pastoral update

The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications

November 18, 2014


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SPECIAL COLLECTION this weekend --November 22/23
Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

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

PEOPLE OF FAITH AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY -On Wednesday, December 3rd, the State of Texas will execute another death row inmate.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#2267) teaches that the death penalty should be used very rarely, if ever. If you have reservations about the use of the death penalty in our legal system, you are invited to an ecumenical prayer vigil during the approximate time of the actual executions (5:45-6:15 p.m.), wherein there is prayer for the victims of the crimes, the accused, their families and those who carry out the execution.  The vigils are held at the corner of 15th St. & University across from TTU in front of St. John UMC.  Questions? Call St. John Neumann parishioner Anne Cochran (795-9745). 

ADVENT RETREAT - “Make Ready the Way for the Lord,”  on Saturday, December 13, 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m., Our Lady of the Angels Convent, Wolfforth. Retreat director: Father George Poonely. The day will include talks, quiet time for reflection and prayer, sharing time, lunch, and an opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation. Suggested donation: $15 (scholarships available). To register, please call 806-863-4904 or Retreat open to men and women.
ADVENT MULTIMEDIA JOURNEY – Sunday, November 30-Sunday, December 7. Weekdays-4-9 p.m., Weekends-1-5 p.m., Christ the King Cathedral Family Activity Center. Combining original music, favorite hymns, dramatic narration, video and creative worship experience; discovery Jesus is a unique multimedia event that explores the true meaning of Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection. For more information or to schedule a group, please call Paula Bradley – 806-577-8644.

OFFICES CLOSEDThe Catholic Center offices will be closed Monday, November 24, for a staff retreat, and at Noon November 26-28 in observance of Thanksgiving

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

CATECHETICAL SERIES TO DONATE:  (Can be used as supplemental material.):
JESUS LOVES US- (Daughters of St. Paul, c.1990) Grades 1-6 includes (one each) - Teacher Manual, Student Text, Student Activity Book
JESUS SETS US FREE - (Daughters of St. Paul, c.1992) Teacher Manual, Student Text, Project Book
JESUS IS FOREVER – (Daughters of St. Paul, c. 1992) Teacher Manual, Student Text, Project Book

FREE ADVENT RESOURCES for families and catechists can be found at:  You can also access the Benziger e-newsletter at Helpful hints to help you celebrate this special season in a meaningful way.

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.

November 22 @ 9 a.m., Slaton Our Lady of Guadalupe, 605 S. 4th Street. Contact Alicia Alvarez: 806-792-3943 ext. 222 or
December 9 @ 6-9 p.m., Saint Patrick Church Parish Hall, 1603 Cherry, Lubbock. Contact Alicia Alvarez-806-792-2234 x222.

Office of Marriage and Family Life

CATHOLIC ENGAGED ENCOUNTER (CEE) – Jan 23-25, 2015 Mercy Retreat Center, Slaton. Cost is $175/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

THEOLOGY OF THE BODY RETREAT-LUBBOCK DEANERY – Saturday, November 22, 1:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., Slaton Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 605 S. 4th Street. This is an excellent retreat for those preparing for a Quinceañera. Fee of  $15 includes lunch, supper, materials and T-Shirt. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Trevino-806-780-6853 or, David Ariaz at (806) 781-4965 or  or Youth office – 806-792-3943 ext. 230.

Office of Finance

DIOCESAN FACILITIES MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP originally set for September 11 has been rescheduled to December 3, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Please mark your calendars. There will be several informative speakers in several fields. Please make plans now to attend, and bring the person(s) in your parish that maintain your buildings. If you have any topics you specifically want addressed, please call the Finance Office. RSVP: Jeannie Rodriguez @ 792-3943 ext. 216 or

Parishes & Around the Diocese

CATHOLIC RESALE CENTER’S new location at 1505 34th Street, will open on Thursday, November 20, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Come shop the beautiful new store. Donations of quality merchandise are accepted only
at 2218 34th Street (this is the original store) from 9:30-4:00, Monday-Saturday, drop off in front of building. (No dumping)  Pickups scheduled by appointment by calling 763-8315

MARY, OUR LADY UNDOER OF KNOTS WORKSHOP scheduled for November 8 has been rescheduled to November 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saint Ann Church, Stamford. To register or schedule, call Marriage & Family Life Office, 806-792-3943. When we find ourselves facing challenges that seem to have no solution, there is a devotion we can turn to that ‘unties the knots’ for us so that we might, in the words of Pope Francis, “better unite with God and serve him always.” For those in the Lubbock Deanery, this workshop is scheduled for February 21, 2015.

COWBOY CHRISTMAS BAZAAR- Saint John Neumann Church,  December 6, 10 a.m.--6 p.m  Vendors needed. Deadline to secure booth has been changed to November 15. Contact: Kelly Zinsmeyer – 806-799-2649.

Office of Stewardship and Development / Catholic Foundation 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS:Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe November 22/23 - In today’s Gospel, Saint Matthew offers a compelling vision of the end-time, when the people of all the nations are brought before the Lord to give an account of their lives and actions. Interestingly, the sheep, the righteous ones, are re­warded for having acted with love and compassion without having recognized the face of Christ in others. Good stew­ards recognize those in need of their care as gifts from God. They know that they are the instruments of Christ’s active, loving presence in the world. How will we treat others this week: our family members, neighbors, customers, strangers? What accounting will we make to the Lord for their care?

Solemnidad de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, Rey del Universo Noviembre 22/23 -En el Evangelio de hoy, San Mateo ofrece una persuasiva visión del final de los tiempos, cuando la gente de todas las naciones es llevada ante el Señor para dar cuenta de sus vidas y acciones. Interesantemente, las ovejas, los justos, son recompensadas por haber actuado con amor y compasión sin haber reconocido el rostro de Cristo en otros. Los buenos corresponsables reconocen a aquellos que necesitan de su cuidado como dones de Dios. Ellos saben que son los instrumentos de la presencia activa, amorosa de Cristo en el mundo. ¿Cómo trataremos a otros esta semana, a los miembros de nuestra familia, a nuestros vecinos, clientes y extraños? ¿Qué cuentas rendiremos al Señor del cuidado de ellos?
To access the entire month of readings, please see Stewardship e-bulletin:

Community Events

PARENTING CLASSES –  October 28, 2014 -“Helping Your Child’s Future,” by Wilma Edwards, MSSW, LMSW. This is a class that will inspire parents to follow some ways to help their kids with self-worth, confidence, and friendships. 6:30-8:30 p.m., #5 Briercroft Office Park, Lubbock. To register: 747-5577 or

DIABETES CLASSES: Community Health Center of Lubbock is offering free diabetes classes: October 7-November 25 – Tuesday evenings: 6 - 8 p.m.-self management, nutrition. Arnett Benson Clinic, 3301 Clovis Road. Classes will be for 8 consecutive weeks. Contact Sarina at 765-2611, ext. 1007. Registration is required.

Retreats/ Spiritual Development

GUADALUPANA RETREAT/Retiro Bilingue para Guadalupanas (and other women), Saturday, November 22, 8:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Our Lady of the Angels Convent, 8202 CR 7700, Wolfforth. Theme is:
“Children of Mary: Messengers of the Word/Niñas de María: Mensajeras de la Palabra.” Presenters: Deacon Ron Vowels & Deacon Max Perea. Suggested donation: $15, lunch included (scholarships available)
To register: 806-863-4904 or

RACHEL’S VINEYARD-Out of the depths I call to you, Lord; Lord, hear my cry!  May your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.  If you, Lord, mark our sins, who can stand?  But with you is forgiveness and so you
 are revered.  - Psalm 130:2-4
Come on a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat™ and  call upon Our Lord for His great mercy and forgiveness after your abortion.  He is waiting for you. Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912.
RINCON DE RAQUELDesde el abismo clamo a ti, Señor, escucha mi clamor, que tus oídos pongan atención a mi voz suplicante.. Señor, si no te olvidas de las faltas, ¿quién podrá subsistir? Mas el perdón se encuentra junto a ti: por eso te veneran. - Salmo  130:2-4
Venga a un Retiro del Viñedo de Raquel™ y llame a Nuestro Señor por Su gran   misericordia y perdón.  Èl te está esperando. Sanación después del aborto. Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912

For programming, see:

Recurring (Weekly) Activities

SINGLE AND PARENTING program begins Mondays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. and runs for 13 weeks. 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., Graduate Center Conference Room, basement of the Administration Building. Visit
for Student Center News .

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:   December 14                 DEADLINE:   December 3

--Facilities Workshop- December 3, 9:30-3
--DeColores Christmas Party- December 6
--Footsteps in Faith- February 7 & 8, 2015
--World Marriage Day – February 8
--World Meeting of Families – September 22-27, Philadelphia

--Pep, Saint Philip Neri Thanksgiving dinner- November 27, 2014, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
--Lubbock Saint John Neumann Cowboy Christmas Chili Cookoff & Dance-December 5
--Saint John Neumann Christmas Bazaar
December 6, 10-6
--NCYC Top Talent Concert- December 8
--Holy Spirit Gala-January 31, 2015
--Evening of Wine & Jazz – February 14, Christ the King Cathedral
--Brownfield Saint Anthony – August 2, 2015, 12-8




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