pastoral update

The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications

June 30, 2015


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FILIPINO MASS - There is a Filipino Mass the first Sunday of each month at Saint Elizabeth Chapel, 2301 Main Street, Lubbock, at 3:00 pm. Mass will be celebrated this Sunday, July 5. Please note the new time. As always, all are welcome.

IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY CONFERENCE-- July 16-19, Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, MO. The conference will offer keynote presentations, rich liturgies and prayer experiences. Twenty workshops will give participants forums to discuss practical challenges in their fields of ministry, as well as topics of common interest such as the Examen, the practice of spiritual writing and the spirituality of Pope Francis. Keynote presentations will explore the significance of silence in the history, traditions and theology of Jesuit spirituality. Registration is open and housing will remain available until June 30. Details are available at

PEOPLE OF FAITH AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY - The State of Texas will execute a death row inmate on Thursday, July 16.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#2267) teaches that the death penalty should be used very rarely, if ever.  In the U.S. 17 people have been executed in 2015. You are invited to an ecumenical prayer vigil during the approximate time of the actual execution (5:45-6:15pm).  The vigil is held at the corner of 15th St. & University Ave. across from TTU in front of St. John’s UMC.  Questions?  Call St. John Neumann parishioner Anne Cochran -795-9745. 

Saturday, July 25, 9-11 a.m. Our Lady of Grace, Buxkemper Hall
Wednesday, August 26, Idalou Saint Philip Benizi, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 27, Sacred Heart, Plainview at 6:30 p.m. To register, contact Alicia Alvarez, 806-792-3943 ext. 222 or

FAITH MATTERS: Tom McGovern moderates a local radio program on FM 89.1 KTTZ, Sundays @5:00 p.m. The program ‘promises to spark thought and conversation through dynamic dialogue about faith, diving into everyday issues.’ Mr. McGovern’s career includes Professor of Psychiatry at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and Director of the Center for Ethics, Humanities and Spirituality.

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

VBS & DVDs - The summer months are a good time for Vacation Bible School in your parish. The Office of Evangelization & Catechesis has a number of kits that can be checked-out for use. Come by the office to see what is available. Also--There is a new list of DVDs which are available in the office for use in CCE classes for the school year. You can find the list at: or contact Rose Martin, 806-792-2234 ext. 224, or

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.

MARRIAGE HELP! Do you have stress in your marriage? RETROUVAILLE is a program for married couples that feel bored, disillusioned, frustrated, or angry in their marriage. Some experience coldness. Others experience conflict in their relationship. Most don’t know how to change the situation or even communicate with their spouse about it. This program has helped many couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage. For confidential information about or to register for the upcoming Amarillo program beginning with a weekend on August 14-16, call Paul or Patty at 806-420-1520 or email us at or visit the website

Office for Youth

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 $155 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.

YOUTH MINISTRY APPRECIATION LUNCHEON will be held Friday, July 31, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Holy Spirit Church. The luncheon is for anyone that volunteers and works with youth grades 6-12. There will be adoration and prayer time and then lunch afterwards. Please RSVP so they will know how much food to order. Contact Tiffany: or call Holy Spirit 806-698-6400 to RSVP.

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.  Resources for celebrating consecrated life in parishes and families can be found at

Parishes & Around the Diocese

LAUDATE SIʹ- An overview of Pope Francis’ Encyclical can be found at :
Go to to find the full text, along with additional resources, study guides, etc.

LEARN TO COOK! - Catholic Charities offers: Free nutrition, cooking classes, free dietitian appointments, free $60 gift card (for clients meeting income guidelines). Wednesdays @ 10 a.m. July 8-29 at Catholic Charities, 102 Avenue  J, Lubbock.  Contact the Nutrition and Wellness Department: 806-765-8475 or

JOB OPENING - Christ the King High School is accepting applications for High School math teacher who will be responsible for teaching Algebra I and II, Geometry and Pre-Calculus. Resumes and letters of interest can be sent to: Christine Wanjura, 4011 54th Street, Lubbock, TX 79413, (806) 795-8283, or e-mailed to:

Office of Stewardship and Development / Catholic Foundation 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS: Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time- July 4/5, Today’s Gospel reveals Jesus being amazed that the people in his hometown of Nazareth do not accept his teaching and ministry; he is amazed at their lack of faith (Mk 6:6). Good stewards recognize and participate in Christ’s teaching, reconciling and healing presence in their community. Are we good stewards of our family of faith? Do we value and support the ministries that take place in Christ’s name? Are we attentive to the movement of the Holy Spirit in our parish and encourage those who work to enhance our life of faith?
Décimo Cuarto Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario - El Evangelio de hoy nos revela a Jesús sorprendido de que la gente, en su pueblo natal de Nazaret, no acepte sus enseñanzas y su ministerio; está sorprendido de su falta de fe (Marcos 6:6). Los buenos corresponsables reconocen y participan las enseñanzas de Cristo, su presencia sanadora y conciliadora en su comunidad. ¿Somos nosotros buenos corresponsables de  nuestra familia de fe? ¿Valoramos y apoyamos los ministerios que se llevan a cabo en el nombre de Cristo? ¿Estamos atentos al movimiento del Espíritu Santo en nuestra parroquia y alentamos a quienes trabajan para enaltecer nuestra vida de fe?
To access the entire month of readings, please see Stewardship e-bulletin:

Retreats/ Spiritual Development

RACHEL’S VINEYARD-"Come! Consume in us whatever prevents us from being consumed in You."  -St. Magdalen de Pazzi: Feast Day May 25
Come on a Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat and discover what it means to be consumed by God’s healing love, mercy and forgiveness after an abortion. Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912.
RINCON DE RAQUEL -Venga! Consuma en nosotros todo lo que nos impide el ser consumido por Ti” -Santa Magdalen de Pazzi: Día Festivo 25 de mayo
Venga a un Retiro del Viñedo de Raquel™ y descubra lo que significa el ser consumido por el amor, la misericordia y el perdón de Dios. Sanación Después del Aborto   Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912.

For EWTN programming see:

Recurring (Weekly) Activities

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.

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:   August 9            DEADLINE:           July 29  

--Quo Vadis Camp – August 4, 5 & 6
--Diocesan Leadership Day-August 8, 9:00-3:00
--Fiat Camp—August 10, 11 & 12
--August 15- Diaconal ordinations- Jonathan Phillips & Jose de Dios Gonzales, CTK
--World Meeting of Families – September 22-27, Philadelphia

--July 11, Ralls Saint Michael, 3-11 p.m.
--July 12, Morton Saint Ann, 11-9
--July 12, Tahoka Saint Jude, 12-10 p.m.
--July 18, Abernathy Saint Isidore, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
--July 18, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Plainview, 7-10 p.m.
--July 19, Muleshoe Immaculate Conception, 12-8 p.m.
--July 19, OLG, Plainview-1:30-10 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, Saint Margaret Mary/Our Lady of Guadalupe, Lamesa, Noon-9 p.m.
--August 2, New Deal Our Lady Queen of Angels-noon-7 p.m.
--August 8, Crosbyton Saint Joseph, 3- 11 p.m.
--August 8, Post Holy Cross, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
--August 8, Shallowater Saint Philip, 11:30-8:30
--August 9, Christ the King, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
--August 9, Pep Saint Philip Neri, begins at noon
--August 15, Slaton OL Guadalupe, Noon-12 a.m.
--August 16, Lubbock Our Lady of Grace
--September 5, Spur Saint Mary, 12-12
--September 27, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Snyder, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
--September 27, Saint Michael, Levelland, 11 a.m.



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