Pastoral Update

The Diocese of Lubbock Office of Communications

June 21, 2016


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SPECIAL COLLECT IONfor the Holy Father (Peter’s Pence) on the weekend of June 25/26. The purpose of this collection is to provide the Holy Father with the financial means to respond to those who are suffering as a result of war, oppression, natural disaster, and disease. 

DON’T FORGET THIS WEEK’S JAMAICAS:  June 25—Seagraves Saint Paul, June 26—Lubbock Saint Joseph, 11-8

SAINT JOSEPH’S HALL DANCE – SLATON- Live music, featuring Rex Thomas with Texas Cadillac Jack Band, Saturday, July 2, 7-11 p.m. Saint Joseph Parish Hall, 21st & Division, Slaton. BYOB & Snacks. Freewill offerings accepted. All proceeds go towards hall renovations.  21 years & up only

CURSILLISTA SOCIAL GATHERING – July 2, 9 a.m.-Noon, Catholic Renewal Center. For more information, please contact your parish vocal or Deacon Joe Morin, 806-543-5686.

BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER – Sunday, July 3, 7:30 a.m. until gone, Saint Joseph Church, 102 N. Avenue P, Lubbock. Breakfast plate (egg, potatoes, beans and your choice of meat) and drink--$6; Breakfast burrito and drink--$3. Proceeds benefit scholarships for new ACTS retreatants. Contact David Maisonet 806-777-5722

VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT – Saturday, July 9, beginning at 9:30 a.m., Christ the King Cathedral, 4011 54th. For participants 15 years old and up. $10/person. Proceeds benefit CTK youth programs. For information, contact Marcelino Flores, 806-441-1649 or

SAINT BENEDICT FEAST DAY – On Monday, July 11, @ 6 p.m., all are welcome to join parishioners of Saint Philip Benizi, Shallowater, at Mass celebrating the Feast of Saint Benedict. Blessing of St. Benedict medals will be included in the celebration.

TEEN ACTS #9 RETREAT: The July 14-17 retreat weekend approaches. The goal of a Teen ACTS retreat is to deepen one’s relationship with Jesus Christ through the interaction of youth and adults, including religious, spiritual, moral and social issues, through prayer and scripture sharing, and through physical games and exercises. There are openings for more retreatants (high school sophomores up to 2016 graduates). Please send your teenager, or sponsor one from your parish. Registration is $180 and is available online at or contact Robin Grosz at (806)777-6137 with questions. If there are financial difficulties, contact your sponsor or the Teen ACTS Liaison. 
➔ ➔ ➔ Help needed: Adult hall monitors (safe environment training current), two male & two female are needed for the following times: Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 11 p.m.-2:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. Can you take a time slot? The theme is "Serve One Another in Love", Galatians 5:13.

LADIES FITNESS CLASSESFree classes, low impact and high intensity workouts available to accommodate everyone. Community Health Center of Lubbock.  Registration is open for Monday and Friday classes. Contact: Yvonne Carrillo- 806-765-2611.

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

SUMMER READING - The summer months offer us an opportunity to slow down and relax from the busy schedules of the year. Why not take this time to catch up on your spiritual reading? The library in the Office of Evangelization & Catechesis has many books available to check-out. We are open 8:00 am – 5:00pm daily and look forward to helping you.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – Is your parish planning a Vacation Bible School for their children? The Office of Evangelization & Catechesis has a few VBS kits that can be checked out from our library for use in your parish.  For more information, contact Rose Martin - 806-792-2234 (224) or

Office of Marriage and Family Life

FAMILIES ENCOUNTERING CHRIST CAMP – June 20-23, 5:30-9 p.m., featuring Special Guest Speaker Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers. For information call (806) 792-3943 ext. 232 or (806) 773-9803 and/or register at

Office for Youth

TEEN ACTS RETREAT #9 – July 14-17 at Mercy Retreat Center. The goal of a Teen ACTS retreat is to deepen one’s relationship with Jesus Christ through the interaction of youth and adults, including religious, spiritual, moral and social issues, through prayer and scripture sharing, and through physical games and exercises. The Teen ACTS Retreat experience is open to incoming high sophomores through those who just graduated from high school this past May. The Teen ACTS retreat begins at Mercy Retreat Center, 1225 West Division Street in Slaton, on Thursday, July 14 and ends on Sunday, July 17 following the closing Mass and reception. Teen Directors are Savina Moreno and Michael King, Spiritual Companion is Tina Mendez, Spiritual Director is Father John Ohlig. Registration is $180 and is available online at If paying with PayPal there is a $5 service fee. If there are financial difficulties, contact your sponsor or the Teen ACTS Liaison. You should receive a letter two weeks prior to your retreat detailing what you will need to bring. For more information, please contact Robin Grosz at 806-777-6137 with questions. 

Office for Vocations

QUO VADIS CAMP FOR YOUNG MEN – August 1-3, Plains Baptist Campground, Floydada. Young men ages 13-19 are invited. To register, or for more information, contact the Vocations Office at 806-792-3943 or  Registration deadline is July 22, 2015.

FIAT CAMP FOR YOUNG WOMEN – August 10-12, Plains Baptist Campground, Floydada. Young women ages 13-18 are invited. To register, or for more information, contact the Vocations Office at 806-792-3943 or  Registration deadline is August 5.

Parishes & Around the Diocese

"DEEPENING YOUR JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY" RETREAT- Thursday July 7 - Sunday July 10, 2016. Get away this summer and find out all about God's Mercy and the Jubilee Year of Mercy. 
Take a few days off and come on retreat.  Take a vacation from the stress and worry of life,
and get in touch with the Mercy of God and the special graces he offers us this year.
Registration & Details

FATHER TOM DIEBEL LIVING ESTATE SALE AUCTION - Saturday June 25, @ 9:00 a.m., 5017 Clovis Hwy REAR, behind Tiger Tires next to Stars & Stripes Drive In. Cash or check w/photo ID.  Military items, camping equipment, books and magazines, vintage phonograph players, stereos, records, 8 track and cassette tapes and players, cameras , dining table and chairs, sofas, recliner, buffet, tools, building supplies, air compressor, propane tank(250 gal) bicycles, hub caps, long neck bottles, trailers, welding supplies and so much more. Conducted by Catholic War Veterans, Knights of Columbus, American Legion and the Marine Corp League who Father Tom has faithfully served for many decades. Lunch Will Be Available. Contact Bill Youngren- 806-778-9004

DIVINE MERCY CORPS  from Saint Elizabeth Parish ministryr to the homeless. The present need is for : continuous supplies of water, food-supplement, gently used t-shirts, men's boxers ( sm-med-lg ), and chapsticks. A gas card every now and then that would also be greatly appreciated. They often pass out prayer cards, rosaries, and medals; these sacramentals are highly treasured by our homeless brothers and sisters. To donate to this merciful ministry, contact  parish at 762-5225.

AFRICAN MASS –June 26, 2016, Noon, Saint Elizabeth Chapel, 2301 Main, Lubbock. All are invited.

EN-COUN-TER CATHOLICISM: Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. in Kasteel Hall, Christ the King Cathedral, 4011 54th Street, Lubbock.  en•coun•ter Catholicism©. A different topic and presenter each week:
June 22- no session. Attend the ‘Families Encountering Christ Family Camp.’
June 29: “Saint Thomas More: A Man for All Seasons” - Presented by Judge J.Q. Warnick - Few saints are more relevant to our time than Thomas More, patron of political leaders, attorneys and civil servants. The supreme diplomat and counselor, whose feast we celebrated on June 22, did not compromise his own moral values in order to please King Henry, knowing that true allegiance to authority is not blind acceptance of everything that authority wants – even though it ultimately led to his martyrdom. Judge J.Q. Warnick is a devotee of this man whose personal integrity no one questioned. What lessons does Thomas More have for us today in this era of relativism and attacks on our religious liberty? It’s a discussion that you will want to en-coun-ter first hand.

PEOPLE OF FAITH AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY- The State of Texas will execute another death row inmate on Tuesday, June 21.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#2267) teaches that the death penalty should be used very rarely, if ever. 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. 

DIABETES & NUTRITION CLASSES – Tuesdays, June 7 – July 26, 6-8 p.m., Community Health Center Main Clinic, 1610 5th, Lubbock. For diabetes management. Free of charge. Contact: 806-765-2611

Office for Finance


Catholic School News

OPEN ENROLLMENT – Currently there is open enrollment for grades Pre-K-5th at Saint Joseph Catholic School (806- 828-6761) in Slaton, and at Christ the King Cathedral Schools (806-792-8283) for Pre-K through 12th grades. Call today to secure a place for your child(ren). Scholarships are available.

HOLY SPIRIT PARENTS DAY OUT & PRESCHOOL - The only Catholic Parents Day Out in Lubbock. Three different options:  Monday thru Thursday from 8:30-2:45; Mondays and Wednesday 8:30-2:45; or Tuesday and Thursday 8:30-2:45. With extended stay option until 4:30. Please call the Holy Spirit PDO office at 698-1668 for more information or

Office of Stewardship and Development / Catholic Foundation 

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS: Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - June 25/26 - Today’s Gospel reveals to us the beginning of Jesus’ jour­ney to Jerusalem. We will journey with Jesus for many Sun­days to come, and along the way he will teach us about the demands of discipleship. His instructions may seem harsh and unreasonable to our ears. His response to le­gitimate requests to postpone the journey reminds us that there are always justifiable excuses to defer the journey or put off the responsibilities of discipleship. Other important matters compete for our attention. Some of us must make heart-wrenching choices, but there is urgency about Jesus’ mission to bring forth God’s kingdom. His demand is that we proclaim the Kingdom of God now. Is this our first pri­ority, or do we have other priorities?
Décimo Tercer Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario - El Evangelio de hoy nos revela el inicio del viaje de Jesús a Jerusalén. Nosotros viajaremos con Jesús durante muchos domingos por venir, y a lo largo del camino él nos enseñará acerca de las exigencias del discipulado. Sus instrucciones pueden parecer severas o irracionales a nuestros oídos. Su respuesta a las legítimas peticiones de posponer la jornada nos recuerda que siempre hay excusas justificables para postergar la jornada o aplazar las responsabilidades del discipulado. Otros asuntos importantes requieren de nuestra atención. Algunos de nosotros deberá hacer elecciones que “estrujen” el corazón, pero hay una urgencia sobre la misión de Jesús de continuar el reino de Dios. Su solicitud es que nosotros proclamemos el Reino de Dios ahora. ¿Es ésta nuestra primera prioridad, o tenemos otras prioridades?
To access the entire month of readings, please see Stewardship Reflections

Retreats/ Spiritual Development

A.C.T.S. RETREAT UPDATE: Men’s Acts August 18-21is now accepting registrations. Lay Director is Federico Gamboa, Co-directors are David Masionet and Leo Olvera, Spiritual Companion is John Rodriguez and Rev. George Roney is Spiritual Director. Register online at or contact Maria Chavira at or 469-507-1454. The fee for Retreats is $180 per person, partial scholarships available.

RACHEL’S CORNER  “At the retreat forgiveness is found, shame is lifted, healing is bestowed, and most of all motherhood is given back.  God has restored ALL!  How can God love us so much?  I don’t know, but I’m so glad He does.”     - Testimony after a Rachel Retreat
Join us on our next retreat for healing after abortion and see how much God loves you!  Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912. 
RINCON DE RAQUEL El perdón se encuentra en el retiro, la vergüenza se va, la sanación es otorgada, y sobre todo la maternidad se restaura. Dios  restaura TODO!  ¿Cómo puede Dios  amarnos tanto?  No sé, pero estoy muy contenta de que Él lo hace. "          - Testimonio después de un retiro de Raquel
¡Únete a nosotros en un retiro de sanación y experimenta lo mucho que Dios te Ama!  Confidential contact: and 806-577-5912. 

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Recurring (Weekly) Activities

YOUNG ADULT/PROFESSIONALS FAITH GROUPMondays @ 8 p.m., Lubbock Saint Elizabeth Pallotti Building.   To join the email list or for more information, contact Leia Arteaga,, 806-543-6265 or Peggy McGrath, Join us on Facebook:

MASS ON THE TEXAS TECH CAMPUS -suspended until Fall semester

FIRST FRIDAY MASS to end abortion and euthanasia, Saint John Neumann, 24th & Frankford, 5:30 p.m. Every First Friday of the year.

HOLY HOUR & BENEDICTION-Saint John Neumann, 22nd & Frankford, 7 p.m., every Thursday.  Join us for an hour of Adoration and experience the SJN Schola Choir (Gregorian Chant).

HOLY HOUR for Vocations- Christ the King Cathedral has a Holy Hour for Vocations at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month. All are welcome.

CATHOLIC MOMS OF LUBBOCK ACTIVITIES FOR OCTOBER - For more information: 607-226-6398 or

COLLEGE LIFE - Christ the King Cathedral, Friday nights @ 7 p.m., Family Activity Center (Game Room)

FIRST SATURDAY DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET-  3 p.m. at Christ the King Cathedral, 4011 54th Street, to venerate the image of the Divine Mercy and to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

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.

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS –For those grieving the loss of a child. First Tuesdays at 7 p.m.,  (Spanish meeting, Second Tuesdays, 7 p.m.) at Lubbock Christian University (Behavioral Science Bldg, corner of 21st Street and Dover, Room 105). For all denominations. (806) 218-2397 or

GRIEF SHARE program Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. and runs for 13 weeks.
To register, please call Family Life office – 806-792-3943 ext. 231 or

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

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EDITION DATE:    August 14         DEADLINE:       August 3

Diocesan Family Camp, June 20-23
Diaconal Ordination – August 6, 2016, Jacob Powell
Marriage Jubilee – Sunday, October 2 @3 p.m.
October 4 Red Mass with Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, 6 p.m.
October 22, White Mass, 5:30 p.m.
October 29, Catechetical & Ministries Conference, Lubbock Civic Center
November 4, Seminarian Fundraising Dinner
November 20—Year of Mercy Closing Ceremony, 11 a.m.
Footsteps in Faith – February 4 & 5, 2017

June 25—Seagraves Saint Paul
June 26—Lubbock Saint Joseph, 11-8
July 9 – Ralls Saint Michael, 3-11 p.m.
July 9 – Anton Saint Anthony, Noon-9 p.m.
July 10 - Christ the King, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
July 17- Woodrow San Ramon, 12-8 p.m.
July 17 – Muleshoe Immaculate Conception, 12-8
July 24 – Lubbock Our Lady of Guadalupe
July 24—Wilson Blessed Sacrament, 11-7
July 24—Morton Saint Ann, 11-8
July 30 – Anson Saint Michael
July 30 – Brownfield Saint Anthony, 12-8 p.m.
July 30 – Abernathy Saint Isidore, 11-7
July 31 –Hale Center Saint Theresa, Noon-8 p.m.
August 6- Littlefield Sacred Heart, 12-9 p.m.
August 6- Lorenzo San Lorenzo, 3-11 p.m.
August 7- Lamesa Saint M.Margaret & OL Guadalupe, 12-9 p.m. (OLG grounds)
August 7 - Our Lady Queen of Angels, New Deal
August 13-- Our Lady of Guadalupe, Slaton, 12-12
August 14- Denver City Saint William, 11-8
August 14- Lubbock Our Lady of Grace, 12:30-8:30
August 14- Pep Saint Philip Neri, 12-8 p.m.
August 21 – Shallowater Saint Philip, 11-8
September 4 – Levelland Saint Michael, 1-9 p.m.
September 10- Rotan Saint Joseph
September 24 – Spur Saint Mary
September 24 – Seminole Saint James Fall Festival, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.





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