pastoral update

The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications

April 21, 2015


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GRACE BEFORE MEALS – Father Leo Patalinghug, STL, host and creator of EWTN’s Grace Before Meals and featured on other networks nationally, will be the speaker for two nights at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 1120 52nd Street, Lubbock. An Evening for Couples“Spicing up Married Life” - Saturday, May 2, 6-8 p.m. $35/couple includes meal. Register at or by calling 806-763-0710. If you register online, mail $35 to Evening for Couples, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, PO Box 3947, Lubbock, TX  79452. 
Also featured is Youth NightSunday, May 3, 5-7 p.m. Free, no registration required! For more information on Father Leo, please see

FIRST FRIDAY FISH FRY – May 1, 5-7 p.m., Holy Cross Parish, Post. All are welcome

LEARN TO COOK CLASSES – May 6-27, Free nutrition classes, cooking classes, dietitian appointments.
Contact Catholic Charities, Nutrition & Wellness Department, 806-765-8475 or

CURSILLO FOR WOMEN – May 21-24,  in English. For information: Deacon Joe Morin, 806-543-5686

MEMORIAL DAY MASS:  Catholic War Veterans will host a Memorial Day Mass on May 25 @11 a.m. at Christ the King Cathedral.  All are welcome to attend.

TEEN ACTS (TACTS) RETREATJuly 16-19. For information:  Ignacio Vasquez, TACTS Liaison- 806-790-6422 or Online:   Please mail your registration form (Parts A and B) to: ACTS Community of Lubbock, P.O. Box 16827, Lubbock, TX  79416. Please include the fee of $150. A minimum deposit of $75.00 is required to be put on the list; the entire $150 is due before the retreat. Make checks payable to: ACTS Community of Lubbock. If cancellation is made within one week of the retreat, $50 of the retreat fee will be retained.

CATHOLIC FOUNDATION GRANTS TO PARISHES:  The Catholic Foundation awards grants to Catholic parishes, schools and organizations. Thanks to the generosity of its donors and to favorable earnings on investments, The Catholic Foundation has increased the total grant distribution to $15,000 this year.  Individual grant awards will be for $500, $750 or $1,000. Any parish/parish organization or Catholic school within the Diocese of Lubbock may apply for these grants. Projects may include, but are not limited to, construction or renovation projects, youth activities, equipment or software, catechetical materials, scholarships, start-up expenses for new projects, retreats, and so on. Only one request will be funded per school or parish/parish organization. Application must include the signature of the pastor. Application forms are available at Completed applications are due via email, fax, postal mail or delivery to the Catholic Foundation on or before 5 p.m. on May 15. Applications will be reviewed and recipients selected by the Catholic Foundation Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting. Parishes and projects will be notified of decisions and will receive grant funds no later than June 30. For more information,  please contact Rachel Martinez at 806-792-3943 extension 207, or

Peace and Justice Ministries

The Texas Catholic Conference (TCC) tries to be judicious in issuing alerts and does so when contact from constituents will make a difference at a critical moment in furthering the agenda of the Bishops of Texas. You may direct questions to Jeffery Patterson, TCC Executive Director, at 

PEOPLE OF FAITH AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY- The State of Texas will execute a death row inmate on Thursday April 23 & Tuesday, April 28.   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.

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

ARISE MISSION TRAINING:  The Mission is a parish-wide event which is offered to "inspire in all the faithful a true longing for holiness, a deep desire for conversion and a personal renewal." (St. John Paul II)   It also provides an opportunity for the entire parish to reflect and celebrate and share our faith.
Contact:  Alicia Alvarez: (806) 792-3943 ext. 222. The ARISE Mission Trainings are scheduled by deanery:
April 21-Brownfield Saint Anthony, 7 p.m.; April 23-Plainview Our Lady of Guadalupe, 7 p.m.;
April 25-Catholic Renewal Center, 10 a.m.-Noon.

Office of Marriage and Family Life

CATHOLIC MOMS OF LUBBOCK meet every Thursday (weather permitting) for a family picnic on the lawn of the Diocese, 4620 4th Street, at noon. Check for updates.

CATHOLIC ENGAGED ENCOUNTER (CEE) – April 24-26- Mercy Retreat Center, Slaton. Cost is $225/couple. CEE provides quality marriage preparation for couples planning to marry in the Catholic Church, but non-Catholics are also welcome to attend. For more information, contact Richard & Elaine Ybarra, 806-792-3943 ext 231,, or see (New 2015 brochure on website—note change in fee.)  Late registration fee of $60 will be charged for registration with two weeks before your weekend. Please make checks out to Lubbock CEE, mail to Family Life Office, Diocese of Lubbock, Box 98700, Lubbock, TX 79499-8700. Weekends are also scheduled for: April 24-26, June 5-7, Oct 9-11, 2015.

Office for Youth

YOUTH RALLY – “Made in His Image” - April 24: Registration 5:30–6:30 p.m.; Rally Activities 6:30–10 p.m.; April 25: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Keynote Speakers: Sean Forrest:  nationally known and a favored Steubenville speaker; and Monica Ashour: Director of TOBET, Theology of the Body Evangelization Team in Austin. Fill out a Group Registration form and send to, or to Diocesan Youth Office, PO Box 98700, Lubbock 79499.  Fee increases to $25 after April 20, and correct T-shirt sizes are not insured. Payment can be made the rally, but names must be submitted by April 20.  Bring payment along with Form E (found online at for each youth.

CONFIRMATION RETREAT: Saturday, May 16, Saint Joseph Church Parish Center, 19th & Division Streets, Slaton. This retreat is being designed to draw students closer to the Holy Spirit and make ready to receive the Spirit. Any confirmation candidate (any high school student is welcome). Schedule: 8 a.m.– Registration; 8:30 – begin; 12:00 – lunch; Exposition and Adoration; 5:30 p.m. Mass. Cost:  $5 for lunch. Bring a bible. Contact: Dan Franklin -

Office for Vocations

For young men: QUO VADIS CAMP - Tuesday, August 4 – Friday, August 7, 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 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

MARRIAGE RALLY – Come one, come all! Saturday, April 25, 12-3 p.m., Catholic Renewal Center, 4th & Toledo, Lubbock. (Also will be present at 10:30 at Christ the King Cathedral, 4011 54th, during the Youth Rally.) The Marriage Rally is sponsored by the Marriage and Family Life Office in support of the March for Marriage in Washington, D.C. happening at the same time. The US Bishops have approved and strongly encourage participation in these rallies: Marriage = One Man + One Woman.  The Marriage March is scheduled three days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the constitutionality of states preserving the legal definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Two of the bishops supporting the March wrote: “This will be an opportunity to stand for the good of marriage in our nation, to pray for our Supreme Court justices, and to demonstrate our commitment to the well-being of children.”

STYLE SHOW & SILENT AUCTION –  “Run for the Roses,” Saturday, May 2, Christ the King Family Activity Center, 4011 54th Street, Lubbock. Doors open at 10 a.m., Lunch at Noon, Style Show from DREST by Scott Malouf at 12:45 p.m. $28 for individual seating, $280 for reserved table of 8, $300 sponsor table with preferred seating. Put on your best hat and join the CTKC Women’s Organization for a fun time. Tickets sold until Sunday, April 26., the roses

#FlatFrancis Across the U.S.Please share #FlatFrancis with your youth, young adult and parish ministries. Go to to download a cutout of Pope Francis to help build excitement for Pope Francis’ visit to America in September. Encourage Catholics to take a photo with the cutout and post on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #FlatFrancis, or send photos to Catholic Extension will send them to the pope to show him the many faces of American Catholicism.

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 for your photo to be 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 15, 2015. 

SAINT ISIDORE RURAL LIFE MASS- Monday, May 4, at Tracey & Laurie Kitten Farm, 6822 E. County Road 7900, Slaton. Please bring a side dish and/or dessert to share. Mercy Center will furnish fajitas, rice & beans. (Directions from Lubbock: Drive south on I-87, turn east on FM 41. Drive 5.3 miles to County Road 3000 (road curves, but keep going straight). Turn south (right) on dirt road, drive one mile, turn left at first intersection. Kitten farm is ½ mile down, first house on right.) Contact: Tracey Kitten-806-777-9321

HOLY SPIRIT SAUSAGE FESTIVAL- April 26, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 9821 Frankford, Lubbock. Dinner will feature homemade German sausage, grilled chicken, sauerkraut, green beans, pinto beans, potatoes, bread and desserts. Cost: $10/adults, $5/children 12 years and under) Tickets for meal and raffles can be purchased at the festival or in advance from the church office.  Information call: 806-786-2500.

Office of Stewardship and Development / Catholic Foundation 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS: Fourth Sunday of Easter- April 25/26- in today’s Gospel reading we hear Jesus referring to himself as “the good shepherd.” His sheep know him, trust him, listen to him and follow him; having faith that no harm will come to them as long as they stay close to him. We reaf­firmed our faith in Christ when we renewed our baptismal promises at Easter. As stewards of our relationship with Jesus Christ, are we, like the sheep, willing to listen to Jesus, fol­low him, trust him?
Cuarto Domingo de Pascua - En la lectura del Evangelio de hoy escuchamos a Jesús refiriéndose a sí mismo como “el buen pastor.” Sus ovejas le conocen, confían en él, le escuchan y le siguen; tienen fe en que ningún mal les sucederá mientras permanezcan cerca de él. Nosotros reafirmamos nuestra fe en Cristo cuando renovamos nuestras promesas bautismales en la Pascua. Como corresponsables de nuestra relación con Jesucristo, ¿estamos nosotros dispuestos/as como las ovejas, a escuchar a Jesús, a seguirle y a confiar en él?
To access the entire month of readings, please see Stewardship e-bulletin:

Retreats/ Spiritual Development

EASTER SEASON RETREAT: Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saint Elizabeth Church Conference Center, 2324 Broadway. “Jesus Rising Within You! Keep the Easter Season alive in you!” Speakers include: Deacon Max Perea of Saint John Neumann, Deacon Pedro Juarez of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Lubbock, and Oscar Reyes of Saint Elizabeth. The retreat is free for all participants! Registration-from 8:30– 9 a.m. To pre-register: Call the parish office, 762-5225 or email Cindy- Persons 16 years and older are encouraged to attend. No child care provided. Lunch will be provided by the parish for retreatants.

RACHEL’S VINEYARD-“But God raised him up, releasing him from the throes of death, because it was impossible for him to be held by it.”- Acts 2:24  
Come be released from what is holding you away from God and allow Him to restore life inside of you again after your abortion. Come on a Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat with us.  Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912.
RINCON DE RAQUEL- Pero Dios lo libró de los dolores de la muerte y lo resucitó, pues no era posible que quedase bajo el poder de la muerte.” -Hechos de los Apóstoles 2:24
Venga a liberarse de lo que lo está alejando de Dios y permítale a Él restaurarle la vida por dentro de nuevo. Venga a un Retiro del Viñedo de Raquel™.   Sanación Después del Aborto   Confidential contact: 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

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:   May 10            DEADLINE:     April 29                                                           

--April 21-25 – Monica Ashour, Theology of the Body events
--Catholic Charities Night to Remember- June 7
--Teen Acts (TACTS) retreat- July 16
--Quo Vadis Camp – August 4, 5 & 6
--Fiat Camp—August 10, 11 & 12
--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.
--June 21, Lubbock OL of Guadalupe-11 a.m-9:30 p.m
--June 27, Anton Saint Anthony, 12-7 p.m.
--Lubbock Saint Joseph,
-- June 28, Saint Joseph, Lubbock
--June 28, Olton Saint Peter, 10:30 a.m.-6p.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 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, New Deal Our Lady Queen of Angels-noon-7 p.m.
--August 8, Post Holy Cross, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
--August 8, Shallowater Saint Philip
--August 15, Slaton OL Guadalupe, Noon-12 a.m.
--August 16, Lubbock Our Lady of Grace
--September 5, Spur Saint Mary, 12-12



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