pastoral update

The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications

February 09, 2016


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MEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUPPornography And Its Effects On Men, Marriages And Families” – Saturday, February 13, 9 a.m., presented by Rev. Bill Anton, Rector, Christ the King Cathedral, in the Parlor,
4011 54th Street, Lubbock.

RITE OF ELECTION – Sunday, February 14 @ 3 p.m.,  Christ the King Cathedral, 4011 54th Street, Lubbock. For more information, contact Father Rene Perez,

FIRST FRIDAY MASS to end abortion and euthanasia, (March 4) Saint John Neumann, 24th & Frankford, 5:30 p.m. Every First Friday of the year.

WOMEN’S LENTEN RETREATSaturday, February 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saint John Neumann Church Hospitality Room, 24th & Frankford, Lubbock. Preregister by February 14. $10 fee includes lunch. Registration & breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Speaker: Deacon Leroy Behnke. For questions contact Jennifer at 806-392-7174.

ANDREW’S SUPPER & FIAT DINNER – February 25, 6-8 p.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 211 West 7th Street, Plainview. Prayer- Supper   - Sharing for College and High School age men and women. To register: contact your parish office or Deacon Arturo Hinojosa, 806-729-0354


STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Christ the King Cathedral, all Fridays of Lent at 7 p.m. (except Good Friday at 3 p.m.)

February 13, Lent: Mercy Coming Alive, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Director – Deacon Clarke Cochran
February 20, Silent Lenten Retreat, Led by the Spirit Into the Wilderness, 8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
                           Retreat directors-Deacon Juan Cavazos and Sister Celine Thames .
Fee of $15 for each includes lunch.  Scholarships available. Our Lady of the Angels Convent, 8202 CR 7700, Wolfforth. Call to register: 806-863-4904 or

NATIONAL SPEAKER/EVANGELIST – Michael Cumbie will bring a Lenten Mission to Saint Michael Church, 316 E. Washington, Levelland, Monday, February 22-Wednesday February 24, 7 p.m. nightly. Raised anti-Catholic, he underwent a dramatic conversion to Catholicism. Come experience inspirational and life-saving talks! Information: 806-894-2268

DISCOVER YOUR YEAR OF MERCY RETREAT - February 26 @7 p.m.--February 28 @ 2 p.m. Discover How to Implement Pope Francis' "Works of Mercy" in Your Life. Learn how to practice loving kindness, compassion, and self-restraint in transforming your life, your relationships, your work, and all of life.  Speakers: Msgr Joseph James, Father Benedict Rudolf Crasta, David Garza, Mary Reid and other special guests and priests at Mercy Retreat Center, Slaton.  Reconciliation will be available. $150/person ($75 deposit) includes two nights lodging, five meals, snacks. Contact: Mark Meurer: 806-789-8456 or  To register, see

DAY OF REFLECTION – Saturday, February 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., “Thirsting for the Water of Life” presented by Father Brian Pierce, OP, Saint Elizabeth Church, Hanly Hall, 2305 Main Street   Lubbock. Attendance is free.  Lunch will be provided.  No need to pre-register. Please bring your bibles.

Lenten Youth RetreatMarch 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Shallowater Saint Philip. Cost is $10, scholarships available. For more information, call Youth Office – 806-792-3943 ext. 230.

March 12,  8:45 a.m.-3 p.m., Lenten Retreat “Putting Skin on Mercy,” with Father R.B. Williams, OP. Reflections on the corporal works of mercy using scripture and the words of Pope Francis. Kasteel Hall, Family Activity Center, Christ the King Cathedral, 4011 54th Street, Lubbock. Sacrament of Reconciliation available. $10 includes breakfast, lunch and all materials. To register, contact Renée Underwood at, 806-928-0463 or online at

Fridays -February 12 to March 18, 4:30-7 p.m., Immaculate Conception Parish, adults-$9, 12 & under-$6. Contact: 272-4167
February 12, 19 & 26,
and March 4, 6-8 p.m., Bishop Rodriguez Hall of the Family Activity Center, Christ the King Cathedral, Lubbock. All you can eat fried and/or baked fish  with sides and dessert!  (Fish sticks available for kids) $10 for Adults, $5 for children under 12.
All Fridays in Lent. Shallowater- 12-6 p.m., Anton-5-8 p.m. Adults-$8.

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

SAVE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM TRAINING - February 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Catholic Pastoral Center
4620 4th Street, Lubbock. Contact: Alicia Alvarez, 806-792-3943,

SACRAMENT TEXTS AVAILABLE free for any parish that could use them for CCE.
CHRIST OUR LIFE Series (Loyola, 2002)
Grade 1 – Teacher Manual (1), Student Texts (7); Grade 3 – Teacher Manual (2), Student Texts (12)
Grade 5 – Teacher Manual (4), Student Texts (8); Grade 6 – Teacher Manual (3), Student Texts (4), Blackline Masters; Grade 7–Teacher Manual (1), Blackline Masters (3); Grade 8–Teacher Manual (2), Student Texts (11)
CONFIRMATION: Inspired by the Spirit (Sadlier, 2012)
Teacher Manual (4), Student Texts (24)
There are a few Sacramental materials also available.  If you need any of these materials or have any questions call/write Rose Martin 806-792-3943 ext. 224.

Office of Marriage and Family Life

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND - February 12-14 - Marriage Encounter is a weekend getaway that helps married couples enhance their communication and build a strong, loving relationship. Make this Marriage Encounter (Valentine’s) Weekend at Amarillo’s Bishop DeFalco Retreat Center a special time for the two of you to explore, rediscover, and reconnect with each other.  There are still a few spaces left, so apply now at  For more information contact Rick & Bev Feller, (405-323-9119) or email

MARRIAGE  PREPARATION RETREAT- "By your Side," February 26-27, Friday-6-9:45 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.. Please call Lubbock Our Lady of Guadalupe Church office to register: 806-763-0710/ fee for visiting couples from other parishes is $50.

RETROUVAILLE  weekend in the Diocese of Lubbock – March 4-6, 2016. More information to come.

Office for Youth

TOB4T –Theology of the Body for Teens retreats are planned for Junior High youth on February 27 at Our Lady of Grace Church, Lubbock, and at Sacred Heart Church, Littlefield, April 2. Please contact Elizabeth at the Nurturing Center or Ellie Contreras at 773-9803 or, if interested. Retreats run from noon to 9 p.m. and cost $15 to attend. All junior high youth invited.

CONFIRMATION RETREAT, YEAR 1 – Our Lady of the Angels Convent, 8202 CR 7700, Wolfforth. Dates for 2016: 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 6-8, 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 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, February 5. All are welcome.

Parishes & Around the Diocese

CATHOLIC ON PURPOSEWeekly classes on Sundays, 11 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the Christ the King Kasteel Hall. Taught by Eben Emerson. For more information: Margo Gonzalez, 805-792-6168.

SAN RAMON VALENTINE'S DANCE- Friday, February 12, 7 pm to 12 am, Knights of Columbus Banquet Hall (FM 1585,East of Slide). $25/couple; $15/single. Serving Menudo, Tamales and more. Raffle with great prizes. Call 806.863.2201 for more information.

SWEETHEART SIZZLER – Dinner/Dance- Saturday, February 13, at 7 p.m., Saint Joseph Parish Hall, 21st & Division Slaton. Steak dinner, drinks, dance featuring Gary Nix & West Texas. $30 a person. Silent auction & chances to win awesome prizes. Contact: 828-6761.

SAINT VALENTINE’S DAY RIB EYE STEAK DINNER - Saturday, February 13, 5 – 9 p.m., Saint Philip Church, 10th & J, Shallowater. 12–14 oz. Rib Eye served with salad, loaded mashed potato, dessert, and drink. $50/couple, $25/an individual. Contact Belinda Aguilar, 239-2556, Alice Serna, 786-5329, or the office, (806)832-4088, to purchase your tickets and make reservations. Deadline: Thursday, February 11.

EN-COUN-TER CATHOLICISM: Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. in Kasteel Hall, Christ the King Cathedral, 4011 54th Street in Lubbock.  en•coun•ter Catholicism©. A different topic and presenter each week.
February 17: " Reclaiming the Humble Prayer of Fasting" Presented by Tricia Vowels - Over the course of church history, this Lenten practice has been revised and minimized. . .  yet in making it easier for people, we have lost much of the true meaning of this powerful prayer form.  Our engaging presenter brings her growing revival and love for this ancient practice, prompting us to en-coun-ter the mysticism tied to “hunger and thirsting” for righteousness. 

Correction: PEOPLE OF FAITH AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY- The State of Texas will execute another death row inmate on Tuesday, February 16.  You are invited to an ecumenical prayer vigil during the approximate time of the actual execution (5:45-6:15pm), at the corner of 15th St. & University Ave. across from TTU in front of St. John’s UMC.  Questions?  Call Saint John Neumann parishioner Anne Cochran -795-9745. 

Office for Finance


Office of Stewardship and Development / Catholic Foundation 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS:First Sunday of Lent-February 13/14 - The second reading from Saint Paul to the Romans is a favorite of those involved in the ministry of evangelization. There are no “secret” disciples of the Lord. Those who ex­ercise good stewardship of their faith realize that publicly identifying themselves as followers of Christ has a cleans­ing effect on their lives. Openly confessing Christ makes them more conscious of how they live their daily lives. Are we content to privatize our faith or are we good stewards of a faith that we share, make public, and regularly identify as a life in Christ?

Primer Domingo de Cuaresma -La segunda lectura de San Pablo a los Romanos es la favorita de quienes están involucrados en el ministerio de la evangelización. No hay discípulos “secretos” del Señor. Quienes ejercitan una buena corresponsabilidad de su fe, se dan cuenta que identificarse a sí mismos públicamente como seguidores de Cristo, tiene un efecto purificador en sus vidas. Confesar a Cristo abiertamente, les hace más conscientes de cómo viven sus vidas diariamente. ¿Estamos nosotros satisfechos de nuestra fe privada o somos buenos corresponsables de una fe que compartimos, que hacemos pública y que identificamos regularmente como una fe en Cristo?
To access the entire month of readings, please see Stewardship Reflections

Retreats/ Spiritual Development

RACHEL’S VINEYARD- For 42 years I have had an infected body. When I looked in a mirror I would see my ugly face. I was always told how ugly I am. People made fun of me for being ugly. I could only see who I wished I could be. Now I know I am pretty!! I am healed! My wounds are not infected anymore! It is all gone! God has shown me how much He loves me”       - Testimonial from a retreat
Come on a Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat and discover the beauty in you that God sees even after an abortion.  Let Him whisper words of healing to your soul. Next Retreat April 15-17, 2016. Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912. 
RINCON DE RAQUEL-“Durante 42 años he tenido un cuerpo infectado.  Cuando me miraba en el espejo veía mi cara fea.  Siempre me decían lo fea que era yo.  La gente se reía de mí por fea. Yo solo podía ver quien deseaba ser.  ¡Ahora sé que soy bonita! ¡Me ha sanado! ¡Mis heridas ya no están infectadas! Dios me ha mostrado lo mucho que me ama.”             -Testimonio de Retiro
Venga a un Retiro del Viñedo de Raquel™ y descubra le belleza que Dios puede ver en usted y dele permiso de que le sople al oído palabras de sanación para su alma.   Sanación Después del Aborto.  Next Retreat April 15-17, 2016.  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:

MASS ON THE TEXAS TECH CAMPUS - Wednesday, 12:10 p.m. on Campus in Kent Hance Chapel.

CATHOLIC ON PURPOSE:  Sundays, 11 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the Christ the King Kasteel Hall. Taught by Eben Emerson. For more information: Margo Gonzalez, 805-792-6168. All welcome.

FIRST FRIDAY MASS to end abortion and euthanasia, Saint John Neumann, 24th & Frankford, 5:30 p.m. Every First Friday of the year.

HOLY HOUR - Christ the King Cathedral has a Holy Hour for Vocations at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month. 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

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EDITION DATE:    March 13         DEADLINE:       March 2     

Presbyteral Ordinations- June 11, 2016, Deacons Jose de Dios Gonzalez & Jonathan Phillips
Diaconal Ordination – August 6, 2016, Jacob Powell

June 4 – Crosbyton San Jose, 3:00 p.m.
June 5 – Lubbock Saint Patrick
June 26 – Christ the King
July 24 – Lubbock Our Lady of Guadalupe
August 13, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Slaton, 12-12
September 10, 2016- Rotan Saint Joseph      





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