pastoral update

The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications

November 18, 2014


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HEALING PRAYER SERVICE – Friday, December 5, Christ the King Cathedral, 4011 54th Street, Lubbock, @7 p.m. If you are hurting or suffering spiritually, mentally, emotionally or physically, you are invited. Prayer, reflections from two deacons, benediction. Sponsored by deacons of the Diocese of Lubbock.

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE PROCESSION – Sunday, December 7 @3 p.m., Byron Martin ATC parking lot, 34th and Q. Process to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 1120 52nd Street, for Mass @4:30 p.m. with Bishop Placido Rodriguez, CMF  All are welcome!

NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE – December 4-December 12. Mass will be celebrated daily at 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church unless otherwise noted:
Thursday, December 4 by Rev. Emiliano Zapata, OP;
Friday, December 5 by Rev. Ernesto Lopez, with sacrament of Anointing of the Sick;
Saturday, December 6 by Rev. Andres Mendoza;  
Sunday, December 7 by Bishop Placido Rodriguez, CMF @ 4:30 p.m.
Monday, December 8 by Rev. Jim McCartney;
Tuesday, December 9, by Rev. Jose Kochuparambil;
Wednesday, December 10 by Rev. Rudy Crasta;
Thursday, December 11, Bishop Placido Rodriguez, 8-10 p.m. Mariachi Concert, Mass & Mananitas@10 p.m.
Friday, December 12 by Rev. Andres Mendoza, Mass (6 p.m.) & Our Lady of Guadalupe Play

AFRICAN MASS is scheduled to be celebrated December 14 at Saint Elizabeth Chapel @ 12:00 noon. All are welcome.

MASS ON TECH CAMPUS will not resume until January 21, 2015.

CONFIRMATION RETREAT DATES FOR 2015- For candidates in the second year of preparation:
January 9-11 – Lubbock Deanery, Renewal Center in Lubbock. $85 (limit 60)
February 6-8 –Brownfield Deanery, Renewal Center, $85 ((limit 60)
February 28-March 1- Plainview Deanery, Mercy Retreat Center, $95 (limit 60)
March 20-22 – Snyder Deanery, Snyder Our Lady of Guadalupe, $35
Registration deadline: two weeks before weekend. You may attend outside your deanery.

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

FREE ADVENT RESOURCES for families and catechists can be found at:  You can also access the Benziger e-newsletter at Helpful hints to help you celebrate this special season in a meaningful way.

SOUTHWEST LITURGICAL CONFERENCE STUDY WEEK will be held in Amarillo this year. “Go and Proclaim: Alive in Christ,” will be held January 21-24, 2015 at the Amarillo Civic Center. Cost: $135 for early registration (includes banquet). Deadline- December 15 for early registration. For more information on workshops, registration and hotel, please see and click on brochure.

December 9 @ 6-9 p.m., Saint Patrick Church Parish Hall, 1603 Cherry, Lubbock. Contact Alicia Alvarez-806-792-2234 x222.

Office of Marriage and Family Life

CATHOLIC ENGAGED ENCOUNTER (CEE) – Jan 23-25, 2015 Mercy Retreat Center, Slaton. Cost is $175/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: April 24-26, June 5-7, Oct 9-11, 2015.

Office of Finance

DIOCESAN FACILITIES MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP originally set for September 11 has been rescheduled to December 3, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Please mark your calendars. There will be several informative speakers in several fields. Please make plans now to attend, and bring the person(s) in your parish that maintain your buildings. If you have any topics you specifically want addressed, please call the Finance Office. RSVP: Jeannie Rodriguez @ 792-3943 ext. 216 or

Parishes & Around the Diocese

ADVENT RETREAT - “Make Ready the Way for the Lord,”  on Saturday, December 13, 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m., Our Lady of the Angels Convent, Wolfforth. Retreat director: Father George Poonely. The day will include talks, quiet time for reflection and prayer, sharing time, lunch, and an opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation. Suggested donation: $15 (scholarships available). To register, please call 806-863-4904 or Retreat open to men and women.
ADVENT MULTIMEDIA JOURNEYSunday, November 30-Sunday, December 7. Weekdays-4-9 p.m., Weekends-1-5 p.m., Christ the King Cathedral Family Activity Center. Combining original music, favorite hymns, dramatic narration, video and creative worship experience; discovery Jesus is a unique multimedia event that explores the true meaning of Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection. For more information or to schedule a group, please call Paula Bradley – 806-577-8644.

PEOPLE OF FAITH AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY -On Wednesday, December 3rd, the State of Texas will execute another death row inmate.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#2267) teaches that the death penalty should be used very rarely, if ever. If you have reservations about the use of the death penalty in our legal system, you are invited to an ecumenical prayer vigil during the approximate time of the actual executions (5:45-6:15 p.m.), wherein there is prayer 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 St. & University across from TTU in front of St. John UMC.  Questions? Call St. John Neumann parishioner Anne Cochran (795-9745). 

COWBOY CHRISTMAS BAZAAR- Saint John Neumann Church,  December 6, 10 a.m.--6 p.m  Vendors needed. Deadline to secure booth has been changed to November 15. Contact: Kelly Zinsmeyer – 806-799-2649.

Office of Stewardship and Development / Catholic Foundation 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS:First Sunday of Advent | November 29/30 - The season of Advent is upon us, and in today’s Gospel Jesus delivers a simple message through the pen of Saint Mark: “Be watchful! Be alert!” Christian stewards understand what Jesus meant when he said, “It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task.” Good stewards realize that to each one a task is assigned by God. They have been set in a particular place and station in life, and have been gifted with unique relationships. How do we respond to the tasks or cultivate our relationships in a way that keeps us alert for the return of Christ?
Primer Domingo de Adviento- El tiempo de Adviento ya está sobre nosotros, y en el Evangelio de hoy Jesús presenta un sencillo mensaje a través de la pluma de San Marcos: “¡Estén atentos! ¡Estén alerta!” Los cristianos corresponsables comprenden lo que la palabra de Jesús significa cuando dice, “Es como cuando un hombre sale: él deja su casa y a sus servidores a cargo, cada uno con una tarea asignada.” Los buenos corresponsables reconocen que a cada uno le ha sido asignada por Dios una tarea. Que ellos han sido puestos en un lugar particular y en una época de la vida, y les han sido otorgadas relaciones únicas. ¿Cómo respondemos a las tareas o cultivamos nuestras relaciones de manera que nos mantengan alerta para el regreso de Cristo?
To access the entire month of readings, please see Stewardship e-bulletin:

Community Events

PARENTING CLASSES –  October 28, 2014 -“Helping Your Child’s Future,” by Wilma Edwards, MSSW, LMSW. This is a class that will inspire parents to follow some ways to help their kids with self-worth, confidence, and friendships. 6:30-8:30 p.m., #5 Briercroft Office Park, Lubbock. To register: 747-5577 or

DIABETES CLASSES: Community Health Center of Lubbock is offering free diabetes classes: October 7-November 25 – Tuesday evenings: 6 - 8 p.m.-self management, nutrition. Arnett Benson Clinic, 3301 Clovis Road. Classes will be for 8 consecutive weeks. Contact Sarina at 765-2611, ext. 1007. Registration is required.

Retreats/ Spiritual Development

RACHEL’S VINEYARD-When we face death, discouragement, loss or pain, we can take great comfort in knowing  that no sorrow is too deep that God cannot feel it with us.  And God wants to help deliver us from it.  He wants to bring us his divine comfort and healing.”            - Reflections from Footprints
God is with you to help you face the pain or your abortion.  Come find His divine comfort and healing on a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat™.  Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912.
RINCON DE RAQUEL – “Aunque sientan desanimo, pérdida o dolor, nosotros podemos tomar gran consuelo      sabiendo que ninguna pena es demasiada profunda que Dios no puede sentirla con nosotros.  Y Dios quiere liberarnos de ello.  Èl quiere traernos su consuelo divino y sanación.”          - Reflexiones de Huellas
Dios esta contigo para ayudarte a enfrentar tu dolor.  Ven y encuentra Su consuelo divino y     sanación en un Retiro del Viñedo de Raquel™ Sanación Después del Aborto   Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912.

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Recurring (Weekly) Activities

SINGLE AND PARENTING program begins Mondays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. and runs for 13 weeks. 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

MASS ON CAMPUS: Mass on the Texas Tech Campus Wednesdays at 12:10 p.m., MASS WILL BEGIN AGAIN ON JANUARY 21.  Graduate Center Conference Room, basement of the Administration Building. Visit for Student Center information.

BIBLE STUDY: Brother John's Catholic Books & Gifts   (13th & Slide Road) offers a bible study on Mondays @7 p.m. Bring a bible and a catechism.

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

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EDITION DATE:   December 14                 DEADLINE:   December 3

--Facilities Workshop- December 3, 9:30-3
--DeColores Christmas Party- December 6
--Footsteps in Faith- February 7 & 8, 2015
--World Marriage Day – February 8
--World Meeting of Families – September 22-27, Philadelphia

--Pep, Saint Philip Neri Thanksgiving dinner- November 27, 2014, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
--Lubbock Saint John Neumann Cowboy Christmas Chili Cookoff & Dance-December 5
--Saint John Neumann Christmas Bazaar
December 6, 10-6
--NCYC Top Talent Concert- December 8
--Holy Spirit Gala-January 31, 2015
--Evening of Wine & Jazz – February 14, Christ the King Cathedral
--Brownfield Saint Anthony – August 2, 2015, 12-8




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