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Health workers in protective gear take a body bag containing the highly contagious body of an Ebola victim out of a vehicle in preparation for burial at a cemetery in the Port Loko district in northern Sierra Leone. (CNS/courtesy Catholic Relief Services)

Welcome to the virtual office for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lubbock.  This home page and the other pages on our site are designed to provide you with access to indispensable information about the ministries and activities of the Church of Lubbock as well as valuable links to other resources.  We sincerely hope you will find that your visit here was an informative and inspiring experience.

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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Pope: Fighting for the poor doesn't make me Communist – it makes me Catholic
“It is not possible to tackle poverty by promoting containment strategies to merely reassure, rendering the poor 'domesticated,' harmless and passive,” the Pope told those gathered for his Oct. 28 encounter with leaders of various Church movements. He called the basic needs for land, housing and work an “aspiration that should be within the reach of all but which we sadly see is increasingly unavailable to the majority.”  

Cardinal George on liturgical translations, abuse scandals, the ‘price of citizenship’
“Since the liturgy, along with Sacred Scripture, is the primary carrier of the tradition that unites us to Christ, the loss of the theology of grace, the domestication of God, the paraphrasing that deliberately omitted nuances of understanding, the deliberate omission of biblical references in the liturgical text itself, etc., left the Church for 40 years without a way of worship that adequately expressed our faith,” he added.

Pope reflects on relation between Church’s ‘visible and spiritual reality’
The Church, he said, includes all the baptized, and not simply priests and religious. “So many acts of love, so much faithfulness in families, so much work in educating children, to carry on, to transmit the faith, so much suffering in the sick who offer their suffering to the Lord,” he said. “How can one know of all the wonderful things that, through us, Christ is able to operate in the hearts and lives of each person?”

With food plentiful, failure in distribution causes hunger, Vatican envoy tells UN
The problem lies elsewhere, such as in the lack of conservation technologies among smallholder producers, in weak or absent government support to incentivize the commercialization of products, or in the lack of infrastructure for better food distribution and marketing. Sadder still, this paradox is also due to a throwaway culture in affluent societies, to deliberate large-scale destruction of food products to keep prices and profit margins high, as well as to other policies that override the common objective of food security for all.

Texas nurse released from NIH, thanks God and doctors for recovery
"I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today. I would first and foremost like to thank God, my family and friends," she said. "Throughout this ordeal I have put my trust in God and my medical team.  "I am on my way back to recovery even as I reflect on how many others have not been so fortunate," added Pham, 26, who grew up in Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Fort Worth, Texas, and where she and her family have been longtime members.

Official says Catholic cemeteries have 'huge opportunity to evangelize'
People who come to a committal service in a cemetery may be encountering Catholic funeral tradition for the first time, or for the first time in many years, and a positive experience might encourage them to return when they need to arrange a burial, Andrew Schafer, executive director for Archdiocese of Newark Catholic Cemeteries in New Jersey said.


Around the Net – Catholic Blogosphere


The Nine Choirs of Angels In One Beautiful Infographic
A quick guide to the nine choirs of heaven and their inhabitants.

Conspiracies & Catholicism: Halloween
Like pretty much every other big Catholic thing, it’s supposedly Pagan to have a party during the vigil before All Saint’s day. There is a long history of having a sort of harvest festival in pretty much any culture that can produce more than they can store (frequently it’s when you harvest fruits or slaughter the animals before winter) and there was one called Samhain in Ireland. There’s another one coming up in the US, called Thanksgiving.

Demons
It’s a staple of horror movies– there is some invisible thing that will get you, destroy your life, take over your loved ones and drag you to hell.  A demon haunts this house! First, we should probably back up a little– demon and devil are frequently used interchangeably with devil more frequently used for specifically religious or silly uses, and demon for “scary and kind of hopeless to resist.”

Satanism Hits the South
With Halloween only a couple of weeks away, the ghouls and devils are not only in the costume store this year.  Two recent stories in the news may come as little surprise in a year when the US saw a high profile Satanic black mass performed in public for the first time—and another one attempted.

 

 

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