pastoral update

The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications

April 26, 2016


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DCA SUNDAY – May 1, 2016. The annual Diocesan Catholic Appeal Proclaim the Mercy of the Father is taken up today in all diocesan churches. Please prayerfully consider your commitments to the diocese.

LAY DOMINICAN FORMATION:  A group of inquirers is just beginning Lay Dominican Formation,  meeting monthly to enjoy fellowship, to pray Lectio Divina with the Gospel from the day, and to discuss previously assigned reading materials. Next meeting is Sunday, May 1 at Saint Elizabeth Conference Center, 2324 Broadway, at 3 p.m. If you are interested in joining our group, please contact Renée Underwood, facilitator for the Diocese of Lubbock Lay Dominican Group, 806-928-0463 or

GROUNDBREAKING: Sunday, May 1, 1:30 p.m., groundbreaking for new John Saleh Catholic Student Center, parish picnic. Event will take place east of Saint Elizabeth Parish Chapel, 2301 Main, Lubbock.

CURSILLO FOR MEN – May 5-8,  Catholic Renewal Center. Contact Deacon Joe Morin – 806-543-5686

HOPE & HEALING PRAYER – Friday, May 6 @7p.m., Christ the King Cathedral, 4011 54th, Lubbock.
A ministry of diocesan deacons and their wives, the evening consists of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, reflection from a priest or deacon, prayers for healing of spiritual, emotional, mental or physical suffering, followed by Benediction. For more information: Deacon Max Perea, 806-239-9899,

MEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP, Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m., Christ the King Cathedral Parlor.
The Life and Thought of Saint Thomas Aquinas presented by Carl Sundell, a Professor Emeritus of English and Humanities at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Massachusetts. He co-authored Of This We Are All Witnesses: An Illustrated History of the Diocese of Lubbock, and numerous other Catholic publications. There is a speaker the first Saturday of each month. All are welcome, not just men. No RSVP required. Just show up. For more information contact Don Slease at 747-6890.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Saturday, May 14, 1 p.m. Shotgun Start, Shadow Hills Golf Course. Four-person scramble. Sponsorship opportunities available. To register/for more information: Lori McComas, 806-795-8283 or or Christy Duran, 806-795-8283, Proceeds benefit Stacie Piercy George Scholarship and Christ the King Athletic Program.

GRILL MASTER COOK-OFF- All are invited to a BBQ cook off May 14, 5-8pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 52nd and Avenue L, Lubbock. Spots are still available to those interested in showing off grill master BBQ skills. Entry fee is $50. Prizes will be given for best of show, People’s Choice Award, and recognition for 2nd and 3rd places. Exhibition booths for companies that wish to promote their business are $25. To just come and enjoy the festivities, it is $10 pre-order to get in and $15 at the gate,  which allows you  to sample the BBQ, listen to great music, face painting for the kids, soda and water available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased at the church office. All proceeds go to Our Lady of Guadalupe Fundraiser. Please contact Christina Perez at  

PRIESTS’ WELLNESS SCREENINGSAll priests in the diocese- Save the Date-- May 26, for Priest Wellness Day at Covenant Lifestyle Centre, Building 17. You must have an appointment. Please check with Jeannie Rodriguez, 806-792-3943 ext. 216 or More information will be mailed.

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

SAFE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM TRAINING- May 7, 10 a.m.- 1:00 pm, Office for Evangelization and Catechesis, 4620 4th Street, Lubbock. Contact: Alicia Alvarez,

“Kids And Prayer” with Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS- In a very colorful and interesting way Br. Mickey  McGrath & his friends address the following topics: What is Prayer? Why Do We Pray? How Do We Pray? Where Do We Pray? For children’s CCE classes.
“Beatitudes, Our Blessings” helps us look at the Beatitudes as blessings or gifts rather than simply challenges for moral living. This DVD can be used for Adult Ed Classes, RCIA, High School, Prayer Groups, Bible Study Groups. To check out these DVDs, contact Rose Martin ( or 806-792-2234 ex.224

Office of Marriage and Family Life

CATHOLIC ENGAGED ENCOUNTER (CEE) –June 3-5, 2016,  Mercy Retreat Center, Slaton. Cost is $225/couple. CEE provides quality marriage preparation for couples planning to marry in the Catholic Church. Non-Catholics are also welcome. 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. Checks should be made out to Lubbock CEE, mailed to Family Life Office, Diocese of Lubbock, Box 98700, Lubbock, TX 79499-8700.

Office for Youth

TEEN ACTS RETREAT #9 – July 14-17. The Teen Directors are Savina Moreno and Michael King.  The Spiritual Companion is Tina Mendez, with Father John Ohlig as the Spiritual Director. Registration is $180 and is available online at or contact Robin Grosz at (806)777-6137 with questions.

CONFIRMATION RETREAT-DiocesanMay 6-8, Snyder Deanery and any other youth who have not made a retreat. Mercy Retreat Center, Slaton. Fee: $95 (includes 5 meals, two nights lodging, t-shirt, retreat materials and band. Scholarships available. Begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday and concludes with family sharing at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Parents meet their teens on Sunday for Mass, lunch, a retreat summary and faith-sharing.
Contact: Sister Jane- 806-792-3943 ext. 230 or

Office for Vocations

NUN RUN – Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. All single, Catholic women ages 13-25 are invited to join in a ‘nun run’ to visit the convents in the diocese. Participants will have the opportunity to walk or run one mile with the sisters. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as transportation, will be provided. For more information or to register, contact Sister Olivia Rico (806)792-3943 or orico@catholiclubbock.orgDeadline to register- April 22. Everyone will meet at Saint Francis Convent, 4305 54th Street, Lubbock.

Parishes & Around the Diocese

SAINT ISIDORE RURAL LIFE MASS - Monday, May 2 @ 6:00 p.m., celebrated by Bishop Placido Rodriguez at the Hector & Christina Hernandez Farm, 120 Well Road, Plainview. Directions from Lubbock: North on I-27 to Plainview, take Exit 56; Drive 1/2 mile to County Road 20, Turn right, travel one mile, left on Well Road. Bring soil, seeds and/or plants to be blessed. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. For more information: Doug Hlavaty-806-777-0640 or;   Hernandez home: 806-292-5464  In case of inclement weather, celebration will be moved to Sacred Heart Church, 2801 N. Columbia, Plainview.
ROGATION DAY MASSESMay 3, #1 – San Lorenzo Church, Lorenzo, 9 a.m., Prayers for the Land;
May 4 #2—San Ramon Church, Woodrow, 9 a.m., Prayers for the Seed; May 5, #3—Saint Theresa Church, Hale Center, 9 a.m.; Prayers of Thanksgiving

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 to have your photo 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 13, 2016. 

RUNNING2RESCUE - foot race, fundraiser, will be held June 4 @ 8 a.m. at Mackenzie Park in Lubbock. It’s a tool to raise awareness about human trafficking, and restore hope to the victims. All proceeds of the race benefit OneVo!ceHome and will provide these precious girls a second chance at life. To sign up for the race:

COOKING/NUTRITION CLASSES will be offered by Catholic Charities during May (Wednesdays 4, 11, 18 & 25 @ 10 a.m.) and June (Thursdays 7, 14, 21, & 28 @ 6 p.m.). Dietitian appointments available. Contract Nutrition and Wellness Department for more information and to register for classes: 806-765-8475 or

SAFE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM TRAINING- May 7, 10 a.m.- 1:00 pm, Office for Evangelization and Catechesis, 4620 4th Street, Lubbock. Contact: Alicia Alvarez,

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.
April 27:“An Encounter with Five South Plains Catholic Pioneers” Presented by Deacon Leroy Behnke
A conquistador whose army camped in Blanco Canyon -- while on a star-crossed quest for riches… A priest who said Mass less than 50 miles east of Lubbock -- then went on to become America’s first Christian martyr… A nun who brought the Gospel to the Jumano Indians in Ransom Canyon -- without ever leaving Spain… A shepherd who -- long before there were any cattle ranches or cotton farms on these plains -- brought a flock of 30,000 sheep to Tahoka…. A German immigrant who built this area’s first permanent home -- and welcomed Billy the Kid as a guest... Encounter your Catholic heritage come alive as hobby historian Deacon Leroy Behnke paints the colorful history of our Catholic roots here on the Llano Estacado and High South Plains of West Texas.
May 4: “How Predatory Lending Affects You”- Presented by Stephanie Smith, Ed George and Dario Rendon
We have all seen the commercials and storefronts promising “speedy cash” and “easy money” loans. Of course, there is no such thing as free money. Payday and auto title lenders instead exploit a loophole in Texas Law in order to charge outrageous fees and interest rates that trap low-income borrowers in a dangerous cycle of debt. Texas bishops have prioritized ending this form of usury as one of its top public policy goals, and invite you to this current and connected en-coun-ter to learn how you can join in the effort to end financial exploitation.

Office for Finance


Catholic School News

OPEN HOUSE – SAINT JOSEPH  CATHOLIC SCHOOL- All are invited to an Open House April 26, 6-7:30 p.m., at Saint Joseph Catholic School, 1305 W. Division, Slaton. You’re invited to come and learn how our programs will benefit you and your child. All faith traditions welcome. Enrollment packets for students pre-K-5th grade will be available. Full and part-time pre-K program, quality education, scholarships and financial assistance available, small class size, affordable. For more information: 806-828-6561.

SUBSTITUTES NEEDED:  Both Christ the King and Saint Joseph Schools are accepting applications for substitute teachers. E-mail inquiries can be sent to Substitute teachers must have at least 30 hours of college level credit, provide references, complete Safe Environment Training (SET) and complete a background check.

Office of Stewardship and Development / Catholic Foundation 

FOUNDATION GRANTS - The Catholic Foundation of cfLubbock restricts its grants to parishes and ministries within the 25 county Diocese of Lubbock. Don't miss your opportunity to receive FREE funding this year. Open to any parish, Catholic school or organization within the diocese. Grants will be approved in the amounts of $500, $750 or $1,000, and applications are due by Monday, May 15 at 5:00 p.m. Applications can be found at, must have the approval of the pastor and include his signature. Only one grant application will be funded per parish/school/organization. The Catholic Foundation Board of Directors will consider grant applications in June and all applicants will be notified and checks disbursed no later than June 30. For more information, please contact Rachel Martinez at 806-792-3943 extension 207, or

OCP GRANTS - If your parish is in financial need in the areas of liturgy or music, apply online today!  Grants applications are being accepted until May 30.  Visit for the application, FAQ, overview and eligibility.  En Espanol: For more information, contact the Office of Stewardship and Development, 806-792-3943.

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS:Sixth Sunday of Easter - April 30/May 1- In today’s Gospel we listen to some of the last words Jesus spoke on the night before his death, but they are words that prepared his disciples for his physical departure from them forty days after his resurrection. Jesus speaks of coming back with his Father so that they can make their home in the disciples who love them. Our notion of the Triune God is one who is prepared to come and live within each of us. But God waits patiently to be invited into our hearts; our inner space. God is neither demanding nor intrusive. How do we make our hearts the home where Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit dwell?  How do we welcome this sacred presence?
Sexto Domingo de Pascua- En el Evangelio de hoy nosotros escuchamos algunas de las últimas palabras que Jesús pronunció la noche anterior a su muerte, pero estas son palabras que prepararon a sus discípulos para su partida física cuarenta días después de su resurrección. Jesús habla de volver con su Padre, a fin de que ellos puedan hacer su morada en aquellos discípulos que les amen. Nuestra noción de Dios Trino y Uno es la de aquel que está preparado para venir y vivir dentro de cada uno de nosotros. Sin embargo, Dios espera pacientemente a ser invitado dentro de nuestros corazones; a nuestro espacio interior, Dios no es demandante ni intrusivo. ¿Qué hacemos nosotros para que nuestros corazones sean el hogar donde Jesús, el Padre, y el Espíritu Santo habiten? ¿Cómo acogemos nosotros esta sagrada presencia?  
To access the entire month of readings, please see Stewardship Reflections

Retreats/ Spiritual Development

WOMEN’S ACTS RETREAT #31 – June 9-12, 2016. Lay Director is Renée Underwood and Co-Director is Patti Douglass.  The Spiritual Companion is Juanita Casarez. Sign up now before all slots are reserved. Registration is $180 and is available online at or by contacting Maria Trevino at or 469-507-1454 with questions.

MEN’S ACTS RETREAT - August 18-21- Registration Information: cost is $180. Register online at or contact Maria Trevino at or 469-507-1454 (Teen ACTS) Robin Grosz at 806-777-6137.

RACHEL’S CORNER  "On that sacred weekend retreat I finally found the peace and healing that I had been longing for over the past 15 years.”     - RV Retreat Participant
Call Rachel Vineyard Ministries.  We can help you find healing and peace after abortion. Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912. 
RINCON DE RAQUEL -“En aquel sagrado retiro de fin de semana finalmente encontré paz y sanación  que ya tengo por más de 15 años.”  - Participante del Retiro Raquel
Llama a Ministerios de Raquel.  Nosotros podemos ayudarte a encontrar paz después del aborto.  Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912. 

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Recurring (Weekly) Activities

YOUNG ADULT FAITH GROUPMondays @ 8 p.m., Lubbock Saint Elizabeth Pallotti Building.  For Catholic young adults and young professionals, who wish to grow deeper in their Catholic faith. Discussions include faith-based topics and reflections on the upcoming Sunday scriptures. Social events are also planned. 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 - Wednesday, 12:10 p.m. on Campus in Kent Hance Chapel.

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 ACTIVITIES FOR OCTOBER - For more information: 607-226-6398 or

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

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.

GRIEF SHARE program 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

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:    May 8         DEADLINE:       April27

Catholic War Vets Memorial Mass- May 30, 11 a.m., CTK
Night to Remember – June 5, 6:30 p.m.
Presbyteral Ordinations- June 11, 2016, Deacons Jose de Dios Gonzalez & Jonathan Phillips
Diaconal Ordination – August 6, 2016, Jacob Powell
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 20—Year of Mercy Closing Ceremony, 11 a.m.

June 4 – Crosbyton San Jose, 3:00 p.m.
June 5 – Lubbock Saint Patrick
June 12 – Lubbock Saint Theresa, 11-9
June 12—Idalou Saint Philip, 10-8
June 12—Wolfforth Saint Francis, 12-7 p.m
June 12—Olton Saint Peter, 10:30-5:30 p.m.
June 25—Seagraves Saint Paul
June 26—Lubbock Saint Joseph, 11-8
July 9 – Anton Saint Anthony, Noon-9 p.m.
July 10 - Christ the King
July 17- Woodrow San Ramon, 12-8 p.m.
July 24 – Lubbock Our Lady of Guadalupe
July 24—Wilson Blessed Sacrament, 11-7
July 24—Morton Saint Ann, 11-8
July 30 – Brownfield Saint Anthony, 12-8 p.m.
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 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 p.m.
August 14- Pep Saint Philip Neri, 12-8 p.m.
August 21 – Shallowater Saint Philip, 11-8
September 4 – Levelland Saint Michael, 1-9 p.m.
September 10- Rotan Saint Joseph
September 24 – Spur Saint Mary





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