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I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you...+Philippians 1:3-5





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The Catholic Pastoral Center will be closed December 24, 25, and 26 for the Christmas Holiday and we will return on Monday, December 29, 2014. We pray the Spirit of the Lord is with you and your loved ones this Holy Christmas Season, and blesses you throughout the New Year.

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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.

May God bless you and grant you prosperity as you live a life of authentic Christian discipleship and stewardship.


A Christmas with tears – Pope Francis' words to Middle East
“I write to you just before Christmas, knowing that for many of you the music of your Christmas hymns will also be accompanied by tears and sighs,” Pope Francis said in his Dec. 23 message. “Nonetheless, the birth of the Son of God in our human flesh is an indescribable mystery of consolation: 'For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all people.'”

Australian bishops who visited Iraqi Christians see Christ reborn again
"So many of the people we met said, 'We lost our homes, our lands, our jobs, all our possessions -- everything -- but we will not lose our faith," Archbishop Julian Porteous of Hobart told Catholic News Service in Beirut Dec. 19. "You can feel the faith."

Priests facing dangers in Mexico
A study by the Catholic Multimedia Center recorded 47 attacks on Catholic priests in Mexico in the past 24 years. From 1990 to the present, 35 priests (including one cardinal) have been killed, along with a deacon and three religious. In 2014, three priests have been murdered in Mexico, and a layman who was caught alongside a priest in a shootout barely survived.

Only 46% of US children now living with their married parents
A minority of children in the US today are living with their married parents, a new study by the Pew Research Center has found.  In 1960, 73% of American children under the age of 18 were living with their married parents. In 1980 the figure had dropped to 62%. But now it is 46%, Pew found, analyzing US Census data and the new American Community Survey.

Vatican veteran on Pope's address: 'nothing like this has ever happened before'
“To be honest, nothing like this has ever happened before,” said Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, who served for years in different Vatican posts before his retirement in 2011. The Italian cardinal said that he understood the need for reform. “For instance,” he said, “on the basis of my experiences of the Curia, I believe that a simplification of procedures would diminish scandals.”

Iraqi Patriach encourages Pope to visit
Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako has urged Pope Francis to visit Iraq, saying that the Pontiff would be safe in the troubled country. "I can give an assurance that nothing would happen to the Pope," said the Iraqi Patriarch. He said that even a quick visit would have "high pastoral and spiritual symbolism," giving needed encouragement to the country's Christians.

Around the Net – Catholic Blogosphere

What Are The O Antiphons? – Learning About A Catholic Advent Tradition
The O Antiphons are rich with meaning and make a truly wonderful Catholic tradition! Before you get overwhelmed, I want to start by saying that they do not need any kind of craft or manipulative to participate- you can simply pray and sing them. I’m going to put the roots of them in a nutshell for you (as much as I can).

A Short Christmas Story
I don’t want to know if she actually went to the Motel Six or not. I don’t want to know if she bought shelter for a night for her baby boy or a hit of crystal meth for herself. I don’t want to know if I was scammed by a band of gypsies or a young girl learning the ropes of panhandling. All I want to know this day, the Day of the Nativity of God, is what it means to love without cynicism, to love the ones who will scam, reject and kill you, to give without expectation of reward or requital, to see the image of God beneath the scars and marks of human fragility and futility.

3 Facts About the Real St. Nicholas to Share With Your Friends this Christmas (Video)

The Reimaginings Of Exodus And Noah Inspires Moviemakers—And You!
If “God” can destroy the world for the mortal sin of pressing pretty flowers, what sort of hell, with your enormous carbon “footprint”, do you think awaits you, you climate denier, you? But Noah made money, and early forecasts are that Exodus will do at least okay. The Bible is in and profitable. It is a rich source of moral stories that has barely begun to be mined for movie material. So, our job today is to help filmmakers with suggestions of which tales we’d like to see.



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