pastoral update

The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications

November 24, 2015


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OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE, LUBBOCK NOVENA – December 4 & 5 @6 p.m.; December 6-Diocesan Procession-3 p.m. (details under Parishes); December 7-10-6 p.m.; December 11-6-8 p.m., Live concert, 10 p.m. Mass; December 12-6 a.m. Mass. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 1120 52nd, Lubbock. 806-763-0710.

AFRICAN MASS will be celebrated December 13 at Saint Elizabeth Chapel, 2301 Main, Lubbock, @ 12:00 Noon. All are welcome to attend.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING -DECEMBER – ALERT. Ending slavery is everyone’s work.  U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking (USCSAHT) is a collaborative, faith-based network that offers educational resources, information about access to survivors’ services, and engages in advocacy in an effort to eradicate modern-day slavery.  Visit the web site:
DICIEMBRE – ATENCIÓN. El fin de la esclavitud es trabajo de todos. Las Hermanas Católicas Contra la Trata de Personas (USCSAHT) es una red de colaboración, basada en la fe, que ofrece recursos educativos e información sobre el acceso a los servicios de supervivencia y  defensa para erradicar la esclavitud moderna. Visite el sitio web:

CONFIRMATION RETREAT, YEAR 1Our Lady of the Angels Convent, 8202 CR 7700, Wolfforth. Dates for 2016: January 23, February 27 & April 16, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Registration Fee-$20/scholarships available. Lunch and snacks provided. Contact: Sister Mary Jane Alaniz – 806-863-4904,

CONFIRMATION RETREAT-DiocesanMay 13-15, Snyder Deanery and any other youth who have not made a retreat. Mercy Retreat Center, Slaton. Fee: $95 (includes 5 meals, two nights lodging, t-shirt, retreat materials and band. Scholarships available. Begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday and concludes with family sharing at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Parents meet their teens on Sunday for Mass, lunch, a retreat summary and faith-sharing.
Contact: Sister Jane- 806-792-3943 ext. 230 or

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis


Office of Marriage and Family Life

REDISCOVER YOUR MARRIAGE!  Retrouvaille is a lifeline for couples willing to reach out for help. Why not take time out from your busy schedule to spend some time improving your marriage? For confidential information or to pre-register for the December 11-13, 2015 program, call Paul or Patty Miguel at 806-420-1520, or email us at Or visit

SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS – from the GriefShare Program. The program is especially for people who are grieving a loved one’s death. You’ll learn: How to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays; what to do about traditions and other coming changes; helpful tips for surviving social events; and how to discover hope for your future. For more information, please call Richard or Elaine Ybarra, 806-792-3943 ext. 230 or

Office for Youth

YOUTH MINISTER TRAINING SESSION – Saturday, December 5, 10 am-1 p.m. (includes light lunch), Our Lady of Guadalupe, 52nd & L, Lubbock. Presenter is Deacon Jose Mora “Becoming a Youth-friendly Parish”

Office for Vocations

FIRST FRIDAY ROSARY FOR VOCATIONS –Christ the King Cathedral, 6:35 a.m. on the first Friday of every month, just before the 6:55 a.m. Mass, the intention of which is for vocations. Next one is Friday,
December 4.
All are welcome.

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

PEP THANKSGIVING DINNER – Thursday, November 26, 11-2, Saint Philip Neri Parish Hall, FM 303, Pep. German sausage and turkey with all the trimmings. Adults-$12, children under 6-$6. Take-outs-$12 (call 806-789-7017). Raffle, country store, fish pond. For more information: 806-933-4693 (on 11/24-11/26-933-4355).

CITY BANK COMMUNITY REWARDS - Catholic Charities, Christ the King School and the Nurturing Center are participating. The 18 highest vote-getters will receive grants from City Bank. You may vote once a day, with one email, until December 13. Log onto

DISCOVERING JESUS – An Advent Experience – Wednesday, December 2-Sunday December 6, 1-5 p.m. or 4-9 p.m. weekdays, Christ the King Family Activity Center. Spend 40-45 minutes this Advent in a personal and powerful prayer experience that combines multimedia, narration, hymns, video, and all your senses as you explore the true meaning of Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection. Journeys begin every 10 minutes-schedule your time now by contacting Paul Bradley- or 577-8644

ROSARY NOVENA/PROCESSION IN SLATON – All are invited to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 605 S. 4th, Slaton, for a novena in preparation for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe:  December 3 & 4, @6.30 p.m., followed by Mass; December 5, @ 9 a.m. followed by Mass; December 6, @10:30 a.m., followed by Sunday Mass; December 7, 8, 9 & 10 & 11 @6:30 p.m., followed by Mass (and anointing of sick on 11/10); and Saturday, December12, Mañanitas @ 5 a.m., followed by Mass.  December 12 -Procession to downtown Slaton @ 3 p.m. followed by Benediction back at church, & a talk, Mary,Model for Family Life by Deacon Paul Murillo. Sunday, December13, Holy Eucharist @ 10 a.m., followed by reception. (Only one Mass)

LUBBOCK OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE PROCESSION- Sunday, December 6 @3 p.m. Catholics from all parishes are invited. Park cars at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 52nd & Avenue L. Buses will transport people to the Byron Martin Center, 32nd & Avenue Q. Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Guadalupe following the procession. Floats and Church Banners are welcome. **(See last page for float criteria.) For more information, please call the church at 806-763-0710 or Irma at 806-438-8774.

EVENING OF HEALING – Thursday, December 3, 7-9 p.m., Sacred Heart Church, Littlefield. Presenter is Brendan Case, founder of the Companions of the Holy Spirit, a Catholic Charismatic lay missionary community. With guitar in hand, Brendan is a dynamic preacher of the Word of God who moves in the prophetic and healing.  His ministry has experienced the blind seeing, deaf hearing, quadriplegics walking, and the barren conceiving.  A free-will offering will be taken.

Friday, December 4, 7-9 p.m., Saint Ann Church, Morton
Saturday, December 5, 7-9 p.m., Saint Anthony Church, Brownfield
Sunday-Tuesday, December 6-8, 7-9 p.m., Saint Michael Church, Levelland
“Baptism of the Holy Spirit.”  Given by Brendan Case, a dynamic preacher of the Word of God who moves in the prophetic and healing.  Brendan, a Catholic Charismatic lay missionary, has an exciting and fruitful ministry. Bring your Bible and a friend. A free-will offering will be taken.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR - Sunday, November 29, 10:00-2:00. Holiday Fun at Our Lady of Grace, Buxkemper Hall, 3111 Erskine, Lubbock.

COWBOY CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE – Saturday, December 5, 7 p.m..  Traditional Turkey Dinner w/Fixins, live and silent auctions. Dance begins at 8 p.m., featuring: Texas Cadillac Jack. $25/person.  B.Y.O.B.  Raffle-$20 per ticket – for Disneyworld trip –Family of 4, 6 days/5 nights, Park hopper tickets, resort hotel, and air fare. For more information, call Kelly – 799-2649.

PILGRIMAGE WITH FATHER RUDI – Holy Spirit Church pastor Father Rudi Crasta invites diocesan Catholics to join with him in a pilgrimage to the Holy Land April 1-11, 2016. For more information, call Sigrid – 806-829-2182 or 

Office for Finance

SAVE THE DATE – DCA Training/Kickoff Workshop, Saturday, January 30, 9-11:30 a.m.

Office of Stewardship and Development / Catholic Foundation 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS: First Sunday of Advent -November 28/29 - On this first Sunday of Advent, Jesus warns his disciples about the end-time. He urges them to pray, be vigilant, spiritually awake, avoid self-indulgence, spiritual malaise, and a pre­occupation with anxiety. Jesus advises against a lifestyle of earthly pleasures and worry. These will not matter when the Lord asks for an account of our stewardship. Stewards realize their lives are not just about the here and now. They know themselves to be reflections of God’s active presence in the world and witnesses of the Lord’s promises. As we begin this season of hope, let us reflect on the practical effect of having every waking moment in our lives dedicated to the Lord.
Primer Domingo de Adviento - En este primer domingo de Adviento, Jesús advierte a sus discípulos acerca del final del tiempo. Él les alienta a orar, a estar alerta, atentos espiritualmente, a evitar la auto-indulgencia, la indisposición espiritual, y la preocupación con ansiedad. Jesús aconseja lo opuesto al estilo de vida de los placeres terrenales y la preocupación. Estos no tendrán importancia cuando el Señor nos pida rendir cuentas de nuestra corresponsabilidad. Los corresponsables se dan cuenta de que sus vidas no se tratan sólo del aquí y el ahora. Ellos saben que son reflejo de la presencia activa de Dios en el mundo y testigos de las promesas del Señor. Al iniciar esta época de esperanza, reflexionemos acerca del efecto práctico de tener cada momento de vigilia en nuestra vida dedicado al Señor.
To access the entire month of readings, please see Stewardship Reflections

Retreats/ Spiritual Development

RACHEL’S VINEYARD-“I came with my husband. When I got here I would not even let him carry my suitcase. I leave with a man who I didn’t completely know and who I can now say I am so proud to be his wife and even more proud he is the father of my children. Thank you for giving me back my husband. He can carry both of our suitcases now!”                                                                  -Testimonial from Retreat
If your marriage has been affected by your abortion story, come together on a Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat and allow God to unite your hearts on the path of healing and renewed life. Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912. 
RINCON DE RAQUEL  “Así como una ciudad no se construye en un día, no piense que puede lograr, en un día, esta paz, esta calma interior, porque es en lo interior que una morada se debe construir para Dios, mientras que usted, deberá ser Su templo.  Y es el Señor mismo quien se encargará de la construcción.  Sin Él su trabajo no existiría.  Debe recordar que esta construcción tiene la humildad como su base.”    -Juan de Bonilla
El Señor está trabajando en su vida  Venga a un Retiro del Viñedo de Raquel™ y permita que Él le llene su vida con Su paz y Su calma. Sanación Después del Aborto. Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912. 

For EWTN programming see:


SUBSTITUTES NEEDED:  Both Christ the King and Saint Joseph Schools are accepting applications for substitute teachers. E-mail inquiries can be sent to Substitute teachers must have at least 30 hours of college level credit, provide references, complete Safe Environment Training (SET) and complete a background check.

Recurring (Weekly) Activities

YOUNG ADULT FAITH GROUPMondays @ 8 p.m., Lubbock Saint Elizabeth Pallotti Building.  For Catholic young adults and young professionals, who wish to grow deeper in their Catholic faith. Discussions include faith-based topics and reflections on the upcoming Sunday scriptures. Social events are also planned. To join the email list or for more information, contact Leia Arteaga,, 806-543-6265 or Peggy McGrath, Join us on Facebook:

STEP UP TO FITNESS FOR ADULTSMondays, 7-8 p.m. at Arnett Benson Medical & Dental Clinic, 3301 Clovis Road, Lubbock. These FREE exercise classes focus on prevention and healthy living. For more information, please contact Yvonne, 765-2611, ext. 1009

MASS ON THE TEXAS TECH CAMPUS - Wednesdays at 12:10 P.M., Kent Hance Chapel. Visit for Student Center News

HOLY HOUR - Christ the King Cathedral has a Holy Hour for Vocations at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month. Next one is Thursday, November 12. All are welcome.

CATHOLIC MOMS OF LUBBOCK ACTIVITIES FOR OCTOBER - For more information: 607-226-6398 or

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.

GRIEF SHARE program 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

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:    December 13         DEADLINE:       December 2         
                                  January 10                                             December 30

Chris Stefanick, speaker, singer, Lubbock Our Lady of Guadalupe, January 20, 2016
Men of God Conference, January 23, 2016
Footsteps in Faith – February 6 & 7, 2016
Presbyteral Ordination- June 11, 2016, Deacons Jose de Dios Gonzalez & Jonathan Phillips
Diaconal Ordination – August 6, 2016, Jacob Powell

**Procession float requirements:  Our theme this year will be "Year of Mercy". Criteria for floats are: no overhangs above tires. Tires must be visible at all times. No people walking behind floats. If there are children on floats, please have one adult supervising on each float at all times. Be at Byron Martin Center by 2 pm to get your place. Order of floats will be determined by the ushers of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Lubbock TX. Please notify Juan Carlos Martinez at 806-763-0710 to confirm your participation no later than December 3rd.




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