Pastoral Update

The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications

May 24, 2016


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Save the Date: Families Encountering Christ Camp, June 20-23 with Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

FIRST SATURDAY DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET-  3 p.m. at Christ the King Cathedral, 4011 54th Street, to venerate the image of the Divine Mercy and to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

EN-COUN-TER CATHOLICISM: Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. in Kasteel Hall, Christ the King Cathedral, 4011 54th Street, Lubbock.  en•coun•ter Catholicism©. A different topic and presenter each week:
May 25: The True Significance of Memorial Day - Presented by Ysidro Gutierrez and Catholic War Veterans
Those who are sworn to serve their country in the armed forces are servants of the security and freedom of nations. If they carry out their duty honorably, they truly contribute to the common good of the nation and the maintenance of peace (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2310). Meet a group of Catholics who honor those who paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we enjoy. Learn through prayer and ceremony ways we can honor our war dead to make this upcoming Memorial Day one of true reverence and respect, and more than a day off from work for barbeque and retail shopping.
June 1: The Making of a Priest- Presented by Rev. Joseph Palacios - On Saturday, June 11, two seminarians – Jonathan Phillips and Jose de Dios Gonzalez – will be ordained as priests at Christ the King Cathedral. Gain insights into priestly formation, the sacrament of Holy Orders and what to watch for during the Rite of Ordination from the perspective of a young priest and diocesan vocations director who stood in their same shoes just three short years ago.

SERVING THE POOR WITH MERCY for  Youth Leaders, Newly Confirmed-fully initiated Youth and guides,  Saturday June 4, 10 a.m.-Noon, Diocesan Pastoral Center Library, 4th & Toledo. Marcus Martinez from Catholic Relief Services will share ideas on how to keep your Confirmation commitment alive and real. Lunch and fellowship follows workshop. Please RSVP by June 2 to get a lunch count.

FREE BUDGETING AND CREDIT CLASS – Monday, June 13 at 7 p.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1120 52nd Street, Lubbock. A perfect opportunity for new graduates, young adults, married couples and anyone who wants a better understanding of handling their personal finances. Representatives from City Bank Texas will cover the basics in budgeting, credit repair, keeping a good credit rating and applying for credit. The presentation will be provided in English and in Spanish. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Unless requested,   no one will contact you after the event. For more information, please contact Dario Rendon at 806-928-1243.

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – As the school year draws to a close, parishes will be planning for Vacation Bible School for their children. The Office of Evangelization & Catechesis has a few VBS kits that can be checked out from our library for use in your parish.  For more information, contact Rose Martin - 806-792-2234 (224) or

Office of Marriage and Family Life

CATHOLIC ENGAGED ENCOUNTER (CEE) –June 3-5, 2016,  Mercy Retreat Center, Slaton. Cost is $225/couple. CEE provides quality marriage preparation for couples planning to marry in the Catholic Church. Non-Catholics are also welcome. 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. Checks should be made out to Lubbock CEE, mailed to Family Life Office, Diocese of Lubbock, Box 98700, Lubbock, TX 79499-8700.

Office for Youth

TEEN ACTS RETREAT #9 – July 14-17. The Teen Directors are Savina Moreno and Michael King.  The Spiritual Companion is Tina Mendez, with Father John Ohlig as the Spiritual Director. Registration is $180 and is available online at or contact Robin Grosz at (806)777-6137 with questions.

Office for Vocations

QUO VADIS CAMP FOR YOUNG MEN – August 1-3, Plains Baptist Campground, Floydada. Young men ages 13-19 are invited. To register, or for more information, contact the Vocations Office at 806-792-3943 or  Registration deadline is July 22, 2015.

FIAT CAMP FOR YOUNG WOMEN – August 10-12, Plains Baptist Campground, Floydada. Young women ages 13-18 are invited. To register, or for more information, contact the Vocations Office at 806-792-3943 or  Registration deadline is August 5.

Parishes & Around the Diocese

MEMORIAL DAY MASS - The annual Catholic War Veterans Memorial Day Mass: May 30@ 11a.m., at  Christ the King Cathedral. All are invited to attend.

NIGHT TO REMEMBER – June 5, 6:30-9 p.m., Catholic Renewal Center, 4th & Toledo, Lubbock. Catholic Charities invites all to this Silver Jubilee Year of Mercy fundraiser. Heavy Hors D’oeuvres, silent and live auctions, six $1,000 cash prizes. $125 ticket admits two (only 250 tickets sold). For tickets: 806-765-8475 x 117 or Catholic Charities, 102 Avenue J, Lubbock, TX 79401.

K OF C GREAT AMERICAN COOKOFF – June 10 & 11, Terry County Coleman Park, Brownfield. Guaranteed prizes. Entry Fee: $100 for three meats, $45 per individual meat. June 11th Chili Cook-off entry fee is $20. June 11 at the Amphitheater, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Gary Nix Band will be performing. For full schedule, entry forms and information, please see, or contact Jimmy Garza 806-891-9668 or Concert by Element, 3 on 3 basketball tournament will also be featured.

PRIESTS’ WELLNESS DAY – For all priests in the diocese, May 26, Covenant Lifestyle Centre. Appointments are necessary. Please call Jeannie Rodriguez, 806-792-3943 ext. 216 or

PEOPLE OF FAITH AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY- The State of Texas will execute another death row inmate on Thursday, June 2nd.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#2267) teaches that the death penalty should be used very rarely, if ever. You are invited to an ecumenical prayer vigil during the approximate time of the actual execution (5:45-6:15pm).  The vigil is held at the corner of 15th St. & University Ave. across from TTU in front of St. John’s UMC.  Questions?  Call St. John Neumann parishioner Anne Cochran -795-9745. 

RUNNING2RESCUE - foot race, fundraiser, will be held June 4 @ 8 a.m. at Mackenzie Park in Lubbock. It’s a tool to raise awareness about human trafficking, and restore hope to the victims. All proceeds of the race benefit OneVo!ceHome and will provide these precious girls a second chance at life. To sign up for the race:

DIABETES & NUTRITION CLASSES – Tuesdays, June 7 – July 26, 6-8 p.m., Community Health Center Main Clinic, 1610 5th, Lubbock. For diabetes management. Free of charge. Contact: 806-765-2611

Office for Finance


Catholic School News

OPEN ENROLLMENT – Currently there is open enrollment for grades Pre-K-5th at Saint Joseph Catholic School (806- 828-6761) in Slaton, and at Christ the King Cathedral Schools (806-792-8283) for Pre-K through 12th grades. Call today to secure a place for your child(ren). Scholarships are available.

HOLY SPIRIT PARENTS DAY OUT & PRESCHOOL - The only Catholic Parents Day Out in Lubbock. Three different options:  Monday thru Thursday from 8:30-2:45; Mondays and Wednesday 8:30-2:45; or Tuesday and Thursday 8:30-2:45. With extended stay option until 4:30. Please call the Holy Spirit PDO office at 698-1668 for more information or

Office of Stewardship and Development / Catholic Foundation 

OCP GRANTS - If your parish is in financial need in the areas of liturgy or music, apply online today!  Grants applications are being accepted until May 30.  Visit for the application, FAQ, overview and eligibility.  En Espanol: For more information, contact the Office of Stewardship and Development, 806-792-3943.

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS:Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ - May 28 / 29 - From the rich Eucharistic themes to be drawn from today’s second reading, one stewardship theme stands out: The Eucharist is Christ’s gift to us. Good stewards are grateful for this gift and realize that no matter their station in life, they are welcome to come to the table and receive the body and blood of Christ. If Jesus could break bread with his betrayer, Judas, his denier, Peter, and the other ten who deserted him, then he will welcome us. Do we truly appreciate what a tremendous gift it is to approach the Lord’s table? Do we accept the transforming power of the gift of Christ’s body and blood?
Solemnidad del Santísimo Cuerpo y la Santísima Sangre de Cristo - De los valiosos temas de la Eucaristía que se desprenden de la segunda lectura de hoy, destaca un tema de corresponsabilidad: la Eucaristía es el don de Cristo para nosotros. Los buenos corresponsables están agradecidos por este don y conscientes de que sin importar la etapa de su vida, ellos son bienvenidos a la mesa a recibir el cuerpo y la sangre de Cristo. Si Cristo partió el pan con quien lo traicionó, Judas, con quien lo negó, Pedro, y con los otros diez quienes lo abandonaron, entonces, Él nos acogerá. ¿Apreciamos nosotros verdaderamente cuán grande y maravilloso don es el acercarnos a la mesa del Señor? ¿Aceptamos el poder transformador del cuerpo y de la sangre de Cristo?
To access the entire month of readings, please see Stewardship Reflections

Retreats/ Spiritual Development

A.C.T.S. RETREAT UPDATE: Women’s Acts #32 November 3-6 to ensure your slot. Men’s Acts August 18-21is now accepting registrations. Lay Director is Federico Gamboa, Co-directors are David Masionet and Leo Olvera, Spiritual Companion is John Rodriguez and Rev. George Roney is Spiritual Director. Register online at or contact Maria Chavira at or 469-507-1454. The fee for Retreats is $180 per person, partial scholarships available.

RACHEL’S CORNER  “I have told you all this so that you may find peace in me. In the world you will have hardship, but be courageous: I have conquered the world.”              - John 16:33
Come on a Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat and celebrate Our Lord’s victory over death which you can receive directly as you allow Him to conquer the death you feel inside since your abortionConfidential contact: and 806-577-5912.
RINCON DE RAQUEL “Yo les he dicho estas cosas para que en mí hallen paz. En este mundo afrontarán aflicciones, pero ¡anímense! Yo he vencido al mundo.”                     -Juan 16:33
Venga a un Retiro del Viñedo de Raquel™ y celebre la victoria de Nuestro Señor sobre la muerte, la cual puede recibir directamente permitiéndole a Él vencer la muerte que siente por dentro desde su aborto.
Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912.

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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 -suspended until Fall semester

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 & BENEDICTION-Saint John Neumann, 22nd & Frankford, 7 p.m., every Thursday.  Join us for an hour of Adoration and experience the SJN Schola Choir (Gregorian Chant).

HOLY HOUR for Vocations- 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

COLLEGE LIFE - Christ the King Cathedral, Friday nights @ 7 p.m., Family Activity Center (Game Room)

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.

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS –For those grieving the loss of a child. First Tuesdays at 7 p.m.,  (Spanish meeting, Second Tuesdays, 7 p.m.) at Lubbock Christian University (Behavioral Science Bldg, corner of 21st Street and Dover, Room 105). For all denominations. (806) 218-2397 or

GRIEF SHARE program Tuesdays, 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.

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EDITION DATE:    June12         DEADLINE:       June 1

Catholic War Vets Memorial Mass- May 30, 11 a.m., CTK
Night to Remember – June 5, 6:30 p.m.
Presbyteral Ordinations- June 11, 2016, Deacons Jose de Dios Gonzalez & Jonathan Phillips
Diocesan Family Camp, June 20-23
Diaconal Ordination – August 6, 2016, Jacob Powell
Marriage Jubilee – Sunday, October 2 @3 p.m.
October 4 Red Mass with Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, 6 p.m.
October 22, White Mass, 5:30 p.m.
October 29, Catechetical & Ministries Conference, Lubbock Civic Center
November 20—Year of Mercy Closing Ceremony, 11 a.m.

June 4 – Crosbyton San Jose, 3:00 p.m.
June 5 – Lubbock Saint Patrick
June 12 – Lubbock Saint Theresa, 11-9
June 12—Idalou Saint Philip, 10-8
June 12—Wolfforth Saint Francis, 12-7 p.m
June 12—Olton Saint Peter, 10:30-5:30 p.m.
June 25—Seagraves Saint Paul
June 26—Lubbock Saint Joseph, 11-8
July 8 & 9 – Saint John Neumann, Carnival & Craft fair, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
July 9 – Anton Saint Anthony, Noon-9 p.m.
July 10 - Christ the King, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
July 17- Woodrow San Ramon, 12-8 p.m.
July 17 – Muleshoe Immaculate Conception, 12-8
July 24 – Lubbock Our Lady of Guadalupe
July 24—Wilson Blessed Sacrament, 11-7
July 24—Morton Saint Ann, 11-8
July 30 – Brownfield Saint Anthony, 12-8 p.m.
July 31 –Hale Center Saint Theresa, Noon-8 p.m.
August 6- Littlefield Sacred Heart, 12-9 p.m.
August 6- Lorenzo San Lorenzo, 3-11 p.m.
August 7- Lamesa Saint M.Margaret & OL Guadalupe, 12-9 p.m. (OLG grounds)
August 7 - Our Lady Queen of Angels, New Deal
August 13-- Our Lady of Guadalupe, Slaton, 12-12
August 14- Denver City Saint William, 11-8
August 14- Lubbock Our Lady of Grace, 12:30-8:30
August 14- Pep Saint Philip Neri, 12-8 p.m.
August 21 – Shallowater Saint Philip, 11-8
September 4 – Levelland Saint Michael, 1-9 p.m.
September 10- Rotan Saint Joseph
September 24 – Spur Saint Mary
September 24 – Seminole Saint James Fall Festival, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.





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