TOP NEWS – MOST RECENT
RANDOM STEWARDSHIP IDEAS – 1) Attend an extra Mass on a weekday this month.
FAREWELL: Father Jorge Rativa, O.P., chaplain for the campus ministry at Saint Elizabeth University Parish, has been reassigned by the Dominican Southern Province to New Orleans beginning July 29. There will be a reception for Father Jorge after all of the Masses at Saint Elizabeth’s on the weekend of July 19 – 20.
DIOCESAN LEADERSHIP DAY – August 9, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Catholic Renewal Center.
FAMILIES ENCOUNTERING CHRIST CAMP -SNYDER –Saturday, August 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Our Lady Of Guadalupe Church, 1311 Avenue K, Snyder. Day includes: § praise and worship § games and activities § lunch § prayer experiences for the family § breakout sessions on God’s plan for life and love. Contact: youth or family life office, 806-792-3943; email@example.com
MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE ABUSE COMMUNITY CONVERSATION on teen and young adult mental health, Thursday, July 24, 8:30-11 a.m., The Legacy Event Center, 1500 14th Street, Lubbock. Registration is free and open to all. Register at https://lubbockcommunityconversation.eventbrite.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING CONTINUING ED: The Christian Medical & Dental Association offers online Continuing Education Modules on human trafficking. Anyone can access and use them without payment. Medical professionals can receive continuing education credits for a cost of $20 per module. Each session takes one hour to complete. To access the website and view to classes, see: http://cmda.org/resources/publication/human-trafficking-continuing-education
Parishes & Around the Diocese
SPIRITUALITY PROGRAM – The Saint Francis Mission Sisters will offer a three-year “Journey of Formation” course on Saturdays, beginning September, 2014, and concluding May, 2017. Five classes each fall and spring semester. Basic spirituality themes, with an ongoing focus on our goal of union with God. Semester fee is $125 (scholarships available). All sessions will meet at Our Lady of Angels Convent, 8202 CR 7700, Wolfforth. To register, contact: Sister Mary Celine (806)863-4904, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.stfrancismissionsisters.com.
Office of Evangelization and Catechesis
SAFE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING for anyone working in any capacity for the church, the following training sessions have been scheduled at Christ the King Family Activity Center, Kasteel Hall:
Office of Marriage and Family Life
MARRIAGE HELP: Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue….or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille has helped many couples through difficult times in their marriages. If you are willing to try and rebuild the loving relationship you once had, please give Retrouvaille a try. Our next program will be starting the weekend of August 22-24 in Amarillo. For confidential information about or to pre-register call Paul or Patty at 806-420-1520 or email us at: email@example.com or visit the website www.HelpOurMarriage.com
Office of Youth
TEEN A.C.T.S. RETREAT for High School Youth, July 17-20, Mercy Retreat Center. Contact Barbara Brown-(806) 891-4059, firstname.lastname@example.org
Offic for Vocations
QUO VADIS DAYS – July 21-23 – Plains Baptist Campground, Blanco Canyon, Floydada. For young men ages 15-19 to meet with priests and seminarians of the diocese to provide a time of fun, prayer, talks, discussions and reflection to help them explore the Lord’s call in their lives. Fee is $50 (room, board and activities). If fee is not affordable, contact the Vocations Office (806-792-3943) for options. Registration deadline: July 14, 2014. Contact the Vocations Office by phone or email@example.com; or Deacon David Close- 806-788-1636 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FIAT CAMP – August 11 (9 a.m.)-August 13 (until 1 p.m.), Plains Baptist Campground, Blanco Canyon, Floydada. The camp offers opportunities for sports and swimming. This is for young women ages 13-25. Time for reflection, fun, prayer, talks and discussions to help young women discern God’s call in their lives. Cost is $50 and $25 for second family member (room, board, activities included). If fee is not affordable, contact the vocations office. Presenters are Women Religious from the diocese. Volunteers include the Serra Club, Knights of Columbus councils, and deacon wives. Registration deadline: August 5, to (806) 792-3943 ext. 227.
Office of Stewardship and Development / Catholic Foundation
STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time--July 12/13, 2014 In today’s reading from the prophet Isaiah, there is a guarantee that the unleashing of God’s Word will bear much fruitfulness in the world. The Word of God will accomplish whatever God sends it forth to do. His Word is given to us as a gift to be nurtured, shared and made to “bear fruit.” The question is whether or not we are exercising good stewardship over God’s Word. Have we been “fruitful” with God’s Word? Have we unleashed God’s Word? Do we share God’s Word or do we leave that task to others?
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time-July 19/20- In today’s second reading, Saint Paul bids us to take comfort in knowing that when God invites us to pray to him, he knows our true needs, even if we do not. The Holy Spirit intercedes and prays for us even if we can’t come up with appropriate words; even when we don’t have a clue what to ask for. We are not left alone. Good stewards know that prayer is an important part of living a life in Christ. The important thing is to make space for God. Do we let God into our hearts? Do we make room for the Holy Spirit to pray within us?
To access the entire month of readings, please see Stewardship e-bulletin: http://catholicstewardship.com
Retreats/ Spiritual Development
RACHEL’S VINEYARD- “The labor of obedience will bring you back to Him from whom you had drifted.” -St. Benedict; Feast: July 11
FOUNDERS OF CHURCH ORDERS –
For more programming, see:http://www.ewtn.com/multimedia/advances.asp
Recurring (Weekly) Activities
YOUNG ADULT FAITH GROUP : Catholic post-college young people including graduate students, medical and law students and young professionals in the Diocese of Lubbock. Mondays, 8 p.m, Lubbock Saint Elizabeth University Parish, Pallotti Building. To join the email list or for more information, please contact Jaclyn Cañas-Carrell, email@example.com, 806-438-5145 or Leia Arteaga, firstname.lastname@example.org, 806-543-6265.
GRIEF SHARE CLASSES will resume on Wednesday, September 17.
BIBLE STUDY: Brother John's Catholic Books & Gifts (13th & Slide Road) offers a bible study on Mondays @7 p.m. They will be studying the Book of Romans. It starts at 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
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:
The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications
July 8-21, 2014