pastoral update

The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications

July 8-21, 2014


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RANDOM STEWARDSHIP IDEAS –   1) Attend an extra Mass on a weekday this month.
 2) Invite a single friend over for a meal.

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 -SNYDERSaturday, 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;

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.
Questions? Contact Tricia Vowels, 783-6482,

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:

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,,

Catholic Charities is seeking a full-time Business Manager.  Business degree required with experience in non-profit accounting.  Send resume to
School Librarian- Christ the King Cathedral School is accepting applications for a part-time school librarian. Resumes and/or letters of interest can be sent to Christine Wanjura at or can be dropped by the school office at 4011 54th street.  School office hours are Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

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:
Wednesday, July 9, 6-9 p.m.; Thursday, July 10, 6-9 p.m.; and Saturday, July 19, 9 a.m.-Noon.  Advance registration is required. Please contact Charlotte Amato,, or 792-6168

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: or visit the website

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,

Offic for Vocations

QUO VADIS DAYS – July 21-23Plains 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; or Deacon David Close- 806-788-1636 or

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?
Domingo Décimo Quinto del Tiempo Ordinario-En la lectura de hoy del profeta Isaías, hay una seguridad de que la liberación de la Palabra de Dios dará fruto abundante en el mundo. La Palabra de Dios completará aquello para lo que fue enviada. Su Palabra nos es dada como un don para ser nutrido, compartido y hecho para “producir fruto.” La pregunta es si estamos ejercitando o no, una buena corresponsabilidad de la palabra de Dios. ¿Nosotros hemos sido “productivos” con la Palabra de Dios? ¿Hemos liberado la palabra de Dios? ¿Compartimos la Palabra de Dios, o dejamos esta tarea a otros?

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?
Domingo Décimo Sexto del Tiempo Ordinario-En la segunda lectura de hoy, San Pablo nos impulsa a sentir consuelo al saber que cuando Dios nos invita a que oremos, él conoce nuestras verdaderas necesidades, aún las que nosotros desconocemos. El Espíritu Santo intercede y ora por nosotros aún cuando no encontremos las palabras apropiadas; o no tengamos idea acerca de qué pedir. No estamos solos. Los buenos corresponsables saben que la oración es una parte importante de vivir una vida en Cristo. Lo más importante es hacer un espacio para Dios. ¿Nosotros permitimos a Dios estar en nuestros corazones? ¿Hacemos espacio para que el Espíritu Santo ore dentro de nosotros?

To access the entire month of readings, please see Stewardship e-bulletin:

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
Come labor at a Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat, and rest in His forgiveness and peace after an abortion. Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912.
RINCON DE RAQUEL-  “La labor de la obediencia lo regresará a Él de quien se ha separado.” -San Benedicto; día festivo julio 11
Venga a laborar en un retiro del Viñedo de Raquel™, y descanse en Su perdón y Su paz.  Sanación  Después del Aborto   Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912.

Monday, July 14 @10 p.m. Saint Kateri Tekakwitha: A Pilgrimage Into Her Heart- Stories of Saint Kateri, a miraculous healing and her 2012 canonization---with members of every Indian nation present, are intertwined portraying her as a model of the New Evangelization and a call for all people to treat God's creation responsibly.  [30 min]
Thursday, July 17 @5:30 p.m. - Catholic Action Insight: Bishop Salvatore Cordileone- Thomas McKenna, Founder and President of Catholic Action for Faith and Family, interviews Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, as they discuss the attempts to legalize 'same sex' marriage and the impact of these efforts on religious freedom and civilization. [30 min]
Saturday, July 19 @ 1:00 p.m. – Atheist to Catholic: My Story of Conversion & Evangelical Catholic – Former atheist Jennifer Fulwiler and The Evangelical Catholic’s Jason Simon present their talks from the Ignited by True Conference in Raleigh, NC  [1 hour]

Monday, July 21 @ 5:30 p.m.  Saint Dominic-The Dominican Order [30 min]
Tuesday, July 22 @ 5:30 p.m. – Saint Benedict – Benedictine Order.  [30 min]
Wednesday, July 23 @5:30 p.m. – Saint Francis Of Assisi – Franciscan Order, and with Saint Clare, the Poor Clares  [30 min]
Thursday, July 24 @5:30 p.m. – Saint Ignatius Of LoyolaSociety of Jesus (Jesuits) [30 min]

For more programming, see:

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,, 806-438-5145 or Leia Arteaga,, 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 The next deadline dates are:
EDITION DATE:                 DEADLINE:            
      August 10                            July 30
--Leadership Day – August 9
--Facilities Workshop- September 11
--Red Mass – October 6 @ 6:30 p.m., CTK
--Nurturelife Banquet – October 23
--Footsteps in Faith- February 7 & 8, 2015
--Southwest Liturgical Conference, January 21-24-27, 2015, Amarillo

July 12 – Ralls Saint Michael
July 13—Anton, Saint Anthony, 12-6 p.m.
July 19 – Abernathy, Saint Isidore, 11am-8 pm
July 19 & 20 -Our Lady of Guadalupe, Plainview
July 20 – Morton Saint Ann, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
July 20—Lubbock Saint John Neumann, 12:30-7:30 pm
July 20 – Muleshoe Immaculate Conception, 12-9
July 20-Woodrow San Ramon – 12-9 p.m.
July 26-Brownfield Saint Anthony, 12-8 p.m.
July 26 – Floydada Saint Mary Magdalen
July 26 & 27- Lubbock Our Lady of Guadalupe
July 27 – Hale Center Saint Theresa, 12-8 p.m.
July 27 – Tahoka Saint Jude, noon-10 p.m.
August 2 – Crosbyton San Jose, 3-11 p.m.
August 3 –Lockney San Jose de Calasanz
August 3 – Lamesa- Saint Margaret Mary/Our         Lady of Guadalupe, 12-9 p.m.
August 3- New Deal, Our Lady Queen of Apostles, 12-8
August 10 – Pep Saint Philip Neri, 1-8 p.m.
August 10 – Lubbock Our Lady of Grace, 12-8
August 15 & 16- Slaton Our Lady of Guadalupe
August 17–Shallowater Saint Philip Benizi, 12-7 pm
August 17–CTK Family Activity Ctr-10 a.m.-4 p.m.
August 24 – Fiesta de Colores
August 30 – Spur Saint Mary, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.




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