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People cheer at CASA de Maryland's Multicultural Center in Hyattsville, Md., Nov. 20 after hearing President Barack Obama's national address on immigration. (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)

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Encompassing 25 counties on the Llano Estacado and Rolling Plains of West Texas, the Diocese of Lubbock -- is a church of more than 136,000 Catholics who gather in 62 parish churches.  Ours is a delightfully diverse -- a truly "catholic" -- church.  Please feel free to visit us in person and discover how you might draw closer to Jesus Christ in our midst, living with us a life of sacramental grace and loving service.

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See migration as a sign of hope, Pope Francis suggests
Both the nations that receive immigrants and those that they are leaving should enjoy some benefits, the Pope said. The receiving nations find new sources of inexpensive labor, with the new arrivals “not infrequently filling gaps created by the demographic crisis.” The nations that they leave, conversely, may see a reduction in unemployment and their families will benefit when emigrants who find work abroad send their wages home.

USCCB welcomes Obama’s decision to defer immigrant deportations
“Each day, the Catholic Church in the United States, in her social service agencies, hospitals, schools, and parishes, witnesses the human consequences of the separation of families, when parents are deported from their children or spouses from each other,” said Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle.

Pope decries ‘price list’ for parish services
“Churches must never become businesses,” Pope Francis said in a homily at morning Mass on November 21. Commenting on the Gospel passage in which Jesus clears the Temple of money-changers, the Pope lamented: “How often, when we enter a church, do we see… a price list hanging there for baptisms, blessings, Mass intentions.”

As Obama unveils program, other efforts aim to help Central Americans
The children and families, most from Central America, drew international attention last summer as their numbers overwhelmed governmental and private agencies that process their legal cases, and provide housing, social services and foster care. The record-setting number of apprehensions has declined significantly because of efforts on both ends of the migrant pipeline. And steps are being taken to address problems in their home countries that cause people to leave.

Knights donate $2 million for Middle East refugee housing
“We have tens of thousands of refugees in this area [Northern Iraq] who have been driven from their homes at the point of a gun. Many of them are sleeping outdoors, in hallways, three, four families together in a Christian school. And winter is coming,” Supreme Knight Carl Andersontold CNA in a Nov. 20 interview.

Katniss and crew shoot straight and true in ‘Hunger Games’ sequel
Together with the absence from the film of most problematic content — a good deal of stylized combat aside — those upright ethics make this sequel a worry-free choice for the parents of targeted teens. The third installment of a four-part series based on best-selling novels by Suzanne Collins, the movie also offers satisfying — and occasionally stirring — action played out against the backdrop of the same disordered futuristic society in which its predecessors were set.


Around the Net – Catholic Blogosphere


Annulments and Tuition: Changing the Way the Church Does Business
There are two items in the Catholic news this week that have the potential to make important services available to lower-income Catholics who have until this time been unable to afford them…

Working vs. Staying at Home: The Decisions American Women Face
I personally began to think about the choice between stay at home parenting and having a competitive career when I was in high school. A young woman thinking about college, adulthood, and discerning religious life considers all the possibilities. At my highly competitive, all girls Catholic high school, the issue of working and raising children often came up. A motivated, intelligent young woman does not know if and when she will get married, but she does know that she is expected to go to college and choose a career.

The Rosary: A Prescription for Healing
In November of 2013, Catholic News Service published an article describing how Pope Francis gave away twenty thousand boxes, each containing a rosary, a Divine Mercy holy card, and what looked like instructions for taking a prescription, to a large gathering of pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square. At the conclusion of his Sunday Angelus address, he told the crowd, “I want to recommend some medicine for all of you. It’s a spiritual medicine.”

Beware the ‘Signs of the Times’
The Bible indicates that several events will take place to warn us of the ‘end times.’ The signs are everywhere. Just look and you’ll see them, too!

 

 

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