Pastoral Update

The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications

August 23, 2016


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TRAINING FOR ADULT CIA LEADERS: For those taking the challenge of keeping our youth in the faith after Confirmation, Sister Jane & D’Maris will be coming to each deanery for a two-hour workshop on a program for those youth who have been confirmed,(CONFIRMED IN ACTION) in your parish.
August 23 – Brownfield Deanery, Saint Margaret Mary, Lamesa 7:00 pm  (date change)
August 25 – Plainview Deanery, Sacred Heart, Littlefield 7:00 pm
August 29 – Snyder Deanery, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Snyder 7:00pm  (date change)
If youth leaders are unable to attend their deanery training, the Youth Office is willing to come to your parish. CIA leaders may also attend the workshop in another deanery, if they wish.

FOOD PANTRY HELP - Catholic Charities' food pantry is in need of donations.  During the summer months of June and July, Catholic Charities assisted a total of 89 household members with basic food items. Items can be dropped off at their main office, 102 Ave J, Lubbock 79401 or at the Resale Center 1505 34th Street. Monetary donations are also accepted. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated! Please see

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Have a little free time on your hands? Catholic Charities is always in need of volunteers. Please call 806-765-8475 or the Resale Center at 806-763-8315 for more information, and/or see

YOUTH NIGHT “ALIVE” - Saturday, September 10 @8 p.m. (doors will open at 7:30pm), Saint Elizabeth Church, 2316 Broadway, Lubbock. Nationally known speaker Paul J. Kim, and hosts Father Joseph Palacios and Father Francis Orozco. Adoration, Praise & Worship and more!. $10 admission before 9/10, $15 at the door. For more information: Nelson Rodriguez- 806-319-0700 or

WELCOME NEW BISHOP ADS: Prepare to welcome the third Bishop of Lubbock with us. Purchase your congratulatory advertisement space—EARLY—for a special magazine edition of the South Plains Catholic. This full-color, glossy magazine edition will be published as the edition for the month of the ordination/installation Mass. All parishes, church organization, other dioceses, religious leaders and civic officials, businesses and individuals of good will are invited to purchase a full-color ad in one of four sizes: Full page ($1200), Half page ($650), quarter page ($350), and Welcome blessing (2-3 lines of text)  ($100). Reserve your space today: Contact Jim Christy, 806-239-0345 or or Pat Behnke, 806-792-3943 or

FREE PRENATAL CLASSESfor new and well-seasoned parents. The six-class series offered by Community Health Clinics will provide education on healthy pregnancy and your baby’s development. Door prizes and a chance to receive free baby items will be provided. Call Yvonne Carrillo at 806-765-2611 ext. 1310 to register or for more information.

LUBBOCK LIFE CHAIN –- Sunday, October 2, 2:00-3:30 p.m., 67th and Indiana. Contact information:
Lawrence D’Souza- 806-780-6853; Sandy Cisneros – 806-473-7592.  Please park on the north side of the Nurturing Center (3303 66th street) or at Melanie Park Church (66th & Indiana)
ROSARY IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE: Rosary Rally, October 15 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Lubbock. For more information: Leslie Castanon


Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

SAFE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM TRAINING  - August 23 @ 7 p.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 52nd & L, Lubbock. For more information, please contact Alicia Alvarez – 792-3943 x222;
August 27 @ 9 a.m., Saint Theresa, Hale Center. For more information, please contact Alicia Alvarez – 792-3943 x222;
August 27 @ 10 a.m., St John Neumann – Education Building, 22nd & Frankford. For more information, please contact Alicia Alvarez – 792-3943 x222;

Office of Marriage and Family Life


Office for Youth


Office for Vocations


Parishes & Around the Diocese

UPCOMING  JAMAICA: August 28 - Pep Saint Philip Neri, 12-8 p.m.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES YOUTH & FAMILY PROGRAM provides youth skills-building counseling through the S.T.A.R. program. S.T.A.R. (Services to At Risk Youth) offers short-term services to youth ages 0-17 and their families who are dealing with conflict at home, school attendance issues, delinquency, or have a youth who runs away from home. S.T.A.R. services are not for families with an open CPS investigation or youth who have been adjudicated delinquent by a juvenile court. All services are free of charge. Call 806-765-8475 and ask a youth case manager for more information.

PEOPLE OF FAITH AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY - The State of Texas will execute one death row inmate Wednesday,  August 31.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#2267) teaches that the death penalty should be used very rarely, if ever. The U.S. has executed 15 persons in 2016.  Please join in an ecumenical prayer vigil during the approximate time of the actual execution (5:45-6:15pm), at   the corner of 15th. & University. across from TTU in front of St. John’s UMC.  Questions?  Call St. John Neumann parishioner Anne Cochran -795-9745.  Executions were stayed for inmates due to be executed on August 23 & 24.

PARENTING CLASSES – August 30 Autism Academy – Dr. David Jenkins, LISD. Family Guidance Center, 5 Briercroft Office Park, Lubbock. Call 806-747-5577 to register.

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:
August 24: “Saint Monica and the Power of Persistent Prayer” - Presented by Tricia Vowels
Many of us give up on prayer when we don't get the answer we want WHEN we want it. For nearly two decades, Saint Monica prayed for her wayward son. Years and years of prayers, seemingly unanswered. Countless tears shed with no relief. Yet she would not give up. That very act of persistent prayer blessed the entire Church, for we have all benefitted from the conversion of her son, Augustine, who became one of the most revered saints of all time. Parents of any age or at any stage can cultivate the same virtues in prayer that Saint Monica discovered during her long wait for God's answer for her child. In this en-coun-ter with Saint Monica, Tricia will encourage us not to give up, because persistence in prayer can change everything – for you, your children, and maybe even the world.


Office for Finance


Catholic School News

OPEN ENROLLMENT –for grades Pre-K-5th at Saint Joseph Catholic School (806- 828-6761) in Slaton, and at Christ the King Cathedral Schools (806-792-8283) for Pre-K through 12th grades. Call today to secure a place for your child(ren). Scholarships are available.

HOLY SPIRIT PARENTS DAY OUT & PRESCHOOL - The only Catholic Parents Day Out in Lubbock. Three different options:  Monday thru Thursday from 8:30-2:45; Mondays and Wednesday 8:30-2:45; or Tuesday and Thursday 8:30-2:45. With extended stay option until 4:30. Please call the Holy Spirit PDO office at 698-1668 for more information or

Office of Stewardship and Development / Catholic Foundation 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS: Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 27/28- In today’s Gospel, Jesus challenges the social structure of the Pharisees and teaches his hosts and their guests some profound lessons in humility. Pharisees maintained deep social divisions between who they considered “holy” and “unholy,” rich and poor, honored and despised. They didn’t invite someone to a banquet or dinner who couldn’t recip­rocate. And the lowly, the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind had no capacity to reciprocate. Good stewards realize that if they embrace a humility that allows them to be generous to those who cannot repay them, they give evidence of having the kind of heart that will enjoy the Lord’s intimate friendship. This week let’s re­flect on our attitude towards those who cannot repay our generosity. What is the extent of our hospitality toward oth­ers? Are we generous with those who cannot repay us?
Vigésimo Segundo Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario- En el Evangelio de hoy, Jesús desafía la estructura social de los fariseos y enseña a sus anfitriones y sus huéspedes algunas lecciones profundas en humildad. Los fariseos mantienen arraigadas divisiones sociales entre quienes ellos consideraban “santo” y “profano,” rico y pobre, honrado y despreciado. Ellos no invitaban a nadie a un banquete o a una cena que no pudiera responder de manera recíproca. Y el modesto, el pobre, el paralítico, el cojo y el ciego no tenían la capacidad para corresponder. Los buenos corresponsables son conscientes de que si ellos abrazan la humildad que les permita ser generosos con aquellos que no pueden corresponder, ellos dan evidencia de tener la bondad de corazón que disfrutará la amistad íntima con el Señor. Esta semana reflexionemos sobre nuestra actitud hacia quienes no pueden corresponder a nuestra
To access the entire month of readings, please see Stewardship Reflections


Retreats/ Spiritual Development

A.C.T.S. RETREAT UPDATE: Women’s Acts #32 November 3-6to ensure your slot Register online at or contact Maria Chavira at or 469-507-1454. The fee for Retreats is $180 per person, partial scholarships available.

RACHEL’S CORNER-  Abortion is an experience that leaves many women feeling angry.  A woman may aim her post-abortion anger at her husband, boyfriend, parents, friends, the abortionist and even herself.  You are not alone.  We can help you find peace.       Next retreat Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016.
Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912.
RINCON DE RAQUELEl aborto es una experiencia que deja a muchas mujeres con sentimientos de ira. La mujer puede apuntar su coraje post-aborto en contra de su esposo, novio, padres, amigos, abortista, e incluso en contra de sí misma.   Tu no estas sola.  Podemos ayudarte a encontrar Paz.  Del Viñedo de Raquel, 30 Sept.- 2 OctConfidential contact: and 806-577-5912.

For EWTN programming see:


Recurring (Weekly) Activities

YOUNG ADULT/PROFESSIONALS FAITH GROUPMondays @ 8 p.m., Lubbock Saint Elizabeth Pallotti Building.   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 -suspended until Fall semester

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 more information: 607-226-6398 or

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

FIRST SATURDAY DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET-  3 p.m. at Christ the King Cathedral, 4011 54th Street, to venerate the image of the Divine Mercy and to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

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 Tuesdays, 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.

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

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EDITION DATE:    August 14         DEADLINE:       August 3

Marriage Jubilee – Sunday, October 2 @3 p.m.
October 1 – Raider Promise Fundraising Banquet @6:30 p.m.
October 2 – Life Chain @2:30 p.m., 67th and Indiana
October 4 Red Mass with Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, 6 p.m.
October 15, Rosary in the Public Square: Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Lubbock
October 22, White Mass, 5:30 p.m.
October 29, Catechetical & Ministries Conference, Lubbock Civic Center
November 3 – NurtureLife Banquet @6:30 p.m.
November 4- Seminarian Fundraising Dinner
November 20—Year of Mercy Closing Ceremony, 11 a.m.
Footsteps in Faith – February 4 & 5, 2017
April 4, 2017 - Advocacy day at the Capitol
Family Summer Camp- June 19-22, 2017

September 4 – Levelland Saint Michael, 10-9
September 4 – Snyder Our Lady of Guadalupe, 9-9  
September 10- Rotan Saint Joseph
September 18 – Haskell Saint George, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
September 18 – Sacred Heart Plains, 11-7
September 24 – Spur Saint Mary
September 24 – Seminole Saint James Fall Festival, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
October 16 – Slaton Saint Joseph Sausage & Fun Fest, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.





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