SPECIAL COLLECTION – December 7/8 – Retirement Fund for Religious
ADVENT PENANCE SERVICES IN LUBBOCK AREA:
FREE VHS TAPES: Anthony De Mello was a Jesuit priest and psychotherapist who became widely known for his books on spirituality. An internationally acclaimed spiritual guide, writer and public speaker, de Mello hosted many conferences. Tape 1: A Way to God for Today – Silence, Peace, Joy; Tape 2: A Way to God for Today – Life, Freedom, Love. We also have: ACTS OF THE APOSTLES – Little Rock Scripture Study (complete set). This series has been revised…extra booklets are not available. You may e-mail or call Rose Martin Resource Librarian, email@example.com, 806-792-2234
RESPONDING TO GOD’S CALL – “Come and See Weekend,” December 27-28, Discern God’s unique plan for your life at Our Lady of the Angels Convent, Wolfforth. Arrive Friday at 5 p.m., leave Saturday at 1 p.m. For single women 17 years and older. Bring a sleeping bag, items needed for one night, and your bible. For further information: Sister Olivia-(806) 793-9859, Sister Mary Jane-863-4904, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PILGRIMAGE TO ITALIAN SHRINES – June 9-18, 2014. Accompany Father Bill Anton, Christ the King Cathedral rector, to Rome, Assisi, and much more, with optional extension to Medjugorge. See attached pdf file for more information, or contact Envoye Travel, Sigrid Carter (806) 829-2182, email@example.com
Parishes & Around the Diocese
NOVENA MASSES AT OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE CHURCH, 52nd & L, Lubbock
GUADALUPE PROCESSION – Sunday, December 8, 3 p.m. beginning at Byron Martin ATC parking lot, 34th & Q. Park at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and buses will take you to parking lot beginning at 1 p.m.Mass celebrated at the church at 4:30 p.m. with Bishop Plácido Rodríguez .
GIVING TREE: The Nurturing Center is looking for churches, organizations or individuals to host a Giving Tree for the mothers and children they serve, to help stock supplies for the year. Items needed: Boy/Girl clothing 0-9 mos; blankets (fleece and receiving); diapers, sizes 1, 2, 3; wipes, 8 oz baby bottles, baby towels and washcloths, baby shampoo, and gift cards to purchase large items. (Walmart, Target, Babies ‘R’ Us, Visa) Cards will be provided for you to hang on your tree. A staff member can pick up donations, or you may bring them back to our center. RSVP by phone at 806-780-6853 or Nurturelife2@nts-online.net if you can help. Office hours are Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm and Friday 9am-Noon. 3303 66th, Lubbock.
INFORMATION SESSIONS ON THE DIACONATE: December 14 @ 9 a.m. at: Lubbock Our Lady of Guadalupe, Brownfield Saint Anthony, Snyder Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Olton Saint Peter. Are you being called to be a deacon? Information: Deacons Juan Cavazos-792-3943, Robert Lopez-317-0105 or Clarke Cochran-438-9057.
HALL FOR RENT – Needing a place to hold your event/meeting? Look into the Catholic Renewal Center, 4th & Toledo, Lubbock. For more information, call Judy Rodriguez, 806-792-3943.
DANCE FOR THE CURE- Friday, December 13, 8-11 p.m., K of C 3008 Hall, 4702 FM 1585, $15/person. Proceeds benefit American Cancer Center, Chorus of Angels (Arrington Center) and Gifts of Hope (Allison Cancer Center, Midland.) Raffle tickets for TV and iPad 3, 12/$10. Ask any Knight or send raffle money to: Dough Hlavaty, 20407 Hwy 87, Lubbock, TX 79423. Bring cash for games and other activities.
Office of Evangelization and Catechesis
SOUTHWEST LITURGICAL CONFERENCE – January 22-25, 2014, Ford Park Event Center, MCM Elegante Hotel, hosted by the Diocese of Beaumont. “Through Him, and with Him, and in Him…” is the theme for the study week. For more information, or to register: www.swlc.org.
Office of Marriage & Family Life
STRESS IN YOUR MARRIAGE? – Retrouvaille is a program for married couples that feel bored, disillusioned, frustrated, or angry in their marriage or who are experiencing coldness or conflict. Most don’t know how to change the situation or even communicate with their spouse about it. For confidential information about or to register for the program beginning with a weekend January 10-12, call 806-420-1520 or email Paul or Patty at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the web site at www.HelpOurMarriage.com
Office of Vocations
VOCATION AWARENESS PRESENTATION is scheduled at Lubbock Our Lady of Guadalupe on Wednesday, January 29 7:30-8:30 p.m. Students from neighboring parishes are welcome to attend. To schedule a presentation at your church, please contact Sister Olivia Rico, (806) 792-3943 ext 227 or email@example.com
Office of Youth Ministry
CONFIRMATION RETREATS FOR 2014:
CONFIRMATION RETREATS – First Year Candidates – January 25, February 15, & March 29, Our Lady of the Angels Convent, Wolfforth: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $20 fee. Contact Sister Mary Jane at (806) 863-4904 or firstname.lastname@example.org
VISIT OUR LADY OF ANGELS CONVENT:
Monday, December 9 @ 5 p.m., The Cloak of Juan Diego – The story of Our Lady of Guadalupe: A look at the history of the appearance of the Blessed Mother to Juan Diego and her devotion at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. [30 min]
Saturday, December 14 @7 p.m. - Pius XII: Under The Roman Sky - Featuring James Cromwell as the title role, a portrayal of the heroic efforts of Pope Pius XII to save the Jews of Rome from the Nazis during World War II. Part 1. [2 hours]
Office of Finance
DCA TRAINING WORKSHOP, February 1, 2014, 9-11:30 a.m., Catholic Renewal Center
Office of Stewardship and Development / Catholic Foundation
WEBINAR - December 10, 1:00 or 6:00 p.m. - Effective Parish Communications - Presented by Julie Kenny. Communicating stewardship requires practical ideas of ways to keep the stewardship message alive all year long.
CHRISTMAS CARD ASSISTANCE - The Catholic Foundation office will help you prepare Christmas cards through the Christmas Card Tribute Program. Make a minimum $5 gift in honor of a friend, family member, or acquaintance, and a beautiful Christmas card will be sent to them. Your recipients’ prayer intentions will be remembered in the daily Masses of Bishop Plácido Rodríguez. Save time and support the work of the Catholic Foundation, which makes generous financial grants each year to diocesan ministries, parishes, schools and organizations.
Send or bring your Christmas card list (with names and addresses) and a check payable to: Catholic Foundation, 4620 Fourth Street, Lubbock TX 79416, or email@example.com (to email databases of names, if you desire) or www.catholicfoundationlubbock.org. Requests will be accepted through December 17.
STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS- Second Sunday of Advent- December 7/8-In today’s Gospel reading John the Baptist warns his listeners: “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” The Church’s yearly Advent herald is a call to repentance. The season of advent urges us to be open to a conversion of heart. Christian stewards heed this call daily, and take the need for conversion in their lives seriously. As a family of faith, do we hear this call to conversion amidst the massive holiday spending? The increase in credit card debt? The urge to buy things that are not necessary? The incivility on the roadways during the holidays? Are there patterns in our own lives that need to be converted?
Segundo Domingo de Adviento -En la lectura del Evangelio de hoy Juan el Bautista alerta a quienes le escuchan: “Arrepiéntanse porque el Reino de los Cielos está cerca.” El anuncio del Adviento que hace la Iglesia anualmente es un llamado al arrepentimiento. El tiempo del Adviento nos impulsa a estar abiertos a la conversión de corazón. Los cristianos corresponsables prestan atención a este llamado diariamente, y toman seriamente la necesidad de conversión en sus vidas. Como familia de fe, ¿dedicamos nosotros tiempo para escuchar este llamado a la conversión entre tantas compras de los días festivos, el incremento de la deuda en la tarjeta de crédito, el impulso de comprar cosas que no son necesarias, y la descortesía en las calles durante las vacaciones de esta temporada? ¿Son todos estos, patrones en nuestras vidas que necesitan ser convertidos?
Retreats/ Spiritual Development
ADVENT RETREAT – Saturday, December 7, 8:45 a.m.- 2 p.m. “Mary: The Only Woman Without Sin; The Woman of Few Words and Big Actions.” Presenter is Father Heriberto Mercado. Donation is $15, lunch included. (Scholarships available) Day includes personal prayer, talks, sharing, and opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Held at our Lady of the Angels Convent, 8202 CR 7700, Wolfforth. For information or to register: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 806-863-4906.
RACHEL’S CORNER- Hope is the light at the end of the tunnel, beckoning you to accept the invitation, to say “yes” to the urge to believe in a loving God who wants you to be healed and whole again.
Recurring (Weekly) Activities
Along with fasting and prayer, Catholic Christians can influence society for the better. Contact your representatives about HHS mandate, immigration, Syria response, budget, agriculture, abortion. They do listen to their constituents. See contact information at the bottom of this page.
“AN AMERICAN PILGRIMAGE” Hosted by Father Daniel Dreher and Deacon Leroy Behnke, July 15-23, 2014. We will visit St. Louis and Hannibal, MO, Dubuque, IA, La Crosse WI, Red Wing and St. Paul, MN. Tour historic Catholic churches and many more sites along the Mississippi, aboard the largest and most luxurious paddlewheel steam boat in the world. For more information please contact: Father Daniel: email@example.com, Bill Dorsey, 806-290-0734 or firstname.lastname@example.org
YOUNG ADULT FAITH GROUP-Post-college Catholic young adults including graduate, medical, and law students and young professionals are invited. Mondays at 8 p.m.in the Pallotti building at Saint Elizabeth Parish. For more information, contact Jaclyn Cañas-Carrell, email@example.com, 806-438-5145 or Leia Arteaga, firstname.lastname@example.org, 806-543-6265.
WIDOW/WIDOWER SUPPORT GROUP –Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Family Life Offices in the Catholic Renewal Center, 4th and Toledo, Lubbock.
MASS ON THE TEXAS TECH CAMPUS -
MASS AT REESE CENTER Wednesdays at 12:05 PM in RC 822A, in building 8. All are welcome!
ONLINE GIVING AVAILABLE at www.catholicfoundationlubbock.org. to set up a donation to the Catholic Foundation.
COUNSELING: Affordable marriage and family counseling offered by the diocesan 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
TWITTER: Our bishop is now on Twitter. You can follow him @BpRodriguezCMF.
South Plains Catholic story ideas, stories, and photos (including names and explanations) can be sent to PO Box 98700, Lubbock, Texas 79499-8700, or emailed to email@example.com. The next deadline dates are:
DATES TO REMEMBER:
FAITH IN ACTION - CONTACTS
Senator John Cornyn
Senator Ted Cruz
District 11 – (Dawsen, Scurry counties)
District 13- (Motley, King, Cottle, Crosby, Dickens, Stonewall, Jones, Haskell counties)
District 19- (Bailey, Lamb, Hale, Floyd, Cochran, Hockley, Lubbock, Yoakum, Terry, Lynn, Garza, Kent, Gaines, Borden, Fisher counties)
The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications
December 3, 2013