pastoral update

The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications

April 15, 2014


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SPECIAL COLLECTION – Good Friday, April 18 – For the Holy Land.

LIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE BISHOP Bishop Rodríguez explains Holy Week in a live interview on the Faces of Faith series with AJ Reporter Natalie Gross posted on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal home page:

LIVE STREAMING OF MASSES - As a service to those who are hospitalized, home bound or traveling outside the diocese, Christ the King Cathedral will offer Live Streaming of its Masses at Holy Week Services:  April 15 Chrism Mass @ 7 p.m., April 17 Mass of the Lord’s Supper @7 p.m., April 18 Good Friday Services @ 7 p.m., April 19 Easter Vigil @ 8:30 p.m., and Easter Sunday Masses @8, 9:15 and 11 a.m. After Holy Week, Sunday 8, 9:15 and 11 a.m. Masses will be live streamed on the cathedral website.

MISCARRIAGE AND INFANT LOSS SUPPORT GROUP-Meeting on Monday, April 21st @ 6:30 p.m., Saint Joseph Church (Guadalupe/Conference Room), 102 North Ave. P. Open to anyone who has suffered the loss of a child. Contact Sandy Cisneros, 806-473-7592, for more information.

SAUSAGE FEST – Snyder Saint Elizabeth Church, 3005 Avenue A, will host the annual all-you-can-eat sausage dinner on Sunday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults-$9/plate, child-$6. Country store, silent auction, game booths, cash card raffle, bulk sausage sales and more. All are invited.

WIVES OF DEACONS- Day of Recollection, May 3, 9 a.m.  to 3 p.m. at the Mercy Retreat Center, Slaton. Davlyn Duesterhaus is the retreat leader. Please RSVP to Tricia Vowels,

SAVE THE DATE - --Rural Life Mass – Monday, May 5, Triple A Farms, 3801 N State Road 1490, Levelland. Bring side dishes or desserts to share during the dinner. You may also bring containers or sacks or soil and seed which Bishop Rodríguez will bless for using in fields and gardens at home. 
Directions from Anton – From Highway 84, travel 9.8 miles south on FM 597. Turn left onto US 385 S and travel 1.1. miles. Turn right onto FM 597 and travel 4.2 miles. Turn right onto FM 1490. Triple A Farms on right.
Directions from Levelland – Travel 14 miles on US 385 N. Turn left onto FM 597 and travel 4.2 miles. Turn right onto FM 1490. Triple A Farms will be on the right.  

VENDORS NEEDEDSaint John Neumann Parish will host a “Cowboy Christmas” Dance and Bazaar December 5 & 6. They will have openings for almost 100 vendors with new handmade items only. (No garage sale/flea market items) Place your booth rental request by October 1, 2014, by calling 806-799-2649.

Parishes & Around the Diocese

MERCY SUNDAY PRAYER CELEBRATION – April 27, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Our Lady of the Angels Convent, 8202 CR 7700. Led by Deacons Isidoro Saldana & Rudy Calsoncin, the celebration includes exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, two talks on Divine Mercy, silent prayer, Benediction, and sung Chaplet of Mercy. Participants may bring a snack to share. To RSVP: email or 806-863-4906.

EVENING OF HOPE AND HEALINGFriday, May 2 @ 7 p.m., San RamonChurch, 15706 Loop 493, Woodrow. A ministry sponsored by diocesan deacons and wives. The sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick will be available, as well as prayer for healing. For more information: 806-239-9899 or

FAMILIES ENCOUNTERING CHRIST SUMMER CAMP – June 24-27, 5:30-9:00 p.m., Catholic Renewal Center, 4620 4th Street, Lubbock. “Discovering God’s Plan 4 Love & Life.” Come one day or all four, bring the whole family for: praise, teachings, worship, food, jumpers, games, crafts and more. To Register: email or call 806-792-3943 ext 232. Sponsored by Diocese of Lubbock & the Nurturing Center.

GRADUATION PHOTOS: High school and college graduates may submit photos for the annual supplement published by Bishop Rodriguez in the South Plains Catholic. Wallet-sized photos are best, but any close-up will do. Be sure to include your name, address, school, and parish on the back of the photos, and include $1 and a self-addressed envelope for your photo to be returned. Mail to: Graduation Issue, PO Box 98700, Lubbock TX 79499-8700. Photos may be e-mailed to Include the above information in your e-mailDeadline for receiving photos: May 15, 2014.

DAVE RAMSEY'S FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY - This life-changing series will help you achieve your financial goals by showing you how to eliminate debt, save for the future, and give like never before. You will be challenged and motivated to make a plan for your money and change your family tree forever. Nine Wednesday night sessions from April 23-June 18 @ 6:30 p.m., Monsignor Ben Kasteel Hall of the CTK Family Activity Center. Limited class size—call today. Cost is $93 (plus shipping) and one kit can be shared by each participating couple. See more at:  or call 792-6168.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Christ the King Cathedral Annual Athletic Department Golf Tourney is scheduled for Friday, May 16, at Shadow Hills Golf Course, 6002 3rd Street, Lubbock. Shotgun start at 1:00 p.m., 18 hole, 4-person scramble. Sign-in starts at noon. Fee includes green fee, cart, range balls and dinner. $1000 Sponsorship includes 4-man team, shirt, golf balls and signage. $500 sponsorship includes 4 man team and signage. $100/per player.  All donations will gladly be accepted. Limited to 120 registered and paid players. Make checks payable to Christ the King School c/o Athletic Department. Contacts: Lori McComas-795-8283 or Abel Mendoza at 789-2824.   Sponsorship deadline is May 7.

JOB OPENING - Executive Director – Catholic Charities (CC) –  Summary of position - Serve as CC’s primary representative. Assume primary responsibility for grant writing, fundraising and acquisition of program funds. Oversee and coordinate the day-to-day operations and administration of agency programs. Supervise 7 program directors. The minimum qualification is for a Catholic who is committed to Gospel values, Catholic social teaching in communion with the Diocese of Lubbock and can demonstrate a strong background in client services. Education\Experience - Bachelor’s degree in social work, management, etc. with at least 7 years of experience in administration of a social work/mental health related agency. (Master’s in Social Work or related human services field plus experience is preferred). Applications may be submitted by means of a resume to be delivered no later than May 10, 2014 to: Catholic Charities -Diocese of Lubbock, Attention: Dean Koetting - Search Committee, 102 Avenue J, Lubbock, TX 79401

AFRICAN MASS: The African Catholic Community Of Lubbock (AFRICCOL) invites you to celebrate African Mass with us Sunday, April 27, 12:00 pm, Saint Elizabeth Chapel, 2305 Main, Lubbock.

Lenten Activities

April 16 @ 7 p.m., Christ the King, 54th & Orlando, Lubbock

FISH & SHRIMP – SHALLOWATER – Fridays  April 18, 11:30-6:30 p.m., Saint Philip Benizi, 10th & J. $8/plate

Office of Evangelizatin & Catechesis

FREE CASSETTES - To anyone who may still be able to play an audio cassette: There are a number of Liturgical Music cassettes in the office. We will dispose of them soon. If anyone wishes to secure a favorite tape…call our office 806-792-2234 or e-mail .

Office of Vocations

ALTAR SERVERS’ APPRECIATION MASS – Saturday, April 26, at 11:00 a.m., Holy Spirit Church, 9821 Frankford, Lubbock. Note: Parishes—please send in the number of servers you are bringing so meal preparations can be adequate. Call Sister Olivia Rico- 806-792-3943 ext 227 to RSVP-or

Office of Youth Ministry

YOUTH RALLY – “Do Not Be Conformed to This World” will take place April 25 (7-11 p.m.) and April 26 (9 a.m.-10:30 p.m.) at Christ the King Cathedral School, Lubbock, featuring keynote speaker Michael Hoffman and the Texas Tech Catholic Student Ministries DYRT band. For information, contact your parish youth leader or the diocesan Office of Youth Ministry @ (806) 792-3943.

Sunday, April 20 @ 4 p.m. - Gospel Of Mark  - Why Is Life Different After Jesus' Resurrection?-'He has risen, He is not here.' Fr. Martin explains that these are the words that the angel said to the women who came to the tomb to anoint Jesus, and the words that the Church preaches generation after generation for all who are looking for Jesus. [30 min]
Sunday, April 20 @ 8 p.m. The Word Was Made Flesh - Easter Sunday And Appearances Of Our Lord- By highlighting the reactions of the apostles and disciples to Christ's resurrection from the dead, Father Apostoli concludes his survey of the Gospel.
[30 min]
Thursday, April 24 @ 5:30 p.m. - The Vision Of Pope John Paul Ii - The Missionary Vision Of Pope John Paul II- Dr. Alan Schreck discusses John Paul II's Missionary Vision on key aspects of the mission of the Church in our time, as seen in the encyclicals Evangelium Vitae, Ut Unum Sint, Redemptoris Missio, and Slavorum Apostoli.[30 min]
For more programming, see:

Office of Stewardship and Development / Catholic Foundation 

ONLINE GIVING AVAILABLE at to set up a donation to the Catholic Foundation.

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS:  Resurrection of the Lord-Easter, April 20- The reading from the Acts of the Apostles reminds us that we, too, bear witness to the risen Lord. The presence of Christ is within us, making us new, transforming us into stewards of the Good News. There is no more time for holding grudges, disliking others, seeking vengeance, maintaining old prejudices, tolerating bias. We are Christ’s joy and instruments of his peace. Our world is reordered. Reflect on how we are called to let Christ’s forgiveness, reconciliation and love permeate our lives. We are Easter people. Rejoice! He is risen! Alleluia!
La Resurrección del Señor – Domingo de Pascua - La lectura de los Hechos de los Apóstoles, nos recuerda que nosotros también llevamos testimonio del Señor resucitado. La presencia de Cristo está dentro de nosotros, renovándonos, transformándonos, convirtiéndonos en corresponsables de las Buenas Nuevas. No hay más tiempo para guardar envidias, desagrado hacia otros, búsqueda de venganza, mantener viejos prejuicios, o tolerar predisposiciones. Nosotros somos la alegría de Cristo y los instrumentos de su paz. Nuestro mundo está reordenado. Reflexione acerca de cómo somos llamados a que el perdón, la reconciliación y el amor de Cristo impregnen nuestras vidas. Nosotros somos el pueblo de la Pascua. ¡Regocijémonos! ¡Él ha resucitado! ¡Aleluya!

To access the entire month of readings, please see Stewardship e-bulletin:

Retreats/ Spiritual Development

RACHEL’S VINEYARD -  “I am the Resurrection and the Life; whoever believes in Me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.”       - John 11:25-26
Our Lord conquered death so that we may live.  Come experience a new life after an abortion on a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat™.  Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912.
RINCON DE RAQUEL “Yo soy la Resurrección y la Vida.  El que cree en mi, aunque esté muerto, vivirá; y el que haya creído en mí, no morirá para siempre.” - Juan 11:25-26
Nuestro Señor venció la muerte para que podamos vivir.  Venga y experimente una nueva  vida en un Retiro del Viñedo de Raquel™.  Sanación Después del Aborto   Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912.

Community Events

FREE PARENTING CLASSES: “A Look Inside Blended Families” – May 13. Creating harmony in a blended family is hard. Wilma Edwards, MSSW, LMSW, will offer suggestions on how to decrease family stress and sent a foundation for positive interaction, new traditions and communication.

“The First Year of Year of Your Child’s Life” - May 1, 8, 15 & 22 four-part series. Learn how to cope with and enjoy your child’s first year. (Parents who attend all four sessions receive free diapers.)
For information/to register for a class, call 806-747-5577 or email  Classes run from 6:30-8:30 p.m., #5 Briercroft Office Park, Lubbock. No childcare available

DIABETES CLASSES: Community Health Center of Lubbock is offering FREE Diabetes Self-Management and Nutrition Classes- March 18-May 5, 6-7 p.m. for Self-Management & 7-8 p.m. for Nutrition; Behner Place, 4115 36th St, Lubbock. Classes run 8 consecutive weeks. Learn what diabetes is, what the risk factors are, and how you can have better control with proper nutrition and exercise. Contact Sarina at 765-2611, ext. 1007. Registration is required.                                                                                   

Recurring (Weekly) Activities

SINGLE AND PARENTING Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m., Marriage and Family Life offices, 4th & Toledo, Lubbock. No fee; to register call 806-792-3943 ext 231.

YOUNG ADULT FAITH GROUP : Catholic post-college young people including graduate students, medical and law students and young professionals in the Diocese of Lubbock. Mondays, 8 p.m, Lubbock Saint Elizabeth University Parish, Pallotti Building. Led by Father Jorge Rativa. Plans are for at least two social gatherings each month – one meal at a local restaurant and one pot-luck at someone’s house, usually 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month. To join the email list or for more information, please contact Jaclyn Cañas-Carrell,, 806-438-5145 or Leia Arteaga,, 806-543-6265.

BIBLE STUDY: Brother John's Catholic Books & Gifts   (13th & Slide Road) offers a bible study on Tuesday nights lead by Arnold Garcia. They will be studying the Book of Romans. It starts at 7 p.m. Bring a bible and a catechism.

GRIEF SHARE CLASSES for those who have lost someone close to them will meet Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Marriage & Family Life Offices, 4th & Toledo. No fee; to register call 806-792-3943 ext 231, or

MASS  ON THE TEXAS TECH CAMPUS - Wednesdays at 12:10 p.m. for Student Center News visit

MASS AT REESE CENTER Wednesdays, 12:05 p.m. in South Plains College Building, RC 822A, building 8. All are welcome!

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

TWITTER: Our bishop is now on Twitter. You can follow him @BpRodriguezCMF.

South Plains Catholic story ideas, stories, and photos (including names and explanations) can be sent to PO Box 98700, Lubbock, Texas 79499-8700, or emailed to The next deadline dates are:
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         May 11                           April 30

--Altar Server Appreciation Mass—April 26 @11 a.m., Holy Spirit
--Youth Rally, April 25-26
--Snyder Saint Elizabeth Sausage Fest-April 27, 11-3
--DCA Pre-Appeal Sunday – April 27
--DCA Appeal Sunday—May 4
--Rural Life Mass – Monday, May 5, Albus Farms
--DCA Post-Appeal Sunday—May 11
--Footsteps in Faith- February 7 & 8, 2015

June 1- Saint Patrick, Noon-7 p.m.
June 8 – Idalou Saint Philip, 12-8 p.m.
June 8 – Saint Theresa, Carlisle
June 8 – Idalou Saint Philip Benizi, Noon-8 p.m.
June 22- Lubbock Saint Joseph, 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.
June 22 – Wilson Blessed Sacrament, 11-7
June 29 – Levelland Saint Michael, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
June 29 – O’Donnell Saint Pius X, noon-8 p.m.
June 29 – Wolfforth Saint Francis, 12 – 7 pm. 
July 12 – Ralls Saint Michael
July 13—Anton, Saint Anthony, 12-6 p.m.
July 19 – Abernathy, Saint Isidore, 11am-8 pm
July 20 – Morton Saint Ann, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
July 20—Lubbock Saint John Neumann, 12:30-7:30 pm
July 26 – Floydada Saint Mary Magdalen
July 26 & 27- Lubbock Our Lady of Guadalupe
July 27 – Hale Center Saint Theresa, 12-8 p.m.
July 27 – Tahoka Saint Jude, noon-10 p.m.
August 3 –Lockney San Jose de Calasanz
August 3 – Lamesa- Saint Margaret Mary/Our Lady of Guadalupe, Noon-9 p.m.
August 3 – Pep Saint Philip Neri, 1-8 p.m.
August 15 & 16- Slaton Our Lady of Guadalupe
August 17 – Shallowater Saint Philip Benizi, 12-7 p.m.



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