pastoral update

The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications

May 26, 2015


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SPECIAL COLLECTIONCatholic Home Missions – next weekend – June 6/7.
This appeal strengthens the Catholic Church in the U.S. and its territories in 87 Laton and Eastern Catholic diocese. It funds a wide range of pastoral services, including evangelization, religious education, and the maintenance of mission parishes, and the training of seminarians and lay ministers.

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: or contact Rachel Martinez at 806-792-3943 x207 or

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  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

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.

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,, 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:  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 for updates.

Office for Youth

TEEN ACTS (TACTS) RETREATJuly 16-19. For information:  Ignacio Vasquez, TACTS Liaison- 806-790-6422 or Online:   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.
Bring your resume and dress for success. Great employers hiring and help for training opportunities. Contact Workforce Solutions (806) 765-5038 for more information, or

Office for Vocations

For young men: QUO VADIS CAMP - Tuesday, August 4 – Friday, August 7, 2015
For young women: FIAT CAMP - Monday, August 10 – Thursday, August 13, 2015
Contact: Vocations Office - 806-792-3943 ext 227

YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE proclaimed by Pope Francis.  Resources for celebrating consecrated life in parishes and families can be found at

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. Upcoming topics:
May 20: "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Rosary (Including How to Pray It!)" by
Jeanette Hardin.
May 27: "My Life with the Saints" by Larry Sava. This topic delves into Christian spirituality as affected by our belief and practice of the communion of saints. From his personal prayer life, Larry will lead dialogue on the intercessory role our beloved saints play in building the Kingdom on earth from their heavenly vantage point. The perfect opportunity to "plug into" this circuit of unifying prayer awaits as you en-coun-ter "I believe in the communion of saints" from the Apostles' Creed!

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 or call 806-792-6168 for more information.    
JOB OPENING - Christ the King High School is accepting applications for High School math teacher who will be responsible for teaching Algebra I and II, Geometry and Pre-Calculus. Resumes and letters of interest can be sent to: Christine Wanjura, 4011 54th Street, Lubbock, TX 79413, (806) 795-8283, or e-mailed to:

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.
LEARN TO COOK—NIGHT CLASS! - Catholic Charities offers: Free nutrition classes, free cooking classes, free dietitian appointments, free $60 gift card (for clients meeting income guidelines). New Tuesday night-time classes are offered June 9-23. Classes are also offered Wednesday mornings July 8-29 at Catholic Charities, 102 Avenue  J, Lubbock.  Contact the Nutrition and Wellness Department: 806-765-8475 or

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.
General Public Information Session #2 - Tuesday, June 16 @ 7pm
Location: Lubbock Cooper North Elementary School Cafeteria, 3202 108th Street

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?
Solemnidad de la Santísima Trinidad - En el Evangelio de hoy y en la lectura de San Pablo nosotros escuchamos acerca del don de Dios, Trino y Uno; Padre, Hijo y Espíritu Santo. En nuestra vida devocional, nosotros hacemos la señal de la cruz y recitamos el “Gloria” como una expresión de nuestra fe como pueblo Trinitario. Pero, ¿qué significa para los cristianos corresponsables aceptar de una forma práctica la experiencia de Dios en este triple don? ¿Es este un llamado para compartir nuestra propia vida en comunidad, con compasión y amor, y trabajar por la sanación, la justicia, la paz y la unidad? ¿Es este un llamado para invitar a otros a congregarse con nosotros, en la unidad del Padre, el Hijo y el Espíritu Santo?
To access the entire month of readings, please see Stewardship e-bulletin:

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 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

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 or 469-416-2101. All inquiries are kept strictly confidential.

WOMEN’S A.C.T.S. RETREAT – June 11-14, Mercy Retreat Center. Registration form can be found at:     For registration questions, please contact Raquel Padilla at

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
Pray that the flame of God’s holy love settle in your troubled heart after an abortion and come know the love of Jesus on a Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat. Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912.
RINCON DE RAQUEL -O Santa Catalina de Siena, Dios nuestro padre le impartió la llama del amor santo en su corazón mientras meditaba en la pasión de Su hijo Jesús.  Mediante su intercesión, esperamos también conocer el amor de Jesús.  - Sta. Catalina de Siena
Pídale que la llama del amor santo de Dios encuentre hogar en su corazón atormentado, y venga a conocer el amor de Jesús en un Retiro del Viñedo de Raquel™.  Sanación Después del Aborto   Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912.

For EWTN programming see:

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

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

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:

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.

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 The next deadlines are:

EDITION DATE:   June 14            DEADLINE:   June 3                                                              

--Quo Vadis Camp – August 4, 5 & 6
--Diocesan Leadership Day-August 8, 9:00-3:00
--Fiat Camp—August 10, 11 & 12
--World Meeting of Families – September 22-27, Philadelphia

--June 7, Lubbock Saint Theresa, Mass @10 a.m.-Jamaica until 7 p.m.
-- Saint Patrick’s, June 7, 12-7 .p.m.
-- Saint Philip Idalou, June 14, Noon to ?
--Wolfforth Saint Francis, June 14, 12-7 p.m.
--June 14, Olton Saint Peter, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
--June 21, Lubbock OL of Guadalupe-11 a.m-9:30 p.m
--June 27, Anton Saint Anthony, 12-7 p.m.
--June 27,  Seagraves Saint Paul, 11-11
-- June 28, Saint Joseph, Lubbock
--July 11, Ralls Saint Michael, 3-11 p.m.
--July 12, Tahoka Saint Jude, 12-10 p.m.
--July 18,  Abernathy Saint Isidore, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
--July 18, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Plainview, 7-10 p.m.
--July 19, OLG, Plainview-1:30-10 p.m.
--July 19, Woodrow San Ramon, 12-7 p.m.
--July 19, Saint John Neumann, 12:30-8:00 p.m.
--July 25, Saint Mary Magdalen, Floydada, 9 a.m.-midnight
--July 26, O’Donnell Saint Pius X, 12-8 p.m.
--July 26, Saint Theresa, Hale Center, 12-8 p.m.
-- Lockney San Jose, August 1
--Brownfield Saint Anthony – August 1, 12-8
--August 2, Saint Margaret Mary/Our Lady of Guadalupe, Lamesa, Noon-9 p.m.
--August 2, New Deal Our Lady Queen of Angels-noon-7 p.m.
--August 8, Crosbyton Saint Joseph, 3- 11 p.m.
--August 8, Post Holy Cross, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
--August 8, Shallowater Saint Philip
--August 9, Christ the King, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
--August 9, Pep Saint Philip Neri, begins at noon
--August 15, Slaton OL Guadalupe, Noon-12 a.m.
--August 16, Lubbock Our Lady of Grace
--September 5, Spur Saint Mary, 12-12



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