pastoral update

The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications

January 27, 2014


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

SILENT LENTEN RETREATSaturday, February 21, 8:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Our Lady of the Angels Convent, 8200 CR 7700, Wolfforth. Retreat director is Father Ernesto Lopez who will present “Rend your hearts…and turn to the Lord, your God” (Joel 2:12-13). What are the qualities Jesus wants to form in your heart? What is he asking you to change? This silent retreat day includes presentations, personal prayer time, opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation. Donation: $15/lunch included (scholarships available). To register: 806-863-4904 or

WORLD MARRIAGE DAY RESOURCES: Looking for resources? Please see the USCCB website  to access a bulletin insert about the social benefits of marriage, in both color and black and white, for suggested use on World Marriage Sunday, February 8, or at other opportunities; and a preaching resource for priests and deacons to preach about marriage on World Marriage Sunday.

Sweetheart Sizzler--Slaton Saint Joseph Hall, 21st & Division Streets. Steak dinner & drinks-7:00 p.m., Dance-8 p.m. For the dance only, $15/person, featuring Gary Nix & West Texas. Live and silent auctions. Roaring Twenties theme.  Tickets: $60/couple, $30/single      Contact:   806-828-6771
Saint Valentine’s Day Dinner –6-9 p.m., Shallowater Saint Philip Hall, 10th & J. Ribeye steak dinner, salad baked potato, dessert and drink. $20/person. Contact Belinda Aguilar for tickets and reservations at 806-239-2556. Deadline: Thursday, February 12.
Shrimp Peel – “Fat Tuesday on Saturday”- Dinner – 6 p.m., Dance 8:30 p.m. All you can eat shrimp, silent auction. Tickets: $25/person. Saint Elizabeth Hanly Hall, 2305 Main, Lubbock. Tickets available after all Masses or by calling church @806-762-5225. Sponsored by K of C Council #12803
Evening of Wine & Jazz – an elegant evening with wine tasting, four-course dinner and Charles Whitehead Jazz Trio—6:30-10:30 p.m., Bishop Rodriguez Hall at Christ the King, 4011 54th, Lubbock. Tickets - $59 – can be purchased after weekend Masses, or call 787-6162. Texas Custom Wine Works will provide the wine.

NURTURING CENTER NEEDSPlease consider a personal or group donation of the following items to the Nurturing Center, 3303 66th Street, Lubbock: Baby Shampoo/Baby Wash, Baby Lotion, Baby Bottle (gender neutral colors), Diapers (all sizes but currently are low in stock on Size 4 & 5), Baby Wipes. Please drop off your donations, or call 806-780-6853 for more information.

FAT SUNDAY February 15, 2015Food booths, seven bands, raffle drawing (Hitachi 50” TV), tickets $2/each or 3/$5, available from any cursillista or on day of festival. Catholic Renewal Center, 4620 4th Street, Lubbock. All are invited! For more information, contact Deacon Joe Morin-543-5686.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Catholic Charities is currently seeking a Director of Family Counseling, LPC preferred but not required. Master's degree in Behavioral Sciences or related field and at least two years clinical experience in direct patient contact.  Send resume to

><> FISH FRY LISTINGS><>We will be listing parishes hosting a fish fry and/or other Lenten activities beginning next week. Send your information (date, location, prices) to or call 806-792-3943 ext. 218.     

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

RECYCLING OLD SLIDES - Is there anyone interested in re-cycling old slide photos? We have a number of images left in the Office of Evangelization & Catechesis that were formerly used for catechesis. Perhaps someone may have a creative idea to use these items so that they don’t end up in the landfill. If you are interested,  please contact Rose Martin -806-792-2234.

Tuesday, January 27 @ 7 p.m. Brownfield Deanery, Saint Anthony
Thursday, January 29 @ 7 p.m. Plainview Deanery, Our Lady of Guadalupe
Saturday, January 31@ 10 a.m., Lubbock Deanery, Christ the King Cathedral
     Pastors, parish team members, and small community leaders can attend any location that is convenient. All sessions are the same, training in English and Spanish, and are two hours long.

Office of Marriage and Family Life

MARRIAGE HELP: Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue….or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille has helped many couples through difficult times in their marriages. If you are willing to try and rebuild the loving relationship you once had, please give Retrouvaille a try. Our next program in Lubbock will be starting the weekend of

March 6-8, 2015. For confidential information or to pre-register, call 806-792-3943 ext. 231 or visit

Office for Youth

CONFIRMATION RETREAT DATES FOR 2015- For candidates in the second year of preparation:
‘GET AWAY FROM IT ALL’ – CONFIRMATION RETREAT WEEKEND:  February 6-8, Catholic Renewal Center. Come spend an in-depth, fun, weekend away with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and others who care about you and your faith. The $85 fee covers room and board (5 meals and 1 family meal, two nights lodging), band, speakers, t-shirts, and retreat materials. Contact: Youth Office – 806-792-3943 ext. 230. Some scholarships available. No candidate will be refused because of money, something can be worked out.  This expense should not be a parish expense; parents and/or sponsors should take this responsibility. 
February 27-March 1- Plainview Deanery, Mercy Retreat Center, $95 (limit 60)
March 20-22 – Snyder Deanery, Snyder Our Lady of Guadalupe, $35
Registration deadline: two weeks before weekend. You may attend outside your deanery.

YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE proclaimed by Pope Francis begins on the First Sunday of Advent, the weekend of November 29/30.  Resources for celebrating consecrated life in parishes and families can be found at

Parishes & Around the Diocese

HOLY SPIRIT GALA - Saturday, January 31 - social @6:30 p.m., dinner @7 p.m. (Beer & wine provided--no BYOB) $50/donation/person; call 698-6400 for tickets--tables of 8 can be reserved. At Holy Spirit McGivney Hall, 98th & Frankford, Lubbock. Attire:  coat and tie. To benefit building fund.

FOOTSTEPS IN FAITH BIBLE CONFERENCE – is scheduled for February 7 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) and February 8 (8 a.m.-Noon). “Catholicism – The Fullness of Faith” will be presented by outstanding and knowledgeable speakers Dr. Brant Pitre and, Dr. Michael Barber. Each day there will be an opportunity for Mass and confession. Lunch available on site (Holy Spirit Church, 98th & Frankford), served by the Knights of Columbus. Lodging: Special pricing ($75 if reserved by January 31) is offered at the Ashmore Inn for travelers from outside of Lubbock. General admission tickets: $20, for active catechists: $10. Free tickets for priests, deacons and women religious, but early registration is required. To register:, obtain brochure offered at Brother John’s Catholic Bookstore (13th & Slide Road, Lubbock); and/or mailing name, address and payment to Footsteps in Faith, 5710 83rd, Lubbock, TX 79424.

SAINT MICHAEL’S SAUSAGE FESTIVAL – February 8, 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. All invited to the 30th Annual Festival! Meal tickets: $10/adults, $6/kids 6 & under. Carry-outs available, bulk sausage- $5/lb. Silent and live auctions. Games for kids. Raffle tickets for a 2014 Silverado Texas Edition 5.3L V-8 pickup are $5/each. Not responsible for TT & L or IRS. Contact: Saint Michael's 806-894-2268

BRUNCH - CATHOLIC MOMS OF LUBBOCK is a new group, being built in faith and love, in hopes of providing support and community for mothers of all ages and stages. Moms may join the group by visiting the website and creating a private profile. We hope to incorporate any standing mothers’ groups from individual parishes, as well as diocesan events for families, play dates, feast days, book discussions, service opportunities for the whole family, prayer and most of all fellowship and support for the vocation of motherhood. Join us for our Kick-off Mothers’ Morning Brunch on February 7 at 10 a.m. at the Office of Marriage and Family Life, Catholic Renewal Center, 4th & Toledo. If you would like to join and/or have an idea for an event please go to or contact Vicki Divine at 607-226-6398 or by email

PEOPLE OF FAITH AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY- The State of Texas will execute two death row inmates:  January 28, and 29.  You are invited to ecumenical prayer vigils during the approximate times of these actual executions (5:45-6:15 p.m.).  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 at the corner of 15th Street & University Ave. across from TTU in front of St. John’s UMC.  Questions? Call St. John Neumann parishioner Anne Cochran-795-9745. 

SOUTH PLAINS MEN CHALLENGING MEN (SPMCM)challenges men to end violence against women on the South Plains by asking men to recognize their role in intervention and prevention.White Ribbon Campaign KickoffJanuary 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m., International Cultural Center, 601 Indiana Ave, Lubbock. Please RSVP by January 23, 2015.  For more information:

Office of Stewardship and Development / Catholic Foundation 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS:Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time • January 31- February 1A prominent theme in the Gospel of St. Mark is the divine au­thority of Jesus of Nazareth. While Moses was a prophet who spoke from a personal experience of God, he promised a great prophet who would be Jesus himself. He is the one empowered by his Father to be the Messiah; whose teaching reached into people’s hearts and caused them to turn toward God. Even “un­clean spirits” responded to him. Stewards allow the teachings of Jesus Christ to touch them and transform their lives. Do we recognize the authority of Jesus to touch us each day? Do we give Christ the opportunity to transform us?
Cuarto Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario-La autoridad divina de Jesús de Nazaret es un tema predominante en el Evangelio de San Marcos. Cuando Moisés era el profeta que habló de Dios desde su experiencia personal, prometió un gran profeta, quien sería el mismo Jesús. A él ha sido dado por su padre, el poder para ser el Mesías; cuyas enseñanzas llegan al corazón de las personas y hacen que ellas vuelvan hacia Dios. Aún los “espíritus impuros” le responden. Los corresponsables permiten que las enseñanzas de Jesús les toquen y transformen sus vidas. ¿Nosotros reconocemos la autoridad de Jesús para que pueda tocarnos cada día? ¿Damos a Cristo la oportunidad de transformarnos?
To access the entire month of readings, please see Stewardship e-bulletin:

Retreats/ Spiritual Development

MEN’S ACTS RETREAT #23 – February 5, 6 p.m.-February 8, 12:00 p.m. Register online:

RACHEL’S VINEYARD-- “Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.”   -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
God is inviting you to take the first step on your healing journey after abortion by joining Him on a Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat. Let Him walk with you on the staircase back to life. 
 Confidential contact for March 13-15, 2015 Retreat: and 806-577-5912.
RINCON DE RAQUEL - “Fe es tomar el primer paso aun cuando no se pueden ver todos los escalones de la escalera.” - Martin Lutero King, Jr.
Dios lo está invitando a que tome el primer paso en su jornada de sanación, encontrándolo en un Retiro del Viñedo de Raquel™. Permítale caminar con usted en la escalera que lo llevará nuevamente hacia la vida.

Sanación Después del Aborto    Confidential contact for March 13-15, 2015 Retreat: and 806-577-5912.

For programming, see:

Recurring (Weekly) Activities

SINGLE AND PARENTING program begins Mondays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. 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 information.

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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EDITION DATE:   February 8                     DEADLINE:   January 28                                                                   

--Footsteps in Faith- February 7 & 8, 2015
--World Marriage Day – February 8
DCA Deanery dinner meetings (all at 6 p.m.):
Snyder: Our Lady of Guadalupe – Sunday, April 12
Brownfield: Lamesa Saint Margaret Mary-April 13
Plainview: Sacred Heart-Tuesday, April 14
Lubbock: Christ the King, Thursday, April 16
--World Meeting of Families – September 22-27, Philadelphia

--Saint Patrick’s Day Dance, March 14, 8-midnight, Saint John Neumann
--Jamaica, Saint Patrick’s, June 7, 12-7 .p.m.
--Jamaica, Saint Philip Idalou, June 14, Noon to ?
--Jamaica – July 11, Ralls Saint Michael, 3-11 p.m.
--Jamaica, Lockney San Jose, August 1
--Brownfield Saint Anthony – August 2, 12-8



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