pastoral update

The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications

February 24, 2014


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-Pray the Diocesan Prayer daily
-Spend time in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament
-Make a pilgrimage to Christ the King Cathedral
Fast from
-complaining and feast on thanksgiving
-social media and feast on family time or a parish ministry
-a meal once a week for the intention of the Episcopal Transition
-Organize or participate in a fundraiser for needs of the poor
-Donate to Catholic Charities
-Donate to the Bishop Rodriguez Seminarian Education Fund

LENTEN MISSIONMarch 1-4, 7-9 p.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 1120 52nd, Lubbock. Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, Catholic evangelist, will speak on: Marriage Covenant, The Real Meaning of Submission, Communication between Parents and Youth. Mass will be celebrated Monday-Wednesday @ 6 p.m.

MISION CUARESMAL--del 2 al 6 de Marzo, 7-9 p.m., con la familia Mejia Misionera. La Santa Misa se celebrará el lunes, martes y miércoles a las 6 p.m., 1120 52nd Street, Lubbock. Para más información, visite o llame al 806-763-0710.

YOUTH NIGHT AT OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE- All teens and youth leaders are invited to hear Deacon Harold Burke speak on Wednesday, March 4. Mass @ 6 p.m.,  followed by Deacon Burke’s talk. For more information please contact Deacon Jose Mora at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Lubbock at

PEOPLE OF FAITH AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY- The State of Texas will execute a death row inmate on Wednesday, March 11 .  The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#2267) teaches that the death penalty should be used very rarely, if ever.  If you have theological convictions or moral reservations about the use of the death penalty in our legal system, you are invited to an ecumenical prayer vigil 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.
YOUTH MINISTER TRAINING MEETING: March 14, 10 a.m.- Noon, "Planning Meaningful Prayer Services" with Tricia Vowels. Location TBA. Goes toward Youth Minister certification and you can start anytime (4-5 classes per year). Contact: 806-792-3943 ext. 230

FIAT DINNERThe Vocations Office invites all single women, 13-25, who desire to learn more about religious life, to a Mass of Thanksgiving, dinner and sharing with the religious sisters from the diocese on March 25, 6-8 p.m., Our Lady of the Angels Convent, 8202 CR 7700, Wolfforth. To register,contact Sister Olivia Rico: 806-792-3943 or Registration deadline-March 13.

Lenten Retreats & Other Events

ONE DAY LENTEN REFLECTION (BI-LINGUAL) - Saturday, February 28, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., offered by Father Brian Pierce, OP.  Everyone is invited. Please bring your Bible. Registration: 9:30 a.m. at Saint Elizabeth University Parish, Hanly Hall, 2305 Main Street, Lubbock. There is no cost for the day; lunch will be provided.  If you would like, you can attend the 5 p.m. Vigil Mass that evening. Come and spend a day reflecting on our Lenten Journey this year and how to make it a fruitful journey.

RETIRO DE MUJERES #25 - “Quien Me Ha Tocado?”….Jesus. March 6-7 (Sign in March 6 begins at 6 p.m.; March 7 begins with 8 a.m. Mass and runs until 3:30 p.m.). Catholic Renewal Center, 4th & Toledo
(en español) Speakers: Seminarian Jose De Dios and Deacon Benny & Adela Brito. To register, call:  Lupita Martinez (806) 747-1320, Adela Brito (806) 799-4223, or Molly Ramos (806) 577-1733

LENTEN YOUTH RETREAT- March 7, 9:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. (concludes with Mass), presented by  Diocesan Youth Office team. Prayer, music, activities, and much more! Saint Philip Benizi Hall, 10th & J, Shallowater. Fee of $10 includes meal. Youth from other  parishes are welcome. Contact: Belinda Aguilar 806-239-2556 or Youth office-806-792-3943 (ext. 218)

LENTEN RETREAT -- Saturday, March 14, 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The Sermon on the Mount:  Are we the Lord’s Fans or Followers? Our Lady of the Angels Convent, 8200 CR 7700, Wolfforth. Facilitator: Deacon Leroy Behnke.  This Lenten retreat is designed to help us cooperate with God’s grace in order to take a deep look at the core values of Christian discipleship as taught by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. . .to prayerfully discern if we’re more like fickle “fans” than faithful “followers”… and to dedicate ourselves to making any changes we need to make. Donation: $15/lunch included (scholarships available). To register: 806-863-4904 or


-Post Holy Cross, 109 S. Avenue K, All Fridays of Lent (no Good Friday), 5-7 p.m., $9/plate
-Shallowater Saint Philip, 10th & J, All Fridays of Lent – 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Fish and Shrimp with all the sides. $8/plate, $10 for combo. February 27 – Cheese enchiladas
-Anton Saint Anthony, Fourth & Lawrence Streets, All Fridays of Lent – 5:30-8 p.m. Fish and Shrimp with all the sides. $8/plate, $10 for combo
- Muleshoe Immaculate Conception, 806 E. Hickory Street, Friday February 20- March 27, 4:30-7 p.m., (806) 272-4167- Parish Center
-Lubbock Saint Patrick, 1603 Cherry Avenue, Friday February 20 & March 27, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
-Lubbock Christ the King, Family Activity Center, 4011 54th, February 20, 27 & March 6
6-8 p.m. Fried or baked fish w/sides & dessert. All you can eat Adults-$10, Children under 12-$5
Fish sticks available for kids. Sponsored by K of C
-Morton Saint Ann, 105 NE 8th street, Fridays of Lent, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Plates- $8
LENTEN MOVIE NIGHT- Shallowater Saint Philip, 10th and Avenue J, All Wednesdays of Lent – 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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.

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

SAVE THE DATE – Youth Rally – April 24 & 26, 2015

CONFIRMATION RETREAT – YEAR 1February 28, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Our Lady of the Angels Convent, 8200 CR 7700, Wolfforth.  Lunch and snacks are provided. An adult sponsor is needed for every 10 youth who attend. Please use the Diocesan “E” Form for liability and medical release. Registration Fee: $20.00 with scholarship available. Contact: Sister Mary Jane Alaniz OSF, (806) 863-4904,

CONFIRMATION RETREAT DATES FOR 2015- For candidates in the second year of preparation:
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.

MADE – Theology of the Body Retreat for Middle School Students, March 28, 12-9 p.m. “You Were Made for so Much More” - Saint Joseph Church, Rotan (303 E. Lee Street). $15 fee includes meals and shirt
Contact: Elizabeth Trevino (806-780-6853 or Parent session available for parents, sponsors & adults – 12-1 p.m. on retreat day.

Office for Vocations

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

8TH ANNUAL BISHOP’S DINNER GALA- Saturday, February 28, 6:30 p.m., Holy Spirit Parish, 9821 Frankford, Lubbock. Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus invite all to attend and join in dining, dancing and photo booth. Proceeds to benefit diocesan seminarians. General seating: $30/person; Msgr. Gene Driscoll table: $50/person; Bishop Plácido Rodriguez table: $100/person; Tables for 8 available: $400. For tickets, contact Jesse Garza-368-1540 or any Fourth Degree Knight.

DIOCESAN PASTORAL COUNCIL PLENARY MEETING -March 7, Bishop Sheehan Hall, Catholic Renewal Center, 4th & Toledo, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  All parish council members, priests, deacons, and sisters are encouraged to attend. For more information: Alicia Alvarez- 792-3943 or

ADVOCACY DAY: Attention Concerned Citizens of Texas: The 84th Texas Legislature has begun, and it’s important the Catholic voice be heard. Join us for the Texas Catholic Conference Advocacy Day on Tuesday, March 24 in Austin, TX. The diocese is providing bus transportation, meals and hotel lodging for the first 100 people to sign up and pay $35.00. Bus will leave early Monday, March 23, and return the evening of March 24th. Contact Rachel Martinez, Advocacy Day Co-Chair, at 806-792-3943 ext. 207 to reserve your space.

PILGRIMAGE TO MARIAN SHRINES WITH FATHER BILL- Christ the King Cathedral and Envoye Travel are planning a trip to Portugal, Spain and France to visit the Marian Shrines with Father Bill Anton.  You will leave on Monday, August 3 and return on Wednesday, August 12.  Visit Fatima, Santiago de Compostela, Santander, Lourdes and Paris.  For more information contact Beverly Wink in the Parish Office at 792-6168 x230 or

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Catholic Charities Resale Center is seeking volunteers to come in and help at the Donation Center (2218 34tth) on Tuesdays. Retirees, stay-at-home moms, etc. are invited to volunteer.
For more information, please contact Efrain Duarte: 806-765-8475 ext. 105, or

CATHOLIC CHARITIES VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION BANQUET is scheduled for April 10. Each parish is asked to nominate a volunteer to be recognized at this annual dinner. Please take this opportunity to recognize those who do so much for your parishes.  Deadline to turn in the form is March 6th. Contact Kathy Hart: 806-765-8475 x 117

NIGHT TO REMEMBER BASKETS: Catholic Charities Night to Remember is scheduled for June 7.  We at Catholic Charities ask each parish to provide a themed basket of $100 value for the event. It is a tradition in our diocese for parishes to put together and donate a special basket of goods/services based on a theme for our silent auction. Theme possibilities are endless: relaxation, picnic, crafts, sports, fun-in-the-sun, ethnic foods/dining, collectibles, holidays, nostalgia, and beauty, to name a few. This is a fun way to involve parish organizations.  If you would rather make a donation, we’ll be glad to help put a basket together for you. Smaller parishes could put one together as a group.  Deadline to turn in baskets is Thursday May 14th. Contact Kathy Hart: 806-765-8475 x 117, or

HYMNALS NEEDED:  Immaculate Conception Church in Dimmitt is seeking used Breaking Bread hymnals (2013 or 2014). Anyone that can donate them, please contact Bea Acker: 806-647-7006 or

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Catholic Charities Resale Center is seeking volunteers to come in and help at the Donation Center (2218 34tth) on Tuesdays. Retirees, stay-at-home moms, etc. are invited to volunteer.
For more information, please contact Efrain Duarte: 806-765-8475 ext. 105, or

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

Office of Stewardship and Development / Catholic Foundation 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS: Second Sunday of Lent Weekend of February 28 / March 1, 2015 - The Gospel story of the transfiguration of Jesus holds many lessons; the most prominent being the transformation of Jesus from simply being perceived as a wise and gifted prophet to the one who has fulfilled the sacred traditions of the Mosaic law and the hope of the prophets - the Messiah, the Christ. The Lord calls his stewards personally to participate in His redemptive activity. Heeding this call requires transformation, being willing to renounce patterns of behavior that draw us away from God and to embrace habits that reveal goodness and generosity. In this coming week of Lent, let us pray for the wisdom to be transformed in our daily lives, so that we may walk more authentically in the footsteps of Jesus.
Segundo Domingo de Cuaresma Fin de Semana del 28 de Febrero al 1 de Marzo de 2015 - La historia del Evangelio acerca de la transfiguración de Jesús, tiene muchas lecciones; la más importante es la de la transformación de Jesús, de haber sido percibido simplemente como un profeta sabio y con grandes dones a ser aquel que ha completado las sagradas tradiciones de la ley Mosaica y la esperanza de los profetas, el Mesías, el Cristo. El Señor llama personalmente a sus corresponsables a participar en Su actividad redentora. Atender a este llamado requiere transformación, estar dispuestos a renunciar a los patrones de conducta que nos alejan de Dios, y a abrazar hábitos que muestren bondad y generosidad. En esta semana entrante de Cuaresma, oremos por la gracia de ser transformados en nuestra vida diaria, para que así podamos caminar más auténticamente siguiendo las huellas de Jesús.
To access the entire month of readings, please see Stewardship e-bulletin:

Retreats/ Spiritual Development

RACHEL’S VINEYARD-“I sought the Lord and He answered me; He  delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”       -Psalm 34:4-5
Come on a Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat and let Him deliver you from all your fears. Allow Him to remove any shame of your abortion and fill you with His love.  Confidential contact for March 13-15, 2015 Retreat: and 806-577-5912.
- “Glorifiquen conmigo al Señor, alabemos Su nombre todos juntos. Busqué al Señor: Él me respondió y me libró de todos mis temores. Miren hacia Él y quedarán resplandecientes, y sus rostros no se avergonzarán.”               -Salmo 34:4-5
Venga a un Retiro del Viñedo de Raquel™ y deje que Dios lo libere de sus temores. Permita que le quite su vergüenza y déjese llenar de Su amor. 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

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
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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:   March 10                       DEADLINE:   February 25                                                               

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
--April 21-25 – Monica Ashour, Theology of the Body events
--April 24 & 25—Youth Rally
--Catholic Charities Night to Remember- June 7th
--World Meeting of Families – September 22-27, Philadelphia
--June 7, Lubbock Saint Theresa, Mass @10 a.m.,-jamaica until 7 p.m.
-- Saint Patrick’s, June 7, 12-7 .p.m.
-- Saint Philip Idalou, June 14, Noon to ?
--Wolfforth Saint Francis, June 14, 12-7 p.m.
--July 11, Ralls Saint Michael, 3-11 p.m.
--July 12, Tahoka Saint Jude, 12-10 p.m.
--July 18,  Abernathy Saint Isidore, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
--July 19, Woodrow San Ramon, 12-7 p.m.
--July 19, Saint John Neumann, 12:30-8:00 p.m.
--July 26, Lubbock OL of Guadalupe-11 a.m-9:30 p.m
--July 26, O’Donnell Saint Pius X, 12-8 p.m.
-- Lockney San Jose, August 1
--Brownfield Saint Anthony – August 2, 12-8
--August 15, Slaton OL Guadalupe, Noon-12 a.m.



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