pastoral update

The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications

July 28, 2015


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FREE WEBINAR -LOAVES + FISHES: Growing in Holiness, Living as Stewards, Tuesday, August 11 @ 1 p.m., presented by Leisa Anslinger co-director at Catholic Life and Faith, Loveland, OH. It is good to be reminded of the richness a spirituality of stewardship offers. Explore the foundations of this spiritual way of life and its impact as disciples of Jesus Christ. All parish ministers, including PCLs, youth leaders, catechists, parents, deacons and priests are encouraged to participate. Register online at for FREE, courtesy of the Office of Stewardship and Development.

UNITE AT THE FIRE – August 12, 6-11 p.m., A Mini-Youth Retreat “For Our God is a Consuming Fire” (Hebrews 12:29). Begins with youth Mass at 6 p.m., followed by praise and worship, message (given by Roy Contreras), adoration (led by Father Joseph Palacios), entertainment (Catholic hip-hop artist Jacob DeRusha), food and a bonfire outside. Our Lady of Guadalupe, 52nd & Avenue L, Lubbock. Everyone is welcome—all youth are invited—and it is free!

PEOPLE OF FAITH AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY - The State of Texas will execute a death row inmate on Wednesday, August 12, & Thursday, August 13.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#2267) teaches that the death penalty should be used very rarely, if ever.  In the U.S. 18 people have been executed in 2015.  You are invited to an ecumenical prayer vigil during the approximate time of the actual execution (5:45-6:15pm).  The vigil is held at the corner of 15th St. & University Ave. across from TTU in front of St. John’s UMC.  Questions?  Call St. John Neumann parishioner Anne Cochran -795-9745. 

WE ARE EQUIPPEDCIA Discipleship Retreat, August 15, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Slaton Saint Joseph Church Hall. Cost is $5. To attend this great retreat, contact the Youth Office: 806-792-3943 ext. 230, or

AFRICAN MASS will be celebrated August 30 at Saint Elizabeth Chapel, 2301 Main, Lubbock, @ 12:00 Noon. All are welcome to attend.

ICON WORKSHOP/RETREAT PLANNED:  September 15-18 (6-9 p.m.) & September 19 (9a.m.-noon). Presented by Rev. Peter Pearson, a noted iconographer, participants will follow step by step instructions to create an icon of Saint Michael the Archangel. The development of iconography, the spirituality of creating an icon, and praying with icons will also be discussed. Samples of his iconography are available online at He has given presentations to groups ranging from school children and senior citizen groups to artists and seminarians. The fee is $300, which includes all materials, including acrylic paints. Limited to first 20 participants. To register, send a $50 deposit check payable to St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 2807 42nd Street, Lubbock TX 79413. For more information: contact Tom Hicks at or 806-787-8271.

COWBOY CHRISTMAS VENDORSSaint John Neumann Church will again host “Cowboy Christmas” on November 13 and 14 in the school gym, 10 a.m.-6p.m. Vendors are needed--$100 for this two-day event! For more information, please contact Kelly or Dawn- 799-2649.

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Wednesday, August 26, Idalou Saint Philip Benizi, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 27, Sacred Heart, Plainview at 6:30 p.m. To register, contact Alicia Alvarez, 806-792-3943 ext. 222 or

LEADERSHIP DAY – August 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Catholic Renewal Center, 4th & Toledo, Lubbock.
“Evangelizing Children, Youth & Families.” The workshop is for those whose ministries connect with children, youth and their families, including parish, school and catechetical leaders, marriage and family ministry, service and outreach, and sacramental preparation.  Be equipped, energized, engaged and evangelizing! Registration information will be mailed to priests, deacons, PCLs, and other parish ministry leaders. For more information, please contact Alicia Alvarez, 806-792-3943 ext. 222 or  - Registration form here.

Office of Marriage and Family Life

MARRIAGE HELP! Do you have stress in your marriage? RETROUVAILLE is a program for married couples that feel bored, disillusioned, frustrated, or angry in their marriage. Some experience coldness. Others experience conflict in their relationship. Most don’t know how to change the situation or even communicate with their spouse about it. This program has helped many couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage. For confidential information about or to register for the upcoming Amarillo program beginning with a weekend on August 14-16, call Paul or Patty at 806-420-1520 or email us at or visit the website

FREE DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT CLASSES: Community Health Center of Lubbock hosts free Diabetes Self-Management and Nutrition classes, in a group setting. Each class meets once weekly for 8 weeks. Participants are presented with a wealth of information and instruction for diabetes management. These classes are FREE of charge and open to the public. Upcoming classes: August 4 through September 22 -6-8 p.m., at the Arnett Benson Medical & Dental Clinic, 3301 Clovis Rd;  or August 12 through September 30, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at Mae Simmons Community Center. Contact Josh Moreno at 806-765-2611 ext. 1007 for registration.

Office for Youth

YOUTH MINISTRY APPRECIATION LUNCHEON will be held Friday, July 31, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Holy Spirit Church. The luncheon is for anyone that volunteers and works with youth grades 6-12. There will be adoration and prayer time and then lunch afterwards. Please RSVP so they will know how much food to order. Contact Tiffany: or call Holy Spirit 806-698-6400 to RSVP.

Office for Vocations

QUO VADIS DAYS - Attention, all Catholic young men ages 15-19! Do you know where your life is going? The Lord Jesus has a great plan for you! You are invited to attend the annual Quo Vadis Days Camp to spend time with other young men your age looking at the Lord’s call in your life while having fun. QVD camp is led by priests and seminarians of the diocese and is supported by the Diocesan Office for Vocations. QVD will be held from August 4 (9 a.m.) to August 6 (1 p.m.-after lunch), Plains Baptist Campground near Floydada, a one-hour drive. Camp offers sports and swimming. The cost of the camp is $50.00 and $25.00 for a second member of  the same family. If you are interested, please contact the Vocations Office: 792-3943 ext 227, or Deadline: August 1, 2015.

For young women: FIAT CAMP - Monday, August 10 – Thursday, August 13, 2015
Contact: Vocations Office - 806-792-3943 ext 227

YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE proclaimed by Pope Francis.  Resources for celebrating consecrated life in parishes and families can be found at

Parishes & Around the Diocese

CELEBRANT SINGERS are coming to Holy Spirit Church August 1-2 to sing at all the weekend Masses; they will also have a concert at 6 pm on Sunday, August 2.  Since 1977, people all over the world have had the privilege in listening to the Celebrant Singers. Thousands of lives have been forever changed by the love of Christ. Join in a wonderful celebration of praise and worship, personal ministry and prayer!

ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL SUMMER FUN FEST- Saturday, August 8, from 9 a.m. –Noon, Arnett Benson Medical and Dental Clinic at 3301 Clovis Rd.Join us for fun, food, and games! We will also be handing out FREE backpacks with school supplies included for school age children.  Call for your appointment: (806) 765-2611.

RELIEF NEEDED: Marcos Martinez of Catholic Relief Services, San Antonio, has sent out this call for help:  About this time last year, the unaccompanied children and the women with children who had migrated from Central America were highlighted in the news.  Churches responded to the need; the outpouring of generosity was heartening. Because (this year) the situation is not highlighted as it was before, far fewer donations are coming in.  So the need is greater! Here is the link to the description of what’s going on re: people arriving at the Sacred Heart Center in McAllen, listing things needed, and how to send donations.  Please help spread the word!

ORDINATIONS – Seminarians Jose G. de Dios Gonzalez and Jonathan B. Phillips will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons on Saturday, August 15, at 10:00 a.m. at Christ the King Cathedral, 4011 54th Street, Lubbock. All are invited. A reception will follow at Bishop Placido Rodriguez Hall.

LAUDATE SIʹ- An overview of Pope Francis’ Encyclical can be found at :
Go to to find the full text, along with additional resources, study guides, etc.

BISHOP’S STATEMENT ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE – On July 2, 2015, Bishop Placido Rodriguez, CMF, issued an Official Statement on the recent Supreme Court ruling regarding the legal rights of two individuals of the same sex to marry in all of the United States. The statement in its entirety can be found at the end of this Update, and on our website in the Bishop’s Corner.

Office of Stewardship and Development / Catholic Foundation 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS: Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time- August 1-2, - In today’s Gospel we hear Jesus proclaiming that he is “the bread of life.” He then offers an invitation to come to him. For us, the invitation is to live the Eucharistic life in Christ. What does it mean for our parish family to live together in the Eucharist? What does it mean for us to share the Eucha­rist together, to participate in the “bread of life” together? Does it mean we love each other, support our community of faith, work together? Do we carry each other’s burdens? Celebrate our joys? What are the practical implications of being good stewards of our Eucharistic life together?
Décimo Octavo Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario-En el Evangelio de hoy, nosotros escuchamos a Jesús proclamar que él es “el pan de vida.” Entonces, él hace una invitación para seguirle. Para nosotros la invitación es para vivir la vida Eucarística en Cristo. ¿Qué significa para nuestra familia parroquial vivir juntos en la Eucaristía? ¿Qué significa para nosotros compartir la Eucaristía juntos, participar en el “pan de vida” juntos? ¿Significa amarnos unos a los otros, apoyar a nuestra comunidad de fe, trabajar juntos? ¿Llevamos nosotros las cargas unos de los otros? ¿Celebramos nuestras alegrías? ¿Cuáles son las implicaciones prácticas de ser buenos corresponsables de nuestra vida Eucarística juntos?
To access the entire month of readings, please see Stewardship e-bulletin:

Retreats/ Spiritual Development

RACHEL’S VINEYARD-For I know well the plans I have in mind for you – oracle of the LORD – plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope. When you call me, and come and pray to me, I will listen to you.When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart.” -Jeremiah 29: 11-13
Come seek Him with all your heart on a Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat. He wants to give you a future of hope after an abortion.   Fall Retreat – Nov.6-8, 2015   Confidential contact: Gloria at 432-897-4788 or  and
RINCON DE RAQUEL -“Porque yo sé muy bien lo que haré por ustedes – -palabra de Yavé – les quiero dar paz y no desgracia y un porvenir lleno de esperanza. Cuando me invoquen y vengan a suplicarme, yo los escucharé; y cuando me busquen me encontrarán, siempre que me imploren con todo su corazón.” - Jeremiah 29: 11-13
Venga a buscarlo con todo su corazón en un Retiro del Viñedo de Raquel™.  Él quiere darle un futuro lleno de esperanza. Sanación Después del Aborto   . Fall Retreat – Nov.6-8, 2015   Confidential contact: Gloria at  and 432-897-4788

For EWTN programming see:

Recurring (Weekly) Activities

CATHOLIC MOMS have moved their library and picnic day to Wednesdays. Other events are also on Wednesdays, so on those days we will aim to at least picnic on the lawn at the diocese, 4620 4th Street, after the event (weather permitting). For more information, please contact Vicki Divine at 607-226-6398 or by email

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.

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

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.

CONNECT WITH THE DIOCESE OF LUBBOCK: Follow: @CatholicLubbock on Twitter & Instagram

SHARE YOUR ARISE EXPERIENCES: Use #AriseLBK on social media to share your experiences!

SEND South Plains Catholic story ideas, stories, and photos (including names and explanations) to: PO Box 98700, Lubbock, Texas 79499-8700, or The next deadlines are:

EDITION DATE:   August 9            DEADLINE:            July 29                                         


--Fiat Camp—August 10, 11 & 12
--August 15- Diaconal ordinations- Jonathan Phillips & Jose de Dios Gonzales, CTK
--World Meeting of Families – September 22-27, Philadelphia

--July 25, Saint Mary Magdalen, Floydada, 9 a.m.-midnight
--July 26, O’Donnell Saint Pius X, 12-8 p.m.
--July 26, Saint Theresa, Hale Center, 12-8 p.m.
-- Lockney San Jose, August 1
--Brownfield Saint Anthony – August 1, 12-8
--August 2, Saint Margaret Mary/Our Lady of Guadalupe, Lamesa, Noon-9 p.m.
--August 2, New Deal Our Lady Queen of Angels-noon-7 p.m.
--August 8, Crosbyton Saint Joseph, 3- 11 p.m.
--August 8, Post Holy Cross, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
--August 8, Shallowater Saint Philip, 11:30-8:30
--August 9, Christ the King, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
--August 9, Pep Saint Philip Neri, begins at noon
--August 15, Slaton OL Guadalupe, Noon-12 a.m.
--August 16, Lubbock Our Lady of Grace
--September 5, Spur Saint Mary, 12-12
--September 27, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Snyder, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
--September 27, Saint Michael, Levelland, 11 a.m.




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