pastoral update

The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications

August 25, 2015


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GOLF TOURNEY 2015 Tech Knight Kick-Off Golf tourney this Friday, August 28, shotgun start @ 8 a.m., Rawls Course. Contact Shawn Canale- 317-5693.

TECH KNIGHT KICK-OFF Saturday, August 29, 6-9 p.m., K of C Banquet Hall. Contact Alfred Moreno for tickets – 831-6537.

GOT SOME TIME? Catholic Charities is currently looking for volunteers. We have opportunities in our food pantry, reception area, and Donation Center located at 2218 34th Street. For more information on volunteer opportunities contact Efrain Duarte, volunteer coordinator: 806-765-8475 or at

SUBSTITUTES NEEDEDBoth 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.

EN-COUN-TER CATHOLICISM: Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. in Kasteel Hall, Christ the King Cathedral, 4011 54th Street in Lubbock.  Upcoming Sessions:
August 26: Ann Krier “A Portait of Thomas Merton: Happy 100th Birthday to a Spiritual Master”
Why would a young man who lived in the volatile times of WWII, the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement choose to leave the world and enter a Trappist monastery in rural Kentucky? Ann Krier will give highlights of his pilgrimage, from college party life to vows of obedience, chastity and poverty. . . and how his journey and writings opened world-wide access to contemplative prayer (formerly practiced only in cloistered settings).   Was he renegade monk or the mystic for our times?
September 2: David Powell “The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic” - Walk into any Catholic church next Sunday and look around. You’ll discover that some people are highly engaged, others very disengaged, and the majority somewhere in between. Why? What’s the difference between highly engaged Catholics and dis-engaged Catholics? Answering this question is essential to the future of the Catholic Church. If we truly want to engage Catholics and reinvigorate parish life, we must first discover what drives engagement among Catholics.

FIESTA DE COLORES – September 6, beginning at noon, Catholic Renewal Center, 4th & Toledo, Lubbock.

LEARN TO COOK! - Catholic Charities offers: Free nutrition, cooking classes, free dietitian appointments, free $60 gift card (for clients meeting income guidelines). Wednesdays @ 9 a.m. September 2-16 at Catholic Charities, 102 Avenue  J, Lubbock.  Contact the Nutrition and Wellness Department: 806-765-8475 or

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

CATHOLIC EDUCATION RESOURCES: Journal Press II Resources is a publisher of Catholic Religious Education materials for parishes and schools for all levels, elementary through adult. All 300 MasterSets are now available in JP II Resources' program of downloadable reproducibles. These sets are the same popular Master Sets that are available for shipping as hard copies through our website ordering. You may find the description of materials on the following website.

Wednesday, August 26, Idalou Saint Philip Benizi, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 27, Sacred Heart, Plainview at 6:30 p.m. To register, contact Alicia Alvarez, 806-792-3943 ext. 222 or

Office of Marriage and Family Life

CARROTS FOR MICHAELMAS - August 31 at 6:30 p.m., Saint Michael Church, 316 E. Washington, Levelland. Speakers Daniel and Haley Stewart will talk about marriage, NFP, and personal conversion. This is a time of adoration and great speakers. Child care is available. Contact: Sadie

Community Events/Classes

PRENATAL CLASSES: Community Health Center of Lubbock welcomes expecting parents to join in their Prenatal Class Series. Enjoy food, fun, and learning in the series of eight classes. Topics include healthy pregnancy steps, baby’s development, and more. Plus, there will be door prizes and an opportunity to earn points to receive free baby items. Classes are free, but registration is required. Contact Yvonne Gutierrez- (806) 765-2611 ext. 1009.

FREE DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT CLASSES: Community Health Center of Lubbock hosts free Diabetes Self-Management and Nutrition classes, in a group setting. Each class meets once weekly for 8 weeks. Participants are presented with a wealth of information and instruction for diabetes management. These classes are FREE of charge and open to the public. Upcoming classes: August 4 through September 22 -6-8 p.m., at the Arnett Benson Medical & Dental Clinic, 3301 Clovis Rd;  or August 12 through September 30, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at Mae Simmons Community Center. Contact Josh Moreno at 806-765-2611 ext. 1007 for registration.

Office for Youth

YOUTH MINISTRY TRAINING – at Christ the King Cathedral, September 5 – 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. (includes lunch & sharing).  "Planning Meaningful Prayer Services" - presenter is Dan Franklin (from Saint Joseph, Slaton). Contact youth office-806-792-3943 ext 130

FRANCISCAN FEST – for youth 13-18 years, September 12, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Our Lady of the Angels Motherhouse, 8202 County Road 7700, Wolfforth. Presented by Friar Andy Martinez of Las Cruces, NM, the Sisters of Saint Francis, and D’Maris Murillo and Lourdes Martinez. Registration fee: $10 (scholarships available)

TALENT SEARCH – Parish leaders and youth ministers, do you know of any bands (amateurs welcome), good speakers or entertainment that would be willing to serve for youth retreats or gatherings? Please contact Youth Office – 806-792-3943 ext. 130.

CIA LEADERSHIP TRAINING/RETREAT: September 19-- Topic: Does He Have it All? Presented by  D’Maris Murillo and Dan Franklin, 9:30 a.m.– 6:30 p.m. For all youth who have been confirmed and wish to know how to live out the gifts of the Spirit in practical ways. Lunch is $5.00. Contact: Youth office, or (806) 792-3943 ext. 130.

Office for Vocations

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

FILIPINO MASS - The next Filipino Mass will be celebrated on September 6 at 3:00 p.m. in Saint Elizabeth's Chapel, 2301 Main, Lubbock.

LAUDATO SI – ON THE CARE OF OUR COMMON HOME - Pope Francis’s recent encyclical has challenged us to renew our responsibility for our earthly home. Stewardship of the Earth, (Threshold Bible Study) by Steve Binz can be used for a small study group or individually to enrich our spiritual lives. Experience God’s creation as a great gift and a sacred trust through biblical texts.

AFRICAN MASS will be celebrated August 30 at Saint Elizabeth Chapel, 2301 Main, Lubbock, @ 12:00 Noon. All are welcome to attend.

COWBOY CHRISTMAS VENDORS – Saint John Neumann Church will again host “Cowboy Christmas” on November 13 and 14 in the school gym, 10 a.m.-6p.m. Vendors are needed--$100 for this two-day event! For more information, please contact Kelly or Dawn- 799-2649.

Office of Stewardship and Development / Catholic Foundation 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS: Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 29-30 - In the reading from the letter of St. James we are urged to be “doers” of the Gospel, not just listeners. Being a “stew­ard” of God’s Word is a matter of listening to the Good News, embracing the Good News and putting the Good News into action in our day-to-day lives. And whenever we are uncertain as to what decisions to make or actions to take as good stewards of the Gospel, St. James reminds us: We can never go wrong if we resist popular values that are not compatible with the Gospel, and we come to the aid of those who are burdened, distressed and poor.
Vigésimo Segundo Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario- En la lectura de la carta de Santiago somos impulsados a ser “activos,” no sólo oyentes del Evangelio. Ser “corresponsable” de la Palabra de Dios es cuestión de escuchar las Buena Nueva, abrazar las Buena Nueva y poner las Buena Nueva en acción en el día-a-día de nuestra vida. Y siempre que tengamos la incertidumbre sobre qué decisiones hacer o qué acciones tomar, como buenos corresponsables del Evangelio, Santiago nos recuerda: nos mantendremos alejados del mal si resistimos los valores sociales que no son compatibles con el Evangelio, y acudimos en ayuda de aquellos que están agobiados, angustiados
To access the entire month of readings, please see Stewardship e-bulletin:

Retreats/ Spiritual Development

RACHEL’S VINEYARD-“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in your faith, so that in the power of the Holy Spirit you may be rich in hope.”              -Romans 15:13
 Come discover what it feels like to be filled with joy and peace and to be rich in hope after an abortion. Come on a Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat.  Fall Retreat – November 6-8, 2015   Confidential contact: Gloria at  and 432-897-4788
RINCON DE RAQUEL “Que el Dios de toda esperanza los colme de gozo y paz en el camino de la fe y haga crecer en ustedes la esperanza por el poder del Espíritu Santo.”    -Carta a los Romanos
Venga y descubra lo que se siente el llenarse de gozo y paz y el sentir el aumento de esperanza.  Venga a un Retiro del Viñedo de Raquel™. Sanación Después del Aborto   Fall Retreat – November 6-8, 2015   Confidential contact: Gloria at  and 432-897-4788

For EWTN programming see:

Recurring (Weekly) Activities

CATHOLIC MOMS have moved their library and picnic day to Wednesdays. Other events are also on Wednesdays, so on those days we will aim to at least picnic on the lawn at the diocese, 4620 4th Street, after the event (weather permitting). For more information, please contact Vicki Divine at 607-226-6398 or by email

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.

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:

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EDITION DATE:   September 13            DEADLINE:   August 26                                         


--World Meeting of Families – September 22-27, Philadelphia

--September 5, Spur Saint Mary, 12-12
--September 27, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Snyder, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
--September 27, Saint Michael, Levelland, 11 a.m.




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