pastoral update

The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications

October 06, 2015


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RED MASS Tonight, October 6 @ 6:30 p.m. – Christ the King Cathedral.
MARRIAGE JUBILEE MASS – October 11 @ 3 p.m.  All married couples are invited!
(Details under Office of Marriage and Family Life)

ROSARY IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE – Saturday, October 10 @12noon.. Littlefield Sacred Heart parishioners and their pastor Father Brian invite all to join them in praying the rosary in downtown Littlefield.

LEARN TO COOK! - Catholic Charities offers: Free nutrition, cooking classes, free dietitian appointments, free $60 gift card (for clients meeting income guidelines). Wednesdays @ 6 p.m. October 14, 21, 28 & November 4 at Catholic Charities, 102 Avenue  J, Lubbock.  Contact the Nutrition and Wellness Department: 806-765-8475 or

WHITE MASS for all Health Care Workers will be celebrated Saturday, October 24, at 5:30 p.m. at Christ the King Cathedral, 4011 54th Street, Lubbock. The White Mass is open to all in the medical and allied health care occupations, including administrators, clerks, counselors, custodians, etc. It is called the “White” Mass because health care workers traditionally wore white attire. Reception will follow the Mass.

ANNUAL CATECHETICAL AND MINISTRIES CONFERENCEWe are the Good News, October 17, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Catholic Renewal Center.  Keynote speaker is Jeanne K. Hunt, who served as Director of Family Life for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and Director of Religious Education for many years. She is a contributor to many publications, including Homily Helps, Catholic Update and Faith Formation Update. Pre-registration fee is $20 and deadline is October 15. Door registration is $25. (Includes registration materials and snacks.) Lunch is on your own or bring snacks. Mail checks to We Are the Good News, Diocese of Lubbock, Box 98700, Lubbock, TX 79499 or email Include your name all contact information, parish and ministry.
OKTOBERFEST – Saturday, October 17, 1-9 p.m., Slaton Saint Joseph Hall, 21st & Division. Food, German beer and live music by No Dry County, Ronnie Eaton, Broken Bar V Band, Caleb Allemand & Dave Martinez. $10 general admission, kids 12 & under free. $3 food and drink tickets. Food by Our Lady of Guadalupe Men’s Club.

LISTEN, LEARN, LAUGH YOUTH RETREAT - October 23-24, Our Lady of Guadalupe/Lubbock. The fee is $10, after October 21 it is $15. Based on Mark 9:7, this will count as a Confirmation retreat. It is for ALL Middle and High School Students. Spread the word! For questions, contact Deacon Jose Mora at 806-763-0710 or

RAIDER PROMISE GALA DINNER – Saturday, November 7, 2015, 6:30-9:00 p.m., McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center, Texas Tech. An evening of gourmet dining and fellowship, hosted wine and beer, music. Guest speaker is San Angelo Diocese’s Bishop Michael J. Sis. $50/person. Reserved tables of 8/$500. Proceeds will support the building of the John Saleh Catholic Student Center at TTU. RSVP by October 28 to Greg Ramzinski, 762-1672 or

10/12- Start of Living Rosary- each member picks one mystery of the rosary and prays a decade daily for the Vocation of Motherhood (e-mail to sign up) 10/13 - CTK Mom’s Night Out – 6:30 pm – Blue Sky; 10/14 Rosary & Lunch – 11:15 am – e-mail Vicki for location. Children welcome, lunch provided. 10/16 - CTK Mommy and Me – 10 am–Noon – McCullough Park (rain location Chick-fil-a 82nd & Milwaukee)  10/17- 33 Days to Morning Glory – Online Book Study Begins!! Join Catholic Moms: on Facebook to participate. Books at Brother John’s or online.
10/17 Safe Environment Training with Childcare provided – contact Vicki for more details

DIVINE MERCY CORPS gives direct aid to our brothers and sisters on the streets of Lubbock. It is run by a Saint Elizabeth Parish parishioner. Donations are needed to keep the ministry running. Needs: Clean socks, T-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, and gloves (gently used are good), and individual containers of Ensure, as some people are quite ill and need the extra nutrition. Donations can be placed in the round basket in the Narthex at Saint Elizabeth. For info, please contact Beth Pressley 789-9002.

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Saturday, November 7, 1:00 p.m., Office for Evangelization and Catechesis Library
Contact: Alicia Alvarez - 806.792.2234 x222;
November 13, 6:30- 9:00pm – Saint Paul Church, Seagraves.  Neighboring parishes are invited  and welcome!  Contact Lydia Aguilar at 432-238-3478.

Office of Marriage and Family Life

MARRIAGE JUBILEE MASS – October 11 @ 3 p.m.  SAVE THE DATE!!Bishop Placido Rodriguez will recognize those celebrating Jubilees of 25, 50 or 50+ years of marriage. Register for this celebration with your pastor, or at the church office. Couples names should be forwarded to Marriage & Family Life Office, Catholic Pastoral Center, Box 98700, Lubbock, TX 79499-8700 no later than October 7. Or FAX registration to 792-8109 or family

MARRIAGE WEEKEND:  Join millions of couples who have learned how to keep their marriage vibrant and alive. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter is October 23-25 in Amarillo, Bishop DeFalco Retreat Center, 2100 North Spring Street.  Through others’ gifts, application fee is only $100, with opportunity to anonymously donate to the next weekend for another couple. Deadline to register is October 10, so hurry! Only eight rooms left! Contact:  Rick & Bev Feller (405) 323-9119 or  Apply online:

Office for Youth

SERVICE/TALENT NEEDEDKnow a good, local band, speaker or entertainer to serve at youth retreats or gatherings? Send us their contact information: or, (806)792-3943 ext. 230.

THEOLOGY OF THE BODY: Weekly classes on Sunday, 10:20-11:20 a.m. in the Saint John Neumann new school building, 22nd and Frankford. For adults and teens wanting to learn more about JPII’s, Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body. What it means. Why it matters. How do we attain true happiness on earth? What does it mean to be created in God’s image? Taught by Roy and Ellie Contreras and Deacon Kyle Broderson. For information call: Roy Contreras, 806-773-9127.

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

PEOPLE OF FAITH AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY - The State of Texas will execute death row inmates on Wednesday, October 14.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#2267) teaches that the death penalty should be used very rarely, if ever.  Twenty people have been executed in the U.S. in 2015.  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. 

EN-COUN-TER CATHOLICISM: Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. in Kasteel Hall, Christ the King Cathedral, 4011 54th Street in Lubbock.  Upcoming Sessions:
October 7: “The Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas”-by Dr. Paul Brooke - One of the great Doctors of the Church, Thomas Aquinas’ writings teach the unity, harmony and continuity of faith and reason, of revealed and natural human knowledge. en-coun-ter a glimpse of this amazing theologian presented by Dr. Paul Brooke.
Octobers 14: Cam Buchanan & Beverly McBeath “What Catholicism Sounds Like to Me”Meet a Christ follower not of Catholic background, Beverly McBeath. She brings her ecumenical perspective to this dynamic dialogue, alongside Cameron Buchanan, a former Protestant inquirer who completed and converted through RCIA. What does it sound like when we say, “scripture AND tradition together form our Catholic faith structure,” and “what common beliefs could bring us closer to Christian unity?” How does Beverly understand sacramental life, particularly the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist? We welcome her as she shares her perspective on what she hears and observes her Catholic brethren proclaiming about Christ.

SAUSAGE FESTIVAL - Saint Joseph Church, Slaton, invites all to Saturday, October 17 sausage sales (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) and Oktoberfest(1-9 p.m.) and to October 18 Dinner (11 a.m.-3 p.m.$10/adults, $6/kids) and Fun Fest- (11-4). Quilt show & raffle, country store, bingo, live & silent auctions, kids’ activities games and more. For more information:

PILGRIMAGE WITH FATHER RUDI – Holy Spirit Church pastor Father Rudi Crasta invites diocesan Catholics to join with him in a pilgrimage to the Holy Land April 1-11, 2016. See Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Caesarea, Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Cana, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Mount of Olives and more (8-day tour); plus Amman and many more biblical and historical locations in Jordan (12 day tour).  8-day land prices-$1659/person, air fare (as of 8-15-15) to Tel Aviv-$1369 round trip; 12-day land price- $2299/person, double, add $700 single; air fare-return from Amman (as of 8/15/15) -$1692. Deposit of $250/person required to hold your space. For more information, call Sigrid – 806-829-2182 or 

ARE YOU INTERESTED?  The Dominican Friars at St. Elizabeth Parish, Lubbock, are interested in sharing the Dominican charism of preaching the gospel through prayer, study, community and ministry as lived by the Dominican Laity.  With Bishop Rodriguez’ approval, we are seeking to determine the level of interest in the Lay Dominican vocation in Lubbock diocese.  For more information:, Father R. B. Williams, O.P. at or at the parish, 806-762-5225, ext. 217.  (Father R.B. is an itinerant preacher, so leave a message with contact info in case he is away.)

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 for Finance

SAVE THE DATE – DCA Training/Kickoff Workshop, Saturday, January 30, 9-11:30 a.m.

Office of Stewardship and Development / Catholic Foundation 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS:Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time - October 10-11 -Jesus offers a hard lesson regarding wealth and posses­sions in today’s Gospel. The rich man whom he encoun­tered could not part with his possessions as a condition to becoming a disciple of Jesus. Would our response be the same as the rich man? Do we place our trust in our money and possessions instead of trusting in God’s generosity? Do we seek security in our possessions? Good stewards real­ize that their possessions must not possess them, lest those possessions block their relationship with the Lord.
Vigésimo Octavo Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario - Jesús ofrece una lección difícil referente a la riqueza y posesiones en el Evangelio de hoy. El hombre rico que él encontró, no pudo desprenderse de sus posesiones como una condición para ser discípulo de Jesús. ¿Nuestra respuesta a Jesús sería la misma que la de aquel hombre rico? ¿Ponemos nuestra confianza en nuestro dinero y posesiones en lugar de confiar en la generosidad de Dios? ¿Nosotros buscamos seguridad en nuestras posesiones? Los buenos corresponsables son conscientes de que sus posesiones no deben poseerlespara que esas posesiones no obstruyan su relación con el Señor.
To access the entire month of readings, please see Stewardship Reflections

Retreats/ Spiritual Development

PRAYER AND THE SAINTS RETREAT: Thursday, October 29 @7 p.m. – Sunday, November 1 (ends in morning), Mercy Retreat Center, 605 South 19th St., Slaton, Texas. (806) 828-6428. : $150.00 per person, double occupancy. Deposit is $50.00. Bring Bible and comfy clothes. Register Today! David D. Garza, the retreat director will be joined by several speakers. Mail your name, address, check and contact information (email included) to: Mercy Retreat Center, P.O. Box 91, Slaton, Texas 79364. Website is: Topics include prayer and how the saints prayed, what Jesus, the Church, the Catechism and Scripture say about prayer, and various methods of prayer. Mass and confessions available each day.

WOMEN’S ACTS RETREAT - November 5-8, Mercy Retreat Center. For more information go to

RACHEL’S VINEYARD-“I am once again the person who existed in the pre-abortion days. I had never felt forgiven until now. I didn’t know exactly what was missing and I can’t even find the words to describe how incredible this feeling is.” -Testimonial from Retreatant
Continue your journey on a Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat and know what it is like to finally feel forgiven. Retreat is open to all touched by abortion. Fall Retreat – November 6-8.   Confidential contact: Gloria at  and 432-897-4788
RINCON DE RAQUEL  “Ahora soy la persona que era antes del aborto que viví.  No me había sentido perdonada hasta ahora.  No sabía exactamente lo que me hacia falta y ni siquiera puedo encontrar las palabras para describir lo increíble que es este sentimiento.”            -Testimonio de Retiro
Continúe su jornada en un Retiro del Viñedo de Raquel™ y sepa finalmente lo que se siente elrecibir el perdón.Sanación Después del Aborto   Fall Retreat – Nov.6-8, 2015   Confidential contact: Gloria at  and 432-897-4788

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.

CASE MANAGER NEEDED:  Catholic Charities Diocese of Lubbock is seeking a full-time STAR Youth Case Manager for Brownfield area. (Terry, Lynn & Yoakum Counties) The STAR program helps youth ages 0 to 17, and their families, with basic skills-building counseling. Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Human Services, or related field. Send resume to No phone calls please.


MEET AND MINGLE: On October 13, 8:45-9:15 a.m. come meet current Tuesday Volunteers at Catholic Charities Resale Center, 1505 34th St. Mingle with our current volunteers and see what being a Tuesday volunteer is all about. Coffee and donuts will be provided.

CONFIRMATION YOUTH SERVICE HOURS – Youth who need service hours are invited to help Slaton Saint Joseph Church/School during their Sausage Festival Funfest on October 18. Shifts are 10 a.m.-1, 1-4, and clean up from 4-8 (greatly appreciated!). Adults are more than welcome to help as well. Thank you! Contact April Behnke-, 806/239-6093.

Recurring (Weekly) Activities

MASS ON THE TEXAS TECH CAMPUS - Wednesdays at 12:10 P.M., Kent Hance Chapel. Visit for Student Center News

CATHOLIC MOMS meet on Wednesdays.Picnic on the lawn at the diocese, 4620 4th Street (weather permitting). For 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:

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:   October 11            DEADLINE:       September 30   

DATES TO REMEMBER:  --Marriage Jubilee Mass – October 11, 3 p.m.

--October 17-sausage sales 9a.m.-1 p.m., Slaton Saint Joseph; Oktoberfest  1-9 p.m.
--October 18, Slaton Saint Joseph Sausage Festival/dinner, 11-4



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