pastoral update

The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications

December 16, 2014


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GRAND OPENING FOR CATHOLIC CHARITIES RESALE CENTER, scheduled for tomorrow, December 17 @ 2 p.m. is POSTPONED.  

Wednesday, December 17 @ 7p.m. – Christ the King Cathedral, 4011 54th, Lubbock
Wednesday, December 17 @ 6 p.m. -- Shallowater Saint Philip, 10th & Avenue J (also 5-6 p.m. Saturdays)
Thursday, December 18 @ 7 p.m. – Holy Spirit Church, 98th & Frankford
Monday, December 22 @ 6:30 p.m. –Levelland Saint Michael Church, 316 E. Washington

CATHOLIC RADIO IS HERE!Tune in to Our Lady of Victory Radio, FM 102.9, our new Lubbock area Catholic radio station. Programming from Ave Maria, Saint Joseph Communications, EWTN, and more.
Traveling outside of Lubbock? Please let us know where you can hear this low-power broadcast by emailing us at

FREE VIDEOS from the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis: THE POWER OF CHOICEFrom the “Character Counts” series which includes these titles: The Power of Choice; Acting on Your Values; Self-Esteem; Coping with Pressures; Drugs and Alcohol – Part I & II; Drinking and Driving; Sex; Friendship and Dating; Depression and Suicide; Communicating with Parents; Raising Your Parents. If you are interested in this series, please call/email Rose Martin – , 806-792-2234 ext.224.

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

SOUTHWEST LITURGICAL CONFERENCE STUDY WEEK will be held in Amarillo this year. “Go and Proclaim: Alive in Christ,” will be held January 21-24, 2015 at the Amarillo Civic Center. Cost: $135 for early registration (includes banquet). Deadline- December 15 for early registration. For more information on workshops, registration and hotel, please see and click on brochure.

Office of Marriage and Family Life

CATHOLIC ENGAGED ENCOUNTER (CEE) – Jan 23-25, 2015 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  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

TACTS – Teen ACTS retreat will be held January 1-4, 2015, at Mercy Center, Slaton. Although retreat is full, you may put your name on the waiting list in the event someone cancels, or on the list for the next reteat. Contact Ignacio Vasquez, liaison, at 806-790-6422 or

LET THE YOUTH OFFICE COME TO YOU – Sometimes you cannot make it to Lubbock for youth events. Let the Youth Office come to you for one of the following: Theology of the Body for Teens (mini retreat); Rebuilding the Church with Francis: Then and Now; Dealing with Emotions; Suicide. Call the Youth Office – 806-792-3943 ext. 230 and let them know how they can help you.

CONFIRMATION RETREAT DATES FOR 2015- For candidates in the second year of preparation:
January 9-11 – Lubbock Deanery, Renewal Center in Lubbock. $85 (limit 60)
February 6-8 –Brownfield Deanery, Renewal Center, $85 ((limit 60)
February 28-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.

Office for Vocations

COME & SEE WEEKEND – ‘Responding to God’s Call’ – December 28-29, Our Lady of Angels Convent, 8202 C$ 7700, Wolfforth. Begin Sunday at 5:30 p.m., leave 5:30 p.m. Monday. For single women 13 years and older. Please bring a sleeping bag and items needed for one night.  To register, contact: Sister Olivia Rico at 806-789-9894 or Take time to spend with the Lord and the Franciscan sisters in discerning God’s unique plan for your life.

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

Office of Stewardship and Development / Catholic Foundation 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS:Fourth Sunday of Advent - December 20/21 --In today’s Gospel reading we hear proclaimed the story of the Annunciation, when the angel of the Lord announced to Mary that she would give birth to Christ through the intercession of the Holy Spirit. Mary allowed God’s messenger to speak to her. She was attentive, not afraid to enter into a dialogue, then unconditionally obedient. Mary’s acceptance of this mystery is a stewardship model for us. Good stewards remain open to the incursions of divine life into the normal course of their daily lives. How open are we to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in our own lives? What might we do this last week of Advent to be more attentive to the Lord?
Cuarto Domingo de Adviento - En la lectura del Evangelio de hoy nosotros escuchamos la proclamación de la historia de la Anunciación, cuando el ángel del Señor anunció a María que ella daría a luz a Cristo a través de la intercesión del Espíritu Santo. María permitió que el mensajero de dios le hablara. Ella le escuchó atenta, sin temor de entablar un diálogo con él, entonces obedeció incondicionalmente. La aceptación de María de este misterio es para nosotros un modelo de corresponsabilidad. Los buenos corresponsables permanecen abiertos a las incursiones de la vida divina en el curso normal de sus vidas diarias. ¿Qué tan abiertos estamos a la inspiración del Espíritu Santo en nuestras vidas? ¿Qué debemos hacer esta última semana de Adviento para estar más atentos al Señor?
To access the entire month of readings, please see Stewardship e-bulletin:

Retreats/ Spiritual Development

RACHEL’S VINEYARD-Listen and let it penetrate your heart . . . do not be troubled or weighed down with grief.  Am I not here who am your mother?  Are you not in the folds of my mantle?” - Our Lady of Guadalupe; Feast: December 12
 Pray for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and let her words of mercy and peace penetrate your heart with hope. Come join us on a Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat and discover the joy of living in Him after an abortion.  Confidential contact for March 13-15, 2015 Retreat: and 806-577-5912.
RINCON DE RAQUELEscuche y  deje que penetre en su Corazón… Que ninguna otra cosa te aflija, o te perturbe…¿No estoy yo aquí que soy tu Madre? ¿No estás en el hueco de mi manto, en el cruce de mis brazos?”                                                                -Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe; Día Festivo: 12 de diciembre
Pídele a Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe que sus palabras de misericordia y paz penetren su corazón y llénese de esperanza. Venga con nosotros a un Retiro del Viñedo de Raquel™ y descubra el gozo de vivir en Él.  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., MASS WILL BEGIN AGAIN ON JANUARY 21.  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

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EDITION DATE:   January 11                     DEADLINE:   December 31
                                  February 8                                               January 28

--Roe v Wade Memorial Mass, January 22 @6 p.m., Lubbock Saint Joseph
--Footsteps in Faith- February 7 & 8, 2015
--World Marriage Day – February 8
--World Meeting of Families – September 22-27, Philadelphia

--Holy Spirit Gala-January 31, 2015
--Shrimp Peel – February 14, Saint Elizabeth’s
--Evening of Wine & Jazz – February 14, Christ the King Cathedral
--Brownfield Saint Anthony – August 2, 2015, 12-8



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