all I will have is a scar.  I still have the memory of what I did, but it doesn’t hurt anymore.  The pain is gone.  God took the pain and doesn’t want me to carry that anymore.” - Testimonial from a Rachel’s VineyardRetreat
God invites you to begin your healing after an abortion journey with us on our next Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat, Nov.14-16.  Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912.
RINCON DE RAQUEL -“Mis heridas están sanando poco a poco y ahora sé que un día muy próximo, lo único que tendré es la cicatriz.  Aún tengo la memoria do lo que hice, pero ya no duele.  El dolor se ha ido.  Mi Dios me quitó el dolor y no quiere que yo cargue ya con eso.”   - Testimonio después de un Retiro del Viñedo de Raquel™
Dios lo invita a empezar su jornada con nosotros en el próximo Retiro del Viñedo de Raquel.
Sanación Después del Aborto   Confidential contact for Nov. 14-16 Retreat: 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 @ 7 p.m. Special Programming- Pius XII: Under The Roman Sky Pt. 1
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 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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--Nurturelife Banquet – October 23
--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


Lubbock, Saint John Neumann 35th Anniversary Mass- November 15, 5:30 p.m.
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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