TOP NEWS – MOST RECENT
SPECIAL COLLECTION – Catholic Home Missions – next weekend – June 6/7.
EVANGELIZE WITH MEDIA! - The Office of Stewardship and Development invites you to learn the essential new media tools for parishes and parishioners to become electronic agents of the new evangelization. A FREE WEBINAR will be presented on Tuesday, June 2 at 1:00 p.m. Presented by Scot Landry, author and President of Good Catholic Leadership Group, it will focus on practical strategies to increase participation and practical plans for parishes to make the implementation turnkey. Register for the June webinar here: http://bit.ly/DigitalMissionaryWebinar or contact Rachel Martinez at 806-792-3943 x207 or email@example.com
GREAT AMERICAN COOK-OFF: June 12 & 13, Terry County Coleman Park, Brownfield. Knights of Columbus #12292 14th Annual Cookoff. First through tenth prizes in all three meat categories: brisket, spare ribs and chicken. Entry fee: $100 for three meats/$45 per individual meat. June 13 – CASI Chili Cook-off: Grind only, entry fee $20. Pinto Bean Contest:$10 entry. $5,000 in prizes. Friday night entertainment-The Hat Trick. Contact: Jessie Alejandro-432-631-1249 or Jimmy Garza-806-891-9668. More information at http://bit.ly/1CFgnmi Paid for in part by Brownfield Hotel/Motel Tax. (Also see ad in South Plain Catholic)
FAMILY SUMMER CAMP is now being planned! Don’t miss out on this family-friendly event. Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Families Encountering Christ Camp June 23-26, 5:30-9 p.m. each evening at the Catholic Renewal Center at Fourth Street and Toledo Avenue in Lubbock. Each night will begin with food prepared by a Knights of Columbus council, followed by praise and worship. Classes will be conducted for nine different age groups, small children to adults. For more information, or to register now, contact the Office of Marriage and Family Life: 806-792-3943 ext. 231 or FECCamp2015@yahoo.com
Peace and Justice Ministries
‘FREEDOM TO BEAR WITNESS’ WEBINAR - In preparation for the upcoming Fortnight for Freedom, (June 21 to July 4), Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, and Hillary Byrnes, USCCB Assistant General Counsel, will help to explore this year’s Fortnight theme. Keeping in mind the sacrifice of so many martyrs to the faith, the live event will help to emphasize the link between religious freedom and bearing witness to the truth of the Gospel. Please join in on May 28 at 2:00 pm to learn how we can defend this cherished liberty. For diocesan and parish leaders, directors of communications, pro-life, social justice, marriage & family life, evangelization & catechesis, Catholic education, youth & young adult ministry, and state Catholic conference directors. http://bit.ly/1S2HGkH
PEOPLE OF FAITH AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY- The State of Texas will execute a death row inmate on Wednesday, June 3. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#2267) teaches that the death penalty should be used very rarely, if ever. If you have theological convictions or moral reservations about the use of the death penalty in our legal system, you are invited to an ecumenical prayer vigil during the approximate times of these actual executions (5:45-6:15 p.m.). During this time we pray 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 Street & University Ave. across from TTU in front of St. John’s UMC. Questions? Call St. John Neumann parishioner Anne Cochran-795-9745.
Office of Evangelization and Catechesis
Office of Marriage and Family Life
COUPLE PRAYER SERIES #1 – Begins Wednesday, June 3, 6:30-8 p.m., Holy Spirit Parish, 98th & Frankford. Learn to pray together as a couple. Questions: Family Life Office: 792-3943 ext. 231
CATHOLIC ENGAGED ENCOUNTER (CEE) – June 5-7Mercy 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or see www.catholiclubbock.org/family 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: Oct 9-11, 2015.
CATHOLIC MOMS OF LUBBOCK meet every Thursday (weather permitting) for a family picnic on the lawn of the Diocese, 4620 4th Street, at noon. Check www.meetup.com/catholicmomsoflubbock for updates.
Office for Youth
TEEN ACTS (TACTS) RETREAT – July 16-19. For information: Ignacio Vasquez, TACTS Liaison- 806-790-6422 or email@example.com. Online: http://www.actscommunityoflubbock.org/teen-online-registration Please mail your registration form (Parts A and B) to: ACTS Community of Lubbock, P.O. Box 16827, Lubbock, TX 79416. Please include the fee of $150. A minimum deposit of $75.00 is required to be put on the list; the entire $155 is due before the retreat. Make checks payable to: ACTS Community of Lubbock. If cancellation is made within one week of the retreat, $50 of the retreat fee will be retained.
YOUTH JOB & CAREER FAIR –June 3, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Lubbock Civic Center. For youth ages 16-24.
Office for Vocations
VOCATIONS CAMPS THIS SUMMER – SAVE THE DATES!
YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE proclaimed by Pope Francis. Resources for celebrating consecrated life in parishes and families can be found at http://bit.ly/1zx9EL0
Parishes & Around the Diocese
LUNCH AT MERCY CENTER – Mercy Center at 19th and Division Streets, Slaton, will host Wednesday lunches for the community from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on the Patio. Proceeds benefit Mercy Center. Volunteers are also needed to help. If you would like to help, or have questions, call/text Mark Meurer 789-8456.
EN•COUN•TER CATHOLICISM - Explore the Catholic faith, whether you are a ‘cradle’ Catholic, raised without any faith tradition, a convert, or simply curious. A different topic and a different presenter each week. Wednesdays, 6 to 7 p.m. in the Monsignor Ben Kasteel Hall of Christ the King Cathedral Family Activity Center, 4011 54th Street, Lubbock. Come every week, once or twice a month, or whenever the Spirit leads you. Each session stands alone. www.ctkcathedral.org/encounter. Upcoming topics:
15TH ANNUAL BIBLE FEST FOR ALL AGES - At Christ the King Cathedral, June 8-11. Theme is “Book of Deuteronomy.” Each night begins with dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the Family Activity Center, 4011 54th Street. At 6:30 p.m. Kids from PreK-3 through 12th grade will enjoy Wandering Tribes, a fun Vacation Bible School with costumed tribe leaders and Bible characters, music, arts and crafts, games, skits and teachings from the Bible in various tents throughout the Family Activity Center. At 7 p.m. in the main Cathedral Worship Space, Adults will hear from noted speakers - Very Rev. Bill Anton, Eben Emerson, Deacon Gary Simmons and Dr. Mario Beruvides - with insights into the book of Deuteronomy each night. Bring your Bible to look up scripture passages during the sessions. Come all four nights or as many nights as your schedule allows. To sign up your family, visit www.ctkcathedral.org/biblefest or call 806-792-6168 for more information.
NIGHT TO REMEMBER - Mark June 7 on your calendar for the 24th annual "Night to Remember," Catholic Charities’ major fundraising event. It will take place at the Catholic Renewal Center at 4th and Toledo. Social hour and silent auction @6:30 p.m., Live auction @7:45, and a drawing for 4- $2000 cash prizes. (Need not be present to win.) Only 250 tickets are sold at $125 (admits two persons and one ticket in a drawing) Please call 765-8475 for more information about this event or to purchase a ticket.
NEW PARISH--INFORMATION MEETINGS: From Msgr. David Cruz: On behalf of Bishop Plácido Rodríguez, CMF, I extend an invitation to attend two information sessions open to the general public regarding the future establishment of Lubbock’s new parish at 108th and Indiana.
Office of Stewardship and Development / Catholic Foundation
STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS:Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity- May 30/31- In today’s Gospel and reading from the letter of St. Paul we hear of the gift of the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In our devotional life we make the sign of the cross and recite the “Glory Be” as an expression of our faith as a Trinitarian people. But what does it mean for Christian stewards to accept in a practical way the experience of God in this three-fold gift? Is it a call to share our own life in community, with compassion and love, and to work for healing, justice, peace and unity? Is it an invitation to invite others into fellowship with us in the unity of the Father, Son and Spirit?
CATHOLIC FOUNDATION GRANTS TO PARISHES: The Catholic Foundation awards grants to Catholic parishes, schools and organizations. Only one request per school or parish or organization. Application must include the pastor’s signature. Application forms are available at www.catholicfoundationlubbock.org. Completed applications are due via email, fax, postal mail or delivery to the Catholic Foundation on or before 5 p.m. on May 15. For more information, please contact Rachel Martinez at 806-792-3943 extension 207, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Retreats/ Spiritual Development
PROJECT JOSEPH FOR MEN in Dallas, June 27. Project Joseph is a life-changing opportunity for men who struggle with the emotional and spiritual pain due to their involvement in an abortion experience. This one-day men’s retreat is a unique and effective process designed specifically to help men experience the mercy and compassion of God. Do not continue to live with the grief, anger, guilt or shame. For more information and to register, contact Mr. Aranda at email@example.com or 469-416-2101. All inquiries are kept strictly confidential.
RACHEL’S VINEYARD-“O Saint Catherine of Siena, God our Father enkindled the flame of holy love in your heart as you meditated on the Passion of Jesus, His Son. Through your intercession, may we also come to know the love of Jesus. - St. Catherine of Siena
For EWTN programming see: http://www.ewtn.com/multimedia/advances.asp
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com, 806-543-6265.
GRIEF SHARE program begins Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. and runs for 13 weeks.
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
PLANNING A JAMAICA OR FESTIVAL? First check the Diocese of Lubbock Calendar to help with setting a date for your event: http://catholiclubbock.org/calendar.htm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The next deadlines are:
EDITION DATE: June 14 DEADLINE: June 3
DATES TO REMEMBER:
The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications
May 26, 2015